Monday, September 27, 2010

My New Toy and Some Blog Lovin'

A few weeks ago I broke down and ordered some new lenses I've been eyeing for awhile. I love my new 55-200mm and have already used it on several occasions! My other lens, is a 50mm...I love this lens too, however, being a little rushed and trying to order while refereeing brotherly brawls I wasn't paying attention and ordered the wrong one. It's not wrong in the sense it doesn't fit with my camera, it just wasn't the one I intended to purchase. While I switch between Manual and Aperture priority settings I am guilty of using my auto focus primarily, mostly due to my bulky scratched glasses distorting my perception of a sharp image. This is where my slight disappointment came from when my lens came in this week. While I'm still able to use my new lens, I am only able to us it as manual focus lens, no automatic focus settings. So, I've been contemplating exchanging it for a 35mm...decisions. Challenge myself and master the manual focus and already have the lens that will work to its full capabilities when I upgrade to a D90 (hopefully after tax season!) or exchange for the 'easier' option......Well, I decided take a few shots to try and get the feel for my new toy. All these are SOOC, I refrained myself from any edits as to get the actual results from my lens.

She looks so serious, this lens is very precise and a slight movement would of had her nos in focus instead

This lens had great selective focus, wish the out of focus area was a little smoother and less noisy...

She is watching for squirrels and birds

I've noticed with this lens I really have to play around with the aperture to get the look I want and be careful not to be too selective in my focusing, plus the noise in the background turned out smoother.

Not as sharp as I was wanting, like I said, I am extremely slow at manually focusing on my subject and my little on is extremely wiggly! But I like the softness this lens gives to his dirty little face! Even if I did chop off all his beautiful shaggy hair! Never again!

So, I'm still toying with the idea of exchanging my little toy...haven't quite decided. I'd love to hear any of your advice! How do you guys shoot? Auto focus or Manual? Manual settings or Aperture Priority or Full Auto? What is the lens you can't live without???

On a side note, a few weeks ago the talented Kristine from Blue Elephant Photography passed on a cute little blog award on to me!  However, I was preparing for my surgery and getting things ready around my house, since my boys and hubby would be fending for themselves for a  few weeks due to my restrictions of activities and never got the chance to thank her and pass on the love. So, thank you Kristine for the award and thinking of me! I love your blog as well and enjoy seeing your work, you are one talented gal! One of these days we will definitely have to grab that cup of coffee! You can read her blog love post here and see the other blogs she loves!

So, to pass on the love...I'm suppose to pass this award onto five blogs I heart! There are so many, but here are the five I picked today! They are all so talented and take gorgeous pictures,each with their own style! Be sure to check them out!

Stephanie from Home on North Fillmore Street
Maureen from Cottage 960
Danelle from I Take Pictures
Kristin from Freebird Photoblog
Traci from Traci Lord Photography

Before I finish this blog I'd just like to let you know I have some exciting news to share with you soon so stay tuned! Also, I've had my a/c turned off for two days and love the chill in the air! I love fall and plan on sharing my Fall collection of images with you soon! Lastly, I would honestly love to hear your thoughts on the lens Dilemma!

Have a great day!


  1. Congrats on the new gear.

    Regarding the 50mm (f1.8, right), don't trade it in for the 35mm. The 50 is better. Sharper, better bokeh. Better for portraits. You'll grow into it. Promise. 50mm is my absolute favorite. When I got mine I was shooting with a D5000, so it didn't auto focus for me, either. Have you set your diopter on the camera? I heard the trick is to look at a black wall and move the little adjuster until the black grid lines inside the viewfinder are sharp. That will help with focusing. Depending on you rx, you could even set it so that you don't wear your glasses with it.

    Regarding manual vs auto, I usually shoot auto focus, aperture priority (center weighted spot metering). But when I shoot portraits, I shoot manual focus and manual exposure for better control.

    Good luck and enjoy the new toys.

  2. That should have said "blank" wall, not black wall. Lol. :)

  3. Thanks so much for your advice! I just gave the diopter adjustment a try, it does help with the focusing! However, since I'm blind as a bat without my glasses, I don't think shooting wihtout them is an option even with adjusting my diopter...but, maybe this gives me a reason to quit making excuses and putting off getting contacts!

  4. First, thanks so much for the award! I have a 50mm 1.8 lens for my Canon, and I struggle with the focus at times too (I always use auto) but when I get it right, it's my best lens. I think the shots you got with it look pretty amazing, expecially that first one with the dog. If it didn't cost you too much, I say keep it.

  5. Hmmm..that's a tough one. Personally, I would have a very difficult time with manually focussing all of the time. Especially with moving little ones (which it looks like you have). It is different if you are shooting a flower or scenic shot of course I do shoot only in manual mode and love the flexibility of that. I have both the 50 1.4 and 35 1.8. I love them both..I had the 35 on my D40 before I upgraded to the D90. I thought and still think it's a great lens. Good luck!

  6. I'm planning a new lens purchase - like you probably a 50 mm, but for me it would have to be auto focus. I'm still such a beginner I need all the help I can get.

  7. The pictures with your new lens look great. :) I am saving up for a D5000 and I would love to have the 50mm for it. I would also like the 55-200mm and the 60mm. Oh, I know these pics aren't edited, but when you do edit, what program do you use?

  8. Even unedited these photos are great! I want new lenses but I think first I need to really master my camera with the lens that I have before I go out and get new lenses. Good luck with whichever lens you choose!

  9. Hi there and thanks for the blog loving! I think you did a great job with the manual focus! I am looking into a new lens too, but my fav is probably my 28-75mm. I can't afford the super expensive one, but I bought the Tamron and love it!! Most of my recent pics are done with that lens. I also own the 50 1.8. I shot with that lens for a long time and loved it! I've also heard good things about the 35mm. I think whatever you use will be gorg!! Thanks again for the blog award!

  10. Brooke, you so inspire me to get a better hold on the workings of my camera. I have to lens. I don't know what they are, though.
    I started shooting only in manual back in July, and it's been good. But it takes me time sometimes to really get into focus. Also, with quick moving little boys, I often get a blur instead of what I had originally wanted. BUT I'm happier with my pictures when I shoot in manual, overall, because I feel like I have more control of the dead center of my shot.
    Great shot of your little one. He's SO cute!

  11. those pictures are great! i don't really have any lens advice for you, but let us know what you decide.

  12. Thank you Brooke for the award - I'm thrilled and flattered all at once! I will be posting and passing along, but it may take a couple of weeks.(I'm so far behind in SO many things!)
    I also have the 50mm 1.8. I gotta admit it's not my favorite, but I think it all depends on what you want to use it for. (Sorry I have no helpful advice.)

  13. oh thank you so much! I will pass this right along! love your blog as well!! but i think I have already told you that before? :)

  14. Thank you all for your advice and input! I have decided to grow into the lens, I think it will make me better inthe long run! Plus I am loving the pictures I get from it when I get it right!

    Haley, I use photoshop elements8


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