I’m sure that by now nearly everyone with an email account has received their share of junk mail and humorous chain letters. But I’m getting tired of the following letter that’s been sent to me at least a dozen times by friends, family, and acquaintances. It's a test that’s designed to make fun of a politician at the expense of photojournalists everywhere. If you receive it, feel free to send back my answer to the sender, and make sure you cc everyone so they can learn something about photography:
You are in the South covering a disaster. There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with winds and flooding of biblical proportions. As a photojournalist working for a major newspaper, you're caught in the middle of this epic disaster. There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water. For many, the situation is nearly hopeless, but you're there to document the horror around you.
Suddenly you see a person in the water. (He or she) is fighting for their life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer. Now the person looks familiar. You suddenly realize who it is... (the name varies based on the e-mailer’s political persuasion, for example: it's George Bush, Hillary Clinton, Osama Ben Laden, etc)! At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to pull them under forever. You have two options: You can try to save the life of (fill in person’s name) by throwing them a life vest and rope next to you, or you can shoot a Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world's most recognizable figures.
Please give an honest answer.......
Would you select a 135mm, f/4 lens, or go with the 125-250mm, f/5.6 zoom lens with image stabilization?
That’s a trick question!!! There are no 125-250mm stabilized lenses made by any manufacturer, nor is there a 135mm f/4 autofocus lens available for any SLR or DSLR. If they really meant the $1100 Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Lens (a great low-light lens in use by many top photojournalists) that would be the best choice since it would allow you to set a higher shutter speed to get sharp photos of the troubled politician as they whizzed by, and the 1.5X lens factor on the Nikon digital SLR (no photojournalist in their right mind shoots film in this situation) would give you the reach of a 202mm lens. A longer f/5.6 image stabilized zoom lens would require a much slower shutter speed to get a decent exposure, and the stabilization would only reduce the photographer’s shaking (possibly by his/her excitement, too much coffee, or blowing wind) and not reduce the motion blur of doomed politician.