2 comments on “Landscapes, Flowers, even a Butterfly!

  1. Great shots! Love the third photodown.

    I’ve been reading your blog for a bit now and I was wondering if you had any impressions on the SEL24f18Z lens for the NEX? I don’t have a super strong preference for the focal length (Were I pressed, I would give a slight edge to the 32mm). But I couldn’t decide between the two and just picked up the Sonnar, sharp lens, but bokeh can be a bit distracting.

    Also I would like to add that your reviews and tips on the manual Nikkors got me inspired! I’ve been really frustrated with the AF system (sometimes the shots are just a tad out of focus). In addition to not having a decent shot, I can’t seem to take responsibility for the photo itself. I think I’d like to pick up a 50 f1.2 or a 105 f.18.

    • Hey there Ali, glad you liked the photographs!

      My only impressions of the SEL2418Z are from reading numbers and numbers of impressions and reviews from the likes of simple snapshooters, to enthusiast photographers, to pro review sites. I’ve never had a real need to go that wide (not a good shallow DoF lens), and the high price (well, not so high now that it’s on sale) really put me off of buying it. However! Everything I’ve read shows it’s STILL one of the best lenses you can buy for your APS-C NEX. It’s really one of those lenses to use for landscapes, street photography, environmental portraits, or other scenarios where getting out-of-focus backgrounds/foregrounds shouldn’t be a concern. If you’re wanting to go a bit more telephoto and get a more “normal” field-of-view, the Touit 32mm should be on your short list to try out. Its bokeh is nothing to really praise—save for close-focus—but it’s a fantastic lens otherwise.

      And great to hear about the manual-focus Nikkors. They’ve been my workhorses for a good time now, and a good copy of either the 50mm f/1.2 or 105mm f/1.8 (make sure they’re the AI-s version!) would serve you well now and into the future when the full-frame e-mount cameras get announced. Disclaimer though, I do not own the 50mm f/1.2…yet. 🙂 Also realize that they are two completely different fields of view for different applications. Take into account what kind of photography you’re wanting to pursue and that will help guide your purchasing decision.

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