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Spent a lot of time browsing through reviews of Nikon lenses today, with indifferent results. I do most of my photographing walking through Vienna, so I need a zoom lens. Or believe I do? I guess a fixed focal length could be an artistic challenge, but it seems so impractical, and I kind of suspect I'd end up getting run over by a car taking a photo standing in the middle of a street. Also, my walks tend to be long and I don't want to be weighed down by a camera bag and different lenses.

My main issue with the 18-135 that I'm currently using is that it goes from barrel distortion straight into pincushion distortion, sometimes doing a kind of wave-thing for variety, making it near-impossible to photograph something with straight lines running across the picture (facades, etc.), unless the lines go more or less through the middle. However, the 18-200 that a lot of people (though not all) are very enthusiastic about seems to have distortion problems as well (although apparently not as bad ones, since they're not singled out in almost every amazon review...), the 55-200 that someone from the Viennese flickr group recommended seems to have little distortion, but other disadvantages. Is the 18-200's alleged sharpness problem that people mention something I'd even notice? Or, OTOH, apart from VR which I'd probably like, but can't say I've missed so far, does it offer enough advantages over the 18-135 for a hobby-photographer like me to justify the cost?

Check out alternatives that aren't Nikon?

Or maybe invest in some decent software to correct the distortion problem, and wait and see? But lazy person that I am I'm not particularly fond of endlessly fiddling with my photos afterwards...

Also, after much writing, deleting and rewriting more or less composed a letter to my aunt (letter, since she's decreed that because she abhorrs e-mails they are henceforth only to be used for communicating brief news, and everything longer than ten lines will be deleted), essentially telling her that while I appreciate her offer, if we're going to meet again, it'll be because we like each other enough to do so, not with all the resentment that radiated from everything she wrote, and not with her elaborate rules and conditions, and 'jokers' grudgingly granted, and to let me know if she should ever want that. I'm a bit concerned that I'm turning this into a power-game myself where I take pride in remaining calm and not rising to her provocation (although admittedly I am a tiny bit proud of myself, because I'm usually not very good in conflict situations), but as far as I can see this is the best I can do, not burning the bridges completely, being honest, but at the same time not sacrificing my self-respect.

ETA: Go him! Also, Tintin? *gg*


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Jul. 21st, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Oh, NOOOOO! Peter Jackson doing Tintin? Jackson is the lord of excess, wonky camera angles, wobbly viewpoints, motion so exaggerated it makes you queasy - he has shown it in KIng Kong even more than in LOTR. Nothing could be more contrary to the restrained, simple, elegant aesthetic of Tintin - a strip that has taught three generations of children the meaning of real good taste, the value of artistic and, I dare say, personal self-control. As well have Mariah Carey sing Tom Waits.
Jul. 21st, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
To be honest, although of course I know Tintin by name, I don't remember ever having read it - the '*gg*' was referring to a mention of Tintin in one of series 2's Torchwood episodes -- I guess now we know where that came from...

But considering how much I disliked the LotR movies, I can completely understand your apprehension.
Jul. 21st, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
You should have a look. As a visual artist - and as one that, in my impression, appreciates simplicity and elegance - you would probably get the point at once. And you would enjoy it: 200,000,000 children and the odd adult can't be wrong.
Jul. 21st, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
i know how that feels (the situation with your aunt) I have the same problem but with my mother. I'm trying to find out the best way to deal with her.

good luck!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
Thank you, and best of luck to you, too. It must be even worse when it's your mother...
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
I admire your composure. My answer to that last email would have been very curt and angry and would probably have served its bridge-burning function well.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
Ich habe leider noch immer die Stimme meiner Oma, die immer versucht hat, Konflikte zwischen uns auszubügeln, im Ohr, dass wir uns um die Ursi kümmern sollen, weil sie ja niemanden hat... *seufz*

Or maybe it's a special kind of arrogance, wanting to remain calm, etc.; I don't trust my motives a hundred percent here. And my first (and second, and third) reaction would have been pretty rude, too.

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