After using the 70-300 on three different scenarios, all I can say is WOW!
1. Theater school play - yes, it was kindergarden school, but it took place in a real theatre. With both my kids on stage, scarce on light, the 70-300 delivered enough results to do a passable job in difficult circumstances. F5.6 is it's main limitation, but VR and high ISOs got the event covered. Auto-focus performance was remarkable, and the lens captured more detail than the 6400 ISO on the body could resolve.
2. Kid's party, indoor, bounce flash - from across the room, bouncing the SB-700 on the white ceiling and working mostly at f8, all the kids got fantastic candid portraits. Simply outstanding results!
3. Surf afternoon - Sun was midway down through the sky, making the waves glow as they bursted - or the surfers bursted through them. Even at a distance, the results were fine. Frozen drops of water and dynamic gestures, very fine indeed.
Great images, at a great value on a practical package. I can fit all my prime lens in a smalish camera bag (Domke F6), plus the 70-300 VR, the speedlight and the gripped D7K. What more can one ask?
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