I’m on the train to Carinthia now, and I can say that it’s the first time that I am greatly thankful for a major delay of the train.
Due to deviations, the tramway line 18, the line that’s normally a pretty direct connection from my home to the train station, a 20 minutes affair, today took almost 40 minutes, and that after having been severely late. It was no problem though, because the train to Carinthia was late as well, thus I sit here and everything’s fine and dandy.
I had taken a day off and after a late breakfast I decided to go out and make some pictures, this time with a lens that had lain idle for maybe half a year, a lens that I have bought more than three years ago, along with the Nikon D200.
It’s the Nikon 18-200 VR, a lens that featured in over 220 blog posts since, but that had fallen more or less from grace. You know how much I love shallow DOF, you know how often I photograph in dark places, and of course these are all disciplines where my primes fare much better. On the other hand, where such a long zoom is unbeatable, is the ability to react to every subject.
What I did today was really casual, almost mindless photographing. No big effort, no restrictions, freely changing focal lengths from fairly wide angle to an equivalent of 300mm, and that’s without ever changing lenses. Relaxing, I tell you. It’s not for every day, but at times it feels really well. And not only that: There is quite a number of images that otherwise I would not have taken at all, and that’s regardless of how many primes I would have had with me.
And then? Well, then I called my camera dealer “Blende 7“, one of Vienna’s best camera shops, asked them if they had the Sigma 28/1.8 in stock, they had and, well, as I said, the 18-200 is a fine lens, but not for every day 🙂