The Lens That Came to Lunch.

It was supposed to be a casual lunch with one of my best friends. We'd eat some good Mexican food and just catch up a bit about business, photography and the business of photography; as well as the state of the world, families and everything else.

As soon as we order our combination plates (enchilada verdes, enchilada mole, shredded pork, pickled onions and rice and beans, my lunch companion pulled out a bubble-wrapped package and handed it to me. I unwrapped it to find a pristine Sigma Art Series 50mm f1.4 in a Nikon mount.

"Since you're back into some Nikon gear I thought you might want to re-evaluate this lens. I believe you owned one not too long ago...." He said with a devilish grin.

I'd forgotten just how big and heavy this lens is but I've never forgotten the amazing performance this lens used to deliver for me. As you know the 50mm normal lens is the sweet spot of focal lengths for me and I'm happy to have this one in the fold instead of relying on the on the 50mm AF-D 1.8.

It's a perfect match for the D700. And the D800e.

I picked up the check at lunch. It seemed the right thing to do...


HR said...

On this Saturday morning in Japan while having my morning coffee your talk of Mexican food in Austin fills me with nostalgia. Years of living in Japan, Hawaii, Canada, and other places means I almost never have my beloved Tex-Mex from Austin and San Antonio anymore. It has been more than 4 years since I have been back there for a visit and a chance to have some and also Texas BBQ. Also it would be great to see a couple of old friends and family. Maybe this year?

Roger Jones said...

It's good to have friends.

Anonymous said...

In the sixties I went from my trusty 8X10 Deardorfs to Arca Swiss (big money then).
Eventually went back to the wood cameras because they were much faster to use rather than turning gears.
Since 2000 chased technology with what I would say little advantage with every upgrade.
(Kodak, Canon, Nikon, Phase, Hasselblad and Sony)
Money that would have been better applied to retirement or if foolish a brand new Aston Martin.

Anonymous said...

I need more friend like yours! Have not had anyone bring me a lens for lunch. Tasty I'll bet.