Zoo de Vincennes ( Paris ) - Test D200 + AF 80-200mm 1:
just wanted to share some recent tests made with a D200 and the Nikkor AF 80-200mm 1:2.8 D ( recently bought, second hand ).
I'm quite surprised and pleased by the result, an expert eye might not be agree, so in doubt, I post those hopping for constructive comments.
The first two are actualy cropped and represent ~50% of the full image, the last one is ~90% of the full frame.
All are jpeg degraded by compression 7 ( to meet the 100k requirement ).
1: 1/750s / f2.8 / 200mm
2: 1/1000s / f2.8 / 200mm
3: 1/1600s / f2.8 / 200mm
All are at ISO 100.
I choosed f2.8 on purpose to test full aperture, slower apertures should come a little bit better.
Shooted in RAW, converted and corrected with ACR/CS2.
PS: I just realized that this should has been posted in the "Constructive Critique & Technical Advice" forum instead. Sorry about that. Feel free to move it there if possible. Thanks.
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#1. "RE: Zoo de Vincennes ( Paris ) - Test D200 + AF 80-200m" | In response to Reply # 0mountainman Registered since 01st Nov 2003Sun 23-Jul-06 08:39 AM
As you stated, you choose the shooting parameters as a controlled test so I will not indicate you should not have shot at those settings. Since the camera & lens were purchased second hand I do think these shots confirm that together they take sharp photos. The end of the log in the second photo is very sharp. There is some contrast between the subjects and background but the background is very flat or washed out. Although it has nothing to do with the camera or lens, shooting in morning or late afternoon light would yield better shots. The lighting you shot these in appears to be very challenging. I think shooting each frame as you did and then shooting it at several different f stops, ISO settings, and bracketing EV would add to an evaluation of the camera/lens combination. All in all, from these three shots, given the very bright conditions I think all looks good as far as the camera and lens operation are concerned. Post more shots with the best settings for each given set of circumstances. Thanks for sharing your photographs.
#2. "RE: Zoo de Vincennes ( Paris ) - Test D200 + AF 80-200m" | In response to Reply # 1grabiller Registered since 21st Jul 2006Wed 16-Jan-08 01:01 PM
Thanks a lot for your feedback.
> ../.. Since the camera & lens
> were purchased second hand ../..
Actualy, only the lens is second hand. I bought the D200 brand new, sorry it wasn't clear.
> ../.. Although it has nothing to do with the camera
> or lens, shooting in morning or late afternoon light would
> yield better shots. The lighting you shot these in appears
> to be very challenging ../..
You are right, the main problem is that the place where I shooted is hardly lighted in the morning or late afternoon, because it is surrounded by fake high rocks on one side and high trees on the other side. I wanted to avoid shadows and have some sun on the subject.
Also I wanted "violent" light ( not sure about the expression ) to check for chromatic aberration, and I did find some ( check the rope on the second photo ).
On a second thought, albeit not an artistic choice ( I still think you are right on this matter ), what I like is that the subjects are well "readable", without disturbance from the background. Check the attached photo on this message to see what I mean. I've faked lower contrast in the background and it seems to be less "readable".
I guess the best depends on what is the purpose of the photo ( artistic or animal study for instance ). Clearly I wasn't looking at creating pieces of art here
> ../.. I think shooting each frame as you
> did and then shooting it at several different f stops, ISO
> settings, and bracketing EV would add to an evaluation of
> the camera/lens combination../..
Yes you are right, I was so concerned by the quality at full aperture that I forgot to take shots with other combinations :/
The problem with APS-C is that you have less blurry background than with full 35mm, so we ( at least 'I' ) tend to use faster aperture to try to reach the same level of "bluriness", at the expense of quality, unfortunately, as it is well known that lenses are generaly at their best at 5.6f/f8.
Anyway, I'll try to make more tests with more combinations next time, but I'm pretty confident - in regard to the results and your comments - that this lens is in good condition.
Do you think I should have it checked by a Nikon service, just to be 'sure' ? Is it a common practice from second hand buyer ?
Thanks again for your feedback William.
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