Saturday, February 12, 2005
New 70mm to 300mm Nikkor lens
I'm still weak from being sick, so my family and I decided on a nice mellow day at the Aquarium as our Saturday outing. I was excited because it would be my first chance to use my new Nikkor lens. I shot 94 pictures outside in overcast light; I had to keep the aperture open in order to shoot at hand held speeds. Of the 94 shots, about 20 came out. I had a very hard time with the auto focus. It seemed to focus behind my subject. I tried different settings, and got different results. Manual Focus proved to be a little awkward; all of them were of poor quality. My biggest complaint was focusing time; it took 3 or 4 seconds to reach an acceptable focus. I’m sure I’m doing something wrong.
This shot is of my son from about 20 feet away and tight. He is holding two lorikeets in the outdoor aviary. I like the results I got in this series, and in a a few other similar shots. (like the one below).
I had forgotten what a pain it is to change lenses. I’m going to have to get back in the habit. I don’t even have a good camera bag anymore. I went fishing for an old camera bag, but the one I found looked like something M.C. Hammer would have carried, so I had my wife stick the new lens in her purse.