First Click: Nikon D7100

To me, photography is an art of observation and finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. It is a love affair with life that I will never get tired of putting an effort and time.

Like what I’ve discussed on my camera setup post, my parents with the help of my girlfriend, I was finally able to get my first camera body. It is not exactly what I really want but this one will do. I just need something to start with and continue my studies and journey in the world of photography. I can’t thank you all enough, and this is the least I can do to show my appreciation of your help.

First click is photo series I thought of making for every photography equipments and accessories that I would acquire from this point, and as my skill and knowledge improves. The purpose is to showcase the output of each equipment and to share some know hows.

These are some of the shots I’ve taken with my new camera using a 50mm f1.8D Nikkor lens, not the G. This is the AF model without Silent Wave Motor since my camera has a built in focusing motor that actually offers smooth operation than any in glass focusing motor. The main downside with this lens is the dimension, it looks a bit small for a prime but can’t complain much when it’s doing the job well. It is sharp, fast and really good at low light and provide better detail than any zoom lens.

The other downside is that when you are in AF mode and the camera is focusing on a subject, you can hear the motor and the blades move as you track your subject. It is not that much of a noise if you are just shooting stills but for video, you need to look elsewhere. The G version should do or even better like 50mm 1.4G.

You can’t also rest your fingers in the focusing ring since the primary glass is attached to it, unlike other variants which have an AF/M mode that you can manually override even if auto focus mode is on. You need to be extra careful with the front element glass, bump it into something and you’ll likely destroy it. Get a lens hood the moment you receive the same lens model.

I didn’t talk much about the body since they all perform the same with some of the high end models having added features like WiFi, more focus points, buffer size, and sensor. Actually, a lot but it won’t be much of a big deal if you are not using it to its full potential and attaching crappy lenses, and living your photography life in auto mode or relying too much in AF. What I’m trying to say is, the most important thing any photographer can have is a good lens, and a good eye. Skills and glass.

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