The camera and lens that sucked me right back into the Nikon system this time...

This bust lives at the Blanton Museum in Austin.
I like to photograph the statues when I'm playing around 
with new photographic equipment.  They don't move around and blink.
I shot this with a Nikon D610 using a Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art Lens. 

I shot the image at f2.0. 
1/400th of a second. 

The quality of the resulting image led me to understand 
that the combination had characteristics I liked. 
From that point onward I've been buying lenses 
I like for the system along with several new bodies. 

I certainly love this focal length. 
And, at nearly wide open the Art lens 
is pretty compelling. 

I think I'll keep it.

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Ken said...

I'm starting to get bored Kirk. I think you need to buy into a new camera system and explain all of your rationalizations for doing so. :)

Kirk Tuck said...

See today's article on the A7r2...

Dave Jenkins said...

I have long wanted, but never owned, the Nikkor 105mm f2.5. I'm not about to buy a Nikon -- I have owned Nikons for two periods in my career and ditched the system twice -- in 1979 for Olympus, and again in 1993 for Canon -- but I've thought about getting one with an adapter to use on my Canon. Then again, I have the Canon 100mm f2, which is a fine lens in its own right. So probably not. . .but I remember all those great photographs in the photo magazines of the '70s made with the 105, so the lure is strong!

Kirk Tuck said...

Dave, I have two. I buy them when I see them. They are one of the great lenses of the 20th century. That said, I really like Canon's 100mm f2.0. Not bad for a Canon lens..... :-)

Dave Jenkins said...

I have great respect for Nikkor lenses. I didn't get along with some of the bodies.

You probably don't remember this, but in 1975, just in time for the bicentennial, John Lewis Stage published a great, large-format, book titled "The Birth of America," photographed with the original Nikon F and Nikkor lenses. I worked for an audio-visual production company at the time, and had difficulty convincing the other photographers and graphics people that the photographs had not been made with a 4x5.

My first professional camera was a Nikon F, bought in 1969. Used Nikons and Nikkormats until I bought an F2. I hated that clunker. In 1979 I switched to Olympus OM. I loved, loved, loved that system -- carried it on documentary assignments to 27 countries on five continents, plus a ton of editorial and commercial work in the U.S.

I actually held on to my OMs two years longer than I should have, in hope they would come out with a professional-grade auto-focus system. By 1992 my aging eyes could wait no longer.

Since the photographer with whom I shared studio space had Nikon equipment, I reasoned that I could get a Nikon AF body, list my OM stuff on e-Bay, and, as it sold, use the money to buy Nikon lenses and another body. Meanwhile, I could borrow his lenses as needed.

Since I mostly shot slide film and usually bracketed exposures, what followed was a year of increasing frustration with Nikon's focus-hold-the-button-recompose dance, compounded by the fact that the AF on my Nikon 8008 and 6006 hunted for focus like a hound dog with a cold in its nose. Then I read about Canon's Custom Function 4 (back button focus). My first EOS locked on focus like a pit bull.

I have been using Canons for 23 years now, and have never looked back. Currently, I find that the 6D, which is the smallest and lightest full-frame camera, does everything good, like a camera should. :o)

Gato said...

So a Sigma lens sucked you back into the Nikon system? Interesting.

Kirk Tuck said...

yes. That and the D610. I know, I know, I could use the Sigma with Canon or Sigma cameras but who would willingly choose a "lesser" sensor?

Dave Jenkins said...

Me. Because the sensor is not the only consideration. Good enough is good enough.

Kirk Tuck said...

Dave, of course I was kidding. But you know that, right?

Dave Jenkins said...

Um, yeah, I kinda remember reading a statement somewhat to that effect somewhere on your blog sometime. Or maybe I just dreamed it. . .

The 6D is like the baby bear's porridge. Not to hot, not to cold, just right.