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A couple of weeks ago, I bought what in my opinion is the queen of Nikon lenses. The Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 is my first fixed lens  – which I always thought were for grown-ups – and I’m still getting used to it. I’ve been spoilt by the choice a zoom lens offers – with this lens I have to move a little more which is a great way to learn more about composition.  

Whilst I find myself bopping my head back and forth like a chicken, the results are best described as graceful.  For my non-photographer friends, a lens with these credentials, of a low f stop and Nikon quality, would cost thousands of dollars.  For some reason, this particular one – which not so different in quality especially for non-professionals – is probably the best value for money out there.  I love it and highly recommend it.

I took these shots this morning.  Click for the larger versions.

The Gardenia took a break last year and didn’t flower at all.  There were a couple of attempts but they were pathetic.  This year, it made up for last year – and I think it’s probably warning me the next year is another break!  The scent of these flowers is out of this world.  The plant, with and without flowers, always looks beautiful.


  1. i don’t know much camera lens, but i do know that pics are beautiful. the flowers remind me of jasmine.

    • casttro
    • Posted 23 April 2009 at 2:31 pm
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    nice shot man perfect

    but i don’t agree with u about nikkor lenses

    king o lenses Canon

    do u agree with me ?

  2. The children are saying how nice your photos are 🙂

  3. Wow. It may be the lens or your ability to shoot or the combination. Bokeh looks great and the color rendition is excellent. Good choice of subject Bu!

  4. Oh! Gardenias! Reminds me of being young again, and going to dances, and corsages! Oh the smell is so wonderful! Lucky lucky you!

    Nice photos, too, but LOL, oh, the smell!

  5. looks so pretty! and strangely does remind me of jasmine too, strikes one as a cross between a rose and a jasmine!! 🙂 so wonder what does it smell like for both of these have heavy heady fragrance.

  6. Aaaahhh the NIFTY FIFTY. An excellent lens, that is! Good pictures.

    The nifty fifty lenses are cheap because they are usually poorer build quality and use slightly cheaper optics. At least the Canon ones do; don’t know much about Nikon.

    • maitham
    • Posted 23 April 2009 at 9:09 pm
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    graceful indeed 😛 ‘bro’

  7. @ sadia
    Thank you 🙂 Me too.

    @ casttro
    I took sometime on the Canon/Nikon junction a few years ago… Wasn’t easy, but I chose my path and will forever say it’s the right one 🙂

    @ Um Yousef
    🙂 Thanks for showing them…

    @ myphotoscout
    What a lovely comment from someone whose work (and generosity with knowledge) I very much admire. Thanks Andre.

    btw my name is Mohammad. ‘Bu Yousef’ means father of Yousef. We use the oldest child’s name as an alias.

    @ intlxpatr
    Good memories 🙂 Te smell is amazing.

    @ onlooker
    You know something, I think the smell is a sort of cross between the two too!

    @ Abid
    The NIFTY fifty… not the THRIFTY fifty. It may have been less expensive, but it wasn’t cheap! It is a great lens.

    @ maitham
    Ya hala. Graceful huh 🙂
    Wainik ams ma bayant bi diwaniya?

  8. Some very nice shots! I do enjoy taking picture with lens with low f-stop!

  9. the title is a little misleading.. 😉
    thats a great lens for both portraits and flower shots and you get plenty of light with 1.4 ! I have my eyes on the new Nikkor 35mm 1.8

    • eleventhst
    • Posted 28 April 2009 at 1:05 am
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    Your photographs are really great mashalla!

    • q8milk
    • Posted 29 April 2009 at 9:59 pm
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    wow, loved the pics, u got talent man

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