Sunday 21 March 2010

Just when you think you are sorted

When i purchased all my new Nikon gear i was very particular in what lenses i got, I bought purely for full frame cameras knowing that they would work well on a cropped body, The wides include the 14-24 and 24-70, mid range covered by the 70-200 and 200-400 and then the 600 big gun, so if you look every millimetre is covered when extenders are taken into consideration, so i wouldn't need to buy any more lenses-right-well up until now yes but then i came across a small problem, The 14-24 doesn't fit the underwater housing that i have and i think that the 24-70 may be abit long for the manatee shots as i hope they get very close, it also extends abit at the wide (24mm end) and is very tight in the housing which tries to compress the lens to about 50mm unless i tape it up, So last Friday i pulled the trigger on the new Nikon 16-35 F4 VR, It doesn't extend like the 24-70 and will be about the same length as the 24-70 closed so will be easier to get in the housing, Now it may seem extravagant to fork out nearly $1300 for 2 days with the manatees and i guess it is but it has a couple of bonuses over the 14-24, firstly it takes filters and secondly it has VR which most people may seem over the top for a wide but it may save the day underwater, I have ummed and arred for a month about getting the lens but at the end of the day i can always sell it after the trip if i feel it wont be used much as i have the focal length covered by other lenses-time will tell, it should arrive here Tuesday so i will give it a workout at the local pool some time next week

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