Thursday, February 17, 2011

When New Meets Old...An Experiment

My D90 with late '70's 135mm "F" mount lens

About a week ago or so I decided to try a little experiment with my old equipment I used with the old Nikon "F".  I had read in an article a few weeks prior that most Nikon SLR cameras all share the same "F" style mount.  I decided to put this claim to the test, and without a hitch it worked just as described!  Obviously the camera had to be set to full manual mode, and I lost any lens functionality such as vibration reduction and auto focus, but the cool factor is what I was really going for here.  I have two older lenses that I used with the Nikon "F"...a 35mm and a 135mm, both 52mm's in diameter.  Both are relatively good lenses for their time, and 100% all prime!

Close up shot of the old 135mm lens

Once I figured out how to get the camera all setup and shooting with the old equipment, I had to take the generational hybrid for a test spin.  The sun had already gone down, but I decided to take the camera outside and give my manual skills a go.  I pointed my camera down my street and was quite pleased with the results...the picture actually makes my street look pretty cool!

I also had some macro lens filters for these old lenses, so I popped a couple of them on to see what kind of long range effect they would produce.  Knowing they were for macro, close, shooting, I was anxious to see what would happen...

135mm lens with 1x macro filter

As you can see, a relatively neat effect...At least Kate and I think so, anyway

135mm lens with 3x macro filter

Monday, February 7, 2011

The D90 Saga Begins

Well it's been a while since I've tried my hand at the blogging world, but I've found new reason to give it another go.

I recently tapped in to my photography interests, and upgraded from my old Nikon "F" film SLR to a nice & shiny Nikon D90 DSLR.  I purchased the camera around the middle of January, and I've been very pleased with it since.  I'm still learning all the gadgets and gizmo's this puppy has to offer, but I thought this would be a good time to spruce up my blog, and share some of the photos I take along the way.  I'm hoping to notice an improvement throughout my photos as time goes on...but only time will tell!!!

Here's a shot of some of my old gear which was donated to me from my dear ole' Dad several years ago.  He's the one who sparked my interests in photography several years ago...and it's stuck with me ever since!