300mm f2.8 Comparison
I've been looking at 300mm lenses for about six months now and I had just about decided on one. Then I read your article. I think my wife is going to divorce me when she finds out what I just spent on the Nikon!
I'm blaming you guys for the problems in my marriage! After reading your article on 300mm lenses I told my husband that I wanted to buy the Nikon 300mm AFS II. What a sweet lens! He wants to know why I need a lens that costs as much as a small car. When I asked him where he could get a car for five thousand he wasn't amused. Since you're the ones who gave me the bug for this lens what do you suggest?
My advice is that you leave your husband and get together with MadMike. Since his wife is divorcing him for buying the lens you not only get a new husband but use of the 300mm Nikon! Problem solved. Next...
Great article! But what happened to Canon?
I just wanted to write that I enjoyed the 300mm lens review but I would really like to have seen how the Canon compared with the Nikon. I'm upgrading my system sometime in the next year and this is one of the focal lengths I'll be buying. Why no Canon?
Interesting article on what it is like to actually shoot with this kind of pro quality glass. I currently have an EOS 3 with a 70-200mm f2.8 zoom tele. I really enjoyed the article but I was wondering why you left out Canon?
Canon promised us a lens for the article but never delivered. We were still talking with them during the X games and getting the photo version of "the Lens is in the mail". Frankly we're not sure why they weren't able to deliver.
I've got the Sigma 300mm and I agree with everything you said about the lens. I use mine mostly for wild life here in Colorado and the focus speed has rarely been a problem. When I do get frustrated about a shot I lost because of the focus speed I just remember that the money I saved allowed me to buy my F5 and I feel all warm and fuzzy again.
Your comments on the Tokina were right on. I just wanted to say that I LOVE this lens!
Any chance you can review the lenses in the 500mm to 600mm range that I've been drooling over?
We'll likely review the longer lenses in conjunction with a pro series article on an outdoor sporting event where we can get the most out of the extra length. Now we just have to draw straws to see who gets to stand in front of the charging 400lb NFL lineman...
I read the lens comparison article in the September issue. It was interesting and made some good points about price/performance and expectations.
However, as a Tokina 300/2.8 Pro owner, I did notice that at the end of the article you have pictures of the Tokina and Sigma lenses swapped, each with the others description.
I think you should fix that page to properly represent the correct lens with the appropriate description.
My first reaction was to order the offending editor taken out and flogged. Then I realized that I was the offending editor so I just fixed the page. Thanks for the sharp eyes David.
This is sooo cooool!!!!!!! Getting paid to go the the X games must have been great!
Hey there folks! Just tripped across your website looking at a link list and have really enjoyed what I've seen and read so far. The article on sports shooting in Philly was especially interesting since that's about my favorite 'fantasy' job. Took a few moments to glance at the back issues as well and have seen quite a few articles I'll look forward to reading in the near future.
All the best!
Can you email me a copy of the Nikon 995 article from a couple of months ago. I wanted to show it to somebody.
Actually all the back issues are available by clicking on the "Previous Issues" button to the left of the cover photo.
It would be good if you could add a forum section where people could discuss any topics.
We hadn't thought to do this since there are already so many photo specialty forums out there for virtually any brand, model, or type of shooting that we can imagine (and some that we can't). But if there is enough interest we'll look into doing it. What do you think folks?
Aperture Rings and Film Charts
Great Film Chart; very helpful to students and pro's alike. To those who think the aperture ring is 'technologically inferior' I must ask: A) Don't you already have your left hand on the lens barrel anyway for stabilization? B) If your battery dies, are you prepared to use your left hand?
I've heard that canon is coming out with a digital camera with a full size chip which would correct the focal length of lens. In other words a 50mm would be a 50mm not a 90mm.
I've heard that Leica is coming out with a digital camera based on the M6 that has a CMOS chip that is the size of a 35mm frame! Do you guys have any info on when this camera will be available and how much it will cost?
There were a bunch of messages flying around the chat room today about a new Nikon digital camera called the D2 that will be replacing the D1x. It's supposed to have a 35mm full frame CCD chip with 5 megapixel resolution and it's supposed to be based on the same body as the F6 (which will replace the F5) sometime next year. When will you do a review in a prototype? I was going to buy a D1x but since this is coming sometime next year I thought that maybe I should wait for the D2. What do you think?
Buy the D1x and start making great images. I don't know what kicked the rumor mill into gear this month but we got emails about "full frame" CCD chips that were coming out by Christmas or early next year for every camera made as well as about full frame CCD "inserts" that you could pop in to any 35mm camera. We've heard no definite dates from anyone about the release of full frame CCD or CMOS chips. If you're looking at a pro digital go buy it. Today's pro digital cameras are capable of stunning results and we see no reason to wait for something that doesn't exist.
From Chips to Tips
Hi - like the site, and like the hints you send out over EMAZING. HOWEVER!!!! major caveat, and I'd hope you address this quickly.
Per the 9/12 hint, it is a handy shortcut to look at the local books to get photo ideas. It IS cheating, and very much a violation of copyright to hint, even by omission, as I feel you did here, that a tourist can "duplicate" the local favorite shot. I feel you should promptly correct this oversight.
We suggested that local guide books and photo books are a good source of inspiration for photographers new to a city or location. If I'm new to a city and only there for three days I want to get some feel for what's photogenic so I can be there the next morning at sunrise instead of driving around in my rental car trying to find something to photograph.
Photo copyright is a misunderstood concept. Let's say I stand at the edge of the reflecting pool and compose a shot of the Washington Monument. You see that image in a book (assuming some publisher would be desperate enough to publish my images!) and decide that you'd like to take a similar photo on your next trip to D.C. Standing in the same spot you take a similar shot and are able to sell it to a calendar company.
You haven't violated my copyright. You have created a unique image of a monument in the public domain. You created that unique image at the moment the shutter was pressed and at that moment copyrights to that image were granted to you by law.
If you scanned my image from a book and used it as your own without permission it would be a copyright violation. The reason the law is structured this way is simple; It would be impossible to determine, given all the variations of Washington Monument shots, whether your shot was "too close" to an existing shot. Not to mention that two photographers can easily have the same vision. That's why in court the litmus test is often whether you can produce an original slide or negative.
Pop Up Ads
Get rid of that "Message Alert" and false advertising SPAM when I log onto your web site. I visit your site for a special reason. I don't like junk like this that I have to go thru before seeing your valuable information.
Everything is great, but I'm not sure if it is msn.com or you guys but the pop up adds are bad and what people hate about various web sites. I expect to see adds and have found them to be helpful. but lets keep them quietly on the side bars or set them all up on their own page in the back. But keep up the good work, everyone benefits from your time and effort.
We signed on with the DoubleClick ad network several months ago. Unfortuntately pop up ads are sometimes included in the rotation. Given the dismal state of the economy we can't simply say we're not going to take DoubleClick's ads because there may be some pop up ads in the rotation. The best approach is for you, our reader, to tell advertisers directly, via email, that their pop up ads are offensive. The Web is still a new media and advertisers are trying to figure out what works. They won't abandon pop-ups until they figure out that they cause more harm than good. After all, the purpose of advertising is to put their product in a good light.
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