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Handling new lens and protecting it from the weather


Corpus Christi, US
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StevenPituch Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Aug 2012
Fri 24-Aug-12 05:07 PM

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.
Thanks All