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New Camera Lens – The Good, The Bad

February 16th, 2009 · 9 Comments

There’s really no ugly! Here, I’ll show you the good…

Azalea 2-14-09

You can check out the higher resolution photo on Flickr.

My sweet husband got me a new lens for Valentine’s Day!  It’s not the lens I daydream about, but it has some good points.  A very good point is that it didn’t break the bank!  It’s a Sigma 18-50mm f3.5-5.6 lens.  I like using it at 18mm to get photos like the one above.   I did need to crop it and sharpen it, but I don’t think I could get this kind of closeness with either of my other lenses.  (Sorry, I don’t know the proper photographic terms for a lot of things!)

Here’s another one I’m happy with…

Playing with my new lens

Okay, here I was going to tell you about the bad, but in looking over my photos again, I think it might just be my inexperience that caused the bad.  I’ll show you anyway, and tell me what you think…is it the lens or the photographer!

Not my girl, she’s the best!  The whitishness at the bottom of the photo.  I thought it was the lens, but now, looking some more, I think it might be from the sun.  I wasn’t using a lens hood.  I’m so not used to being outside in the sun!  (It’s sunny again today!  Cold, but sunny!  Yay!  Let’s just forget about the snowstorm forecast for the weekend.)  I didn’t have the white effect on some photos I took facing in a different direction.  What do you think?

This weekend we actually went out on Sunday.  That’s unusual for us, we are such homebodies.  We went to a train museum.  My teen-aged son stayed home.  No need to torture him with too much family time!  We had a good time and it was fun to do something different.  How was your Valentine’s weekend?

Tags: Family · Photography

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kim@ForeverWherever // Feb 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I think it’s the direction of the sun. The earlier photos looked clear. I’ve had that happen before. Try it a few more times to check.

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    Kim@ForeverWherever’s last blog post..Bringing Outside In!

  • 2 ELK // Feb 16, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    hi what a happy lady with a new lens…I am not the person to ask about the exposure in your daughters pic but I agree it is the sun…

    we are homebodies too but that is OK!


  • 3 Lynn Daniels // Feb 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but my first thought was there was something else there, just barely outside the field of view. That happens to me sometimes, especially when I’m resting the camera/lens on something to steady it. If I’m using a wide focal length it’ll just barely catch the edge of whatever I’m resting on. I just crop it out in post-processing.

    It could probably be a lens hood issue, too, although I’ve never experienced anything like that because of lack of lens hood.

    If it doesn’t happen again, I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

    Lynn Daniels’s last blog post..I Demand a Do-Over

  • 4 Gayle // Feb 16, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Kim!
    Yes, I have to get out tomorrow if the weather is decent and take some more photos and see how they come out.

    Hi ELK!
    I do think it was the sun. Tomorrow I will shoot in the other direction!

    Hi Lynn!
    I am also going to try shooting with the lens hood on and see how that comes out.

  • 5 maya | springtree road // Feb 17, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    i really can’t say either way. keep taking pictures with it as often as you can and see how it goes.

    maya | springtree road’s last blog post..If you’d like to visit the South

  • 6 Gayle // Feb 17, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Hi maya!

    I will. With this cold weather and everything looking so dreary and dull outside, I’m having trouble being motivated to take pictures. Sigh.

  • 7 Monkey's Momma // Feb 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I so cannot wait for Spring. I am so tired of dreariness. I want pretty, bright things to photograph, ya know?

    Monkey’s Momma’s last blog post..Skoy Cloth Giveaway!

  • 8 Gayle // Feb 18, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Monkey’s Momma!

    Me, too!

  • 9 Hooked On My New Lens…I Think // Feb 19, 2009 at 11:30 pm

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