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#1 mst

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 06:48 PM

Just uploaded sample images to SmugMug, hope to publish the review tomorrow or Wednesday:

https://photozone.sm...m-f4E-PF-VR-fx/

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 05:41 AM

Can't wait for your review.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 10:49 AM

Me too ...  :rolleyes:


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 11:23 AM

Working on it, right now. However, just noticed that I haven't done the bokeh shots, yet (will do immediately), and there will also be a section around this:

flare01s.jpg

flare02s.jpg

 

These are scaled down whole images, not crops...

 

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 01:23 PM

Huh, the flare looks familiar - the Canon DOs had that as well.

Although I have never seen those halos before. Sort of ... impressive.  :ph34r:


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 04:11 PM

Huh, the flare looks familiar - the Canon DOs had that as well.

Although I have never seen those halos before. Sort of ... impressive.  :ph34r:

The old 400mm Do had that, the new DO lens Canon uses gets rid of it. We read about it (both the Nikkor issue and the Canon solution) when they both were announced at about the same time.



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 06:40 AM

Rare halos must be one reason for the price of this lens. Toooooooo baaaad, you don't test the VR. It's exotic behaviour is the next reason. But still, after learning a couple of "doing this or that is asking for problems"-issues, I still like it's weight.



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 12:37 PM

I'm curious too, because I don't know what I could have done if this lens were announced before my decision to switch to Sony. I could have bought it, because it must be - flares aparts, let's see your review - excellent for wildlife, hand-held; and a recent buy in the Nikon side could have disrupted my strategy.


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Sony a6300, Sony a6000, Sony NEX-6, Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS, Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS, Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS, Sigma 150-600mm ƒ/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary, Samyang 12mm ƒ/2, Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN | A, Meyer Gorlitz Trioplan 100mm ƒ/2.8, Samyang 8mm ƒ/3.5 fish-eye II | Zenit Helios 44-2 58mm ƒ/2 
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 01:02 PM

Wildlife with only 300/4? It's not too bad, but a lot of comparisons came to the conclusion, the old version was equally good, just heavier. For sure, the old version had better contact to the tripod collar. This I explicitely tested: Using the collar will cause more shutter shock issues than mounting the D810 directly on a tripod. Same results I also found with the latest version of 70-200/4



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 01:11 PM

Wildlife with only 300/4? It's not too bad, but a lot of comparisons came to the conclusion, the old version was equally good, just heavier. For sure, the old version had better contact to the tripod collar. This I explicitely tested: Using the collar will cause more shutter shock issues than mounting the D810 directly on a tripod. Same results I also found with the latest version of 70-200/4

 

Sure I'm pretty happy to have now a zoom 150-600, which is much more flexible. But having adapted to use only the older 300 ƒ/4 + teleconverters for years, I could have enjoyed the lighter weight of the newer one - which is also stabilised. 


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Sony a6300, Sony a6000, Sony NEX-6, Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS, Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS, Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS, Sigma 150-600mm ƒ/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary, Samyang 12mm ƒ/2, Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN | A, Meyer Gorlitz Trioplan 100mm ƒ/2.8, Samyang 8mm ƒ/3.5 fish-eye II | Zenit Helios 44-2 58mm ƒ/2 
Plus some legacy Nikkor lenses.

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 01:49 PM

The stabilisation has some blind/blurry spots between 1/160 and 1/320, faster or slower is better in terms of sharpness. I have the last TC17 (510/6.8), but the Tamron 150-600 G2 is definitely not worse. Just more versatile. The Nikkor, however, is a pleasure to handhold.






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