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Old 04-27-2012, 01:45 PM
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The baby arrived today

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Old 04-27-2012, 02:41 PM
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Excellent! Can't wait to see some of your shots with the new lens.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:48 PM
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Excellent! Can't wait to see some of your shots with the new lens.
I hope I don't disappoint

I have to figure out what to shoot. Just a few random shots today, nothing exciting or special.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:28 PM
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One of the next day sI upload a few shots taken with the new lens. Nothing special. Just flowers and weed. it's the only interesting thing around here

Here are 4 from the past 4 days...

The Merc is taken with my cheap 135mm and the Emperors Crown (Is that even the name?) is taken with my 100-400mm
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:34 PM
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One of the next day sI upload a few shots taken with the new lens. Nothing special. Just flowers and weed. it's the only interesting thing around here

Here are 4 from the past 4 days...

The Merc is taken with my cheap 135mm and the Emperors Crown (Is that even the name?) is taken with my 100-400mm
Cool, what is number 3?
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:37 PM
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Cool, what is number 3?
Number 3 is ashes from the boiler. It was V-E-R-Y windy so I got my bro to throw it up in the air while I took pics. I was standing like 10-20 meters away.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:53 PM
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Saving my pennies for a 35mm prime 1.8 Nikkor. Was bouncing between it and the 50mm but I think I want the lesser 'zoom' of the two. Cant wait!
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:07 PM
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I swore to myself long ago that I would never buy another non-L zoom lens, everyone I've had just hasn't been worth it. I don't *need* the speed of the 2.8 so the 70-2 might be better then.
Found a really good deal on an older 70-200 f2.8, $825 shipped for a '98 model with flawless glass and still fairly good cosmetic shape. I had decided I was going to get the 200mm f2.8, but if I can get zoom for another $150 it's a no brainer.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:14 PM
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Its not really a lens but I just got the Nikon 1.7 Teleconverter in the mail yesterday to use with my 70-200 2.8VR. I have not used it yet but I read good things, I have used the 2.0 and it seems to really slow the auto focus down. Hopefully this will be better.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:47 AM
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Its not really a lens but I just got the Nikon 1.7 Teleconverter in the mail yesterday to use with my 70-200 2.8VR. I have not used it yet but I read good things, I have used the 2.0 and it seems to really slow the auto focus down. Hopefully this will be better.
My experience is that it does slow, but with the proper techniques they work well. The tripod is your friend, you can't get away from the fact that you will be using light when you use them. In the worst case, with older camera bodies, autofocus won't work due to the low light levels.
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:19 PM
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Its not really a lens but I just got the Nikon 1.7 Teleconverter in the mail yesterday to use with my 70-200 2.8VR. I have not used it yet but I read good things, I have used the 2.0 and it seems to really slow the auto focus down. Hopefully this will be better.
You lose two stops with the 2.0 right?

What do you lose with the 1.7? 1 and a half stops?

Cameras AF wide open. Adding a TC closes down the aperture, so may slow AF.
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:27 PM
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Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRII

Last Saturday, I attended a track day at Carolina Motorsports Park in SC. While there, I made the acquaintance of a guy who had with him his D300S and Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRII lens. He asked me to take some shots of him in his BMW as we were in different run groups. I was VERY impressed with the lens, and will probably do some trading to obtain one without any cash outlay. However, I have also been much impressed with the Sigma 70-200 as demonstrated on another thread by 4REphotographer.

I don't think that my friend from the track will mind me posting these here. (The GTI shot is one that he took of me, also the basis of my new avatar.)
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:09 AM
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You lose two stops with the 2.0 right?

What do you lose with the 1.7? 1 and a half stops?

Cameras AF wide open. Adding a TC closes down the aperture, so may slow AF.
With the 1.7x teleconverter, you lose 1.7 stops. The f/2.8 becomes f/4.8. Still a pretty fast lens at 340mm when zoomed all the way out. It does autofocus a little slower but I have never had a problem shooting track and field events with the teleconverter on. The sprints move pretty quickly and the 70-200 with 1.7x teleconverter seem to keep up.
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What is the perfect distance to a moving object like a race car??

I am getting too much blur :-/
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:26 AM
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What is the perfect distance to a moving object like a race car??

I am getting too much blur :-/
I am not sure that there is a "perfect distance". The 335is was shot from (I'm guessing) approximately 25 ft. (8 m.) away. I panned the camera using shutter-priority automatic mode, and the data is as follows:

Focal length: 110 mm.
Shutter speed: 1/250
Aperture: f/10
ISO equiv.: 200

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Old 05-21-2012, 11:51 AM
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As far as panning goes this is one I took at VIR a few years back, 1/30s!!

I used the Canon 100-400mm and all I can say is don't but it, please don't but it. Yes, you'll get great range, but you'll have a $1200 lens that's softer than a kit lens. So glad I only rented it for the weekend.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:18 PM
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I am not sure that there is a "perfect distance".

Maybe that'll help.
This is true. You can pan cars at 1/30 second like the example above and if you go to the Indy Car series, you can take panning shots of cars at 1/1000 second. It depends on many different variables including how far you are from the car, how fast the car is moving, how far zoomed in you are. I find that panning really takes practice to know what to set your shutter speed at. I have taken panning shots of a bicyclist at 1/8 second, a zamboni at 4/5 second and an Indy car at 1/125 second. I can post some examples if you are interested.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:32 PM
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Thanks peeps

I am panning as well using the "Tv" mode. I am just not seeming to get any luck on getting anything crisp other than birds. *LOL*

I just get the feeling that I am placing myself too close to the objects :-/


Chris, I do have the 100-400 already *hehe* I am quite happy with it. Mostly using it for birds way out of reach
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:33 PM
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yes, very interested. Thanks.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:34 PM
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This is true. You can pan cars at 1/30 second like the example above and if you go to the Indy Car series, you can take panning shots of cars at 1/1000 second. It depends on many different variables including how far you are from the car, how fast the car is moving, how far zoomed in you are. I find that panning really takes practice to know what to set your shutter speed at. I have taken panning shots of a bicyclist at 1/8 second, a zamboni at 4/5 second and an Indy car at 1/125 second. I can post some examples if you are interested.
I would love to see the examples

I am definitely practicing big time at the motorway not too far from here. Unfortunately there is a ton of trees and bushes so the light is not constant at all when zooming on the cars.
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