Unpacking the new lens already revealed some interesting insights.
I will compare many points to the Sigma 400mm f/5.6 APO macro, as this is my current lens for "long" action. You can have a look at the performance of this discontinued prime in my review over there
Now, let's cut to the meat. What were my first impressions?
, nothing wobbly. Nice
finish, looks like EX (will see how long it lasts)
zoom action (plus lock at 120mm!), smooth
means no need to switch the lens to MF, just use the focus ring
The 400/5.6 has to be switched manually
, albeit if you're already over 2kg with your body/lens combo you don't feel another 350g
- at 400mm the 120-400mm is as long as the 400/5.6 (w/o lens-shade)
- finally OS
at a long lens, love it. Just shot a series of handheld shots up to 400mm in dimming daylight and will get a first impression of it's effectiveness
= good so far if it works, but had some situations where the camera says "in focus" but nothing was...
- the tripod mount
is always getting in my way of handling the lens. Have already dismounted it. Sadly you have to detach the lens from the body to completely remove the collar
. With the 400/5.6 you could completely unhinge the collar and detach it from the lens with out removing the body
- the front lens-cap
: hurray to Sigma - they finally understood why a Nikon-cap was always much better than a Sigma-cap
- a first test with the Siemens-star seems to indicate that the lens is reasonably well centred
- Zoom-ring in front
but turns the other way round, meaning contrary to the standard Nikon orientation and also different e.g. from the Sigma 10-20mm
The lens has produced some sharp images but when it was not so sharp nothing can be said without repeating the shot from a tripod to eliminate shake. Because even with a good IS/VR/OS you should never underestimate what "residual shake" creeps into your pictures.
So this has to wait for another day.
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