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Friday, March 27, 2009

Side Notes on Nikkor AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6G Lens Performance


Its coming to a month since I own a basic Nikkor 70-300mm G lens and I am beginning to see when it can and when it is unable to perform. Essentially, in a brightly lit day with plenty of outdoor sunshine, it's an above-average lens to do what it is designed to do, handheld or tripod mode. Simply ensure on your Nikon D90 that it shoots with a minimal shutter speed of 1/80 second though.

Indoor, you are better off swapping it to your trusted Nikkor 50mm prime lens. However, if that's not an option, attach your Nikon Speedlight to save you from an impending disaster. If you don't even have the most basic SB-400, the built-in pop flash must be used (not an option).

However, being a cheap lens at $140, a moderate degree of chromatic aberration can be seen in certain shooting condition (where the sun is strong). But hey, its $140 and bears similar optical technology as the Nikkor 50mm F/1.8! If you are after 4R prints, it won't break a sweat.