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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


Thank you, Sir IIRC both mouth and lens were wide open on THAT one!!


Jan 30, 2011 at 10:22 PM
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p.3 #2 · p.3 #2 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


The 2/200mm for the "poor men" (@ DX).


8o) von So-Photographie auf Flickr

The 2/135mm DC.



Jan 30, 2011 at 10:40 PM
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p.3 #3 · p.3 #3 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


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...Oh, and the lady doesn't look bad either...



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Yes, thank you, Will!



Jan 31, 2011 at 12:57 AM
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p.3 #4 · p.3 #4 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


Will, that is a good point too. Hopefully the package redesign they did in the last year didn't change the size of the lids too.

trenchmonkey wrote:
Ahh, I had the choice of black or ...went for the "bling"
Much easier to find amongst all the black bags, etc.




Jan 31, 2011 at 03:29 AM
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p.3 #5 · p.3 #5 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


Trick Rider
more here
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Both @ f/2



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Jan 31, 2011 at 04:10 AM
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p.3 #6 · p.3 #6 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


trenchmonkey wrote:
we'll "uncover" them as it starts to warm up...barrel racing/poles won't be too far off.

this should hold you...D3 1/640th ISO3200 f2 SOOC
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg31/rvrsbnd/9b57cee0.jpg





This shot is beyond awesome!



Jan 31, 2011 at 04:24 AM
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p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


I think this lens is highly underestimated by many. It's quite easily one of the best lenses Nikon has ever produced in an decade yet few seem to be willing to take the plunge on it. Easily the best 200mm portrait lens you'll ever hold and combined with TCs it converts into one very good 400mm F4 lens. It really has no downside. The size in my opinion is quite small compared to its 300mm and 400mm F2.8 big brothers.


Jan 31, 2011 at 07:25 AM
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p.3 #8 · p.3 #8 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


"It really has no downside."

The price is a major downside for someone liek me who can't throw money around like it's nothing and for whom this is a hobby.

I think the ~6lb. weight is a potential downside as well.



Jan 31, 2011 at 08:15 AM
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p.3 #9 · p.3 #9 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


I think they mean optically. It's certainly not something you'd want to go backpacking with, at least not lightly.



Jan 31, 2011 at 09:11 AM
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khphotography wrote:
I think this lens is highly underestimated by many.


I have only seen raves for this lens, so I really don't know what you mean with that. If you mean that not everyone is buying it, well, it is huge and heavy, and very expensive, and extremely specialized.

It's quite easily one of the best lenses Nikon has ever produced

Agreed.

Easily the best 200mm portrait lens you'll ever hold

...from Nikon, yes. The Leica 180 Cron and the two Canon 200/1.8 and 200/2 lenses are in the same class. The Leica especially has five distinct advantages over the Nikon: it has a built-in hood (!), it weighs 500g less, it is 3cm shorter, it focuses 0.4m closer (I would *love* this in my Nikon), and the shape is *much* better for handholding. If the Leica was AF and VR, I would have bought it instead of the Nikon.

The shape especially is a huge deal. With the Leica, you can place the tripod mount in the palm of your hand and focus with your fingertips. With the Nikon, this doesn't work, and no matter how you hold it, there is some awkwardness. The foot is too far forward to be of help here, and an uncomfortable shape.

Don't get me wrong, fantastic lens, and I am very happy and honoured to be able to own one, but it is not perfect.

If I ever get really wealthy, I will own both: the Nikon for AF and VR, the Leica for manually focusing and non-action shots.

Oh, and the Leica has a real lens cap. Perhaps not a big deal to some, I still prefer it to a sack.



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p.3 #11 · p.3 #11 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


That first shot is awesome, Solomon!


Jan 31, 2011 at 09:28 PM
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carstenw wrote:
I love that shot, Monkey. I hope it doesn't prove as controversial the second time round.


Why the controversy the first time?



Feb 01, 2011 at 06:37 AM
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p.3 #13 · p.3 #13 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


There were a couple of comments in not so good taste.


Feb 01, 2011 at 07:18 AM
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p.3 #14 · p.3 #14 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


I'd go as far as saying the Canon and Leica don't hold any weight to this lens. Super ED elements are something I wish we'd see in more lenses and I'd pay the extra money to have them. Even head to head with the Canon 200mm it will come out ahead.

I honestly think people complaining about the size/weight have honestly never tried using it for an extended period of time. I'm not joking when I say once you get used to it's size and weight you won't find it all that bad. For the performance it gives you it's worth it.



Feb 01, 2011 at 07:46 AM
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The size in my hands is something I am sure I will get used to. The size in my bag is not something that I (or my bag) will get used to. It is big to schlep around. The more compact Leica is also big and heavy, but one notch easier to manage.


Feb 01, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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p.3 #16 · p.3 #16 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


I usually shoot rodeo with a 2 body/lens combo. The TT Glass Taxi holds the 200 f2 with hood in shooting position & a Pro body mounted.
This compact backpack is incredibly comfortable and offers great protection. I've gone 10hrs with it and I'm an old man.



Feb 01, 2011 at 12:05 PM
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p.3 #17 · p.3 #17 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


Yes, I might have to look for something like that, or at least try my Kata R-103 with it. Didn't get around to that yet. I much prefer shoulder bags, I guess, but it does get heavy quickly.


Feb 01, 2011 at 10:43 PM
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p.3 #18 · p.3 #18 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


I've heard that 200 f/2 VR is a dust sucker.
Nice pictures though.



Feb 01, 2011 at 10:53 PM
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p.3 #19 · p.3 #19 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


PetKal wrote:
I've heard that 200 f/2 VR is a dust sucker.
Nice pictures though.

it's a light sucker, Peter. Like a Keno girl on a....



Feb 02, 2011 at 12:12 PM
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p.3 #20 · p.3 #20 · The Nikon 200mm f/2 Thread


trenchmonkey wrote:
it's a light sucker, Peter. Like a Keno girl on a....


Sorry, Will, I must have misunderstood then.......yeah, a light sucker, of course.



Feb 02, 2011 at 12:21 PM
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