Eyes of Nikon

D810 | AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR | ISO 250 | 1/50 | f/4.0


Parker Fitzgeraldパーカー・フィッツジェラルド

Parker Fitzgerald is an internationally published editorial and commercial photographer based in Portland Oregon USA. And is also co-founder of Ransom Limited. He has partnered with a varied array of clientele including Nike, Honda, Uniqlo, Kinfolk Magazine and many, many more. By working almost exclusively with film, he seeks to help recapture the impact of the still image. http://ransomltd.com

Photographer's Eye

Over the years, I have developed a love for landscape and editorial work, but my passion has never ceased to be for the simple portrait. I first became interested in photography because it was a way to meaningfully interact with many kinds of different people, and so when I find myself needing to recharge or refocus my work, I return to the studio to catalog faces. It’s relaxing. My standard kit is normally two bodies and four lenses: 21mm, 35mm, 50mm 90mm. Almost as a rule, no matter what my subject, I rarely stray far from the 35 - 50mm focal range. I only even include the 21 and 90 lenses simply as insurance - for those very rare times when circumstance calls for a break in tradition. But the AF-S NIKKOR 24 - 70mm f/2.8E ED VR takes all of those lenses out of my kit, combining them into one complete, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink package. It is perfect in almost every way - almost to distraction. The lens itself is imposing - pleasantly heavy in hand and solidly built. It feels as well-engineered as it performs. This is clearly one of Nikon’s absolute best ever, and one of the single most useful lenses any photographer could have. One other thing of note - this lens is the first of its focal range with image stabilizing technology. I normally turn off the image stabilization tech when using a lens for stills, as I find it somewhat distracting. Not so with the AF-S NIKKOR 24 - 70mm f/2.8E ED VR. With its help, I am able to hand-hold the lens even at a half second and still get a decent exposure. Hand-held at 1/2 a second on an SLR. Insane! The one and only thing I can hold against this lens is that it is not fully backwards compatible with my trusty Nikon F4 (unless shooting strictly at f/2.8 is not a problem, of course). What a joy it would be to use this lens with film!

Work of Parker Fitzgerald