A win, but then a dip.

I bought a 50mm f1.8 Nikon lense and a waterproof canvas camera bag, both with 40% off on Thursday night. And it wasn’t the usual internet sellers game of bumping the price before a red-letter day, then lower it to the previous ticket. Nope, I’ve had my beady little eye on a fast 50 for ages. Heck the price was less than the ‘used’ price.
Now though, they haven’t moved. Amazon says they’re being prepared. I ask you, what the heck does being prepared mean. I want to see action not dithering. Nor do I care that the sheer volume of stuff sold this last weekend would choke even the most adept systems. I want my stuff. (stamps petulant foot)

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13 Responses to A win, but then a dip.

  1. Sage says:

    Is the lens a single fixed length? Or is there a zoom capability? When you receive it, I am sure we’ll be treated with some new shots!

    • V.H says:

      The 50mm f1.8D is fixed. But on the camera I own and your one too, this 50mm converts to 75mm because the sensor is cropped to 1,5. It’s a real pest for you have to have a few bits of maths in your head all the time.
      Does it matter ?. It kinda does. For most the 35mm is the lens they want for it converts to 52.5mm.
      In general where most see the difference is when they want to fill the frame with someones face. The 50mm on D610, you will stand 3ft ishy from the person. On a crop camera it’s nearing 5ft. So stepping back, the mans usual head and shoulders shot or the full length one will shove you back that extra bit.
      The reason I’m being long-winded about this is I’m aware while you probably have a photographer for on-the-job things you’ll have to get that shot of the kid in full regalia of her first ‘Big’ dance/prom yourself. Regardless of the squeezing of the heart and somewhat gimlet-eyed view of her date I doubt you’ll want anyone else taking such a picture. Remember she won’t want head shots. She’ll want the full length shot.
      So, on your camera get a 35mm lense and a cheap but very good Youngno flash. But, the very best advise would be to find a camera shop that will hire the equipment for a full frame camera

  2. Kimberly says:

    Ha! It’s funny how accustomed we get to things arriving quickly, and when they don’t it’s SO FRUSTRATING. Especially when it’s something you’re really looking forward to. That’s awesome though on the price. A lot of times the “Big Sale” is really only a small reduction after the shop bumps the price higher. It’s good that you had been researching and knew you found a deal. I love finding good deals!!!
    Will you use this lens as your primary? 50mm is a pretty standard size, isn’t it?

    • V.H says:

      TELL ME ABOUT IT.

      I want the 50 for some street shots I’m planning. With the crop I’ll have that bit of reach but without invading the space of the people. I’ve vague delusions of Henri Cartier-Bresson :-). The plus of course is I’ll have it forever as when I move to full frame, maybe next year, it’ll work equally if not better then.
      Yes, it is a Standard on a full frame camera but the reach at 75mm moves it into slightly different country on the crop sensor.

      The new camera showed just how ‘really’ crap is the 18-55 kit lense actually is. This one will allow two stops more of light. The long end of the kit is f5.6 while this will be f2.8 https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6140/5985919160_fd66e10616.jpg
      On the price. I’ve not seen better. Actually no, I’ve seen better but when you include the P&P it get’s back up there.

      • Kimberly says:

        Oh I like that style of photography. While he had people in his shots, they weren’t really portraits but mostly just part of the composition.
        I don’t really understand the crop sensor. Mine has that too, I think. But how is that different than just getting closer by zooming?
        Hopefully the lens will arrive this coming week!

        • V.H says:

          It makes little or no difference if you have light. And you have it in spades. It’s the reason your town exists at all. Your problem will be the management of light by lessening it. The only time you’ll notice to some extent is inside a really dark building or at night. And even then the ISO on the baby Canon will go most of the way for you giving you sharp if a bit grainy images. But certainly usable.
          Here it’s a different story. All last year I had a camera that I needed to put on a tripod to compensate for other deficiencies. Now I have one that I can hand hold but I need a lense that will help even more.

          • Kimberly says:

            I’d hoped for a new post of shots with the new lens this week…no luck yet? A week is testing your patience, I’m sure. 🙂

            • V.H says:

              The bag and the lense came in the post yesterday.
              I had to go with my mother to a place where her eyes were tested for something to do with diabetes. It’s a programme they are running for the elderly and at-risk people, using the ounce of prevention is cheaper than a ton of cure principle. It was right over on the other side of the county and the gigantic Amazon box was sitting on the back seat during the hour it took to get there. I met the postman on the way through the village you see, and stopped to ask him if he had the package, for the track and trace showed they were out for delivery.
              So, I’ve not really had much use of them. I will say though I’m really impressed with the canvas bag, and the speed the lense can catch focus. It’s like lightning.

              • Kimberly says:

                Ha! So you literally tracked it down! 🙂 Glad they arrived safe and sound.
                I hope all went well with your mom. Prevention? What a concept! Our insurance companies have finally started to cover that and even incentivize it. Duh! A lot cheaper than treatments.
                Enjoy your new toy!

  3. Ed says:

    I’m spoiled by not living on an island where a lot of my things that I order have to arrive by boat or airplane. It definitely would take some getting used to especially since I am a member of Amazon Prime and get most things in two days.

    • V.H says:

      Hmmmm. Let me tell you how Prime works in Ireland.
      You can join and pay £90 per annum for the privilege. But you get absolutely nothing for it. No films, no fast delivery, no borrowing of books.

      • Ed says:

        Definitely not worth it there. I would expect perhaps drone delivery at least!

        • V.H says:

          From Clinton to Des Moines is the same as from Birmingham UK to my home. And you’re only half way through Iowa. We have an expression when someone is taking advantage, “taking the piss”. It’s what a lot of multinational corps are about in Ireland and Europe generally.

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