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| p.12 #9 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread - part 2 |
binary visions wrote:
The B&W filter isn't going to work. The nano coating reduces internal reflections - you can't just add one filter/element to soak up all the stray light. Once light has hit the filter, it will already have done a lot of reflecting since none of the outside elements are coated.
The reason the coating works is because most/all of the elements are coated. The B&W filters are coated so they don't make the internal reflection problem worse, but it won't make it better either.
Thanks for the pointers.
Since I already ordered the nano filter, I will still put in and try.
Will a polariser help a bit in extreme backlight cases?
Veiling or haze from heavy backlighting is about the ONLY knock on the 200 f2. The Nano VRII improves on this
slightly but it's still there. I have no problems working around it, just know your gear...bring other lenses.
Thanks for the tips.
Recently we tend to have some playtime with the kids at the park during the sunset time period. We will leave the park for dinner before it gets dark. By natural instinct, my wife and kid will choose to back-face the sun while feeding the fishes and playing at the grass. 3 days ago, I took the chance to photograph them with the 200f2 and this backlight problem makes 1/2 of my shots "instagram" and unrecoverable even I had shot in RAW. I have tried to move some steps left or right and it did improve.
To be fair, the sun is already very low at the time, I expected some veiling or haze in such a situation. Just hope to reduce it as much as possible. I had used the 70-200vr2 and the 85f1.4g on other days with good results, however none of these lenses are in the level of 200mmf2. The instant wallpaper background from 200f2 is simply amazing and cannot be duplicated with other lenses.
I wonder if the 200f2 vr2 can handle the strong backlight like the 70-200vr2. If it can, it may justify an upgrade. We will still be going to the park at this timing very often.