Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I did it...

I've been wanting this for MONTHS... Literally just under a year...

and while I've certainly spent this amount of money on many other items this year, somehow my excitement around this purchase made me hesitate and wait for a "special occasion" before giving in.

And so... since bonus payout is happening at work in the next couple weeks. I just bought myself my DREAM lens:
The AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6

Well so, it's not exactly a special occasion, but with a decent sized chunk of money coming - it seems a better time. Also, I find that I'm using my camera almost daily (a true nerd) and am switching out my 3 lenses:

~AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6
~AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8
~AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (which came with my camera)

repeatedly to get the right shot. The 18-200mm won't replace the 50mm prime, but it WILL be able to pretty much replace the 18-55mm kit lens and the 70-300mm zoom while also providing Vibration Reduction and auto-focus ability on my D40 (I have to manually focus the 70-300mm and the 50mm).
This is what I'll be packing now - yikes! (thanks to Ken Rockwell)

This Nikkor 18-200mm lens is quite a famous lens. It is the best selling camera lens OF ALL TIME and OF ALL BRANDS (that's right - that includes Canon lenses too). It used to be as difficult to get as a Cabbage Patch doll in 1983 - and way more expensive too. But they've come down in price and increased in ease of attainment for some reason over the last couple years. So searching on Amazon proved easily fruitful last night, whereas a couple years ago you'd have to get on a wait-list for months on B&H! And perhaps pay a good $50-100 more! Hallelujah! Patience does pay off!

I'm super excited. It's actually ridiculous how excited I am. And boy, they're not kidding when they say photography is an expensive hobby. I'm worried my next dream lens might be 4 figures. Or worse - that I might decide I now need an additional body.

But for now... I'm just happy. And excited. And looking forward to some fun photography. Fall, the holidays, my best friend's wedding, my puppy... my life.


  1. Word. Now you can be a more stealthy paparazzo.

  2. Purty!! Congrats! I have a Canon Rebel and my favorite lens is the 100mm/f2.8 - after I got it, I almost never use my 50mm anymore. I agree with you about photography - I knew it was an expensive hobby and I resisted the pull as long as I could until I couldn't stand the quality of my point-and-shoot pics anymore and went kicking and screaming into that abyss/money pit:)

  3. nice! i continue to live vicariously through you lise!

  4. My most favorite lens of all time. Have thousands of shots with it on my D200 and they all come out perfectly (mostly). Congratulations!

  5. ooh very cool!!!
    i bought my nikon d60 about 6 months ago and i can't afford any extra lenses at the moment. but i can live vicariously through your purchases. how about a macro/micro lens next??? =)