I Got a New Camera Lens! {+Photo Dump}

Hmm, I’ve made better titles. *Wince* You know you’re a photographer when you’re that excited over a new camera lens. 😄 BUT SERIOUSLY! I AM EXCITED!

I just ordered a new lens for my camera, and I am loving it! It’s a Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8 lens (see it here on Amazon), in case you were wondering. 🙂 *Update: Whoops, I accidentally said “zoom lens” at first, but I don’t think it’s actually a zoom lens. O.o*  I love all the beautiful blur and bokeh it makes in the background with the subject in sharp focus. The one thing I don’t like is that I can’t get super close-up pictures unless I crop them smaller. But anyway, I’ll keep experimenting, and in the meantime, how would you like to see about a million or so pictures? Okay, maybe closer to a thousand, but still. 😉 😛

First I want to show you the difference between my old lens and my new lens. The next (awful) picture was taken with my old lens at ISO 800.

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TERRIBLE! But the next picture was taken with my new lens at ISO 800. It’s so much brighter because it goes down to an aperture of 1.8 instead of 4 something, which means it lets in a ton more light and thus makes the entire picture brighter. Ta-daa! (Okay, I know it still isn’t a beautiful picture, but my youngest brother kindly brought the iris in for me to take pictures of with my new lens and I decided to experiment. 🙂 ) So in conclusion, this new lens is way better for indoor photography and other low-light situations.

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Now for the actually pretty pictures. 🙂 Get ready for lots of raindrops, snails, and flowers!

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I had to up the ISO quite a bit here so it’s kind of grainy, but I still like it. 🙂

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Ohhhh this next one is one of my favorites!

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As you can see, it was getting pretty dark when I took this picture. I think it looks kind of neat that way though!

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I got quite a few pictures of this cute little snail meandering over a bush. 🙂

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AWWWWW he’s so cute! 😀

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↓This poor guy’s shell looks a bit shattered.

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The next two photos are a little different. For the first one I shined (or is it shone?) a flashlight close to the drops, and for the second one I used flash. *GASP*, she used flash?! I know it does look a bit flash-y, but I thought it was worth it to capture the neat glittery effect.

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Moss pink are such adorable, bright flowers!

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Yep, it’s a fly. 🙂

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Lily of the Valley flowers are such charming little things, but goodness gracious, their perfume is so strong it nearly knocks you over! (Ha ha, I guess it can be that way with humans too. 😄 )

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I really like the next picture for some reason. It’s so crisp in the foreground and beautifully blurred in the background.

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Ahh, so pretty!

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I love this next picture! The blur makes it look so much more professional! 😀

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Taking pictures of clouds and landscapes isn’t really what this lens is made for (you can’t zoom out far enough), but I did get a decent picture of part of a cloud.

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PHEW! Are you still here? If you are, congratulations on making it through all those pictures. 😄 I hope you liked them!

Do you think snails are cute? Do you love raindrops on things as much as I do?

Have a lovely day, dear readers!

***Allison***

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76 thoughts on “I Got a New Camera Lens! {+Photo Dump}

  1. *gasps loudly* OH MY GOODNESS I AM JEALOUS. 😄 I’m currently saving up for that exact lens!! NOW I WANT IT EVEN MORE. *feverishly counts my money even though I know I don’t have enough* 😄

    -Clara ❤

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            1. Well, so far I haven’t been too impressed with the focus, actually. It seems a bit slow. But I haven’t used it very much, so it could be that I haven’t figured it out well enough yet. 🙂

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  2. Wow, you take gorgeous pictures!!! We just got a new camera and I love it! God has really blessed us with not only functioning organisms in nature but also beauty. 🌻
    God bless!
    Claire Rachel<3

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    1. Aww, thank you SO much! Nope, I didn’t name him because those pictures were of lots of different snails – they were everywhere after the rain we had! I could see about 10 from one spot. O.o 🙂

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  3. OOH, the zoom lens! I want one of those! My camera has like, no zoom, and I want to take pictures of the moon and all the faraway things. 😉
    But I did get a nice tripod at a garage sale today! *is excited* It was only $5!
    I like your snail pictures. And yes, raindrops are fun to take pictures of. 🙂

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    1. Oh wait, by “zoom lens” does it mean it can zoom up close to things, or the lens can just zoom in and out…? I think my lens is called a zoom lens, but it still doesn’t zoom far. I’m not sure how smart I am with lenses. ;P

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      1. OOPS. Like I said in my reply to your last comment, maybe this isn’t technically called a zoom lens. I’m not sure. But I changed it just in case. 😉 This lens actually can’t zoom in and out, but it’s good for close-up photography. 🙂

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    2. Yesss, they’re so fun! But actually this zoom lens is more of a macro lens than a zoom lens – it can’t actually zoom in. OH WAIT. Maybe it isn’t even called a zoom lens? Perhaps I should change that. O.o
      Anyway, wow, that’s great!
      Thanks you! They really are. 🙂

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      1. Oh, so a macro lens! 🙂 Yea, all those technical terms can be kinda confusing. I don’t really know what the ones are really called that you’d use to photograph the moon and all. ;P But a macro lens would be really fun to have too!

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  4. Shame on you for using flash!!!!! 😉 Haha, no seriously, those are amazing photos! I have a macro zoom lens and it is amazing for ring shots…. just saying. 🙂
    I love playing with the “dew on flowers”. There’s just so many possibilities!!

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  5. Those raindrops had me gaping! They are soooo amazing! And the little snail is sweet. 50 mm is my favourite lens in photography, and I enjoy experimenting with it. 🙂

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  6. Yep, I totally got excited when I saw the title. 😄 I’ve been wanting that exact lens every since I got my Canon. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it before long.

    Great job on the pictures, they looked really professional! I’ll confess that I gasped when I saw the last dew drop photo. 😁

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  7. Ahhh soooo absolutely positively beautifully wonderfully brilliantly gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. The 50mm lens 1.8 is my very favorite lens! I use canon, so I have the canon version of the lens you used 🙂 . I saw immediate improvement when I got mine. Your pictures are great, and I love your style and perspective!…Funny, you pretty much summarized my thoughts on that lens. 😀

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  9. Oh, that’s so cool that you got a new lens for your camera! I really like your pictures. One of my favorites is the one of the lush, green leaves near the top of the post. 🙂
    ~Christian Homeschooler
    P.S. Did you ever receive my email that I sent a while ago? I don’t want to bother you, but I was just just wondering. 🙂

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    1. Yeah! 😀 Thanks so much! Oh yes, they’re dogwood leaves that were shining in the sun. 🙂
      P. S. Oh, it’s not a bother at all! Thanks for asking! Unfortunately I don’t think I did, but let me check… Nope, I don’t see any… did you mean the one with the YouTube video “Earth Quakes and Spaceships”? That’s the last one I got and I think I replied to it. I’m so sorry! Maybe you should try sending it again?

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        1. Oh, whoops! I guess it was my fault then. O.o I’m pretty sure I sent it, but it probably just didn’t go through, so sure, I’ll send it again! 😀 Thanks again for reminding me!

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  10. Beautiful pictures, Allison! And that snail was a cutie! 😉 Raindrops are so cool too, they show up so great in nature! I thought the one where you experimented (the bright one) was pretty! 😀

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