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Finally, a "ski-related" photo:



Nikon D90; Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G AF-S

ISO: 400; exposure: f/1.4 @ 1/2000th; WB: daylight; lighting: daylight-balanced fluorescents, tungsten.

Slight color correction.


Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G AF-S $439 (USA-warranted version):





Fresh off the UPS truck last week, I've only just started playing with my new Nikkor 50mm (75mm-equivalent) f/1.4G AF-S. It has no aperture ring, hence the 'G' moniker, but it's Nikon's latest 50mm 'S' lens, and also their fastest auto-focus lens in that focal length (Nikon doesn't make a 50mm f/1.2 AF-S lens . . . yet). Not necessarily always faster-focusing, 'S' lenses employ an internal "Silent-Wave" motor (equivalent to Canon's "USM") that is, if nothing else, "silent." In fact, many non-'S' Nikkor lenses still auto-focus blazingly fast due to their short gearing ratio. This lens feels "heftier" than its non-'S' counterpart, due to its premium Nikon finish: a metal-feeling, textured barrel, as opposed to most other Nikkors' shiny, "cheaper-feeling," plastic-ey barrel.


Read Ken Rockwell's excellent review of the new 'S'-version of Nikon's venerable 50mm f/1.4 lens here:

Ken Rockwell Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Review


Low-light sample image *(totally non-ski related):



Nikon D90; Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G AF-S

ISO: 800; exposure: f/1.4 @ 1/320th; WB: tungsten; lighting: fluorescent, sodium-vapor.



*[Come next season, I plan to dedicate a few half-days on the mountain to shooting some decent skiing photos, so I'll finally be able to post some on-topic thread content in this section for a change. Thanks to all you nice people here at Epic, you guys have gotten me excited about photography again, and I can't wait for the opportunity to shoot some actual ski-stoke pics! Coming here to Epic was the best thing to happen to my photography in five years. Thank you, Epic members (and, Trekchick, in particular). Still fretting and deciding on my new long-lens purchase choice for that future assignment.]

Edited by studio460 - 5/8/10 at 2:32am