Using the 8-200 AF ED hand held

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Uncle Frank, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. Using the 80-200 AF ED hand held

    I was shooting an event, and had the d70/28-70 mounted on a flash bracket. It was time to put on the tele lens to take some tight candid shots, but taking the camera off the bracket is a chore, so I just removed the 28-70 and replaced it with the 80-200. I always use a monopod with the telephoto lens, but that doesn't work well with the flash bracket, so I decided to give it a try hand held and see if I could catch a few shots. The results surprised me.

    1/320s f/4.5 at 200.0mm
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    1/320s f/4.0 at 200.0mm
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    1/125s f/4.0 at 112.0mm
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    1/80s f/4.5 at 100.0mm
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    1/160s f/4.5 at 105.0mm
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    I think the trick is that I wasn't shooting from very far away, with the longest shots being from 25 feet. At those distances, it's apparently possible to get sharp results, even with the non-VR lens.
     
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  2. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    Great faces Frank! You have steady hands. I'll bet that roller-girl is steady too! :wink:
     
  3. Thanks, Professor. I love that sculpture :Love: . Reminds me of the Good Old Days. Are you old enough to remember roller-waitresses?
     
  4. Frank,

    I don't see why that lens wouldn't yield sharp images hand-held. As long as you keep your shutter speed high-enough, sharpness should be just fine. The old rule of thumb that recommends using a shutter speed at the inverse of the focal length should really be revised to take into account the 1.5 crop factor, so at 200mm, you'll typically need 1/320s or faster... which is essentially what you did here (nice pics by the way).

    Of course, YMMV, depending on how many cups of coffee you had before the shoot! :wink:
     
  5. The key here is the flash, right?

    I regularly take flash shots with a 70-200 VR with VR off and an SB800. So long as there isn't enough ambient light to light the subject, I find I can shoot at 200mm and 1/60 without any problems.

    Using a flash at anything lower than full power is akin to very high shutter speeds.

    This crop is 1/60, f5.6, 200mm, hand held, VR off with flash.

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    I think the nice thing is you don't get fussy shadows, I guess because of the distance to the subject.
     
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  6. From the SB800 manual:

    1/1 power is 1/1050 sec.
    1/2 power is 1/1100
    1/4 power is 1/2700
    1/8 power is 1/5900
    1/16 power is 1/10900
    1/128 power is 1/41600!
     
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  8. In that case I will refer to you as the "human tripod" from now on. ;) I could never hand hold to the sharpness you display above.

    The shot of the statue definitely looks like it was illuminated by ambient light.
     
  9. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    At A&W for sure. They still do it at Sonic, but they know they're being retro.
     
  10. I've been called worse :cool:.
     
  11. I can live without the old service, nice as it was.

    But there was something about hamburgers back then. I mean way back, to the 60s and early 70s. I have no idea what it was, but I haven't had it in many years.

    Last time was a hamburger joint on I-80 in Iowa in the Summer of 1982. I was driving from Denver to New Jersey and stopped to have dinner.

    I bet I could even hand hold a 200mm lens back then. :)
     
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