[UPDATE: Both lenses sold!]I am still getting caught up with the changes Summer has brought to both my scheduling and to the outside world. Though this has kept personal photography a bit stifled, I have set up a plan for the next few weeks to get everything back on track. The first order of business is clearing out a couple lenses from my workhorse collection that I no longer need.
Because eBay selling fees are no fun for buyer and seller, feel free to shoot me an email if you want to set up a purchase on either/both of these lenses outside of eBay to get a lower price.
Up first is my compact 180mm f/2.8 AI-s ED, a personal favorite that I sell only because I never need the compactness it affords when I need the focal length. At the same time, I often need the extra speed my 200mm f/2 AI-s ED provides when the lights get low. eBay item listing here.
Next is my oldest workhorse, the 300mm f/2.8 AI-s ED. This tank of a lens has been with me for so long it will be hard to see it go, but with the cropability my 200mm f/2 provides, and the extra reach I will have with a 400mm f/2.8, my fast 300mm no longer has a use in my assignments and events. eBay item listing here.
Fun things to come, thanks for dropping by!
Yet another lens from the super-lightweight, ultra-compact, and bargain-bin cheap Nikon Series-E’s, the 100mm f/2.8 E so far has been a joy to shoot, almost as much so as the 50mm f/1.8 E. It shares all the same qualities of the other Series-E lenses, such as the black body, super-smooth focusing, and solid (yet plastic) build, but there is something different about this lens. The 100mm actually does very well wide-open, an attribute I wasn’t expecting after my times with the other three primes I have reviewed so far in the same series. As some may already know, wide-open performance is a big deal to me; I not only love to see sharpness (though it isn’t everything), but primarily, shallow depth of field photography is a style I have come to embrace. About the only times I stop down my lenses are if I: 1. Have to lower the shutter speed in too-bright light (such as trying to shoot at f/1.4 in daylight) 2. Need a larger depth of field for product shots (the shot above was taken at f/13, for instance) 3. Want to do a landscape (unfortunately those are few and far in between) and 4. The here-and-then moments I need critical sharpness for extreme cropping (the bee shot as one of my headers is one example). Other than that, when everything is blurred but the subject, that’s my realm of photography. 🙂
Back to the lens though, I believe I can say (so far, anyway) the 100mm f/2.8 E is one of the “sleeper” optics I was looking for in the Series-E lineup. I have only spent one day of shooting with the lens. However, it was at a Renaissance fair (yes…cliché, I know), and I shot over 900 pictures all at f/2.8. If that’s not a torture test for a lens’ performance wide-open, I don’t know what is. So many things can go wrong. Since more light is coming in, flare will be more problematic (which it is, though only in direct light, so far). Sharpness should be low (though it’s not). Finally, purple fringing should be terrible (it wasn’t).