Creatives and the Law

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Purchasing a Used Lens

In case you have not noticed I have a rather unique blogging style -- I do not write a post unless I really have something to say. That is generally the way I seek to live my life (I do not speak until I have something to say) and frankly, I think there are real benefits to it. So, as you can imagine, I have something to say...lucky you world!

Recently, I bought my very first used camera lens. Yes, up until yesterday, I have always purchased brand new Nikon lenses from an authorized Nikon reseller. I generally buy new lenses because if my $1,000+ wide-angle lens (for example) breaks or needs to be serviced, I want to be able to send it to Nikon and have it fixed without any issue and no cost (if within the warranty period). So, you might be wondering why I decided to buy a used camera lens. Well, after much research, I decided a few months ago to purchase the Nikon 70-200mm telephoto lens. Prior to purchasing that lens I learned that Nikon was planning to release its new 300mm f/4 telephoto lens and I decided that that would fit my photography needs better. Due to the inclusion of a Phase Fresnel lens element, the lens is substantially smaller and thus lighter than other lenses in its class. Unfortunately, due to the rather numerous negative reviews associated with the malfunctioning vibration reduction mechanism on this lens, I decided to hold off buying one until the issue was fixed by Nikon. Just as an FYI, both the 70-200mm lens and the new 300mm lens are priced in the $2,000 range, but I consider (and still consider) both of these lenses to be worth the investment (assuming Nikon fixes the vibration reduction issue with the 300mm telephoto). 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Benefits of Photography Classes

I try to take photo classes every now and then for a few reasons. First, it can be a great way to learn a new photo skill or technique (e.g. light painting). Second, there are certain places I just do not feel comfortable visiting alone as a petite woman so I prefer to go in a group (e.g. walking around the Tidal Basin at 9pm at night). And, finally, there are certain places you simply cannot gain access to on your own or the photography class receives special access that you might not otherwise receive if visiting on your own (e.g. ability to bring tripods into certain venues). Furthermore, photography classes are a great way to network with other photographers!