70-200 VR... how did i ever do without it?

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well,

as some might know, i finally purchased the Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VR after a two year search for a good used copy for less than £1000. It is the first telephoto lens i have owned (previously the longest i had was 85mm) and, well, i can't believe i waited this long. it has opened up a whole new avenue of opportunities to shoot. here are some of the first shots i have taken with it and the D3 at the British Museum's 4th July celebrations. converted to B + W, curves and some sharpening. more photos from this event can be found http://public.fotki.com/swmlon/4th-july-festivitie/

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a couple more this time with the 24-70.

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C & C welcome. and some tips on shooting with this lens would be helpful, always good to learn i say.

shing
 
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Excellent captures

I love your black and white conversion - super images.

The only tip I can give you - is to refrain from using the VR when people are moving, I often increase the iso on the D3 - this allows me faster captures - more keepers since I can focus faster with it - of course in low light the VR is a must as well as when shooting buildings.

Congrats on your new lens
 
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Nice selection. I know how you feel. I've been saving for an eternity for this lens and only got one about a week ago. I also got the 1.7TC to go with it. Gave it it's first good workout at a local parade yesterday and I'm very pleased with the results.

Good luck with yours.

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congrats on the new lens
it's a great one

nice series of images
you'll love this lens more every time you shoot with it

congrats.... and, good luck
 
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It is, certainly, a fine lens. Can't understand why people were previously complaining about it ...

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WOW what a lens and beautiful pics there...I really liked your BW conversion...its giving that Leica/Ricoh BW feel to it
 
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Shing great capture's. And I think converting them to B+W wa spot on. Sweet little drum set.:biggrin:

Arthur: Thanks for posting that Amazing German Shepard capture. You got him/her at the perfect moment. That is by far the best action dog shot taken with the 70-200 VR I ever seen. What F/stop and camera did you use? Iv heard that the 70-200 gets a little dark on the corners on FF. I dont see any of that in your shot or Shings for that matter.
 
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thanks for the replies, i am really beginning to love this lens. and the pictures that come out of it are just incredible, makes you forget that you are carry around such a ig lens (at least for me).

all the stories i heard from people about corner darkness and lack of sharpness made me hesitant to buy it. but now that i have, i cant see the problems that everyone was harking on about. yes the lens does exhibit those characteristics, but in real world shooting it is not noticable (to me anyway)
 
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did you buy it used?

any concerns that way? Did you know the seller?
 
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i did buy it used. i didn't know the seller, i saw the add through eBay but i just think i got really lucky. can't say others buying on eBay will have as much luck. i was fortunate in that he lived in London as well, not far from me so i was able to have a good look at the lens, take 50-60 shots at f2.8 throughout the zoom range.
i guess my only concern was making sure the lens worked perfect at all settings, and touch wood it seems to be. i am always apprehesive about buying a lens used, but i got to check the lens thoroughly and, well, all seems well.
 
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I remember your post on DPR about the lens glad it worked out, Jules (the seller) is a decent guy.

Personally I would have no hesitation in buying a used lens, let someone else take the "hit" of buying new - I think most folks are honest anyway, and I tend to buy used when I can. You get much more for your money and most folks tend to look after expensive gear I find :)
 
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There are certain Nikon lens that I feel are "keepers" and will never leave my kit. The 70-200 f2.8 is one. Others are:
28-70mm f2.8 (the Beast)
300mm f2.8 Version II (may upgrade to the VR)
17-35mm f2.8
 
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It is, certainly, a fine lens. Can't understand why people were previously complaining about it ...

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Hey... don't you know that you should be getting horrible images with the *unusable* D3 + 70-200 + f2.8 combo?! :biggrin:
 

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