I hope all you out there celebrating Halloween had a great time on Monday! We certainly had a blast in our household.
Our six-year-old dressed up as a “stealth ninja” (not just any old ninja he is quick to say). And our three-year-old went as a wizard, a home-made costume created by my DSW 4-years ago for our older son. They both had matching glowing blue swords, because, well, don’t ninjas and wizards need them?
I actually had trick-or-treating in mind when I rented a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G lens for the week. I considered shooting film initially, but then decided I was foolish to pass on our DSLR’s low-light ability and immediate feedback.
The angle-of-view was a bit tight using this lens on our D300 due to the smaller sensor crop factor, but it still worked out. I never had to backup further than the curb to nicely frame each home’s walkway and front door where the eager kids had buckets outstretched.
A friend who was out with us commented on how good my pictures looked, and how natural the flash lighting was. Then I reminded her I wasn’t using flash and she was quite amazed.
Most shots worked with available light @ ISO 800 to 1600 and still keeping around 1/50 shutter and an aperture between f/1.4-2.8.
I am a bit more tempted by this lens now that I have used it in very low-light situations. Hopefully I can shoot something else with it before I have to return it on Friday.
And a big congratulations to my DSW on her blog’s 600th post! Quilt Otaku is going strong after nearly five years.