Dannie and I recently invested in a new lens, and it arrived a couple days ago. The first thing we did was take it out for a spin on a walk around the neighborhood. The lens is a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8Â telephoto lens, and though we bought it to photograph people, I couldnâ€™t help but try it out on some of the local wildlife that was out of reach using the fixed focal length lenses.
Our old zoom lens had a little more reach (28-300) and I was always very satisfied with it. But wow, there was no comparison on the sharpness and the speed of this lens. The images of an alligator floating in a pond came out tack sharp with no fringing despite the bright light reflecting off the water around it, and when we spotted a rabbit nibbling on grass in the shade around sunset, the wider aperture let me handhold even at maximum focal length. And even though the lens doesnâ€™t reach quite as far as my old one, itâ€™s so much sharper that I can just zoom on my computer and crop it without loosing image quality.
I canâ€™t wait to try this one out at a wedding or engagement shoot. If an alligator can look this good, I canâ€™t wait to see what it can do with a happy couple.