Get a little closer.
By Jerry Sander
21 Jul 2009
I have been interested in photography since I was a young child. And through many years of learning and photographing anything and everything that I had access to, I have come to realize that my favorite type of photography is nature and wildlife photography. I believe my passion for wildlife photography is fueled by the beauty of these animals in their own environment, not to mention the challenge of getting close enough to my subjects to get a sharp picture without spooking them.
About twenty five years ago I bought a used Nikon 35mm camera body from a co-worker who was ready to upgrade his own camera equipment. The camera was completely manual and came with a NIKKOR 35mm 1:2.8 lense. I used this camera for many years. Finally my son who is a photojournalist in the US Army, convinced me that digital was the future of photography. So after alot of research I dicided to purchase a new Nikon D-200. (I have not bought a roll of film since.) I bought this camera in a kit that consisted of an AF-S NIKKOR 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED. This is a DX lense.
Although the this lense takes great photo's I still wanted to get closer to my wild subjects. So a few months later I purchased a less expensive generic brand 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1:2) lense. I have taken many nice photo's withthis lense, but as soon as I was able to afford a better lense I finnally bought "My Pressious" NIKKOR 80-400mm lense.
Naturally as soon as I left the camera store where I bought my new toy, I had to mount it on my camera and go out and start taking pictures with it. I just had to see what that baby was capable of doing. And I must say that I was quite satisfied.
I do realize that there are longer and faster lenses available that will get me even closer to my subjects. But for the price this lense does a mighty fine job!