Hi, If these upload, there are two photos of a card taken at about 25-30 feet with the 70-300VR mounted on a D200. Both have been enlarged 100%, cropped and only brightness increased. One is taken on a tripod, the other is handheld. Both at about 250/f11 and were a little dark due to metering off the card. The VR is something to behold at 300mm. Balance and control is good. Feels about like my 105 MacroVR but lighter. //Del
I agree that they are not "tack sharp"...they were meant to be informational. Since the camera was set for AE/AF, etc., I'll see if there is an improvement going manual and stabilizing the settings between the two shots.
Thx for the comment Brian, given your experience, your comment helps me put things in perspective. I actually thought this was as good as or better than my expectations for the lens, given all factors involved. I'm not disappointed. The lens fits my "kit" of 18-70, 105VR Macro, and 50/1.4.
I think they look great, especially considering they're cropped to 100%! Sometimes we get caught up in the technical aspects of a piece of equipment, instead of stepping back and looking at it from an artistic standpoint.
Here is a shot of a small bird in a tree across the street from where I live. It's dusk, so the lighting isn't great, but I still think the lens does a great job.
Brief report on new pix, I repeated the original photos of a card at about 30 feet this time I turned off all AF/AE and set the WB to daylight. Again I used the 3021 tripod but shot at 250/F8 and repeated with handheld. The results are equivalent and, except for brightness, the same as the original in the first message. I then repeated at 125/F11 and 60/f16. The 125/f11 was the same on/off tripod. The 60/f16 had barely noticeable shake. As mentioned regarding the bird pictures, I realized I was looking at a small part of an image, enlarging that small part 100%, then cutting and compressing the jpeg image to submit to this site and show to others. In looking at the original images, even with the 60/f16, they look fine on my 21" monitor. So, overall I think the VR worked well, at least for two stops, and probably better with someone good technique. It would be informative to see something similar with known good glass. I really appreciate the comments and will post the pix when I get back to the other computer. //Del
Hi, Here are three photos with the 70-300VR; all are a little overexposed affecting contrast and all have been resized and compressed to fit the rqmts. The first is the full fiew at 250/f8 on tripod. The second is the cropped and 100% magnification of the card taken on tripod 250/f8. The third is the cropped and 100% magnification of the card taken hand held 60/f16. The photos taken at 125/f11 were basically the same as the original 250/f8. Sorry about the overexposure. Interesting results with some pastel and stronger color. //Del
Could somebody please put that lens on a solid tripod, shoot wide open at 300mm, then stop down one and again at f8 at 300mm and NOT crop or tweek it in any way?
I haven't seen anything come out of this lens yet that makes me want to retire my 75-300 and I was hoping this lens would be it. (Otherwise I'm going to have to buy a Cannon body just so I can use their 100-400. Something I don't really want to do. I have given up on Nikkor giving the 80-400 AFS. :'( )
Hi Mark, Just for info, the first picture in my last post was not tweaked or cropped. Just 250/f8, MF/ME and WB on Daylight and no VR. The tripod was Bogen 3021, ball head, no remote. Focus was hard as I couldn't distinguish by eye small changes...I just set it for a steady green light; AF should be better. The cropped pictures have no tweaks either except for VR added.
How about a post of your shots, same situation 38 ft, 300mm, etc., with your 75-300. It would be helpful. I'll try again but I'm sure the shots will always include my meager skills.
If there is a standard setup, I could try that as well. //Del
I do not want to denigrate anyone who up loaded images on this thread but, I would like to see a more experienced photographer down load some images. I was and am still a detractor of the 18-200mm VR lens however I have seen some very good images taken with that lens furthermore, I can not Imagen Nikon designing a lens (70-300mm Vr)that takes such poor images. That lens has already some circulation so some experienced clicker can show us its ability.
Just for the record . . . where is it written that anyone on this list owes anyone anything. We post our questions and our observations and our pictures for many reasons and I think we owe one another more than a modicum of civility. If we want professional assistance, contact a porofessional. In the meantime I, personally, sort through posts, selectively, and either stay with the thread or more on.
Hi all . . . and by way of a little levity and holiday cheer, plus excitement, also, with my new 70-300 lens.
Following is a NOT (read n-o-t) technically good picture, but it is in keeping with the holidays and my excitement to send a likeness of my Christmas wreath, that I made last night for my front door, to my son: it was dark outside, my front porch light was burned out, I had to open the door and illumine the door with my front hall closet light, set the ISO to 1600, and stand a scant 4 feet away from my subject at the 70mm focal length. Nonetheless it is an acceptable and festive picture that I never could have gotten without the vr on this lens.
I love how fast this lens focuses, how much more substantial it feels than my old 70-300 4.0-5.6 ED lens, the little bit of extra weight (I like that),and most certainly the VR. I have really liked using a 70-300 zoom for much of what I shoot; it suits my style. If Nikon came out with a AF-S 80-400 (with good IQ) and for just over a thousand dollars I would buy it in a minute. But barring that I am very pleased with my new 70-300 f/4.5-5.6, VR.
Ain't it great and happy holidays to you all, Laurel from where she stood
Due to rain in San Diego (an unusual circumstance in itself), my 70-300VR lens that arrived Friday night just got a workout today. For your perusal, I attach a "quick pix" fall leaf picture, along with a 100% crop section. Shot with a D-70, ISO 200, 300mm, f8, 1/320s, VR on and Normal. Some enhancement with Capture NX. I like the lens!