Can a $1400 zoom compete with a $8000 prime telephoto lens?
That’s the $64k question, isn’t it? When I saw that the new Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E VR was announced at under $1400 (check price here), I figured that either: a) I read that wrong, or b) it must be a compromise. Seeing as how I own the 500mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor, I figured I’d do the obligatory comparison, so here’s my backyard shootout:
A Lightweight, Compact Telephoto Lens from Nikon Perfect for Sports and Wildlife
I’ve always considered Nikon’s 300mm f/4 lenses to be underrated for sports and wildlife photography. They are sharp, focus fairly close, and can handle a teleconverter. Because these lenses are fairly compact, they just scream to be hand-held. The only thing missing was image stabilization (VR). Nikon released a completely redesigned 300mm f/4 lens that includes the latest VR stabilization, and I was able to get a demo lens from B&H Photo for evaluation.
After my Nikon D500 ISO post yesterday, seems as though people didn’t agree with my assessment that the Nikon D500 handles noise very well through ISO 6400. In particular, several people were pointing out that the D500 obliterates fine details at higher ISOs.
Finally, I get my hands on a true flagship DX body from Nikon. I’ve always had a place in my kit for a DX body, because I appreciate the extra reach when shooting wildlife; especially birds. However, Nikon’s offerings since the D300s haven’t excited me. This camera, however, makes me glad to be a Nikon shooter! Continue reading Nikon D500: Hands-on first impressions→
I just received an email from Nikon USA indicating that there is a potential issue with Nikon D750 DSLR cameras manufactured between December 2014 and June 2015. As described here, the issue affects the camera shutter and can cause shaded images.
Check your serial number here. If your camera is affected, Nikon USA will provide you with a free UPS shipping label to send the camera in for service.
Interestingly, my Nikon D750 is indeed included in the list of affected cameras. I’ve not seen anything indicative of the shutter issue in my use. Nevertheless, I will be sending in the camera for service. I encourage anyone with an affected D750 to do the same; if for no other reason than to have the peace of mind from knowing your camera has been serviced.
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