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    It's heeeree!

    Total surprise arrival, no note that it had shipped from my B&H pre-order. Can't wait to try it out, and will post some results here hopefully early next week!

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    Congrats, Jack!

    I am very pumped about this lens. The price: Performance ratio is phenomenal and the sample images look quite stunning. Nikon has really done a good job with this lens and at this price, it is definitely worth considering over similar options from Sigma and Tamron.
    Can't wait to see your review.

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    That's quite the bazooka, Jack! Are you going into the sports photography arena? :-)
    Looked it up ... only $1400 too. If it performs well, that's quite a piece for that money.

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    Re: It's heeeree!

    Initial feedback after only mounting and focus adjusting, and shooting it wide open hand-held: Wow!

    Required zero focus adjust on my D810 at either end of zoom range close or far, ALL were zero! It is surprisinly good -- actually excellent -- at both ends optically using 100% review on cam, will need to open them up in raw to confirm, but I am 99% certain it's way better than I expected! Oh, attatched my TC14-III, giving me a 280-700 f8 zoom, as good as lens alone at 280, and still remarkable at 700 wide open hand-held!!!

    Will try and post some initial crops this evening. Stay tuned for more!
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    Enjoy Jack - and keep us posted.


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    Congrats Jack. Images please. TIA.
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    Why does a beach on a hot summer day become my first thought. Have fun bud.
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: It's heeeree!

    Congrats Jack!

    A really interesting lens for me (wildlife), so I am VERY interested in samples!

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    OMG great .. I have one arriving tomorrow..


    Quote Originally Posted by ptomsu View Post
    Congrats Jack!

    A really interesting lens for me (wildlife), so I am VERY interested in samples!

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    Re: It's heeeree!

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    That's quite the bazooka, Jack! Are you going into the sports photography arena? :-)
    Looked it up ... only $1400 too. If it performs well, that's quite a piece for that money.

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    Actually, it's quite compact and lightweight for the range it covers! It is just a skosh bigger and heavier than the 80-400/4.5-5.6 lens, and fits easily in my regular backpack bag. I don't do sports per se and got it primarily for occasional wildlife or long portraiture/fashion -- it's an all-in-one I think will serve admirably in those rolls. It's not a fast Nikkor 400, 500 or 600 prime, but it's darn good, and doubly (or triple!) so at this price point!
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    Okay, these are not meant for anything except showing you initial performance! Both are hand-held, wide-open with VR Normal ON, electric feed pole is about 200 feet distant, processed in C1 at my normal D810 settings, nothing special done.

    First full frame at 500mm f5.6, 1/2000 w/autoISO @ 1600, then a crop of where I focused:





    DOF is so shallow, I focused on the base and the insulator in front is going oof --
    ~~~

    Now with TC14E-III at 700mm f8, 1/2000 w/autoISO @ 3200, followed by a crop:





    This one focused a hair closer than the other, but prolly as close as it gets without going to LV and manual focus. Obviously the TC costs a little resolution, but still pretty darn good IMHO for a hand-held 700mm capture!
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    Re: It's heeeree!

    Some general comments:

    Focus: Fast in good light. In low-contrast it does an interesting thing -- it doesn't hunt per se, but rather slows down like it's gone into a fine or accurate AF mode(!) I have not read the manual, but I suspect there is something in the onboard electronics that activates a signal to the D810 when there is low contrast. Need to explore this more, but it work amazingly well! Oh, and it focuses pretty close too!

    Size: It's larger and heavier than a 70-200/2.8 or 80-400/5.6-6.3, but not by much and still fits in my ThinkTank Airport UL backpack -- in fact, the size and weight are probably not enough to worry about over either of the other zooms if you want or need 500mm.

    Build: Quality is excellent, comes with nice reversable hood and cloth lens bag that can actually stay on the lens when you stick it in a backpack.

    Price: I simply can't believe one can get this high of build quality and optical performance at this price...

    Okay, need to shoot more, stay tuned.

    PS: Mark, hopefully you will chime in with your initial impressions after you gets yours tomorrow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    Okay, these are not meant for anything except showing you initial performance! Both are hand-held, wide-open with VR Normal ON, electric feed pole is about 200 feet distant, processed in C1 at my normal D810 settings, nothing special done.

    First full frame at 500mm f5.6, 1/2000 w/autoISO @ 1600, then a crop of where I focused:





    DOF is so shallow, I focused on the base and the insulator in front is going oof --
    ~~~

    Now with TC14E-III at 700mm f8, 1/2000 w/autoISO @ 3200, followed by a crop:





    This one focused a hair closer than the other, but prolly as close as it gets without going to LV and manual focus. Obviously the TC costs a little resolution, but still pretty darn good IMHO for a hand-held 700mm capture!

    Oh thanks Jack...

    Another lens I need to get...

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    I like it. Just placed an order.
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    Samples look really sharp! I like what I see!

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    Thanks Jack. Great stuff. Any thoughts as to why it's so much less $ than you would expect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerett View Post
    Thanks Jack. Great stuff. Any thoughts as to why it's so much less $ than you would expect?
    No real idea other than a guess it's probably a lot easier to design and build a 200-500 or 2.5:1 zoom-range fixed 5.6 lens than it is to build an 80-400 or 5:1 zoom-range lens even with variable aperture -- ? Not going to complain though -- this lens is an absolute bargain for anybody wanting a do-it-all long zoom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    No real idea other than a guess it's probably a lot easier to design and build a 200-500 or 2.5:1 zoom-range fixed 5.6 lens than it is to build an 80-400 or 5:1 zoom-range lens even with variable aperture -- ? Not going to complain though -- this lens is an absolute bargain for anybody wanting a do-it-all long zoom!
    Agree - no complaints. Enjoy!

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    Jack and all
    I got mine today but the rubber gasket at the rear lens was broken. I am getting a replacement on Monday. I took a few shots and impressed. it is a bit heavy to handhold over time. I can try to post some images this weekend. However, I also got the new 300mm/4 and that is a killer lens. So small and light and very sharp.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    Some general comments:

    Focus: Fast in good light. In low-contrast it does an interesting thing -- it doesn't hunt per se, but rather slows down like it's gone into a fine or accurate AF mode(!) I have not read the manual, but I suspect there is something in the onboard electronics that activates a signal to the D810 when there is low contrast. Need to explore this more, but it work amazingly well! Oh, and it focuses pretty close too!

    Size: It's larger and heavier than a 70-200/2.8 or 80-400/5.6-6.3, but not by much and still fits in my ThinkTank Airport UL backpack -- in fact, the size and weight are probably not enough to worry about over either of the other zooms if you want or need 500mm.

    Build: Quality is excellent, comes with nice reversable hood and cloth lens bag that can actually stay on the lens when you stick it in a backpack.

    Price: I simply can't believe one can get this high of build quality and optical performance at this price...

    Okay, need to shoot more, stay tuned.

    PS: Mark, hopefully you will chime in with your initial impressions after you gets yours tomorrow!

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    For the price, it is OK, I suppose.

    Jack, Looking forward to more samples.

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    Jack,

    Just curious. Where is it made ?

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    Thought you we and your wife were having another baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryc View Post
    Jack,

    Just curious. Where is it made ?

    JT
    At this price, where else 'cept China?
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    Got it on Sunday and in time for a dragon dance shoot here in Hong Kong.

    These are shot at slow shutter 1/8 to 1/15 second at 500mm.
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    Quickly had opportunity to test two samples of this lens out last week. As others had noted, impressive, even with use of their 1.4x as Jack had noted. I think Nikon is responding to market and competitive pressure from both Tamron and Sigma.

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    I received my replaced 200-500mm and took it out for an hour or so yesterday at a popular bird site in the area. Here are some 100 percent crops. RAW converted in CS6 and a little output sharpening added. The AF is good in decent light. I started to play around with VR in sport vs normal mode. My feeling is that even for birds in flight the normal setting may be better (more keepers) but i need to play around a bit more. I used the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters as well. The avocets in the water was at effective 700mm using 1.4x. AF is slowed a bit. I could not get the camera to fire even when in focus with the 2x teleconverter. I need to see what is up with that as Jack seems to have gotten the camera to fire. I rarely use the 2x converter though. The lens is not that heavy considering. I like it more than my 80-400mm but would like to try a side by side at some point.
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    Re: It's heeeree!

    Mark,

    I didn't use the 2x, only the 1.4!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark1958 View Post
    I received my replaced 200-500mm and took it out for an hour or so yesterday at a popular bird site in the area. Here are some 100 percent crops. RAW converted in CS6 and a little output sharpening added. The AF is good in decent light. I started to play around with VR in sport vs normal mode. My feeling is that even for birds in flight the normal setting may be better (more keepers) but i need to play around a bit more. I used the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters as well. The avocets in the water was at effective 700mm using 1.4x. AF is slowed a bit. I could not get the camera to fire even when in focus with the 2x teleconverter. I need to see what is up with that as Jack seems to have gotten the camera to fire. I rarely use the 2x converter though. The lens is not that heavy considering. I like it more than my 80-400mm but would like to try a side by side at some point.
    2x won't fire in low light

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    Hello everyone - my first post here at getdpi. I got my lens last week, but haven't really had a chance to test it out other than a few shots at a local park.

    Handheld with a D800e, PS Auto levels only




    100% crop.

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    We are waiting for more Jack!
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