Beppu at Night

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Today I excitedly tested my 24mm Nikon lens I scored from Amazon.  Over the past days, I have been obsessing about this new photography platform – the mirrorless cameras.

The big cons, however, is that the mirrorless cameras and the necessary lenses for portraiture and wide angles cost a fortune.  The only pros of a mirrorless is probably being lightweight, hip, and kinda retro with the old school camera look.  Still looking at that price tag after playing with it at Yodobashi Camera (my favorite hang out place), I could easily justify against purchasing a new platform.

So looking into my camera set, I have a Nikon D7000 (upgraded from my first D80), 55-200mm zoom, 18 to 105mm lens kit, 35mm for portraitures, I thought I need a 24mm for wide angles.  I mentioned that I have stopped taking landscapes but I didn’t say I hate it.  Occasionally and probably when the urge to be artistic or do something different calls, then a street photo or a travel photo would be nice.

Going back to mirrorless cameras that cost around USD1,000, I played with its features.  Okay, the Olympus E-PL8 looks cute, has a remote controlling app on a smartphone, excellent for taking selfies, and has built in artistic filters.  But I don’t like filters anyway.  Filters are for Instagram not for professional photos.  I also considered the Fujifilm X-T1 or X-T2 both of which can afford me a second hand car here in Japan.  The lens, likewise, will be another rent money.  So no to Fujifilm. I am loyal to Nikon so I did not even check Canon.  Finally, I checked Nikon mirrorless cameras, the J1 series and the AW1 series.  They seem affordable, lightweight, and compatible with my Nikon lenses.  However, I need an adapter to make my lenses fit the small body of the Nikon mirrorless cameras.  Which made me go back to basics.  I have a complete set and probably, a new piece of lens would be nice to complete the array – and that is wide angle for landscapes.

Today, my wide angle lens arrived, the 24mm and to my surprise, it is quite tiny and super lightweight.  It has some manual dials that make it compatible with old film cameras as well but for my D7000, it fits perfectly and the f22 is fixed.  Now my D7000 DSLR resembles a mirrorless.  I took it for a spin in my neighborhood and set the picture control to monochrome, ISO from 640 to 1000, f2.8 to 5.6, shutter speed from 1/30 to 1/200.  The above slideshow features Beppu, Oita, Japan‘s Ginza and the oldest hot spring in my lovely town, the Takegawara Hot Spring.  Those are test shots and if I develop a new love affair with street and travel photography then I might start posting some landscapes again.

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