New Lens Who Dis

Overhead shot of my D800 camera with 85mm portrait lens attached

I don’t remember exactly how long I’ve wanted a portrait lens for my Nikon, but it’s been a loooooong time. Maybe the obsession coincided with my intensified interest in photography in 2008 and the work of local awesome creative guy Ansel Olson with his own 85mm lens.

Last night, at long last, I took delivery of a near-mint copy of this lens. I don’t really have anything to show for it right now, but you can bet your bippy I’ll be taking some fresh portraits of my wife, kids, and anybody else who will let me over the coming months. This lens renders out-of-focus regions with a particularly dreamy aesthetic, so I’m sure to use it for plenty of non-portrait photos where a longer focal length works as well.

It’s always exciting to try a new lens with photography because it is quite actually a different perspective, and I’m thrilled to discover how I see things differently through this new (to me) glass.