My Favorite Lens …. of the moment.

I am super impressed with the Nikon 180mm F2.8 ED prime lens, Nikon stopped making these in the late 90’s. Parts or not available either for repair. But it is an exquisite lens with dreamy bokeh even wide open at f2.8. They do appear on Ebay at times, mostly you find them in Japan. Buy wisely.

It’s an older screw-type Nikon lens, well made with a nice textured barrel. At f4.0 it is sharp as a tack. I’ve heard other comments about purple fringing by some. Since I typically prefer black and white, fringing is not nearly as important there. It does visually alter sharpness on the fringe edge, but sometimes that can result in a nice effect as well.

I have used this lens on both a D700 and a D750 with stunning results. It is a lens you can also manually focus. I know, no one does that anymore. Try it, you might like it. If you choose to do that and you camera will access it, I recommend the Nikon 1.3x eyepeice magnifier to assist in manual focus.

The crop of Bailey below is an example using the D750 at iso 128000 f2.8 @200th/sec. For $400, this is one of the best glass values on the market today. You can see the background about 5 feel behind Bailey. The focus depth is a bit critical at f2.8- Bailey’s nose will sometimes be soft when keeping eyes sharp. Much easier at f4.0. I’ve never shot above f4.0- I can only assume that it would be excellent to f8 or above.


Welcome to the ShootHouston

I love photography. I enjoy the fact I can capture memories, places, people and things. Once captured, these images stay with me forever. 

Most of you can guess that I am located in Houston.

I shoot a mixture of film and digital work. Film seems to be enjoying a resurgence of late; it boggles my mind to think that there are people on this planet that have never seen a film camera in use.

I have Nikon F3, F4s, F5, F100, and Fuji 6X9 film cameras.

I have Nikon D90, D7000, D700, D750 and D800 digital cameras.

And I own several shelf shooters, including the Kodak Brownie pictured above.

As you would expect, I have many lenses. Glass is the best investment. Sharp glass never grows old. I have several manual (gasp!) lenses that I find are as sharp as their autofocus cousins. 

So feel free to look around and comment if you like.