Blue Hour Photography in Singapore and Beyond

What I am Doing Now (30 September 2022)

Over the last few months, I’ve got a number of gear in and out. Here are the main changes.

In: Nikon Z 6II , M.Zuiko 45mm (f/1.8) , Manfrotto 055XPRO4

Out: Nikon D610 , Nikon 14mm (f/2.8) , Manfrotto 190CXPRO3

I had a difficult time finding a buyer for Nikon 14mm (f/2.8). Apparently, this lens isn’t owned by many photographers (it means unpopular 😅), but it’s a beautiful piece of glass, and it can take on ND filters (albeit using gel filters on the rear), which was rare for 14mm focal length back in the days of DSLR.

Nikon 14mm (f/2.8) lens. A beautiful glass, but no autofocus with mirrorless bodies.

That said, one big deal-breaker for potential buyers was that it doesn’t autofocus on mirrorless cameras (via the Z mount adapter) due to being an AF-D lens. Manual focus still works, but I doubt any mirrorless user would be interested in it.

By the way, I bought this lens in 2016 to supplement my main lens, Nikon 18-35mm (f/3.5-4.5) , thinking that 14mm can cover the locations where 18mm isn’t wide enough, but ended up not using it very often. In hindsight, it was a mistake to pay so much (approx. SGD2800) for a lens that’s only meant to play second fiddle.

Going forward, I’ll just go with one lens, 18-35mm. As long as I continue to live in Singapore, 90% of cityscape photography spots can be covered within this focal range, anyway. 😀

Updated on 30 September 2022 from Singapore.

2 Comments

Daniel
September 30, 2022 | Permalink

Funny enough a lot of mirrorless users actually like manual lenses since these cameras have focus peaking so it’s much easier to obtain focus with them compared to DSLR’s.

Regardless lucky you finally managed to sell it and congrats 😀

    September 30, 2022 | Permalink

    Oh, I didn’t know that. 😅 For shooting cityscapes on a tripod, autofocus isn’t really needed, but this lens was under-used, anyway, so I wanted to let it go. I’ll go with 18-35mm until there is a noticeably sharper lens coming out.

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