AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
This lens was on my bucket list since the late 1970s when a friend had one on a shoot with me and let me try it. I finally purchased one.
I have to say this glass is the finest glass I've ever owned bar none. If I do my part, it can produce brilliant images with amazing micro contrast and tonal blending. It's also razor sharp wherever you want it from wide open to stopped down a good bit.
One thing to mention is the obvious. It can be heavy to hand hold for a fairly long time and at least a monopod comes in handy if just to give me a rest.
With a Nikon 1.7 converter, it has so little degradation that I rarely carry my old Nikon 500 f/4-P in the field anymore. The 300 f/2.8 gives me 500 f/4.8 in the EXIF with this converter, so I'm not losing anything much and it's much lighter and faster to use on birds, perched or in flight.
It also makes a superb portrait lens, with or without the converter. The unique perspective will give you a change for the good from your standard portrait glass. It also allows you to stand far enough back outside as to allow a little more candid images of your kids or grandkids.
If you're like me and getting older but want that ultimate glass in this focal range, please do yourself a favor and afford it while you can
8 de agosto de 2011
I recently purchased the Nikon 300mm 2.8 VR II lens and my first use was to shoot the launch of STS-134 from the NASA Causeway. I was 6.3 miles from the launch site. I mounted the 300 on a TC 17 E II teleconverter and my Nikon D300. The rig was of course mounted on a tripod. The pictures are amazing. Too bad about the cloudy sky but still very, very nice. I am quite pleased.
23 de junio de 2011
excellent quality and performance
This is an excellent lens, it's a little bulky but it's what I use when I want a good telephoto with low ISO in an active environment. I frequently shoot this lens at f/2.8 and always like the results.
9 de junio de 2011
I use this lens for sports and nature photography. The fast focus is incredible, and the sharpness is incomparable. Although heavy, used on a tripod or bi pod, the weight is unnoticeable. This lens is just what the doctor ordered.....Love it.
16 de abril de 2011
Surprisingly versatile lens
I was familiar with the great color rendition this lens provides, the reach and the focusing speed.
I was unprepared for the beautiful OOF rendering and the ability of the lens to create fine portrait shots. The 2.8 and the nano really seems to make all of the difference in the world.
14 de abril de 2011