Kit Lens vs Holy Trinity

It has been some time since i have had the opportunity to blog anything. Life has been hectic, and whilst I have still been able to take the occasional photograph, blogging, and keeping things moving (in a photographic sense) have been hard over the last two to three months.

A few months ago I was able to purchase one of the 'Holy Trinity' of Nikon lenses. The amazing (but slightly heavy) 24 - 70 mm f/2.8

The trinity (as commonly referred to) consists of:

I am still using this on a crop sensor (Nikon D90) and hope to soon update this to a full frame sensor. In the meantime the step up in the quality of glass is evident straight away.

The first time you get a photograph focused exactly where you wanted it, and with the DoF that you intended. Bang!! You know instantly what you are paying for.

Eyes are crystal clear, eyelashes are clearly distinguishable, lovely soft drop off of focus. You know you are working with a quality piece of kit.

Anyone that has know me for a while will know that I regularly like to head down to photograph the Liverpool waterfront. I really wanted to test the clarity of this news lens, against the kit lens that I have successfully used for many years. This location was always going to be a good test.

Whilst the evening didn't particularly provide anything stunning the test speak for themselves. See the screenshots below:

This is a sample image taken with the 24 - 70 mm f/2.8

This is a sample image taken with the 

On the left you will see a zoomed in sample of the image taken using the 24 - 70 mm f/2.8, on the right the 18 - 70mm f/3.5 - f/4.5

On the left you will see a zoomed in sample of the image taken using the 24 - 70 mm f/2.8, on the right the 18 - 70mm f/3.5 - f/4.5

As you will see the images on the left hand side show much more clarity. Writing on the side of the museum can be deciphered, even the hands on the clock of the Liver Building can be seen and the time read.

Since having this lens it has not been removed from the body of my camera. It has been used for landscape images, and mainly portraits.

Already I am thinking about the next purchase from the trinity (the 70 - 200mm) and now understand the importance of glass.

Everything you read, and hear will tell you to invest in 'Glass' instead of trying to keep up with the constantly changing bodies. I now wholeheartedly understand, and agree with this. My only regret now is not getting good glass earlier, I may have to revisit all of those locations to re-shoot the images that I want.