This weekend one of the largest Harley Davidson meetings in Germany is taking place at the Edersee, a huge artificial lake and recreation area in northern Hessen. Since summer has finally more than arrived with over 37°C it seemed like a good idea to go there and see what’s going on.
As you can imagine it was way to hot to spend more than 5 minutes in direct sun and everyone there was just searching for some shadow and a cold beer. But it was still fun with nice and interesting people and many extremely cool custom build bikes. One of the highlights of the day was a stunt show with up to 3 bikes driving together in just about a 6m sphere. Kinda like Homer Simpson expect they actually knew what they were doing.
Though motorbikes are alway great another reason I went there was to try out my new lens which I just got a few days prior and hadn’t really had a chance to test. Before I switched to a full-frame camera this year my favorite and most used (or some say most beat up) was my 10-24mm ultra-wide, but since it doesn’t really work on full frame anymore I was left with 28mm at the widest (and a quite special 14mm). I was searching for a replacement for a while now: The Nikon zoom lenses are without doubt great lenses but really expensive and more importantly way to heavy to carry around considering the type of traveling I have planned (I’m almost through planning and then the trip will be reveled here). I needed something lightweight but still fast. The new Nikon 20mm 1,8 looked like the only option so I finally ordered it. Well it took amazon almost two months to deliver but they managed in the end and I made a great deal comparing to what they sell now.
What can I say about the lens after testing it for a bit now? It’s just perfect for my needs. The angle of view is great, nice and wide but nothing to crazy. It’s lightweight and even a tad smaller than my old zoom but still uses the same 77mm filters. The aperture of F1,8 is great for night shots and having a wide field of view with a tiny depth of field gives the pictures a really unique look. Oh and it is sharp, like really sharp. There is just no comparison to any zoom in the amount of details this lens gives me in every shot. Other than that to focus is fast a accurate and closest distance is 20cm so you really have to be careful not to hit anything. This should be great for the occasional macro shots.
All in all I had a great day at the Edersee in the (scorching hot) summer sun with cool bikes and I’m now certain that I’ve now found the perfect wide lens to take with me on many adventures around the world to come. A first longer time travel test will follow when I’m taking it to Prague in just two weeks.