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35-70/2.8, D700, and a protest in Bangkok

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by craig.martell, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Hey folks,

    I know it has been a while since I posted, but I have been shooting pretty regularly. I am here in Bangkok for one of our twice-a-year trips, and yesterday while out shooting I stumbled on this HUGE march on the British Embassy in support of extraditing the former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, and his wife. She has already been convicted for tax evasion, I believe, and he has been indicted on a number of corruption charges.

    Well, I was trying out my D700 and the 35-70/2.8 I just got (since I can't afford the 24-70/2.8 just yet). And I have to say this combination was amazing. I started shooting raw, but ran out of space so I switched to jpg. Jpg's right out of the camera are amazing, and this lens really shines from f/5.6 on up.

    You can see the shots on my flickr page, here:


    There are just too many to post here. I would love all comments and criticisms.

    Nice to be back posting at the Cafe!

    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 21, 2008
  2. Here are a few of my favorites.

    Intimate shots:

    ISO 200, 70mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec

    ISO 200, 70mm, f/8.0, 1/250 sec

    ISO 200, 40mm, f/8.0, 1/250 sec

    ISO 200, 40mm, f/9.0, 1/320 sec

    Over my head, using LiveView:

    ISO 200, 70mm, f/6.3, 1/200 sec

    ISO 200, 70mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec

    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 20, 2008
  3. itsmike


    Mar 2, 2008
    Greenlawn NY
    Great Shots..
  4. Very cool Craig. I don't know if I would have wanted to be in the thick of things as you were to take these shots, but they are sure good at telling a story.
  5. Interesting series. The 35-70 2.8 is a perfect match to that big sensor. My 35-70 lens performs so well on my D200 that I can't justify the expense of a 28-70 or 24-70. Thanks for posting...........


  6. I'm with Ted, great shots and great performance from the lens. I get the same on my D200, best/least lens money combo I've ever spent.
  7. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    excellent Craig ....any shots from the wide end?
  8. Here are a few (and I added meta-data to the first shots I posted):

    ISO 200, 35mm, f/8.0, 1/250 sec

    ISO 200, 35mm, f/8.0, 1/250 sec

    ISO 200, 35mm, f/8.0, 1/250 sec
  9. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    good stuff ..thanks Craig ...;-)
  10. Good stuff indeed! I need that lens :D 
  11. Wonderful pix from a remarkable lens. Nice work though I wouldn't be comfortable out there.
  12. craig,
    great series
    i really enjoyed these
  13. Thanks all. It was pretty cool to have stumbled on this great photo op.

    Actually, the Thais are remarkably peaceful people. It was a very peaceful demonstration, and everyone was very gracious.
  14. Hi, Craig! It's good to see you back on the Cafe. Congratulations on your d700! Nice work here, but you were walking on the wild side taking this set of images.
  15. Nice shots craig. So it looks like the 35-70mm f/2.8 works quite well on the D700.:cool: 
  16. Nacho


    Dec 29, 2007
    Salem, Oregon
    Craig: Great shots. I'm always interested in folks shooting social protest, civic activism, and such. The 35-70mm 2.8D is also my favorite lens right now (although I miss the wider end of the 18-70 a bit), and plays wonderfully well with my D300.


  17. Thanks for the welcome-back UF. As to walking on the wild side, well, that's just how I roll :cool: !! (I guess I always wanted a Che Guevara button and a beard!)

    Thanks Robert. I figured I should take the advice I gave others, and pick up one for myself. It turns out I love this lens!

    Nacho, social protests, etc always fascinate me. If I could, I would shoot this stuff all day. As to missing the wide end, 35mm on a D700 is actually 35mm, so it is wider than I expected. Although, I think the 17-35 might be calling my name soon. :)  They can be had for around $1400 here in Thailand. I wonder if that is a good price.

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