Those of you who follow this blog have no doubt figured out by now from my last post, my wife and I gave each other what we ourselves really wanted for Christmas. It's a standing joke between us and works well as neither of us are ever disappointed with what the other gets from Santa!
This year "Santa" gave my wife a Nikon 18-300mm zoom lens haha!
Just for the fun of it how much is 18mm to 300mm zoom in a Nikon DX format camera? (27mm to 450mm equivalent in an FX camera)
18mm f 3.5 1/250 sec. ISO 400
50mm f 5.3 1/160 sec. ISO 400
300mm f 5.3 1/50 sec. ISO 400
Extreme crop of above picture.
In all three shots I was aiming at the bright yellow sign (which I could barely see). It was a dim overcast day and all my shots were handheld. Certainly not the best conditions for photography and unfortunately not the nicest pictures to show off this new lens with... Except for resizing the first three pictures are straight out of the camera, no post processing whatsoever.
I took a number of other pictures all handheld at 300mm and was consistently able to get sharp clear results even at 1/30 second shutter speeds. The VR II works like a charm and the lens seems sharp at all focal lengths even without using a smaller aperture for the longer shots. One note, it did seem to take the VR a full second or two to stabilize especially at 300mm but this may have been due to the low light at the time I took these three shots.
Here's another example from today. I've just stepped out of my truck and see a large bird several hundred feet away in the top of a tree...
18mm f 8 1/250 sec. ISO 200
300mm f 5.3 1/800 sec. ISO 200
300mm picture cropped and cleaned up a bit in Photoshop.
Not bad for a handheld shot from approximately 300 feet away, imagine how good this picture would have been if I was only 50 or 100 feet away! So far this lens is exceeding my expectations in every way. Can't wait to get the new 24mp D7100 to go with this lens if Nikon ever gets around to building one...