"But Will, I thought gear didn't matter?"
"But Will, you've written all these self-righteous posts about how you don't care about gear, and now you do? How hypocritical! I'm never reading this blog again."
That's all true. I'm a hypocrite in probably more ways than one. I may have just found a piece of gear that astounded me so much that I just needed to talk about it.
Now, listen, gear matters in that if you need to get photos from they sky you need a drone or a helicopter. If you need to get some photos or video underwater, you need a GoPro or underwater housing. The gear talk I hate is the minutia of it, the overly specific tech specs that don't really matter.
All I care about is how good a lens takes photos, especially a lens that I spent a little money on. I'm happy to report, that it is, in fact, worth the money.
I recently bought a Sigma Art 24mm 1.4, and wow it makes a difference.
A lens that works indoors as well as outdoors is perfect for me. This thing opens up so wide that it + my D800 can shoot in almost pitch black darkness.
It's also absurdly sharp. In fact, this lens is so sharp that I'm going to have trouble using my Nikkor 85mm 1.8 ever again. (Especially after Sigma's 85mm just got voted as the best lens ever made)
The wide-ness of the lens is great for candids, despite it being more of a landscape-y lens. I love the cinematic feel that it has. Now all I need is a great zoom lens and I'll be set, and you can bet my next lens is going to be another Sigma.
As you've noticed, I'm trying to come up with different ways of making these posts fresh instead of just quick rants, weekly. Video seems like a natural step, but also a re-focusing (pun intended) on why I started this site in the first place. Internet content and many sites that I quite enjoy have totally lost focus, because the norm is to now be obsessed with politics and social issues. I've avoided politics over the past few weeks, but every post I've written gets a little too close for comfort.
Anyway, photography and the like is something I've spent 9 years of my life trying to learn and get better at, so it's the one topic I feel truly comfortable addressing. I'm sure I'll move outside of photography in some respects, but I want to stick with visual arts in my Friday posts as much as possible.
I'm going to be feeling this out, and I don't plan on getting into technical gear-headed-ness. Ever since I started making videos I've felt general unfocused around willmalone.com. I blog sometimes, post a video sometimes, post photos sometimes, but rarely do they meet. Now, since I'm having less time in my day to fire off random spurts of everything, why not just sort of fuse them all together in my Friday post?
I'll be experimenting with this idea over the next few months, so bear with me. Gotta get my money's worth out of this website.