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  1. #31
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    Let us know what you think of the AF - speed and accuracy, particularly with moving subjects.
    Nikon D300 | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 | Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR | Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D | SB-600 | Lowepro Voyager C | Lowepro Slingshot 300 AW

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  2. #32
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    Dr4gon should be able to provide a good report with his lens. I just haven't had the time to get out and use mine in different conditions and shooting styles yet. All of my use with it has been at high school football and soccer games. The AF seems to be pretty fast to me but I have not used any "top end" 2.8's before. I do get a bit of fuzz out and hunting with it but I am under less then ideal lighting conditions with moving objects. uniforms in say black or dark blues moving against dark background well what can you say accuracy suffers. Overall I am very pleased with the glass.
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visual Reality View Post
    Let us know what you think of the AF - speed and accuracy, particularly with moving subjects.
    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    Dr4gon should be able to provide a good report with his lens. I just haven't had the time to get out and use mine in different conditions and shooting styles yet. All of my use with it has been at high school football and soccer games. The AF seems to be pretty fast to me but I have not used any "top end" 2.8's before. I do get a bit of fuzz out and hunting with it but I am under less then ideal lighting conditions with moving objects. uniforms in say black or dark blues moving against dark background well what can you say accuracy suffers. Overall I am very pleased with the glass.
    Well from taking pictures inside the house of inanimate objects, it's alright. Flash assist would probably help tremendously (although not always effective outdoors). The AF speed on 70mm is decently fast. On 200mm it's like the 70-300mm on the upper end (200-300mm) ie... it's pretty slow. But if lighting is OK, it usually nails the focus. If lighting isn't so great, it'll hunt back and forth until you find better contrast for it to grab on to. I'm really not sure what I'll be using it for. Probably the occasional sports game and mainly just outdoors, zoo, wildlife, etc.... The AF though is VERY accurate as widely stated. It's a very sharp lens! The bokeh is wonderful too!
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  4. #34
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    Well, from some experience, the 70-200 f/2.8 is designed for shots indoors and over twenty feet away, with human subjects.

    Obviously, there are dozens of other uses, but that is its primary STRENGTH. It can operate in low light and you don't have to be right in the middle of the action. Coupled with the high end flashes, it is truly quite effective and you can freeze more movement because of the faster shutter-speed.

    Practice with it and find its limitations, just realize there are no zooms that can offer better light than this one does.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  5. #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Well, from some experience, the 70-200 f/2.8 is designed for shots indoors and over twenty feet away, with human subjects.

    Obviously, there are dozens of other uses, but that is its primary STRENGTH. It can operate in low light and you don't have to be right in the middle of the action. Coupled with the high end flashes, it is truly quite effective and you can freeze more movement because of the faster shutter-speed.

    Practice with it and find its limitations, just realize there are no zooms that can offer better light than this one does.
    It makes me want to try out the Sony G SSM for it's SS motor but not buy it. Just curious . Since it's $1100 more, that's another 2 lenses, a nice prime, or an A700 .... The G also has a much larger MFD as Don pointed out . The white might be a nice change though.
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  6. #36
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    the 70-200 f/2.8 is designed for shots indoors and over twenty feet away, with human subjects.
    HMMM now if I could only figure out how to have the camera and lens with me inside the barricades when I work concerts, could put up some killer shots LOL it's fun to dream!
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  7. #37
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    Here's a few:





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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  8. #38
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    Nice series of images.
    Frank
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    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  9. #39
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    I am delighted you guys are out there getting a chance to exercise this lens. It is an amazing BARGAIN for the 70-200mm f/2.8 despite what the racey elitests might say. If you can only pony up $700 ... it works out.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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