Using a 50mm Prime

This weekend me and a couple of friends from work went to Bhivpuri Falls and to Karnala Bird Sanctuary for small day long treks. The excursion in Karnala is especially invigorating, from the entrance of the sanctuary to the end of the trail at Karnala Fort, its a 3-4km walk over all kinds of terrain – rocks small & big, shallow streams, slippery muddy slopes, flat grassy paths – you name it! Anyways, I digress.

In Karnala I got a chance to really test out my new 50mm prime – the Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D. My Nikon D3100 doesn’t have a focussing motor built-in, so I cant autofocus the lens which makes it slightly inconvenient to photograph anything which moves even slightly. Also, this lens opens really wide, all the way to F/1.8, which means the depth of field is extremely shallow and this makes it very easy to miss focus when looking at the subject through the tiny viewfinder. Nevertheless, when you get the focus right, boy, the pics are tack sharp. Take a look these.

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Overall this is a great piece of glass; selling for about Rs. 5k, this lens definitely punches above its weight. I’ll be using this lens a lot more often now, both for the pics and for all the extra rigour that I have to put in to focus and frame my shots.

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