Ouch... that flare is really nasty. I can figure out a number of circumstances in which it would have ruined a photo of mine. But I understand you have to pay for the compact size in some way.
Funny that Nikon is not able yet to design an effective tripod collar... I remember when, with my AF-S 300 f/4, I had to stuck a rubber cylinder between the collar foot and the lens barrel (I later bought a replacement collar from RRS).
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 Æ’/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary, Samyang 12mm Æ’/2, Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN | A, Meyer Gorlitz Trioplan 100mm Æ’/2.8, Samyang 8mm Æ’/3.5 fish-eye II | Zenit Helios 44-2 58mm Æ’/2
Plus some legacy Nikkor lenses.
Pity, you haven't tested the "old" version. I suspect it too be still better in terms of contrast and sharpness.
Good review of an interesting but ferociously expensive lens!
The VR problem is not confined to this lens alone, my 70-300mm VRII does the same around 1/160 the sec. frankly you avoid between 1/100-1/200th and your fine.
Flare though is a howler...ouch!
In only use it without backlight.
In the rain it's fine :lol:
Hey dave, last weekend I played around with a Sigma 500/4 sports. Terrific! Only weak spot: At this price, they could have put the TS-81 tripod foot in the package.