70-300VR WOW.... 1st pics

Started Dec 28, 2006 | Discussions
gerry2153 Regular Member • Posts: 345
70-300VR WOW.... 1st pics

A few samples, shot on a cloudy day, late afternoon
D50 ISO 400

I am impressed, pics are pretty good for lousy conditions and at a far slower shutter speed that I would normally shoot.

the focus speed was rather slow on first impression, but likely not that big an issue.....

Here are a few pics

1/25 F4.5 70MM

1/13 F9 70MM

1/40 F5 145MM

1/25 F5.3 200MM

1/25 F5.6 300MM

1/40 F5.6 300MM

Wow nice lens for $516

Vladik Contributing Member • Posts: 659
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I wouldn't have said it better myself. Wow!

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sayjames Regular Member • Posts: 176
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Where did you find it for only $516?

mike bustad Forum Pro • Posts: 10,220
Roberts sells them for $499 got an email yesterday
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saying they had them in stock pity I already bought one

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nuteshack Senior Member • Posts: 2,626
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MattN Regular Member • Posts: 390
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gerry2153 wrote:
the focus speed was rather slow on first impression, but likely not
that big an issue.....

What body are you using? I'm using a D70 and find that focus is much slower at 250mm+ when lighting is poor. No difference when lighting is good.

Here are a few pics

Nice pics. I need to work on my composition... Not used to a tele lens yet.

sharpsh00ter Regular Member • Posts: 462
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Great pics! Are these handheld? I guess the VR works then Nice and sharp.

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OP gerry2153 Regular Member • Posts: 345
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sbruno Contributing Member • Posts: 874
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Are you kidding?? 1/25th at 300mm handheld???

That's it - I gotta get me one of these...

Steve

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smodak Contributing Member • Posts: 891
Are these handheld?

Please don't say yes, then I will have to buy one

sbruno wrote:

Are you kidding?? 1/25th at 300mm handheld???

That's it - I gotta get me one of these...

Steve

Jonathan Reed Senior Member • Posts: 1,512
Re: Are these handheld?

I'm wondering the same thing.

blik Regular Member • Posts: 431
Most impressive if it is HH

Besides nature photography (the kind that doesn't move), I can see applications to shooting the interiors of churches and historical sites (Montreal would be a good trip). It might be a little long for shooting the inside of museums, though.

If you could successfully pull off a 1 or 2 sec. exposure you could blur the waterfall like the pros.

I think because of the price point, smaller size and weight, this will be a big seller. If it becomes recognized as a lens you'd want to carry along on your vacation, it'll do even better.
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brokenz Veteran Member • Posts: 9,098
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They do look very good. The shutter speeds do seem typical of what other users are reporting. Apparantly Nikon has achieved some sort of miracle with this new lens and the VR.
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thomas2279 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,876
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Certainly it is Wow I'm wondering if other punters can tell me how does this lens compare with:-

18-200 AFS DX VR 3.5 - 5.6
24-120 AFS VR

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Jonathan Reed Senior Member • Posts: 1,512
I have the 18-200 also...

and the 70-300VR beats my 18-200 hands down. It's my 2nd 18-200 and I thought it was quite sharp, but the new 70-300 is much better, with better bokeh also.

fjp Veteran Member • Posts: 5,145
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Great images. Love the corner to corner sharpness you captured. I feel pretty satisfied now, since I jumped on the bandwagon of this lens from the day it was announced, amidst all kinds of naysayers. I'm waiting for some nice weather so I can get out to the zoo or something and really give it a whirl.

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OP gerry2153 Regular Member • Posts: 345
sorry folks - all hand held
smodak Contributing Member • Posts: 891
Gotta have another credit card with 0%

Gotta have this lens....

You guys are so bad

thomas2279 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,876
Re: I have the 18-200 also...

Thanks Jonathan

Looks like when I can afford it I will probably buy the 70-300 Afs first and then buy 18-200 at later date as an all in one travel lens....

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Arvi22 Junior Member • Posts: 25
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Photos look pretty good. But how this lens suits for birding especially to compare with Nikon 300 f4 AFS or 70-200 VR+1,4 TC.

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