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Impressive Zim... Thought you bagged the 80-400 though?
...and what exactly is "Beckman Grade?"
After that Skip-Melissa Tinstix cross-controlled pass image you laid on us yesterday, everyone knows what 'Beckman Grade' is...
You're right I did bag the earlier version of the 80-400. The newer version offers a big step up in IQ, and the VR is supposed to be better, too. I've had it for about 20 hours so far, and I think it's a keeper.
By the way, the new-ish 28-300 VR looks like a keeper, too, and is smaller and lighter than the 24-70 f/2.8; so I'm thinking it's the perfect 'one-lens' solution for my air-to-ground work. Ken Rockwell swears by it, if that means anything to anybody:
"The best do-everything lens to use on full-frame is Nikon's 28-300mm VR. As you can see at my review, it's just about as sharp as all of Nikon's previous reference lenses, and covers the enire range in a twist of the wrist. Sharpness doesn't matter if you miss a shot because you're changing lenses."
I'll keep the 24-70mm f/2.8, of course, for when lens speed and IQ are paramount. But it doesn't have VR, and that's a big detriment in air-to-ground and A2A. My previous gold standard combo for aerial work was the D800 with 24-70 mounted on the Kenyon 4x4 gyro. But it's a lot of gear in a small cockpit, and totally unworkable when the door's not off the airplane. My new Pipistrel has sliding photo windows in both doors big enough to shoot through even with a FF camera. It's not ideal, but the ability to leave the door on and fly in comfort to the target area at 130 knots is a big plus.
Edited on Aug 08, 2014 at 05:53 PM · View previous versions