Now, you may be asking yourself: Why is this the best thing I can buy? It costs less than 20 dollars and it’s a little dinky plastic disk!
Well, I’ll show you what I saw when I pulled my camera out of my bag after work today:
Since people seem to be freaking out: that’s just a UV filter that’s shattered, my lens is totally fine.
I’m not totally sure how this happened. It could have been any number of jostles or bumps that happen as I walk off the subway to work or back to the subway from work. I didn’t have my ONA bag insert because I was using my gym bag, so my camera was fairly unprotected (this won’t happen again).
Regardless of how it happened, it did happen, and what matters (to me at least) is that instead of losing a really great lens, I lost a $10 filter that I’ve already replaced.
So if you have a camera with a lens that takes a filter (check the front of your lens for thread markings) I highly recommend you buy one as soon as your can.
One follow-up: someone asked if I used a lens cap when it’s in my bag, and the short answer is no. The long answer is that lens caps are more expensive than filters and because they cover the lens, make it harder to make a photo when time is limited. With a UV filter you have protection and it’s see through, you can take a picture right away.
Another follow-up: I don’t know how the science works, but there’s a lot of proven cases where dropping a lens with a filter on somehow protects the lens entirely. Go science!
You know what they say - the best camera is the one that’s with you, so don’t worry about being amateurish, you’re taking photos, that’s what matters.
The biggest counterpoint against film is also one of the benefits of shooting film. Because you’re limited by the number of shots per roll (and most likely paying for the development of each shot), you have to be more cognizant of the shots you take. You’ll probably be less likely to throw away shots since you will be more economical with your exposures (this isn’t a bad thing).
So basically, go for film all you’d like, just keep in mind there are actual costs associated with it, and mental costs that may actually help you become a better photographer.
I’ve gotten approximately 3.5 billion questions over the past year asking me a very specific question that I’ve avoided answering for a while now:
What camera should I buy?
There are usually specific camera models in there that people ask about, and those are usually camera models that I don’t know much about. Fortunately though, I have friends who have some of the models you are requesting, and through asking them and playing with the cameras a little, I feel better recommending them to you.
There are some disclaimers before we start:
This isn’t going to be one marathon post, it’ll be way too long and, frankly I don’t think people like reading all that much so I’ll keep these short. Up next: where do I buy a DSLR?
Sorry for taking a little bit of time to respond but I actually want to use the lens for a bit before I actually wrote about it.
I really don’t have a need for the G class of Nikons - I know that the glass is better, but I don’t need autofocus (the D7000 has an internal motor), for some reason I prefer the construction on the D lenses much more. I really really like having the focal distance on the lens (both for appearance’s sake, and because sometimes I’ll manually mess around with the focus, and it’s a nice reference to have) and the relative small size is a plus too.
So largely, I got it for it’s looks, and it’s relatively quicker autofocus is nice too. Well that and I got it used, so it was cheaper than normal.
I can’t really speak to the 16-85mm (I’ve never used it) but skimming this review by Ken Rockwell shows that it’s not all that great of a lens if you can get the kit lens for cheaper. I had the old kit lens (that I got with my D90) and this set of photos shows that it’s been very successful for me to use. It’s so great that I normally take it with me when I travel to places like Brasil and Miami.
I wouldn’t worry about buying a lens that isn’t going to give you the ‘best’ that your D7000 can do, because really, you’re just going to be taking a lot of pictures and defining your style. As you grow that, you’ll be able to figure out what sort of shots you like to take and what lenses you can use that will allow you to improve those types of shots.
Yep, letigre, all my shots yesterday were taken with the Tokina. It’s a great lens, as I’ve already written about here.
Thanks a lot vargucci! Focal length is pretty arbitrary for street photography - it really depends on how much distance you want between your subject and you. There’s a great article that Santi just linked to on twitter that discusses this very well located here: http://www.yanidel.net/2011/02/28/35mm-or-50mm-for-street-photography/
In all reality, you are fine with the 35mm and the kit, from there, your possibilities are endless
Hey n3ff, I love the Tokina. It’s a lens I’m always excited to have on my camera (though it sadly takes a backseat to my 85mm, which I’m trying to use slightly less). In terms of optics, it’s sharp as ever and autofocuses nicely on both my D90 and D7000. You have to be wary of shooting with a wide-angle lens (and I don’t do it totally right all the time), but fear not, because there’s a great piece about it on Ken Rockwell’s site. The other things you have to be aware of about the lens is that it a) is huge b) has a huge filter and c) is totally amazing but impossible to find.
So all in all, if you can find it, get it.
These three questions about camera care, protection, and safety seemed similar enough that it makes sense for me to answer them all at once. (I’ll add a disclaimer that anything I say here shouldn’t be taken as legal advice and while I’ve had generally good experiences while taking photos that you shouldn’t think that anything I say here is smart - I try to do things that fall within my comfort zone, you should do the same)
diamondsheeprebirth asked: Do you ever worry about your camera getting stolen whilst you’re out shooting? I live in Dublin and I rarely go out around the city to shoot for this reason.
Personally, I’ve never felt particularly unsafe when I’ve been out with my camera. If you’re going to be in an area that you’d worry about your camera’s (and your own) safety then be careful. I’ve been lucky to take pictures in safe areas (e.g. all of New York, the areas of Miami I’ve walked around and everywhere else I’ve traveled) - if you’re somewhere unsafe, or where your camera would stand out, be smart about it.
upanddowns asked: how do you protect your camera from the weather?
I don’t do anything on this front - my new D7000 is weatherproof, so I’m not really worried about it. For my screens I use a ZAGG invisible shield for the LCD and I use a UV filter on all my lenses to protect them. The bag I use is reasonably waterproof (as in “I’ve walked around in thunderstorms and most my stuff has stayed dry) so I just stay smart around my equipment.
1000wordsss asked: i love your blog!!! I’ve always had an interest in photography and bought a canon rebel as a xmas present for myself. I absolutely love it!!!! Any tips for a beginner? Also any precautions I should take when taking my camera out in the cold? I’m worried about condensation and all that messing up my camera.
Thanks all for the questions! Keep ‘em coming!