My new 18-200mm VR lens

Last Saturday I went for a drive to Whangarei, the nearest large shopping centre to me, and bought a new lens for my Nikon D50 camera – an 18-200VR. I’ve been wanting one of these ever since I got my camera last year but, well, you know, these things have to be fitted into my budget.

Anyway, although I read about how hard these lens are to find, Harvey Norman’s store in Whangarei had 2 of them so I didn’t have to order one and wait. (I did phone and check first before going there.)

I have added a few new photos in the Whangarei section of my Photo Gallery taken while I was in Whangarei – some at the Town Basin of the boats, and some at Whangarei Falls.

It would have been nice to have had this lens a couple of weeks before at the Water Gardens. I have mostly used the 18-55mm kit lens that came with the camera and not only the extra reach of 200mm would have been nice, but this lens is of a higher quality than the kit lens and gives sharper cleaner looking pictures although you would not notice that on the smaller web sized photos.

Wrights Watergardens

On Saturday 10th February, 2007 I went on a trip to Wrights Watergardens with members of the Mid-North, Whangarei and Dargaville Camera Clubs.

We left early in the morning for a foggy bus trip down to Auckland but as the morning progressed the fog cleared and the sun came out.

I spent about 4 hours wandering around the 7 acres of gardens, mostly set in an old rock quarry at Pukekohe, south of Auckland.

During the course of the day I took 172 photographs but I’m not putting them all on-line. Today I have added 22 photos to the gallery under Wrights Watergardens and I’ll add more soon.

Oh, and these were all taken with my Nikon D50 camera. I have just realised that I have not made a post about getting a new camera last year – well I did, went and upgraded from my Panasonic DMC-FZ20 camera to an SLR camera.