In the process of going freelance full time I have bought a few bits and bobs, from a D800 to a pair of Cactus RF60 flash guns to a Manfrotto light stand.
The one stand out object in my camera bag right now though is a Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens.
That extra stop over the f2.8 aperture that most of my other lenses have is like crossing over into another dimension. In terms of depth of field, the ability too isolate a tiny point of sharpness in the frame whilst the rest of the image falls away into bokeh is a magnificent thing.
The bokeh that is produced by this lens is truly spectacular and I fell for the 50mm f1.4 instantly. From the first frame I exposed with it I knew that it was going too produce special images for me and it delivers time after time.
A word of caution to myself must be that I cannot let the f1.4 take over. The best effects are used sparingly to have the highest impact.
The biggest problem for me right now, though, is wrestling the lens off my wife’s camera ….
[Note: If you are unfamiliar with the concept of ‘Bokeh’ try here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh]