I’ve been looking to add to my lens collection for some time now, especially as I am looking to pursue photography more and more, not only has a hobby but as a potential career in the future.
Last year I got my hands on the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6, this was my first lens as I ventured out and moved on from using the kit lens. The lens is considerably bigger and heavier and gives you a completely different focal length to play around with but in terms of using the lens, it shoots almost identical due to having the same f-stop range.
Zoom lenses are great and come in handy for shooting things you can’t usually get to or framing your images better without having to move closer and further away from your subject and also shooting a wide variety of different types of photography but you do lose some image quality compared to prime lenses.
For my next lens, I wanted to explore prime lenses and so I got my hands on the Nikon 35mm f/1.8. Money has still been tight this year and with my limited ability to shoot and my ongoing health problems I’ve not been able to afford to add to my lens collection myself so this lens was actually a gift from my parents for Christmas and I couldn’t be happier.
In the short space of time, I have been able to use the lens I have been really impressed. Unlike the f/4 zoom lenses, the f/1.8 lets in a lot more light and is taking a little bit of time to get used to. The image quality is definitely improved and with the set focal length I have to think about the shot more and my positioning when framing up my image.
I can’t wait to shoot with this lens as much as possible and also start practising more portraiture as this lens offers an amazing shallow depth of field to get those awesome blurred backgrounds.