My findings: Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G EDIF VR USM

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Dallas, Sep 12, 2004.

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    Dallas Guest

    Saturday afternoon, ABSA Stadium, Durban, South Africa. The game was the
    Sharks (home team) vs. The Pumas.

    Equipment used:
    Nikon D70, ISO 400, AF-C focusing mode, JPG Fine. All shots were handheld
    with VR set to normal.

    The lens was shot wide open at f/2.8 and in-camera sharpening was set to
    normal, as was saturation. The only post processing done was cropping
    (big cheat, I know, but I didn't have a 2x extender with me!).

    I think the results speak for themselves, this is one helluva lens! I am
    very, very happy with it.

    To see my best five pics from the game go to and click
    on the sports gallery under the Photos menu. The first five thumbs will
    link to larger images. Comments are most welcome.

    An interesting observation from the day; there were an equal number of
    Canon and Nikon shooters (5 apiece).
    Dallas, Sep 12, 2004
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    Basic Wedge Guest

    Yes, good results indeed. Nice shooting. My interesting observation is how
    many of those rugby players show signs of having had knee surgery. Scary

    Basic Wedge, Sep 13, 2004
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    Dallas Guest

    Thanks, Rob.

    I think I did okay for the first time out with this camera & lens combo.
    Normally you aim to get at least 10 decent shots at a game, which
    invariably means shooting at least 150 images. For some reason I only shot
    about 70 at this game.

    My next trick is to get the 2x teleconverter, especially for surfing
    photos. On the D70 that will put me at 600mm f/5.6 which is pretty cool.

    BTW, yes, it is a scary game. One of the images I had actually forgotten
    about was a shot of a loose scrum where you can see one of the Sharks
    players clearly throwing a clenched fist at an opponent. I will put that
    one up later.
    Dallas, Sep 13, 2004
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    Rudi Cheow Guest

    Great shots.

    They were of particular interest to me because I myself have just
    purchased this lens (2 days ago) but have yet to actually take it out
    to play. And I also use the D70, though I don't shoot sports.

    Those are nice results, and personally confidence-inspiring.

    Were the shots handheld? VR on?

    Rudi Cheow, Sep 14, 2004
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    Dallas Guest

    Thanks for the compliments! Yes, they were handheld with VR set to normal.

    It's a superb lens - much better than the older 80-200mm f/2.8 (2-ring) I
    had. What's nice about it is the smooth bokeh.
    Dallas, Sep 14, 2004
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