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My beast has arrived!

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Mitchell, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. Now a member of the beast club. This is my first pro quality lens. I must say that I am impressed with the feel of this lens. Now I need to go and take some portraits of the kiddies!

  2. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Congratulations on receiving your news lens, Mitch. Can't wait to see some images real soon...you are going to be pleased with the way "The Beast" captures ambient light.
  3. Congratulations as well! This is the lens I keep on my D2X most of the time. I'm sure you'll love its performance.

  4. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    Mine is "out for delivery" with UPS today :twisted:
  5. You guys are killing me. I want one too!
  6. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    It's here. I see why they call it The Beast . . . :shock:

    A hefty piece of glass indeed :D 
  7. Which lens is the beast?
  8. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    The Nikkor 28-70 mm f/2.8 :D 
  9. The 28-70 is the Beast, your 17-55 DX has now been named "beauty" by one user, as a counterpart to the beast, I've named the 70-200 'the King' and I need to come up wtih one for the 17-35 :) 
  10. beast

    That's it, I'm naming all my lenses.
    17-55 2.8 DX = Wide butt, nice
    70-200 VR = Big Ben (I'm a Steeler fan)
    18-70 kit = Little Joe
    28-200 = SOLD
  11. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I don't want oneeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  12. Ok, John. Now that you have the beast, you need to start posting some shots with it. Go ahead, tempt me! :twisted:
  13. rebrewer


    Aug 1, 2005
    Davis, CA
    The 28-70 is a great lens. It lives on my D2X, and it has never disappointed me. A tad heavy, however.

  14. SRA


    Jul 29, 2005
    Orem, Utah
    You're going to love the beast. It was one of the first lenses I bought for my 'D2x' and it was hauled all over Europe this summer. I seldom take it off and it is my official all purpose lens. It even works with the 2x teleconverter. Now if only I were worthy of this equipment. :?

    Congratulations on you new arrival.
  15. could anyone tell me the length of the 28-70 with the hood attached?
  16. I want one too! Goodbye 17-55! Hello Beast!! :twisted:
  17. Hi, Lens Lusters! As much as I love The Beast, I have to offer a few words of caution. It's a "purpose lens", designed specifically for PJ and event photography. It can be used as a general purpose lens, but only if you work within its design characteristics. For instance, it's not in the same league as the 17-55 for wide open sharpness. As you all know, it's a big, brute of a lens, so unless you're in shape, it's a load to carry around. And it's been known to scare children and women when pointed at them.

    Get passed all of that, and it's capable to delivering good results for everything from closeups...

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    to architecture...

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    to scapes...

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    But where it really excells is for people, either posed...

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    or snapped.

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    It's happiest when you use it for a wedding, though. I shot one yesterday, and even though I had 4 lenses in my bag, I never felt the urge to take The Beast off my camera. Not when it can deliver shots like this.

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  18. avalanche161


    May 17, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Mitch---Congratulations, hope the Beast meets all of your expectations!
    I'm still struggling with the 17-55 or 28-70 decision.
    Crystall--- Would you still go for the 28-70 if you did not already have the 12-24?
    Best Regards, Alan
  19. Yes....A MANLY lens!

  20. SRA


    Jul 29, 2005
    Orem, Utah
    From body of camera to tip of lens hood I measure 8 & 3/4".

    From back of Nikon D2x to tip of lens hood I measure 10 & 3/8".
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