Some New Toys and Lenses

Well normally I haven’t posted up anything about my camera gear or when I buy new stuff, but I think this deserves a mention as it’s my first real pro grade lens. The extra income and finally being able to flog off some gear has led me to buy Nikon’s AF-S 17-35mm f2.8, a hefty 4 figure sum which I won’t disclose, most will say it’s absurd for a lens to be worth so much.

the glorious 17-35mm

makes my d90 look tiny

Was it worth it? I must say, Hell Yes, focus is near instantenous, faster than any lens I’ve touched before, faster than my good mate’s AF-S 28-70mm f2.8 (another pro grade lens). Is it sharp? Sharper than a knife’s edge at 35mm and insanely sharp at f5.6 onwards. Picture below is a 100% crop of the centre of the frame.

sharpppp... click for bigger

It’s probably one of the last lenses I’ll buy for a while until I upgrade to a new body some time later in the year. So currently I shoot with:

  • Nikon D90 Body
  • Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f2.8
  • Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX HSM
  • Nikon 18-105 f3.5-5.6
  • Sigma EX HSM 70-200 f2.8
  • Nikon SB-900 Speedlight

The other new toy I purchased is a little point and shoot, a Canon ixus 120 IS, originally purchased so my mum would have a camera to use during her trip to Vietnam since our trusty Fuji F30 camera was tradgically killed in action by a couple of lasers at Cream (I think). The ixus is quite nice, very small and with a massive screen for something so small, does 720p video 4xoptical zoom and f2.8 at the short end, sounds alright, except for what I paid for it, $450 from JB HiFi. For that kind of money I could have had a Panasonic LX3 or Canon S90, both amazing cameras with full manual capabilities and a ton of other advance features I’m used to on my DSLR. So why the ixus? It’s simple, it’s small, a piece of cake to use and I was in a rush as my mum was leaving the very next day. Compared to my Fuji, it is lacking in the low light capabilities, then again any PnS these days *still* has trouble against it, having a look through some old photos, 800 ISO is still very usable and quite clean, kinda close to my old D80.

canon ixus 120 IS

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