I was asked by my lovely sister to capture some shots of my niece Tayeln on her 4th birthday. I was thinking of how I could help make her birthday special when I remembered how much she loves watching videos of herself and her family, so I decided to make a short video of her special day. I wanted it to be as simplistic as possible. My nikon d800 and trusty Manfrotto mono pod were easy choices for the equipment that I would use but when it came to choose a lens I was at a cross road. Should I pick the bulky Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 or instead go for a prime lens? A couple weeks prior to this my wife phoned me from a garage sale and said there was an old nikon camera for sale. Music to my ears. I asked "how much?" but it was well over what I wanted to pay for it, and I didn't need it. I then asked if she could just buy the lens separately. BINGO! She ended up buying the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 pancake lens for $10! So when it was time to decide on a lens to shoot I ended up going for the Nikon pancake. This 50mm is a tiny little gem of a lens that was born in the 70's. It makes my bulky d800 super small and portable. The aperture is f/1.8, which is good for low light and also gives it a good bokeh. It's a mere 1.3" long, making it portable and pocketable. The 50mm was amazing to work with and gave a great quality to the image! The focus ring is a little small but it's a good tradeoff for its tiny size. People are getting rid of these things for cheap - I paid $10! I had a great time shooting with it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good lens for shooting video on Nikon dslr.
Here is the finished product.