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Partial cure of a recent LL attack

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Frits, Mar 26, 2005.

  1. First off, I am very fortunate to have top-quality Nikkors throughout the focal length range, giving me 17 - 200mm reach.
    My recent LL attack had me longing for a 300 / 2.8. In the end I just could not justify the big $$$ for an AF-S.

    What I did: A couple of weeks ago I went eBay and got me a pristine Ai ED 300mm 1:2.8 manual focus version.

    Reasoning: I understand folks use mf lots anyway (other then the AF-S version, perhaps); built like a tank; razor sharp.

    Result: Drastically lower LL for an AF-S :) (at least for now); enjoying the challenge of MF and, most often, manual (incident) metering (sometimes center weight/spot with my D1x); great results (getting the picture is what it is all about, right?); I have some $$$ left to feed my family - happy wife, healthy kids.......:).

    All my pics in my introduction were shot with this beauty (see here: https://www.nikoncafe.com//forums/viewtopic.php?t=1635 ).

    Here are a few more, as I am getting used to it:



    [​IMG] :)
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  2. Those are great shots Frits. And you have the added bonus of the metering and focusing challenges, making the keepers that much more rewarding.

    Hmm, maybe I should sell my AF-S glass...
  3. WHOA!! The owl shot is very nice Frits.......what exactly is he doing with feathers puffed out like that??? :? :? :? :?
  4. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
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  5. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Excellent shots Fritz. I do use the 300 2.8 AF-S, for the same reason the Paul mentions (flying birdies), but I've gotten so frustrated with the metering system, what with the birds flying from a light background into dark, then against the sky, that I shot some today in manual mode. Got pretty good results too.... 8)

    These are most impressive. I don't think that my eyes are good enough to do it with MF though.


  6. Hey Frits, congratulations you will love it. Nice images to break it in with. I too have the 300mm f2.8 only mine is an AF I. It's a super lens.
  7. No experience with flying subjects yet. That should be a handful! I would think I'd prefocus some and certainly NOT shoot at or near wide open.
    I shoot with a D1x.

    He was just done making himself pretty and had a good shakeout. After that he had this look for a few seconds, then the feathers settled down to usual.