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In Praise of the Nikkor 75-300

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#1 justshootit


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Posted 29 December 2007 - 04:59 AM

This is the second or third Nikkor I ever bought, and it is probably one of the least discussed. It's also a REALLY good lens and can be had for between $150 and $250 used. I was out shooting with it earlier this year, and got the following images along with the associated crops. Sharpness and color are great. Bokeh is not as good as 70-200/2.8, but not bad, not $1700, and not as heavy. And, unlike the older 80-200/2.8 lenses, it has an integral tripod mount.

Tile Roof, Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA -- 300mm at f/5.6 (wide open), 1/800th sec, ISO 200, D70
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Detail of Above
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Park Bench, Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA -- 150mm at f/5.6, 1/1600th sec, ISO 400, D70
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Detail of above
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Bokeh rendering
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The lens itself -- funny little story here about this shot.
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Edited by justshootit, 29 December 2007 - 06:07 AM.

Digital: D610 backed up by a D1x.  Quoted from an unknown source by a fellow planeteer, "Never get rid of a working D1x." I've got to agree.

Film: N90s, F3, F100, F4s, C330s. A few lenses.

Why film photography? I like shooting with the equipment. 6x6 Velvia slides from a C330 have an appeal all their own.

Why automated 35mm/Digital cameras? Event photography is about capturing moments. It often requires quick response. Well done automaton can be your friend or your enemy. It all depends on knowing what it can and can't do. "A man's got to know his (camera's) limitations." paraphrasing Dirty Harry...

#2 Neil Rothschild

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 09:46 AM

I bought one of those many years ago, new, for my N8008. I recently gave it to my son as a birthday gift. It's a very fine lens. Neil

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 05:57 PM

Thanks for the info...image quality and details are spot on.

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