This Lens has intrigued me for quite sometime.
My inspiration came from reviewing the possibility of purchasing the Nikon 24 -70mm 2.8. I decide against this Lens simply because on my DX D7100, I would not get the benefit of the 24mm.
The 1.5 Crop Factor would have given me a field of view “equivalent” to 35mm on a Full Frame Camera. It seemed pointless at this stage making the investment in this Lens and not getting the full value.
After doing some research, I came across the Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 and the field of view for this DX Lens has been designed for a DX Camera and is equivalent to 25.5mm – 82.5mm on a Full Frame. Do you notice anything interesting about this field of view focal length for this particular Lens?
I began to experience some level of excitement simply because this is the DX version of the classic Nikon 24 – 70 mm.
I went to my local camera shop to test drive this lens and had the sales assistant take a shot of me with this lens mounted on my camera. The photograph straight out of my camera sold me on this lens and I decided then and there this would be a lens I would love to own.
Now, I have to say, when it comes to reviewing camera equipment, I am the last person to be evaluating the ins and outs, the mathematical computation, the pixel peeping etc on any Lens or Camera. All I care about is, does this particular Lens support me in achieving my outcome? - which is to capture vibrant, vivid and compelling images.
I am happy to say that the Nikon 17 – 55 mm f2.8 has fulfilled all of my expectations and then some. It has been mounted on my Nikon D7100 and it is a perfect fit – balances perfectly, a little bit heavy and yet I feel comfortable with the added weight.
What I like most about this Lens, along with the 2.8 constant aperture throughout the zoom range is the simple fact that it feels like I have a number of prime Lenses in one. I've been shooting seriously for about 18 months and discovered my passion for the 35mm lens. If you take in the 1.5 Crop Factor of the DX system, that equates to about 50mm. I am actually referring to 35mm on a Full Frame. This came about simply because I have been shooting with my pocket Fuji X – 100 T which is a fixed Prime Lens set at 23 mm which comes with a field of view equivalent to 34.5/35mm on a Full Frame.
The Nikon 17-55mm has three key focal lengths that appeal to me when I'm out shooting:
17mm: 25mm “FOV” equivalent on FX = Wide Angle Shooting
24mm: 35mm “FOV” equivalent on FX = Shooting Street Photography
55mm: 82.5mm “FOV” equivalent on FX = Street Portraits
These focal lengths with a constant Aperture of 2.8 throughout the zoom range have made this a worthwhile investment.
I have been shooting with this lens for the last week and I'm absolutely delighted with it. I've heard other people say this lens has stayed on the body of their camera and hasn't come off and I am beginning to understand why.
It ticks all the right boxes in terms of the different subjects I enjoy shooting. As someone who enjoys travelling and travelling with one camera and one lens, this is an ideal outcome.
I thought it would be interesting to support this blog review with some images from my recent adventure using this lens. All of the images were shot in Raw Mode, imported into Lightroom 5 with some processing. I wanted to experiment with the power of this lens in combination with my D7100 to see the depth and vibrant quality of the colours and contrast this combination would produce.
You can decide for yourself and see if the Nikon 17 – 55 mm lens on a Crop Sensor body like the D 7100 is a match made in heaven.
To start off, here's a wide angle shot at 17mm.
I love shooting long exposures during The Blue Hour and here is a shot of Wembley Stadium at 17mm.
Here is a street image shot at 24 mm
And finally, a portrait at 55 mm
The Slide Show features some more images with this amazing Lens.
Finally, I want to thank the staff at Camera Jungle for their excellent service in providing me with this Lens at an affordable price. If this particular Lens is of interest to you, do yourself a favour and check out Camera Jungle, they provide excellent equipment for the enthusiasts and professionals.
Check out their website: www.camerajungle.co.uk
When I saw this sign, I felt compelled to take the photograph because I immediately sensed the opportunity to write a commentary about happiness.
What is it about happiness as a concept that has created great music, works of art and influential studies by some great minds?
Happiness appears to be such an elusive concept for many of us; we sacrifice the living present moment wondering about happiness, daydreaming about why we are not happy and what can we do to be happy.
Is it any wonder with this enquiry going on we are no closer to the true answer.
The image says: "do more of what makes you happy"
Consider for a moment that doing more of what makes us happy is a small part of the true secret of happiness.
Consider the possibility that “we were born happy and that our job is simply to remember”.
I want to thank my friend Steinar Thelen for reminding me of this fact – "we were born happy, our job is simply to remember".
When Steiner said this to me, it landed on me like a thunderbolt. As children, we didn't think about being happy, consequently, all of our activities were full of joy and happiness.
The biggest tragedy for us as human beings is that we have forgotten what being happy was all about. We didn't need to do a single thing in order to be happy – we just a were.
So, how do we remember to be happy?
Well, the first thing to do, is to look at all the reasons why were not happy – what is in the way of our natural authentic way of being?
If we can authentically declare what is in the way, it presupposes that our natural authentic way of being would return rather than be suppressed by a lot of stories that we tell ourselves about why we're not happy.
I have discovered for myself that when I'm frustrated, upset, anxious, fearful or apprehensive about anything, the first thing I do is ask myself:
What I'm willing to be responsible for?
What do I need to believe in order to feel what I'm feeling?
Is it the truth?
What actions can I take right now, to make a difference to my present star and well being?
These questions automatically interrupts my internal dialogue and I immediately begin to feel differently as a sense of levity returns.
Happiness is really an inside job there is nothing and no one in the material world that can make us happy. We bring our happiness to the material world and to others, and in the process, we can make a difference to each other, our communities and the world.
Oh Happy Days my friends.x
After having breakfast at my local coffee shop, I was approached by some students who are currently studying at the London School of Journalism.
The London School of Journalism is right on my road in Maida Vale and this is the first time I have been approached by any of the students studying there - it turned out to be a very interesting and delightful conversation.
They told me who they were and why they wanted to talk to me. Part of their assignment was to go out and introduce themselves to members of the public and to practice their interviewing techniques. Today, I was the lucky one and I got to engage with some very passionate students in a very creative and important aspect of communication.
As many of you know, I earn my living as a professional Magician, Coach/Seminar Presenter and Speaker. What you may not know about me, is that when I was at school my first choice career was in fact Journalism. As I think back to my time at school, I'm a little surprised and curious as to why I didn't pursue Journalism with the same passion and dedication it took to me becoming an accomplished magician.
All I can say is, the magic bug bit me and left me transformed in the process – for the better I might add. It appears the wheel is coming full circle in my life, my passion for photography and social commentary has opened up a brand-new pathway – Photojournalism.
My encounter with the students allowed me the opportunity to engage, share my opinion about some very interesting questions that was asked of me. Our conversation covered racial issues, the world of music and show business and also the people engaged in these creative endeavours.
One thing I came away with from this experience is that as a Journalist, it is important to ask the right questions, in the right way so that the authentic truth can be expressed, written about and then shared. When the truth is spoken and written about, it then creates a platform for a conversation, which can be challenging, provocative and yet hopefully make a difference.
This was a wonderful experience to have today because I been asking myself:
How do I want to spend the next 10 years of my life?
What is my purpose?
How can I make a difference in the world?
These are the questions floating around in my mind and the experience I had with the students has given me part of the answer – my purpose in life, is to connect with other human beings, to love and create something of value that can make a difference in the world.
I feel blessed and privileged that I have been given the heart and soul of a magician, the ability to communicate and now, I am practising my vision as a photographer to capture images that communicate as powerfully as the spoken word.
I want to dedicate this post to the students I met today, their youthful joy and enthusiasm has reminded me of how to approach life, people and the value in honestly expressing myself.J
Magician, Lecturer, Speaker.