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A few 300 2.8 shots from the zoo...

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by gnagel, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. I visited the Brookfield Zoo for a couple of hours this afternoon and captured the following images with my D700 and 300 2.8 lens:

    #1: Penguin duet
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    #2: Inca tern
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    #3: Baby gorilla
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    #4: White mustache (with 1.4x teleconverter)
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    #5: Gorilla (the mother)
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    Thanks again for looking...
  2. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Excellent, Glenn! How do you get them to pose for you so well? :biggrin:
  3. kiwi


    Jan 1, 2008
    Auckland, NZ
    Gee Glenn, I'm impressed with that last shot especially looking at the EXIF
  4. Thanks!

    I wait until they look at me...even if it takes a long time...:wink:

  5. Thanks...

    These images are heavily cropped. I'm generally pleased with how the resolution holds up with this lens (and camera) given the magnitude of some of the cropping.

  6. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Impressive, to say the least. The last one even has nice catch lights! :biggrin:
  7. WOW. These are just excellent!!!
  8. Thanks!

    Thanks again Phillip
  9. shtarka1


    Feb 1, 2008
    Amazing Grabs!!!
  10. Thank you Steve
  11. Glen,

    All I can say is WOW!

    and please stop posting such beautiful shots until B&H gets the 300VR back in stock........LOL Just Kidding of Course.

  12. Thanks Geno...

    I didn't realize there was a shortage of 300 VRs. It must have something to do with the Olympics.

  13. That last shot is incredible, well done.
  14. Yes, I have been in the process of switching back to Nikon from Canon, and I can't find one anywhere......I have been holding out hoping B&H would get one soon.

    I have been very tempted by the 200-400VR, however I want to get a smaller lens, and I like the f 2.8 stop. If I was to get the 200-400, I would end up also having to buy the 200 2VR......but this way I may be able to just get by with the 300VR.

    I have been really doing my best to only buy what I need this time.

  15. Very very nice Gary. Might be enough to motivate me to head to the National zoo on Friday, weather and energy permitting... Baby gorilla, awesome...
  16. Thank you Louis
  17. Geno,

    I went through a similar thing--going back and forth between the 200-400 and the 300 f/2.8. Of course, they are both great lenses, but I'm glad I chose the 300 2.8. I find that my shooting style calls for that very shallow depth of field that 2.8 offers. And, as you mentioned, the 300 2.8 is a more portable.

    Someday, I would love to purchase a 200 f/2. For now, I'm using my 70-200 f/2.8--also a fine lens.

    Thanks again,
  18. Thanks Rich...I appreciate it.

  19. #3 & #5 are WOW shots for sure
  20. Cool pictures, Glenn. However just looking at these pictures I can tell, what this lense dreams about...... this lense is screaming for a real task, not just taking pics of static animals in the Zoo :)  , it wants African wildlife action photosafari type of a task :) , it wants difficult lighting conditions, when it will be proud of its 2.8 aperture and high focusing speed. Only then it will be able to look at 200-400 and say - "I gotcha!" Seriously, I am looking for this glass right now to couple it with 600vr for wildlife photography, but cannot find it anywhere. And I am still having second thoughts whether I should go with 200-400 instead. This is so tormenting! Both are good, both have pros and cons...
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