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In this episode, I talk about joining CPS or NPS for Canon and Nikon shooters. Both services will save you a ton of cash on equipment rentals and they'll come to your rescue if you happen to damage your gear. Next up, I talk about how you can use Google Drive to avoid paying sales tax by sharing images with your clients online. Finally, I wrap up with some tunes by one of the best young rock bands in the world right now, The Vaccines! http://www.benjaminblackphotography.com
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Episode 02 is all about the #moneymaker  from +HoldFastGear If you've never tried a monemaker, your back doesn't know what it's missing!!! Best camera strap on the market! 
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Haven't posted here in a while. There's just a lot more activity over on Facebook - which isn't much. Flickr and Fred Miranda definitely have great 58 communities going and I encourage you to check them out! Here's a one I like from Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122011164@N04/15249370964/in/pool-afs5814g
Explore FriendFisherman's photos on Flickr. FriendFisherman has uploaded 686 photos to Flickr.
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Francis's work always has a lot soul 
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This is the #bowery  by +ONA Bags and I absolutely couldn't live without it!!! It hangs from my side all weekend. I store two prime lenses in here, with another on my #camera  body! It's such a stylish and convenient way to keep some extra gear on you ;) #nikon   #canon   #weddingphotography  
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Hey guys! Just started a photography podcast, you can check it out if you like to listen to podcasts while you edit, http://www.benjaminblackphotography.com
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Episode 02 of my podcast is all about the #moneymaker  from #holdfastgear  If you're a #weddingphotographer  you'll definitely want to check this one out!!! http://www.benjaminblackphotography.com
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The first episode of my #podcast  is live in #itunes  - this week I talk about how #vsco  keys can speed up your #lightroom  workflow! Then I get into the pros & cons of buying a used #macbookpro  - you can get a wicked editing machine for a great price! Finally, I wrap it all up with some jams by #indie  rocker #georgeezra  - I saw him recently at the #ryman  in #nashville  and fell in love with his tunes!!! So grab some chipsandsalsa and head over to www.benjaminblackphotography.com 😀
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I've spent the last seven months shooting the 50 1.8G, really as an experiment, to see if it was as good as everyone claims. The truth is, at $200 it's hard to say a bad word about the 1.8G. I think it's the best lens on the market for a beginning photographer. I did miss the rendering of my old 50 1.4G, especially the way it seemed to grab onto light sources and create flare - yes I like flare, haha. I shot the 50 1.4G starting in 2012, for about a year an half, and really loved it. I was astonished at how great it performed for a mere $450. But then the 58 1.4G came out last Fall and I grabbed one up. Honestly, I really struggled to understand the purpose of the 58. It's unlike any lens Nikon makes. I was very uncomfortable with its performance wide open, especially for paid shoots, because the results were so sporadic. That's when I decided to sell the 58 and see if it really was worth $1500 more than the 50 1.8G. The answer - yes absolutely. The 58 really is the best lens for personal work because it makes every shot look magical. It's inspiring to know that you have the 58 in your camera bag waiting for you. Just to give you an example of what I'm talking about, simple pictures of my family opening Christmas presents look amazing, because the subject isolation  is so intense. It really is a look that you can't get anywhere else. That's why I sold my 50 1.8G this week and re-purchased the 58. It's been a long journey. But I feel much more confident about my decision at this point because I've gathered enough of my own evidence to warrant the purchase. If I were non-professional, taking photos simply for pleasure, the 58 would be the only lens I owned. And frankly, I'm waiting on the UPS truck right now to deliver my new copy. I'd be interesting to know about your experiences with the 58, or your struggles. Not that anyone will respond, haha, Google+ seems to be slowly dying off.
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I'll respond.  There surely hasn't been much activity on this message board for several months.  Maybe that's because you sold your first copy and were without one for a while.  Glad to hear you're back in the fold!

The 58 f/1.4 is indeed magical.  It has become one of my most frequently used lenses.  I have two camera bodies, and it is on one of them all the time.  I use it almost exclusively when I shoot people.  Portraits shot at wide aperture give you such great subject isolation.  Such was my most frequent use early on, but now I'm using it more and more for general shots at medium apertures.  Those who say it isn't sharp are mistaken; at f/8 and around there, it is very sharp.

The 58 certainly gets a lot of criticism, mainly because of its price.  I really think that criticism comes from those who have never used it!  It's hard to envision it's rendering and "magic" if you haven't seen it.  It's also hard to describe those properties, but they are certainly real.  I surely wouldn't want to be without mine.  It is expensive, but it something happened to mine, I'd buy another copy without hesitation.
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Another good review of the 58 1.4G: 
Nostalgic memories… The Legendary Nikkor Noct f1.2. One of the sweetest lenses I have ever owned and cherished… I let it go years ago. Sometimes mistakes are funny in a way, over time you get regret.. but then if you don't learn from it, it would be truly wasted.
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I'm still in love with original Noct-Nikkor, someday I'll hunt one down! 
Nelly Pérez, writer. Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 @ 1.2. Natural light.
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