I think most people who have a travel blog or a fashion blog should invest a little bit on their Camera. Why? because you can see a real different one how beautiful photos can impact the popularity of your site. Let say if you want to take clear photos of the outfit you are wearing or show people photos of a country attraction. Do you think people will like to see blurry photos? I guess not.
If you have follow me through Google+, Twitter or Facebook, you will know I had a Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera with Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom Nikon Lens. It is a decent len for portrait and everyday photos. So, if you want to take outfit photos or lifestyle photos, I highly recommend this lens.However, recently I discover a problem with this “Mass produced” len by Nikon. See the diagram below.
My len was made in Thailand and I am NOT saying things made in Thailand is NOT as good as Japan. BUT I have seen review saying that things made in Japan are really better. Recently, the I discover the filter ring got losen and fell off after a few days later. I WAS SHOCKED…really! How can an expensive len fell apart JUST LIKE THAT! The first things I did was removed the rubber ring which covered the screw and screwed back all the loosen screws! I though I have fixed the problem! But then some expert told me the len might not be focusing properly if the first len elements didn’t align properly by adjusting the screws too tight or lose! After hearing him said that I was FURIOUS! I spent >$800 for this len and now this len might jeopardized the photos I am gonna take during my 2012-2013 Trans-Africa Trip!! I did some research on the internet and some said that it might work just fine. And I did tested the auto focus of my len that was set to 200mm and still it seem to autofocus properly. Hoever, people still suggest me to send it back to NIKON for repair. I ring up Nikon and they said it might take up to 3 weeks or more to repair the lens and I do not have the time. I am leaving on October 25th 2012!!! Anyway, what I will try to do is to go back to B&H store and try to get an exchange. I know I have got the len for 6 months but I am just a small consumer. They are big store and should have bear this cost more than me!! Afterall they have made enough money from us consumer. Anyone agree with me?? I will keep you guys posted.
I recently also have purchased a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for my Nikon D90 SLR Cameras. What is the reason for that? Because I believe a wide-angle zoom is a must for landscape photos, esp for my 2012-2013 Trans-Africa Trip!!! Check out the test photos I took 2 days ago! I know it’s NOT landscape photos but it really show what a wide angle len can do!
The reason I choose this Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens is because of the price and reasonably great quality! I have made some purchase to secure my gears-like a Kensington K64684US WordLock Portable Combination Laptop Computer Lock and a Retrak/Emerge Retractable Cable Lock With Alarm. But still, I just have a feeling that ALL MY GEARS WILL BE GONE at some point during my 2012-2013 Trans-Africa Trip. For this price, the quality and result are satisfying:) Check out the spare bedroom photos I made during a glommy day! There’s a slight distortion which most wide angle len have and I believe Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikon Wide-Angle Zoom Lens will have less distortion. But I just cannot bear the price is 2 times more expensive than the Sigma 10-20mm Lens!!!
Above photo is wide angle and below is not.
A Wide angle lens is certainly extremely useful in travel photography, especially when taking shots not of sweeping vistas, but instead shots in close quarters, such as tight streets, small alleys and places where you can not stand back because of crowding.
A wide angle allows you to get very close to a subject and still have plenty of field of view.
A wide angle lens is good for Fashion Imagine like below(clip from the internet)-
What len best suit you for Travel or Fashion Photos?
My suggestion: look at your current images. Go into your local town and take images in similar (ok maybe less interesting) places you might consider if you were traveling or taking fashion photos. Then review the images and see what focal length you used the most. If you find most of your images were at 18mm, and you came away dissatisfied with the results, then its a good bet you would enjoy a wider angle. However, if you find most of your shots are 50-55, then perhaps a wide angle isn’t what you need after all.
At the end, I want show you the photo from my outside window. I was selected to do a WINDOW CHALLENGE from Beautiful Demi Mist and here it is:)))
What did you guys think? I used my Sigma 10-20mm wide angle Lens and did do a little cropping but still it captured more than with my Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom Nikon Lens!
I know this is a Very Long post but still I hope you guys enjoy it. Cheers everyone:) Stay tune for my post regarding my packing list for long term travel 🙂