My Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR lens just returned from a visit to Nikon in Melville NY. I had them replace the front element, as the coating was literally fading away. The lens, being a zoom, also needed a good internal cleaning. Over time, dust can make its way into the barrel of a zoom lens. When there, Nikon notified me that in addition to these, they found that the focus needed recalibration. As the lens is under Nikon’s fabulous 5 year warranty, they did hundreds of dollars of work, at no charge. One note here- the lens works on both digital bodies, and the newer style Nikon AF film bodies where aperture can be controlled on the camera’s command dial. The N80 is a perfect example.
This weekend, I decided to carry it with the D300, alongside the F3, and a kit of primes. I shot a roll of FP4, and recently acquired 35mm AiS (more on that in a future entry). I had not shot digital in a while, but had to see how things looked. A few of the shots here may look “soft”, as I really was pushing the limitations of the VR system. 1/30th handheld is asking a bit much, even though VR does provide tremendous benefits. So, this bus stop in downtown Worcester became the testing ground.
There are some characters at this bus stop. As this was not my original targeted subject matter, I blasted a few off, hoping that some lunatic wouldn’t come running at me, telling me not to take their picture. As a 70-200mm lens on a DX “crop sensor” body is actually a 105-300mm (1.5X crop factor), it gave ample breathing room. Considering I only took about 15 digital photographs, they resulted in some fun results.