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Nikon D90 + 35mm f/1.4G Lens

14 February 2011

Nikon D90 + 35mm f/1.4G Lens

Everyone knows I’m pretty crazy about cameras. So you will have to bear with me, while the geek in me leaps up and does the happy dance around the room….


Ok, it’s not really mine. Nikon contacted me and asked whether I’d like to test drive a D90 camera. I fell off my chair and said YES faster than I could update my status on facebook.

So they sent over a demo camera for me to borrow.

I currently own a 5 year old compact camera (Canon A700) and a three year old DSLR (Nikon D80) that I bought a couple of years ago when I decided to move into more careful, professional photography.

So this new Nikon D90 DSLR is the next model up from the camera that I currently own (D80). It’s basically a semi-professional DSLR camera, and a favourite among the Nikon fans.

Right now, I am excited because the D90 has three new features I like.

The D90 can take video (it was apparently the first DSLR in the world to offer a movie mode), AND you can preview the frame-in-view on the screen (just like in a compact camera).

But most importantly, the D90 is more sensitive to light, and so can take better photos in low light (the D90 can do ISO 3200, compared to the D80’s 1600).

But WAIT! It gets even better.

I asked Nikon if they could send me a new lens with the D90. Based on my experience with the other lenses I already have, I wanted a wider angle lens, and I wanted it to be as “fast” as possible – one that can get a lot more light in.

I really don’t enjoy how  flash photos look. I think flash looks so harsh and garish. I want to be able to take photos with only the naturally available light – and that means having a “fast” lens.  So I asked Nikon if they could lend me the lens I have been dreaming of owning, but could never afford to buy.  It costs a LOT –  like AUD$2,300.

And they said YES!

It’s the 35mm f1.4G Nikkor. This lens is new to the market, launched in Sept 2010. It is a totally drool worthy fixed focal-length, wide-angle, very fast lens. That’s why it is so FAT!

It is absolutely perfect for low light situations, especially with the Nikon D90’s more sensitive light sensor.

AND I am SO SO EXCITED (like jiggling-in-my-seat and shouting-out-to-the-world excited) to play with it more and show off the photos!!

Nikon also gave me a complimentary entry into a one day session of NIKON SCHOOL – which I will write about more next time!

Standby for lots of natural light photos!