Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Life at 85 mm

Colchester, CT

I recently purchased a Nikkor 85 mm f/1.8 G lens to add to my collection.  As an exercise this past weekend I used only this lens on a photo outing.  I have used the Nikkor 16-85mm DX f/3.5-5.6 for many of my previous photos, and have relied on that zoom lens to frame my pictures, many times at a focal length of 85 mm.  I guess I never really appreciated just how telephoto 85 mm is.   With the new lens, I didn't have the luxury to zoom in and out to get proper framing, so I had to work a little harder to get good framing.  Oftentimes I found myself way too close to the subject which led me change my composition or choose some detail to focus on as a subject.  Many times I couldn't include the entire scene before me.  It was an interesting exercise.  The lens did provide some nice close up images.  Later this week,  I'll tell a little more about this interesting antique store in Colchester, CT.



  1. Congratulations on the new lens. Your photos seem razor sharp and well framed. Looking forward to seeing more of this antique shop. Looks like it is in an old railroad depot building?

  2. You're absolutely correct, Jeff. See my post for 2/27 for some additional information.

  3. Ed, start doing some portraits with it and you will LOVE that lens. Alternatively, save it for close-ups of details. It is not at its best when used for scenes.

    1. That's the reason I purchased the lens, Jack. I want to try some more portraits. I'm finding out as I shoot more with it that I can't include all I would like to for a given scene.