Leonard Shepherd

Leonard Shepherd

Lives in United Kingdom Yorkshire Dales, United Kingdom
Works as a Retired former professional photographer.
Joined on Feb 25, 2006
About me:

Photographer for 57 years.
Primarily interested in wildlife and landscape.
Photographic lecturer and judge.
I have used Nikon for 20 years.

Leonard Shepherd's current gear

Nikon D500
Nikon D810
Nikon D850
The fastest fps of any Nikon body at the price point, excellent AF, good build quality.
Eclipsed by the D850 but still a good all-round FX body. There are reliable reports from some sources it is about to be discontinued.
I agree with the view it remains the best all round camera - from any manufacturer.
Nikon Z7
Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D ED-IF
For manual focus ease it is the best Nikon there is. Some aspects of AF do not equal the same MP D850.
The only weakness is "interesting" flare if you shoot with the sun near the edge of the frame.
Still an outstanding optic despite being an over 25 year old optical design. An update with faster AF and VR is long overdue.
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm F2.8G IF-ED VR
Retained for bellows work. Otherwise not as good as the G version.
Extremely good performer for the specification and price point. Much better than earlier FX versions.
Showing its design age, but still a good lens - with the bonus of accepting Nikon AF converters.
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm F2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
An excellent allrounder, optically better than a 50mm f1.8 - with the benefit of 1:1 focus for not much more money in the UK.
Superb optically with sublime bokeh.
Due for an upgrade which is coming as an S lens. Optically better at 24mm than the 24-70 f2.8.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR
Now a bargain second hand. My copy is very good at longer focus distances.
Very good relative to the low price point. Cumbersome to handle. AF relatively slow.
For good optical performance with a very convenient zoom range I consider it a winner.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR
Excellent all round optic, though likely beaten by the S version.
Excellent optics and very fast AF. Long overdue for an update - likely as the in development 120-300 f2.8.
I will rate it 5 star when supply catches up with demand and street price discounts are available.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Outstanding performer with extremely fast AF.
Excellent compact lens. Optically first class. Heavier than it looks.
Very good allrounder. Slightly prone to getting dust into the optics. Expensive compared to the 200-500.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor Fisheye 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II
I like fisheyes! Two focal lengths for the price of one. Fisheye effect removable in Lightroom for an approximate 12mm full frame lens effect.
First class TC. Usefully better than cropping an original amount by a similar amount.
"Medium class" TC with performance dropping slightly compared to the 1.4 due to greater magnification of the captured detail - though still better than cropping the original image.
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S
Works well for a 2x though loss of 2 stops effect requires very high camera shake control for good results.
Very good, though not quite the equal of the 24-70 f4 S in the frame corners.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S
Outstanding performance at the price point - clarifying S lenses for Z are better than equivalent F lenses.
Other gear:
  • Nikon Z 35-70 f2.8

Leonard Shepherd's wish list

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm F4E FL ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR