Cheating Lens Lust Disease

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I've got a kit of 4 fine Nikkor lenses, and each has a special purpose:

The Beast (28-70/2.8D) for... everything in its range
The 80-200/2.8D (two ring) for sports, wildlife, and candids
The 60/2.8 micro for closeups, macros, and tabletop work
The Button (20/2.8D), intended for wide scapes and group portraits, but it doesn't get used much.

When I want to travel light, I tuck The Beast and the 80-200/2.8 my little Tamron Expedition 4 backpack, and I'm good to go. But that's overkill for local travel. Heck, just taking The Beast is daunting for a trip to the store.

But what to do for a walkaround lens? I've owned the 24-120VR, and looked at options like the Tamron 18-200, the nikon 24-85, etc. But these lenses are slow, and you have to accept optical compromises that I'm unprepared to make, spoiled as I am by my good glass. So I've decided to audition the Button as my local lens, and it passed with flying colors today :).

As I left the house, I stopped to take a snapshot of the latest rosebud popping up.

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Then I headed off the to golf course to hit a practice bucket in preparation for Wednesday's tournament. Unfortunately, I was involved in a car accident on the way over. The lady just ahead of me turned the corner, and then, for some odd reason, stopped rather than merging. I had turned my head to check for cross traffic as I made the turn, and couldn't stop in time to avoid hitting her rear bumper at about 2 miles an hour. I was glad to have the camera on the front seat so I could document the damage for my insurance company.

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After we exchanged insurance cards and my heart rate came back to normal, I continued to the golf course, and banged out a small bucket. The range was pretty crowded today.

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It brought back fond memories to see this dad taking his young son out on the par 3 course.

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And as I was walking over to the clubhouse, I took a shot of this foreboding electrical tower.

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My final shot of the day (so far) was my big head driver. I have no fear of the course when it's working for me.

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The 20/2.8 may work out for local travel. The zoom range is pretty limited, but it's very light, and delivers "no compromise" images. And the best part is I get to cheat Lens Lust Disease, cause I already own it 8).
 
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Nice pix Frank, especially the father and son team. Guess you took Bjørn's comment to heart, eh? Suddenly I'm feeling all consumptive with my 6 1/2 lenses.

Thank goodness for the 5 mph bumper, eh?

PS, Glass is a non-renewable resource! ;)
 
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Some nice pics here Frank, and very surprising of you with that WA lens of yours! 8) ;-)

Glad that the accident was very minor: still, that kind of event raises the heartbeat a few notches, doesn't it?

I wouldn't go as far as calling the 20 f/2.8 the "Button" though, because it's slightly bigger than a 35 f/2 or a 50 f/1.4 or f/1.8, and probably some others... I think the Button should be reserved to the 45P f/2.8: it's not only very small (much smaller than the 20mm), it's also cute... as a Button! ;-) :lol:
 
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Thanks, Scott. Btw, I'm finding 20mm lenses are particularly good for dog pics.

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Nice set of shots - shows the versatility of the short lens really well. I find a 24-70 too much to carry round whe just popping out, so I'm looking at a short lens - was tempted by a 50 f1.8, but the 20 looks good.

Descisions, descisions...!

Nice to see the Dad got his kid to carry the big bag - nice touch !

Thanks for sharing.
 
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