Leland High School 10yr reunion – Shot with a Nikon D600 + 35mm 1.8 G

On 11-23-12 I was the photographer for Leland High School Class of 2002’s 10 Year Reunion. It was held at 111 Minna which is always a fun spot! I decided to mostly use my Nikon 35mm 1.8 G DX  (APS-C) lens on my FX full frame Nikon D600. I find 50mm too narrow a field of view much of the time. I really wish Nikon had a modern 35mm F2 full frame lens but they don’t. The 35mm F2 D lens is older and has screw drive (noisy, sounds like R2D2 when focusing) and isn’t that sharp wide open. The 35mm 1.8 G vignettes some and the far corners are dark but it is very sharp and pretty quick and quiet to focus. Maybe bad (well most definitely bad) if you want to shoot landscapes with it on Full Frame camera. I like some vignetting to draw you to the center subject so for my purposes this night it worked very well! Plus with 24mp even if you crop it to a 50mm’s field of view you still have plenty of pixels to work with (around 12mp).

Links to what I mainly used on Amazon:

Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) <- LOVE this camera! Amazing sensor and relatively small and light weight (for what it is after all, a Full Frame DSLR!).
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras <- Keep in mind though this is a DX lens with a smaller image circle so it will vignette a bit on full frame cameras like the D600. Really a great inexpensive lens for any Nikon DSLR though. If you shoot Nikon you MUST buy this lens!
Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras <- Worked great bouncing light off the ceiling and using the built in flash card to direct a little extra light straight forward.

i also had the following lenses with me but they didn’t get much use at this event.
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G <- Really hoping to get to use this lens in a more appropriate setting sometime soon. Super Sharp and beautiful Bokeh!
Nikon 16-35mm f/4G <- Way underrated (by some) lens! Compared to the Nikon 12-24mm I used on a D7000 this thing blows it away!
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G <- Great “standard” lens. I prefer the FOV of a 35mm though. Easy to crop a 35mm to look like a 50mm but with a 50mm mounted sometimes you can’t back up enough to get it all in. Especially indoors.

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