I was out taking pictures of a friend's Christmas lights on their house last night; I had taken a few the night before last, and used my F/4; 12-24mm DX zoom; the exposures were all fine, but the pics were.....disappointing ? The problem being, their house sits at the top of a long, curving driveway; so in all of the shots, I'm pointing the lens "up"; I'm sure everyone knows what W/A lenses do when they are not "level" to the subject.......(they distort ! they stretch things out of shape !) So last night, I left the W/A at home and mounted my F/2.8; 80-200 zoom; this time, I parked clear out by the road; the house is still up on the hill, but it's a LOT farther away now; one look at "live view" and I knew this was much better ! completely filled the frame with the house, it looks MUCH "straighter", so I snapped off a few. They looked great !
So now I decided to mount my 50mm; I neglected to mention, it's like 28 degrees F out; my fingers are already "kinda numb"?
I'm thinking.....it's pitch dark......my damned fingers are already numb; how am I gonna get this big sucker off, and the little short guy back on ? Then I heard a "tinkle"......I'm thinking...."that will be the lens cap that just dropped;" (feeling around on driveway in the dark....yep, it's the cap), so now I trudged all the way back down the hill, got in my Cube, started it up, (heater running max), and proceeded to switch the optics, (while warming the fingers); so now I can once more feel I have fingers, get out, trudge back up the hill, spread out the legs on the Gitzo, and turn on the camera, "feel around" for the live view button, press it, no live view; even went so far as to get out the 2 inch "ultra-mini-mini" led light, still no live view; By now, the fingers are just starting to "cool back down"; I'm thinking...."I have done something stupid", OR, I have FAILED to do something "necessary" ! Back down the hill to the Cube, get in, (it's still warm), plenty of light, PLUS now I can SEE the camera ! After taking a 2 second look........OH ! I forgot to set the aperture ring to F 22 ! Did that......everything worked fine !
I guess if there is ANY moral to this story.......cameras don't "look" the same in the dark, (especially when your fingers are numb!)
(so I guess if I ever become a wildlife photog, I'll have to work in the tropics ?)