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    Received my Nikon AF-S300 f2.8 G VRII - 9 images

    Picked up my new AF-S 300 f2.8 G VRII and too it to the zoo for a quick trial run with my 1.4x TCII and 2x TCIII. First thought are that it is quite handholdable, but not for long! The IQ is unbelievably good with the TC's attached - I haven't even tried it without them yet! VR works a treat - some here were 1/40sec @ 420mm = about 3.5 stops. The ones of the tigers were at 1/25 sec were pushed up to the glass of the enclosure and are therefore not completely handheld. The glass did reduce contrast somewhat, but that was recovered quite well in PP.

    Anyway, here are some samples:

    1.4x TCII = 420mm shots

    D700 + AF-S 300 f2.8 VRII + 1.4x TCII = 420mm, 1/320sec, f/6.3, ISO 500



    D700 + AF-S 300 f2.8 VRII + 1.4x TCII = 420mm, 1/125sec, f/6.3, ISO 800



    D700 + AF-S 300 f2.8 VRII + 1.4x TCII = 420mm, 1/25sec, f/6.3, ISO 800



    D700 + AF-S 300 f2.8 VRII + 1.4x TCII = 420mm, 1/25sec, f/6.3, ISO 800



    D700 + AF-S 300 f2.8 VRII + 1.4x TCII = 420mm, 1/100sec, f/6.3, ISO 3200



    2x TCIII = 600mm shots:

    D700 + AF-S 300 f2.8 VRII + 2x TCIII = 600mm, 1/250sec, f/6.3, ISO 1600



    Crop of above shot:



    D700 + AF-S 300 f2.8 VRII + 2x TCIII = 600mm, 1/1,000sec, f/6.3, ISO 1600



    Crop of above shot:


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    They look great with both the 1.4 and 2.0 extenders.

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    nice indeed
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    Nice Lance.

    They are almost as sharp as the 300*

    Cheers

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    Crikey, you can't be to upset about the quality of these can you.
    I like the tiger ones, are you sure you didn't take these in the jungle - awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
    They look great with both the 1.4 and 2.0 extenders.
    Thank you. Yes, I am over the moon about the quality as I want to do some birding photography and with the 2x TCIII the 300/2.8 gives top quality 600 f5.6. If I get a D300s as a crop factor camera (which I am seriously thinking of getting), I will have what equates to a 900mm f5.6!!

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    Congratulations on your new purchase, Lance. Impressive results indeed....got any pics of the lens on camera?
    Also what pp, if any did you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    nice indeed
    Thank you Darren.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trublubiker View Post
    Nice Lance.
    Thank you, Kevin.

    They are almost as sharp as the 300*

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJT View Post
    Crikey, you can't be to upset about the quality of these can you.
    Thank you very much. Yes, I am as happy as a pig in the proverbial.

    I like the tiger ones, are you sure you didn't take these in the jungle - awesome
    LOL. If I were in the jungle, I think I'd like about at least 1200mm of lens on a crop camera between the tiger and me.

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    Excellent indeed. I've got Lens Envy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    Congratulations on your new purchase, Lance. Impressive results indeed....got any pics of the lens on camera?
    Also what pp, if any did you do?
    Thank you for your kind comments, Lani.

    I haven't any photos of the camera on lens, but I will try to get some posted for you when I get the chance.

    My workflow is:

    Shoot RAW 14 bit and convert to 16 bit TIFF in Capture One Pro 5. Whilst in Capture One Pro 5, depending on the requirments, I may adjust saturation, contrast, WB, lens aberrations like distortion/CA etc, and any other adjustments required. Once converted to TIFF, I open up in Photoshop and I may do noise reduction and crop or any other adjustments required, then resize for web convert to 8 bit for jpeg and then sharpen using Power Retouche plug in.

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    Fabulous photos!! I'm suffering from lens envy.
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    wonderful results Lance. Very nice combo you have now. I think I feel a little envy creeping into my soul......
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    Quote Originally Posted by old dog View Post
    wonderful results Lance. Very nice combo you have now. I think I feel a little envy creeping into my soul......
    Multiplied by two! a friend has the f4, also a great lens, I have added to my wish list again but can't justify one when I have the 120-400 Sigma!

    Great shots by the way, you will have great fun with it and also with macro shots as well!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jervisbay View Post
    Fabulous photos!!
    Thank you for the very kind comments.

    I'm suffering from lens envy.
    As long as it's just lens envy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old dog View Post
    wonderful results Lance. Very nice combo you have now.
    Thank you very much, and yes it is a great combo that I am super happy with.

    I think I feel a little envy creeping into my soul......
    Never!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdesign View Post
    Multiplied by two! a friend has the f4, also a great lens, I have added to my wish list again but can't justify one when I have the 120-400 Sigma!
    Understandable, the Sigma is a great zoom.

    Great shots by the way, you will have great fun with it and also with macro shots as well!!
    Thank you very much. Yes, the TC's mean the same close focus distance as the 300 without the TC's, so the 2x TC means that I have twice the magnification as the 300 bare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PH005 View Post
    Excellent indeed. I've got Lens Envy.
    Thanks for the kind comment.

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    not too shabby at all.

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