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While hiking to stretch my legs I spied two different types of Wild Mushrooms.
I have no idea what their names are. Since I have no knowledge of which ones are harmless ~vs~ those that are deadly I have a healthy
respect fear of them in the wild.
Aside from photographing them that is. They make wonderful subjects for macro/close up imagery.
I think these are in the Shelf Mushroom family. I liked the big one on top that looks like a fan. The stripes had a greenish/gray hue that I liked. I spied them growing on a fallen log just off trail.
These Brown ones below were growing under Valley Oaks among the fallen leaves and twigs. I laid down on my stomach to see if I could spy any Fairy Folk, but they must have known I would do that and scattered among the leaves and debris. Sadly, I didn’t spy one. Not one! 😦
I was hiking with a new lens. I’ve longed for a replacement lens for my very old 28-105mm Nikkor lens. Nikon replaced the 28-105mm with an AF-S 24-120mm f/4 VR lens in 2003. That version doesn’t get good reviews . I didn’t upgrade to that one since my old 28-105mm was better.
In 2010 Nikon improved the Af-S 24-120mm f/4 VR adding VR II, better lens coatings, and some other things so it’s sharper at the wide end, and the long end: that version is still sold new today. It’s well liked, at least a lot better than the first version was. It’s the lens I replaced my 28-105mm with. I’ve had it now about a month, and I like it. I’ve wanted a lens a bit wider, and longer for a long time for a walk-around/hiking lens. My lens as you can imagine is old. Nikon hasn’t supported it for a long time now so should it break finding parts is going to be really hard, and finding somewhere to fix it might prove just as hard. Replacing it has been on my mind for several years.
Just after the Holidays Nikon had a sale on their Refurbished lenses and the AF-S 24-120mm f/4 G ED VR II was on the list. The price was right… so, after stalling and/or balking on the purchase for several years I finally pushed the “buy” button.
Early impressions are good. I think I’m going to be able to live with this lens for many years. At least as many as I have the old 28-105mm lens.
Of course cameras improve with every new version released which can make the lenses of yesterday and today redundant in resolving power. Which is what I faced with my 28-105mm. It isn’t as sharp on my Df as it was my D700. When I upgraded the D700 to the D810 which has 36 mega pixels ~vs~ 12mp I was afraid my old lenses wouldn’t resolve on it well. Reviews since have proven that. 🙂 I haven’t even tried my old 28-105mm on it since it’s not quite as sharp on the Df at 16.2 MP. I’m keeping it to use on my Df though. Just a little added sharpening and contrast is all it needs on that camera. I LOVE my Df. I think I should have just bought another one of those, but that’s another post.
Too much gear talk? I’m wild about gear. I could talk about it all day…well not all day, but for a good while! 🙂 Anyway, because I was testing out the lens at this stage I wasn’t carrying my Canon 500D Close-Up lens, or a macro lens. I wanted to see just how close I could focus with this lens, and find out how the images look.
They’re not bad. If I had carried my tripod they probably would be better, but since it was quick “stretch my legs” hike I didn’t carry it.
I am now looking forward Spring when I’ll be carrying my close-up lens with me everywhere to see how much closer I can get, and get really close. 🙂
I’m so excited for the possibilities this lens brings me when opportunities arise in the Spring, and using my LensBaby lenses, and Macro Lens. It’s so hard for me to pick a favorite lens. I love every lens I own. I don’t know how I would ever be able to pick just one! I’d need at least 3 to be truly happy.
What about you, could you live happily with just one lens? Do you use one lens 90-100% of the time? What lens would you choose if you could only have one?
Nikon D810| Nikkor 24-120mm| SanDisk Digital Film| PS CC 2018
more to come…