Christmas came a little early for me this year. I now am the proud possessor of a very fast lens that takes absolutely beautiful pictures in low light situations. The best part is I could actually afford it. I’m pretty new to photography and I have been getting very frustrated with my current lenses now that we are having a few more hours of darkness. I have a Nikon D40 which is a highly recommended entry level DSLR that is very small and light. I bought it because it was affordable and easy to travel with. The big problem with this camera is that it doesn’t have an onboard motor for auto-focusing so, unless you like to manually focus, all your lenses need to have their own motors. I did buy an inexpensive fast lens but realized, well, I don’t see too well, so manual focus was going to be tricky. Luckily it was KenRockwell.com to the rescue. This site is an amazing resource for newbie as well as experienced photographers. He gave this new lens a very high recommendation and he uses it on his Nikon D40 all the time. It’s not a zoom so you have to walk around to get the composition you want but it’s great in low light situations. Yeah, no yucky flash picture this Christmas.