Vintage Lenses

Landscape Photography by Gary Gray
Merrimac and Monitor Butte Near Moab, Utah

I’ve been playing with a vintage Nikon lens on the D810.

The Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 D

An older lens built in the day for use on their film bodies, this lens can be found dirt cheap on eBay for between $200-300. 20 years ago, this was a professional grade lens and it was commonly used by photojournalists. Production ran from December 1987 through 1992.

Today, it’s been relegated to the odd collectors item.

You can read more about this lens here.

Today’s photo was taken with this lens using a Nikon D800.

The quality holds up too.

I’ve been contemplating selling it, but for what it costs I’m not sure I want to let it go.

The Tree in the Lake

Bird Photography by Gary Gray
Double-crested Cormorants Sing Their Mating Songs

With Spring waiting to spring here in the Denver area, migratory birds are beginning to make their way in to the suburban lakes.

One of my favorite locations is a large lake about 5 mile to my north. In the middle of the lake is an island. On that island, cormorants, blue heron, ducks, geese, American avocets and numerous other species gather for the summer.

Today, I broke out the Nikon D800, which is still a fine camera by the way, with a Nikkor 200-500mm VR.

So long as the weather allows, I’ll be out there often to keep track of the progress of Spring mating for these critters.

Great Blue Heron Mating Pair by Gary Gray
Great Blue Heron – Mating Pair

Stay Tuned!