So after work yesterday, I stopped by a shop in Berkeley called Looking Glass Photographic Arts (BTW - if you're in the East Bay, I highly recommend it. The shop's big enough that you can browse without feeling self-conscious, but the staff's cool and there's enough to help out, should you need it). Anyway, whilst perusing the used equipment cabinet, I happened across a Nikkor 200mm F/4. As luck would have it, it was also AI, which means that it will work on my camera (in manual mode, but it still works, nonetheless). This is the first prime lens that I've used in a while. Interestingly, when I bought my brothers Minolta SRT200 many many years ago, I used to think that primes were somehow...less, as they had only one focal length and that zoom was where it's at. Age (...a lot of age) and wisdom has taught me otherwise, hence the f/4 that I just had to have (and the 35mm f/1.8 AF-S I'm looking to get).

Anyway, enough bullshit, some pictures.

The first few were random shots around the house - all taken about 6 to 7 feet away from the subjects:

These were taken this afternoon. The challenge with the 200mm is getting far enough away to actually focus and get what you want in the the case of these pictures, getting far enough away meant standing in the street. I'm finding that it really makes you work to get into a good position. I think I was about 6 to 7 feet away from these next two.


I had to stand across the street for this


Across the street..and this is a third floor window


They really don't want folks getting into the building...