Saturday, September 3, 2011
New (to me) Lens! Sigma 50mm f/2.8 AF-D Macro lens, Nikon mount
In 1976, when I was 13, I found a camera box in a "catch-all" closet in our house.
I opened it up, and there was a Kodak Pony IV 35mm camera in it's leather case with accessories!
I had a Vivitar 110 pocket camera that I used, but this looked like a REAL camera.
I asked if I could use it, and my parents said yes, if I learned how myself. Because they hadn't used it in so many years that neither one could tell me how to work it.
Over the next few months I checked out library books from the junior high and high school as I finished 8th grade and entered the 9th grade.
I learned f-stops and shutter speeds and film ASA (now ISO) number.
I've enjoyed photography for 35 years now. Sometimes passionately and sometimes I let my cameras gather dust as my family responsibilities (and my kids) grew.
This week, I bought my first true macro lens.
I use a Nikon D90, and I bought a used Sigma 50mm f/2.8 AF-D Macro lens from a man on eBay.
It's an older model, but this thing gets to life size, 1:1, at it's closest focus point.
I've used screw on close up filter sets from time to time, but this lens opens up a whole new world for me.
It might be an older lens with older technology as compared to the latest aspherical lens, super-multi-coated, hypersonic motored lenses from Nikon, Canon and even Sigma and other 3rd party lenses, but I'm LOVING this thing so far.