I finally bought a prime lens

I decided to buy a 35mm prime lens (Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX).  My existing lenses are:

  • Tokina ATX 116 PRO DX AF11-16mm F/2.8
  • Nikon AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED DX VR II

The Nikon is a bit soft, which may be due to a fall it had a few years ago and I never got it looked it.  I was keen on trying the prime lens for a number of reasons

  1. Having a prime lens means you have to work a bit harder to get a good composition, so you are forced to take your time.
  2. There are fewer lenses inside, so the image quality should in theory be better.
  3. This one has a maximum aperture of f/1.8, which means that it's possible to get the background to blur more, which should be better for taking flowers and trees.  I think.

As it's nice and light, I took it out with me when I went out with the dogs earlier today just to have a play. Having the dogs with me means that the point (1) goes out of the window!  I took quite a few photos of trees, which didn't come out too well as I wasn't able to focus correctly.  I also took some flowers, which were ok:

And some grass:

And one focus tree...

Nothing spectacular, but it gives me an idea of what the lens can do and what I need to do to get some good images with it.

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