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 D850
Nikon Z7
The fastest fps of any Nikon body at the price point, excellent AF, good build quality.
I agree with the view it remains the best all round DSLR camera - from any manufacturer.
For manual focus ease it is the best Nikon there is. For some aspects of AF high speed action it it still lags a little behind the same MP D850 though much improved with firmware updates since launch. For several aspects of AF including eye AF and video AF it is well ahead of the D850. IBIS with lenses without in lens VR can be useful.
Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D ED-IF
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR
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.
Extremely good performer for the specification and price point. Much better than earlier FX versions.
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm F2.8G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm F2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED
Showing its design age, but still a good lens - with the bonus of accepting Nikon AF converters.
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.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF VR
Due for an upgrade which is coming as an S lens. Optically better at 24mm than the 24-70 f2.8.
Not yet fully evaluated
Now a bargain second hand. My copy is very good at longer focus distances.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR
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.
Excellent all round optic, though beaten by the S version.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR
Excellent optics and very fast AF - updated by the 120-300 f2.8 - a lens I cannot afford.
I rate it 5 star now supply has improved.
Outstanding performer with extremely fast AF. The 70-200 S after 3 days ownership seems even better.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor Fisheye 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III
Excellent compact lens. Optically first class. Heavier than it looks.
I like fisheyes! Two focal lengths for the price of one. Fisheye effect with a NEF image (not jpeg) removable in Lightroom for an approximate 12mm full frame lens effect.
First class TC. Usefully better than cropping an image by a similar amount.
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S
"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.
Works well for a 2x though loss of 2 stops 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 24-200mm F4-6.3 VR
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S
Probably the best travel zoom currently available - from anybody. Works very well with a Nikon 6T CU using a 67-62 step down ring.
Widely regarded as the best optic available in this focal length range - from any manufacturer.
Outstanding performance at the price point - clarifying S lenses for Z are better than equivalent F lenses.
Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S
Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S
The best 50mm f1.8 so far from Nikon. - and optically by a significant amount.
Other gear:
  • Nikon Z 35-70 f2.8