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Floridian

Tallahassee, Florida, US
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Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007
Sun 06-Jan-13 10:36 PM

I'm stuck in an airport (San Diego) due to a flight that's been delayed for 6 hours for a mechanical problem. (Don't like the delay, but would prefer to have a mechanical problem on the ground than in the air.)

When I travel the airlines I almost always take my D300 with 18-200 for photography opportunities. It's a work-related trip, but here are some photos I took just walking from my hotel to another hotel for a meeting. I'm posting a few from my 18-200, partly because this lens seems to get a bad rap. How would you judge the image quality of these photos?

Here's the whole frame of one, shot at 200mm, where the lens is at its worst, just resized:

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Now here's a 100% crop from that photo. Could I convince you it was taken with my 70-200 VRII?


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Here's another one taken at 80mm. Look at the beautiful bokeh of that lens:


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And here's a 100% crop from that one. Could I convince you this was taken with my micro 105?


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To my eye, this lens does a pretty good job, especially considering its range and relatively compact size. So, now I'm stuck in an airport and ready to argue with anyone who disagrees, presenting these photos as evidence. (I'm sure I'll be more agreeable once I'm home, but it looks like that won't be until tomorrow.)

Randy

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