Sunday, February 25, 2007

The new Mecca.

I guess I didn't realize that buying a professional camera is a little like the male equivalent to buying a Barbie. Now I have to buy the new Barbi Corvette and Dream House.

I figured I would have to buy a few lenses, but now it is starting to look like I might need 30 lenses. I don't know - that is how many my husbands buddy has. I thought he was just kind of a kook. I mean enthusiast. I didn't think I would need that many. I'm not really an enthusiast.. I just want to take good pictures. So leaving the camera shop I admit I felt a little depressed.

The lens I like - Nikon 70-300 VR. But that just does zoom. Albeit very well. At least I think. It looked fantastic. But it doesn't do wide angle. One of these other lenses I looked at did that.

Nikon 55-200
Nikon 18-70
Nikon 12-24. I'm not sure I even looked at that one, but the guy wrote it down.

The problem is I can't figure out what a good standard diameter for the lenses are.

The filters I bought for my current lens are 62mm. Since this camera lets everything in - including infrared - I have to be wise about the lenses - or buy a completely new set of filters for any new lenses. I can't even take normal pictures without a filter which removes the IR.

I guess my problem is - I could be shooting anything from a panoramic shot, to small orchids, and everything in between. I mean you don't really need a zoom or a micro lens for a technology show for example.

Additionally I never feel quite as much of a tard as I do when I go into the camera shop. I know they realize I don't know what I am doing.


  1. Kinky for camera talk?

    Who would have thought that would be the thing. I posted boobs and no one comments.

    My readers are so eclectic. Love it.

  2. In all the years I've been taking photos, I've found limited applications for those long telephoto lenses.

    If you get a 70-100 mm, it should be good enough, unless you're hoping to do wildlife photography for National Geographic or take photos looking into the windows of the people down the block.

    I've got a 35 - 70mm zoom, a 16mm prime and the telephoto (70-150mm) which I've very rarely used.

    I use the 35-70 most of all and it's what I keep on the camera.

  3. Thanks for the advice Peggy. One of my husbands photogaphy buddies lent me a lens to try this weekend. I've had it for a couple days but am pretty freaked I'm going to drop it and have to write him a check.