New lens (50mm f/1.8)

After listening to many episodes of The Digital Story podcast, reading up on my D70s and then, the icing on the cake, the forgotten lens article, I decided today to go out and see if I could get one. Well, I did: a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens.

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens

I think I’m really beginning to understand the differences and correlation between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. I actually used aperture priority mode on my camera today for the first time! That’s where this shot came from – I set it to aperture priority, set the aperture to f/1.8 and shot this image in RAW in a real low-light situation. I haven’t adjusted anything in Lightroom/Photoshop; this is how it came out the camera. The shutter speed was 1/30 (I guess that is selected automatically in aperture priority mode) and the ISO was 450 (again, auto selected). I find it really quite amazing how well this image came out with no flash in such low lighting. I think I’m really going to dig this lens and learn a lot about photography and composition by using it. It was a little more expensive than I was expecting (around 130 euros) but not a great deal at all compared to what some lenses cost.


  1. Nice!  I constantly have brain farts about aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Its one of those things that keeps leaking out of my brain.
    I want your camera.

  2. I totally know what you mean. I’ve been hammering it into my brain for a week, listening to little else other than the Digital Story podcasts and reading my D70 book. I’ve had the camera over a year now and am only now beginning to understand how to work it. Check out those podcasts – they’re really helpful. And you could probably pick up a D70 fairly cheaply on eBay now – they’ve been superseded by the D80 for a while now. 

  3. I subscribed and D/L’d  a few but haven’t  listening yet….i checked out the site…which sent me looking for others RSS feeds…and came across this blog and a pretty good take on all of it…If I read it 10x daily for a month….it just might sink in….
    Wow…I’m digging the clarity and color from that cam, Cams!

  4. Thanks for the link. Some good stuff there and I can never have exposure ‘splained to me too many times! As I said, I’m just beginning to understand it. What kinda camera do you use?

  5. Its an Olympus SP550UZ…I think.  No adjustable focus or lenses…but a good one to learn with.