I had to go down to the Free-state, where a dry spell will have very sad consiquences for the farmers. This year, including the last week there were buckets of rain with very dramatic skies. I hope to post some more of this. One problem though, my 18-105mm Nikon is acting up. These pictures may seem to be Ok but they are all very soft. A few months ago I had this lens repaired (stuck zoom)and now it is again not good at all. This is a catastrophe as I am leaving for NZ in a week and I am far from any shops. I am stopping over in Singapore, would it be a good idea to get a new lens there? And what would you would you advise me to buy?
Sun 16-Mar-14 02:43 PM | edited Sun 16-Mar-14 02:45 PM by geneluck
On the first one it focuses on the drops (seems sharp to me). In the second one it is really tricky for the autofocus:where was your focus point? I really like your B&W especially the first one, really nice composition, fantatstic skies. You are probably wide open, so I would expect a bit of softness there. with the last one, it is very dark, and this could explain the autofocus problems. Just from the top off my head. Jean-luc
Thank you Jean-luc, for the second picture I used manual focus. Not alone have I softness but also some pictures with severe vignetting. The last picture shows the vignetting, enhanced by the PP but not caused by it. Attached another prime example of vignetting (I think).
Thank you Preston, The purpose is all, all-purpose. Just wander through Singapore taking pictures of people and things. It must not be too heavy, and have reasonable sharpness and preferably a good VR. I have two options 18-85 or 18-200. Will not buy another 18-105? Or was my lens just a dud? I have never been overly enthusiastic about my 18-105 sharpness, it was just passable.
Thanks Mick, I answered Preston before I got your post. The 18-105 is much cheaper than the other two lenses. Why? If it is good maybe I should go for it. One option would be to have them deliver all at my hotel, 18-105, 16-85 and 18-200 take shots and compare at 1:1.