February 19, 2012

A new lens, weddings, gummi bears & dirty floors.

Last week, I took delivery of two new lenses and giddiness doesn’t even come close to describing my excitement.

While I’ve been happy with the results my old Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 Macro delivered, I’ve always hated having to lug such a huge, bulky and heavy lens around. Add those 3lbs to a camera that itself weighs close to 3lbs and hold it up for 6+ hours every weekend and you know why I don’t have to work out during the summer. Toned arms or not, it never saw much action. So I got myself Nikon’s highly praised 105mm f 2.8 – a lens that doubles as a micro (why Nikon insists on calling it “micro” as opposed to “macro”, I’ll never know) lens as well as a portrait lens.

So here it is in all its beauty – my Nikon 105mm f2.8

Vermont Wedding Photographer, Nikon 105 mm prime lens

Purrrrrrrr. I’m in love. This lens is so quiet, I could hardly believe it. Fast and quiet focus!!!! And it delivers stunning results. As a macro/micro lens, it just blew me away … I must have spent hours on the floor taking close ups of tea leaves, gummi bears and my wedding ring. I also mercilessly stalked my family.

The 105mm lens used as a portrait lens:
Vermont Wedding Photographer, portrait of a white cat

And used as a micro lens. Cool, isn’t it?
Vermont Wedding Photographer, close up of a dog's eye

On to my study of gummi bears. Seriously, I have the best job in the world. Gummi Bears AND photography!!!
Vermont wedding photographer, Haribo Gummi Bears

Vermont Wedding Photographer, close up of colorful Gummi Bears

Vermont Wedding Photographer, close up of white Haribo gummi bear

My beloved tea set (organic green tea only, I’m a total tea snob) – although Damian remarked that my hand-rolled tea leaves resembled something else entirely. Men.
Vermont Wedding Photographer, green tea set

Vermont Wedding Photographer, close up of Chinese green tea kettle

Vermont Wedding Photographer, rolled tea leaves close up

Vermont Wedding Photographer, green tea leaves

The edge of my loktah packaging. Love how the background just pleasantly fades away. Did I mention how much I love this lens? While I was already excited about this upcoming wedding season and all my awesome couples, I’m now extremely excited about photographing all those cool wedding details with this lens. And to take even more awesome portraits.
Vermont Wedding Photographer, torn edge of Loktah paper

Micro lenses do have a distinct downside, though. I realized two things:
a) I need to clean my floors
b) my wedding ring needs buffing

Vermont Wedding Photographer, close up photo of wedding ring and tea leaves

This coming week, I will be testing my new Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 lens which replaced my old Sigma lens.

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
Your Vermont wedding photographer

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  1. Kim

    February 20th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Very cool pics Katrin! Could you sneak up on some birds and take a few cool pics love to see the detail. The cat pic and line of Gummi Bears are my fav!! Your awesome….:-) Oh….. and never bring that lens to my house…..:-)

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