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I do hope you are actually going to test this on FX. I don't see much point in any DX users buying the VR II considering the mk I is awesome on DX anyway.

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Gregory.Rotter wrote:
I do hope you are actually going to test this on FX. I don't see much point in any DX users buying the VR II considering the mk I is awesome on DX anyway.


Future reference for when the VRI version is sold out? ;-)

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Since my investment in the Nikon 14-24mm I've stopped buying DX lenses as all that investment will go to waste when I switch to FX.
And this really is a question of when and not if.
Unfortunately today Nikon showed nothing to make me jump to FX.
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Thomas wrote:
Since my investment in the Nikon 14-24mm I've stopped buying DX lenses as all that investment will go to waste when I switch to FX.
And this really is a question of when and not if.
Unfortunately today Nikon showed nothing to make me jump to FX.


I went FF. You don't see me moaning about what lenses Nikon isn't producing. Obviously I'd like some new lenses too, a few low light primes, a 135 f2 af-s and so on, but that isn't stopping me from actually going out and taking photos with what I've got.

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"I don't see much point in any DX users buying the VR II considering the mk I is awesome on DX anyway."
My previous post was a direct answer to your statement: As someone planning to upgrade to FX, the current 70-200/2.8 VR just had a flaw.
And nobody is investing 1600-2000 EUR lightly, I assume.
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any1 know when it will be release in Australia???


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Official release date of AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 G VR II IF-ED: November 27th. That should be world-wide.
But it is no secret, that NPS-members get preferred delivery. The big Q is now: How many pieces can Nikon deliver in their first batch?

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First reports on the web seem to confirm that the efficiency of the VR is greatly improved :)
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And there is confirmation from a very reliable source that the maximum magnification is indeed only 1:8.3.
That in turn means that my acquisition of a Canon 500D close-up filter is a perfect match to this lens: It brings you down from 1:7.1 to around 1:2.4 easily. Which is a very usable range. And all this at working distances (subject to front-lens) of 50cm.
But the acid-test for image-quality of this combination will only be possible when I finally get my copy of the lens.

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Woohoo! Great news: The new lens has arrived at my dealer.
That in turn means that Nikon shipped enough lenses (to Germany) at the promised date, that even non-NPS customers could get one.

Expect my "unpacking video" shortly :shock:
Nah, I'd never do something like that (to you) :oops:

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congratulations Thomas! Looking forward to your findings in your review :-)

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The lens has not yet found its way to my home :cry:
But I was on the lookout today for some Queenstown-like neighborhood to shoot some real-life images at a sufficient distance. Now here is...

Little Bavarian town with the Unremarkables:
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Shot with the Sigma 150/2.8 to get a feeling for the angle of view. And to identify landmarks and measure them in Google-maps. So I added the distances to prominent buildings and looked up the cambridgeincolour dof-calculator to get a feeling what the dof would be when focusing with a focal length of 200mm at the building at 2900m distance. And what did I get?

Under normal viewing distances of 1x the diagonal of the image and 20/20 eyesight I get acceptable sharpness from 1200m to infinity. But if you magnify the image to 100% presentation (of a crop) on screen you're approximately 2.5-3.0x closer to the image. Putting those figures into the calculator it delivered a 2000-5600m "field of acceptable sharpness". Now that means you can not judge sharpness at the closest buildings at 1600m because they are no longer inside the dof.

Now I only have to wait for the lens (not for too long) and clear, sunny weather. Well, the forecast for next week is not looking too good :roll:
So perhaps I'll shoot some Siemens-stars at first :x

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Just received note that the lens is ready to ship.
Expected arrival is Tuesday next week.

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Thomas wrote:
The lens has not yet found its way to my home :cry:
But I was on the lookout today for some Queenstown-like neighborhood to shoot some real-life images at a sufficient distance. Now here is...

Little Bavarian town with the Unremarkables:...

Shot with the Sigma 150/2.8 to get a feeling for the angle of view. And to identify landmarks and measure them in Google-maps. So I added the distances to prominent buildings and looked up the cambridgeincolour dof-calculator to get a feeling what the dof would be when focusing with a focal length of 200mm at the building at 2900m distance. And what did I get?

Under normal viewing distances of 1x the diagonal of the image and 20/20 eyesight I get acceptable sharpness from 1200m to infinity. But if you magnify the image to 100% presentation (of a crop) on screen you're approximately 2.5-3.0x closer to the image. Putting those figures into the calculator it delivered a 2000-5600m "field of acceptable sharpness". Now that means you can not judge sharpness at the closest buildings at 1600m because they are no longer inside the dof.

Now I only have to wait for the lens (not for too long) and clear, sunny weather. Well, the forecast for next week is not looking too good :roll:
So perhaps I'll shoot some Siemens-stars at first :x


really looking forward to those siemens star tests. :roll: :x I mean real images.

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Just installed the christmas-lights in the ivy at our door.
The *perfect* test-target for sagittal coma flare 8)

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