Testing, testing 1,4,2,4...
I am getting an AF-S 14-24 f2.8g tomorrow. Any suggestion on how to test it using the D600? I have 3 days to make my final decision to keep it or not - Bought it used from a West Coast lens rental place...any input is appreciated.
BTW, real happy with my D600 after the Shutter Mechanism was replaced and "cleaned" here in LA. Currently have - 24-70 f2.8g, 80-200 f2.8D and 85 f1.8g. the 14-24 should complete "my" holy Quadrinity.
Also thinking of the D7100 as a back up. Currently have the Pentax k20D, K5 with Bunch of lenses as back up. Input anyone?
I would suggest taking real pictures with your new lens. Then review and determine if the results are worth the cost. Or you can take pictures of a newspaper or brick wall if that is your preferred subject.
If you do not get the instruction book, it cautions camera autofocus may work well when objects are small in the viewfinder or fine detail in the viewfinder focus mark - both are not uncommon at 14mm.
You may find you need to use manual focus more often than with longer lenses. This is not a particular issue in view of the extremely wide depth of field.
Many problems turn out to be a lack of intimate knowledge of complex modern camera equipment.
I'm not a fan of made-up testing. Go out and use it. Do whatever it was you bought the lens to do. See how it handles, look at the results. Don't go looking for defects that are not relevent.
Attached are a few test shots at the Getty Museum this weekend using my D600 (2nd copy Cleaned a month ago, now with a new shutter mechanism) and my newly acquired (Used copy) AF-S 14-24 f2.8 Lens.
I think I did see 1 or 2 Dust spots, but ignoring those, can any of you give me some CC on these, be gentle, my neck and wrist are still aching from carrying this lens and Camera yesterday for about 4 hours.
Thanks in advance.
PS: lots of Pictures..
Are you sure you will take suggestions here? Test it the way you will be using it, and against flat and curved objects. If you are satisfied with the images, then keep it.
Real world shots are useful, but some simple checks and test shots can quickly uncover problems you may not notice at first.
At the least, skim this:
I'm not a fan of made-up testing. Go out and use it. Do whatever it was you bought the lens to do. See how it handles, look at the results. Don't go looking for defects that are not relevent.-- hide signature --
When I get a new zoom, I usually go out to my back yard, take a bunch of pictures of the fence (hand held.....gasp!) at various focal lengths and distances, wide open, "chimp" the images, and then off to do some "real" shooting.
If I think I'm seeing a problem, then I might get out the tripod, use the live view, remote release, mirror lock up, etc. and "fine tune" the camera to the lens. But usually not.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to anyone else, I'm just fessing up to what has worked reasonably well for me.
This is probably what I should be doing....:
Thanks, that Article from lens rental is really good reading. Still learning....it looks like my 14-24 is OK at this time- its a keeper.