Handling new lens and protecting it from the weather
I just received a 70-300 4.5-5.6 VR after returning a 55-200 VR that was damaged in shipment. I have taken a few shots so far. I have a few shots here: http://tinyurl.com/9nlqxfb and here http://tinyurl.com/8dgbw8h .
Please realize that I have never used a monster lens like this one before, but I think I am going to like it very much. Focus in the pics is not perfect as the depth of field was likely too shallow. I have 3 questions (the camera is a D5100):
1) How do I hold this thing? I have been holding the lens with my left hand, and the camera/shutter with my right. Occasionally I need to remove my left hand from the lens. Will this hurt the mounts?
2) If I put the camera on a tripod, the lens may not be supported. Is this OK, or do they make a sort of bridge piece to put under the lens to support it?
3) Can I turn off the camera with the VR "ON", as long as the shutter is not pressed down half way to activate the VR? Or do I need to turn off VR, and then turn off the camera. The manual is a little fuzzy on this.
4) It is very humid down here, and the air is very corrosive as the water around me is hyper-saline. If I just take the camera outside the front element gets covered in condensation and I have to wait 10 minutes for it to clear. Should I keep the camera and lenses in my camera bag and leave it outside until the equipment temperature equalizes with the outside air? Or should I buy some sort of wrap to keep the air out of the camera and lenses? Also is there a protective wrap of some sort that I can use on the beach? I'm afraid of sand intrusion.
#1. "RE: Handling new lens and protecting it from the weather" | In response to Reply # 02pixels_short Registered since 16th Oct 2003Fri 24-Aug-12 03:47 PM
Welcome to Nikonians!
1. That is the method I use on all lenses. Cradle with left hand.
2. The lens does not weigh enough to harm the mount. If Nikon thought it exceeded the limits or required balance it would come with a foot such as the 80-200mm ƒ/2.8.
3. Yes. You can shutdown the camera with VR on.
4. Moving equipment from cold to warm humid spaces whether you are going from out to in during winter or in to out during summer can cause condensation. It is best to let the equipment come up to temp. It is recommended to place the equipment in a sealed plastic bag while in the cold temp before moving it. Then let the temp stabilize before opening the bag. Your other option is to store it where the temp will not vary. Many recommend a clear multi-coated filter on the front element for conditions with blowing dust, sand, and salt spray. You could also, in extreme conditions, modify a plastic bag with a cutout for the lens opening secured with a rubber band. Most times this is not required. You just need to blow off the equipment with a rocket blower and use a brush followed by a wipe down to keep things clean.
Others will chime in with their thoughts.
Mike in Alaska
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