What a great way to put a fire under everyone! I'm tempted to follow your instructions just to keep me motivated for the next couple of months (can't afford to sign up for school this quarter--ah well. And no, that's not a play for the lens, it's not compatible with anything I have.)
I hope to see a lot of great work coming through here from folks shooting for the glass.
it would tickle me to no end if people who weren't vying for the lens did all this anyway. we should all do it, all the time.
What a great way to give both the lens and a budding photographer a new life.
it sure as heck ain't doing me any good sitting on this shelf. that's fo shizzle.
Do you think this is something that might be appropriate for Ryan, my amazing young minion?
if she's got a nikon that will take it, it might be.
Kyle, you rock.
The lens is not for me but your spirit always motivates me to move forward in my life.
always motion towards. everything you do.
like the chess players say "every defensive move should also be an attack"
(but, like, of course, without attacking anyone)
that would be right at home mounted on my F3HP
it sure felt that way when it was mounted on my F3HP ....
then it would be TWICE AS AWESOME!
This seriously warmed my heart.
I'm taking my first photography class this semester starting Tuesday - and I'll totally be studying your work.
you've no idea the amount of head-swell that happens when someone writes and says "we've been studying your work in photo 101" -- trillian_stars
has to deflate my head with a marinade needle.
Now I regret buying a point-and-shoot. Oh, well. I wish i could enter. Good luck to everyone.
when you've outgrown that point and shoot, whoever gets this lens will be ready to upgrade it to an autofocus and you may just get another go at it. who knows -- they may get rid of it the same way.
What a wonderful project Kyle! I hope that this lens finds it's way to the right home. I look forward to seeing the chapbook that comes out of this!
we just watched an ingmar bergman film and there was this actress in it -- and at the same time trillian and i pointed to the screen and said BLACKWELL!
i hope it finds its way to the right home too. it's got a lot of life left to give.
I'm away for the next three days tops, so I don't have access to the photos on my computer. I shoot with a Nikon d80, and only have one lens, the Nikkor 55mm. I will give the rest of teh information once I am back with my own computer and my own photos. You seem like a really cool guy to do something like this for a budding photographer.
i'm only a cool guy because years ago other people opened up their closets and gave me equipment they weren't using anymore and spent time answering my questions and critiquing my photos, and showing me how to set up lights, and loaning me books, and telling me about their favorite photographers -- i'm just the next link in a long, long chain. and i hope you'll be the one after me.
This is such an awesome thing you are doing! I can't try for the lens because my cameras are the wrong species (Canon) but I've reposted this in my LJ in case any of my friends are shooting Nikon. I'm looking forward to seeing what people post and what the winner produces!
Edited at 2008-08-25 02:47 am (UTC)
I shot a bunch of stuff with the AF f/1.4 version of this lens at our last wedding (LINK!
) and loved it. If I weren't looking to get the AF-S 85mm f/1.4 they're talking about putting out, I might take you up on this.theamazingjosh
got me hooked (after one wedding, no less!) on using primes for all the non-ceremony stuff. Edited at 2008-08-25 02:49 am (UTC)
2008-08-25 02:51 am (UTC)
Are they talking about an AF-S 85? About time! Where are the rumors circulating, I've only heard them in the vaguest form that's really more of a "we're hoping they'll do this".
Also an AF-S 50/1.4. Please!
read the post -- no decisions made till october 31st. you have two months and change.
I have a Canon, but I still wanted to thank you for your generosity. It's people like you who make learning how to be a better photographer fun.
much appreciated. nikon users have lucked out over the years in the 80's and 90's when the pro's all ditched their gear to switch to canon -- which left this glut of pro equipment in the used market -- that's how i managed to get this lens from the LA TIMES. It was raining lenses for a while.
thanks so much for taking the time to post -- i haven't seen your name before that i remember.
I'm going to pester my father - he has two old Nikons (one that was meant to come to me when my grandfather gave my father his, Dad never did give it to me, but I can't say I blame him) - I don't think he has a lens like this. And if he doesn't, my dad taught me to love his camera - so it would be amiss of me not to try to win it in his name.
Especially since eventually his beautiful cameras will come to me.
If he allows me to submit some of his work, I will no doubt be making a play for it. And may I say, bravo to you for such an amazing contest with such a worthy prize.
2008-08-25 03:39 am (UTC)
Re: via alphaloria
I should say, "remiss" of me.
I blame flu.
What a fantastic challenge...
I think I may apply for this.
Cool of you to offer, and I love the restrictions and caveats. As a proud owner of the 85/1.4, I'll pass, but please post the submitted pics from the winner when you've chosen.
believe me, the world will benefit from the labors exerted here. congrats on the 85!
What a tempting offer! My father has been gracious enough to indefinitely lend his old Minolta SRT 101 to me, but I don't think this lens is compatible with it. Unfortunately, not knowing much about lens compatibilities (and I didn't see anything on the Nikon site saying these lenses were compatible with anything other than a Nikon...) I'm not sure if I should make a bid on it.
I'm new to photography and am learning on my own, but I have a real passion for it. I apologize if this is an ignorant question, but do you know if this lens would be compatible with the Minolta?
not without some weird mojo. your best best -- work with your srt, or better yet, get a dslr of some variety and charge forward. find your project and go, don't look back at this, but drive your art forward, always forward.
readenze the postenze. it's all there!
Dear Kyle Freaking Cassidy,
You are some sort of benevolent art benefactor. I've said it before and I'll say it again-- the world needs more Kyle Cassidys. If only they could clone you
Seriously, this is an amazing idea. Bravo.
I kind of want to do what you've outlined here (samples/statement/chapbook) even though I have no use for that lens, because it's what I SHOULD be doing yet get unsure and confused about.
Beth Freaking Hommel
YOU should be telling me how cool you thought my who killed neil gaiman story was!
can you use it to obliterate a panel van from half a mile away?!
2008-08-25 07:08 am (UTC)
I haz an idea
I love totally love the idea of this give away. And I love the idea of having someone use this to create a chapbook.
If anyone is in SoCal, I have a recommendation for the chap book.
There is a place called Bolsa Chica. it is a wetland that is in prime real estate near some of the best beaches in Huntington Beach. It next to the expensive neighborhood of Huntington Harbor. And it is a refuse for wild life. It is home to some endangered species and temporary home to thousands of migratory birds. The bird population is staggering and ever changing. There are times when the elegant turns are there in such high numbers that they amass like gnats and they don't fear people. It is and incredible, powerful experience.
Even with my limited skills I have managed to capture some incredible photos.
The problem is that because it is in prime real estate territory, periodically, developers attempt to impinge upon it and endanger the fragile habitat.
Someone with some skill could really do a spectacular book around the area, documenting the wild life and seasonal changes. A chap book could be something that would not only publicize this animal haven but might help with the next round of fights with developers.