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#1 LightMeter

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 10:30 PM

I got to Arthur Storey Park about 7:30am. Keep in mind the lighting was terrible. Even 1-2 hours after sunrise the overcast was so heavy it looked almost like twilight. So I don't think the lens had a fair chance to reach it's potential in today's lighting. Even with VC(VR)my shaky hands needed to hike up the ISO and shoot several shots and pick the sharpest one at longer focal lengths. I slightly over exposed most images because they looked dull and lifeless. So far I'm really impressed with the lens. AF was accurate even at 300mm. Looks like AF fine tune will not be necessary. And AF was fairly quick in the low light. There is some color fringing, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be based on the reviews and sample images I looked at. Much better than some of the old lenses that purple fringe like crazy. Another plus is no vignetting with my "fat" polarizer at 16mm. I don't need to buy a slim polarizer. The rounded aperture blades allow out of focus highlights to stay round stopped down 2 stops. I deleted my test images of the put of focus highlights(forgot that I would want to post them here lol). I'll post more later. The distortion correction on my D7100 is grayed out with this lens on. And that makes sense since the D7100 was released before this lens. But it also doesn't work with the Tokina 12-24 so Nikon bodies may not activate distortion correction with 3rd party lenses. If anyone knows please post here. Sharpness at longer focal lengths such as 200-300 decreases, especially in the corners but it's not too bad. Most of the time at 300mm it's a wildlife shot that needs to be cropped anyway. Here are a few from the park. For the water shot, I didn't have the 10 stop ND so I used the multiple exposure feature on the D7100 and stopped down for the slowest shutter speed available, and the camera takes up to 3 images and stacks them. The widllife shots are cropped a little.

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 10:43 PM

I haven't done any serious close ups with it, but the ruler shot reveals what kind of crop at 300mm at min focus distance. There's about 3.5 inches working distance at these settings. This lens focus breathes bad at 300mm, so it's probably about 150-200 at min focus distance. I take wrist shots of my wacthes for the daily WRUW(What are you wearing)threads on the Watchuseek site. With the Nikon 18-135, I had to mount the Nikon 6T close up lens for the wrist shots. But with the Tamron 16-300, just set it to 40mm and it focuses close enough. The old Seiko is the one I inherited from my Grandfather.

 

Overall, the lens is a keeper. Good build quality, metal mount, and focus distance scale are huge upgrades from my 18-135. Not much wobble in the barrel when it's zoomed all the way. VC and AF/MF switches are solid. It has MF override when in AF mode and that's nice. And there's a lock switch to lock it at 16mm, but it's not necessary-no zoom creep.

 

Later when the lighting is better I'll take more images and post them here.

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 11:11 PM

Looks good so far Bill and congrats!

 

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 01:00 AM

A very interesting series, Bill. Excellent initial impressions.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 01:24 AM

Looks like a useful lens Bill, I don't think Nikon will produce distortion corrections for any non-Nikon lens... the best you could expect would be if LR or Photoshop provided something.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 10:24 AM

I really like the first image on top.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 03:25 PM

Nice series, Bill. Congrats on the lens.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 04:21 PM

Looking good, Bill!

 

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 01:12 PM

Congrats, Bill.

 

Tamron and Sigma are giving Nikon a serious run for their money.  Or perhaps I should say MY money.  :)


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:26 AM

I made a few more test shots. It did well with flare with the sun in the frame at 38 and 200mm. The flashlight shots are at 16 and 300mm. It didn't do well with the flashlight, but I'd say that was a harsh test.

 

The rounded aperture blades let you stop down a little and keep out of focus highlights round. The Christmas tree shots were at 70mm, where the max aperture is f/5.3. The images are f/7.1 and f/9. Even at f/9 the highlights are still almost round-the polygon shape is not too apparent.

 

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:38 AM

Here are a couple of macro shots at 300mm. I ran some tests and the focus breathing is worse than I thought. I actually got a tighter crop at the same distance with the Nikkor 105 2.5 and ext tubes than the Tamron at 300mm on the shots I got inside(not posted here). For the leaf shot the front of the lens was about 2 feet from the subject. And the dew on the bench shot was at closest focus distance-3.5 inches from the subject.

 

I went back to the park to shoot the pelicans since the light was much better today. At 300mm the lens is a good performer except at the corners. Here's a 100% crop of a pelican from the center of the frame.

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:40 AM

Here's the zoom range-16mm and 300mm.

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 12:53 AM

The focus breathing on this is extreme at 300mm. I made a video of it.

 


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