In the last couple of weeks I’ve learned first hand how Vibration Reduction (VR) on the lens can basically destroy the image when mounted to the tripod (hence it’s a best practice to disable it in such situations), how to control depth of field through aperture, considerations for selling photographs, working with high-stop neutral density filters, and I’m sure quite a bit more.
But most noteworthy? I’ve learned how much better the 24-120mm Nikkor f/4 lens is than the 28-300 Nikkor f/3.5-5.6 (read: sharper, faster AF, better contrast, reduced CA). Granted, this one still has some issues (as do many zoom lenses in general) but it’s a sure improvement. This lens is a keeper.
Here’s some sample images, completely unadulterated aside from producing a JPG from the RAW files. Colors, CA, and vignetting have not been adjusted.
Now, I’ve also been playing around a bit with a 9 stop filter. Shown below is a 9 stop filter as seen through a 3 stop filter. I’ve also procured a 10 stop filter, which I haven’t had a chance to test.
Most recently, I’ve procured a wireless remote for the camera, which will enable exposures longer than 30 seconds. I hope to combine this with the 9 and 10 stop filters for some cool daytime motion effects.
Peace out for now. Maybe some snow pics soon!