February 14, 2008

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New Camera Lens

Blowing in the wind Originally I had a Quantaray 100-300, but on the trip through MSP this past summer my camera bag had an unfortunate run in with the ground. I know that Quantaray aren’t the best lenses in the world, but it did the job. The main problem, as I found out, is that its just a brand name (owned by Sigma, I believe) and there is no service behind them. So while only the adapter ring is broken, no way to fix it. Oh well.

Since I’m going on a business trip to NJ shortly, I figured it was about time to get a new telephoto lens. So I went and bought myself a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras. It arrived today and I proceeded to run outside and go putz around for about an hour. The picture to your left is one of several I took today with the new lens (click for bigger). I have to say I’m very happy with it so far. It has a macro mode (which I don’t totally understand what it does – but thats ok), and contrary to what many of the reviews say (on amazon) I have no problem with it focusing at full zoom. I think my main problem is that it has been too long since I’ve been able to properly macro. I think I need to ease off on the Aperture a little bit. But oh well, today was all in fun anyways.

Also, I found a photography blog that has an interesting twist. It is called Stock Photo Journey. While there isn’t a lot there yet, I think it will be interesting to follow. I personally am interested in doing stock photography – but haven’t been exactly sure on how to approach it or what sites to use.