70-300 VR review and test shots
I picked up a new copy of the 70-300 VR this week and had a chance to give it a quick test. I originally bought this lens back in early 2007 and then recently sold it to try something different. I liked my first copy of this lens but wasn't really thrilled with it. To make a long story short, I decided to go back to the 70-300 VR and picked up a new copy a few days ago.
I'm not sure if Nikon make continual updates to lenses as coatings and manufacturing technology improves but this new copy is a cracker of a lens. It is very sharp, focuses quickly and silently, has a nice firm but smooth zoom ring, and the VR is noticeably quieter than on my early copy.
Here are a couple of sample I shots I took this weekend at the San Diego Zoo and at LAX:
These were both taken hand-held on my D200 with VR on. They have minimal cropping and post processing. Overall, I am thrilled with this latest copy of the 70-300 VR. I will try to post some more images in the future as I know many folks have a hard time deciding between this and the 50-300. One thing I can say is that for me, having instant manual override of the focus is key and I used it all the time when I was taking pictures in the zoo this weekend as glass and mesh barriers can confuse the autofocus of my D200.
#2. "RE: 70-300 VR review and test shots" | In response to Reply # 0retzius75 Registered since 08th Jul 2012Tue 11-Sep-12 01:54 AM | edited Tue 11-Sep-12 05:00 PM by retzius75
Here is another shot that I took:
Normally, I love giraffes. I never really realized how unattractive they were head on.
I love the reach this lens gives me. The VR was fantastic and the images had good contrast, even in very unfavorable lighting conditions.
#3. "RE: 70-300 VR review and test shots" | In response to Reply # 2James23p Nikonian since 25th Apr 2004Thu 13-Sep-12 02:20 AM
Congrats on the new lens Joshua! I have this lens and I don't use it much but it is a very good lens for the money I enjoy when I need a lightweight zoom lens.
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