Before & After – eyes have it

I shoot all my photos almost exclusively with my Nikon D60. I also have a little Nikon Cool Pix that I use occasionally. The quality is good with the point-n-shoot, but I love my DSLR camera.

When I got O’Dell (that’s what call Him), a 18-55mm lens was included and I shot only with that for months. Since then I have added three more lenses to my arsenal:

  • 55-200mm zoom
  • 50mm f/1.8 prime
  • 20mm f/2.8 macro/wide-angle

I use all of these, each for different reasons.

The zoom I use for a lot of my close-up shots, but with my new 20mm, I’m experimenting with it. As a wide-angle, I can get in close, but include more image in the shot. The zoom is great for wildlife shots too. I can capture a skittish bird or potentially hungry alligator without having to get so close I give myself away.

If I want really sharp photos, I use the 50mm. Other photographers also swear by this lens for portrait work for the image quality.

The only drawbacks to each of my fixed length lenses, it that there is no auto-focus. I have terrible vision, so manually focusing can sometimes be a problem. But, with my instant replay, I can zoom in the image to check focus, and try again if needed.

I wanted to show the difference in lenses here. Using two different subjects, I took a photo with each lens. I set the camera on Priority and shot from the same location. Each image is Straight out of Camera. The only editing was to resize.

The first shot is a landscape: (I captioned each with the focal length and lens used)

200mm zoom
50mm - prime
35mm standard
20mm - wide angle/macro

The second shot is a close up: (same subject, same settings)

Because each focal length is different, especially with the fixed lenses, I moved toward the subject until I was as close as I could be and still get the image in focus. With the 20mm lens, I was probably less than a foot away, with the 200mm, I was at least three feet away.

200mm - zoom
50mm - prime
35mm - standard
20mm - wide angle/macro
Cropped, clockwise from left: 200mm, 50, 35, 20

*resizing and collage created with

5 thoughts on “Before & After – eyes have it

  1. I loved this edition!

    Sorry I am not playing anymore, I am horrible at keeping on track with any of this stuff 😦

    The class is in the glass. I cannot wait to expand my collection someday.


  2. What’s interesting to me is the shift in color in the four photos at the bottom. The 200 and the 35 show a big shift toward Blue. Very interesting.

    I have autofocus on all three of my Canon lenses, including the 50mm, f1.8. In that I’m lucky. But as soon as my adapter comes (on order), I’m going to be able to mount the lenses from my Exakta cameras on my Canon – and I will lose all my Automation features.


    These old manual lenses have distance scales on the lens barrel, and as long as I can figure out how far my subject is from the lens, I can focus, properly, without looking into the viewfinder to do it.

    THAT is the biggest defect in the new lenses as far as I can see. No distance scale – which almost forces one to use Auto Focus. Which may not be the best way to do things. Sometimes.


  3. I love this one – this is one of the few lessons I HAVE learned about cameras. It’s actually a post I keep putting off that I was going to similar to this showing myself how the background changes so much depending on the lens and zoom used. Now I need to learn my terminology better 😉 I love your lessons!


  4. These are stunning. I absolutely love the third one.

    You are making me jealous, of your camera, and of getting to be next to that lake.


Join the discussion...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.