8th November 2011
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!
Hi Joel, I am an amateur photographer in LA. I really dig your photos. I would like to get your advice if you don't mind. Currently, I take most of my photos with my iPhone 4 (I know that is extremely amateur), but I have an old (1980's) Canon F-1 at home that I plan to put back into action soon (needs new batteries and some basic cleaning. What is your opinion regarding shooting with actual film over using digital now a days?
Asked by lifeofalens
3rd October 2011
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:
- All extra links are affiliate links, so if you buy anything I recommend through these links, I get a kickback (and you’re supporting me so there’s a nice warm fuzzy feeling you should feel).
- I’m recommending things, but your needs may be different than what I’m describing, so don’t hold me to everything I’m saying.
- Even though I have played with these cameras, I only have extensive, hands-on experience with the Nikon D90 and D7000.
- I only know about Nikons, so I’m going to talk about those.
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?
I recently picked up a Nikkor 50/ 1.4 as well.
What made you decide on the 1.4D rather than the newer AF-S 1.4G? The portability?
I know the 1.4D is amazingly small and light, plus it is possessed of faster AF which I would imagine is key for street photography.
Asked by akindlystranger-deactivated2012
Hi! I really dig your photography! Well I’ve never used a DSLR ever except just take one (literally) for fun then that’s it. I’m thinking about buying one soon (after lots of month’s research). The reason I want to buy an intermediate camera is because I take photography as more of a hobby but I don’t want my limits of the features of the camera to end too quickly. Do you think it’s a good idea? I am financially stable with purchasing it. Also I was wondering which lens would be better optically 16-85mm (Nikon) or 18-105mm (Nikon) I plan to buy a prime lens afterwards though (not for a while, until I see what I really like to shoot most of). :) :) Because I don't want to buy a lens that wouldn't bring out the best of the Nikon D7000.
Asked by dreamsinmanhattan
Sweer wide angle on grand Central! Was that shot with the Tokina? The quality looks really crisp, but I've always been a little hesitant on buying non-Nikon lenses.
Asked by uncultured-bacon
Great photos Joel, I just got my D7000 and am using a 35mm 1.8 along with the kit lens. Would you recommend a 50mm as the next lens of choice for street photography?
Asked by vargucci
How well do you like the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens? Just got into photography and am now looking for a new wide angle lens. Your work is awesome and was just curious of your opinion...
Asked by n3ff
29th January 2011
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!