A Better Lens.

Post eight.

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.

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100mm | f/5 | 1/640 | iso 320 | Processed Version
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120mm | f/4 | 1/400 | iso 2000
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98mm | f/5 | 1/640 | iso 360
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86mm | f/5 | 1/1600 | iso 180 | Processed Version

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.

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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!

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