It’s been quite a while since I went out for the express purpose of taking pictures, and may be a while yet. Sure, I have two or three assignments per week, but that’s not the same. And when I’m not doing enough shooting, I tend to surf the Internet looking at gear instead of photos. This week I convinced myself that I needed to replace my ancient 85mm f/1.8 lens with a Nikon 105mm f/2.0 DC lens. I read reviews, looked at sample images, and spent several nights tossing and turning while imagining the amazing portraits I would take with the DC lens.
I also spent several of my waking hours belaboring the 85’s focus issues, metering issues, etc. I’ve probably posted this before – I go through this every few months.
Knowing that I’m the sort of person that cannot resist temptation and must therefore avoid it, and knowing that it’s maritally unwise to plop down $1,000 or more for a lens I don’t really need, I tried to calm my lens mania today by putting the 85 on the camera and keeping it nearby while I went about my chores. When Meemo the cat conquered the vacuum cleaner, I grabbed a few shots. Reviewing them later on the computer, I saw that although they were unremarkable photographs, the lens had performed admirably. How easily we come to take our old friends for granted. The lens produces nice bokeh, performs well in low light, and when it does autofocus properly, it’s very, very sharp. Sure, the lens has issues, but like an old friend, I’m going to stick with it anyway.