Superbly Sharp & Smooth Focus
May 12, 2014
My experience with this lens was brief, but thourough. I used this lens in combination with my Nikon D800 to make photographs of butterflies & flowers at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory.
My initial reaction to the lens was that it has very nice weight and feel, and felt very balanced with my camera. I had no trouble handholding this combination for well over 3 hours of shooting. The focus ring is very wide, so it's easy to feel for, and it's in a nice placement on the lens, so even as the lens extends tpwards minimum focus, you're still able to support the weight nicely. The focus movement was smooth, although quite a long throw from closest focus to furthers focus at nearly a full 360� rotation.
I was able to work closely with my subjects (the butterflies & flowers) while not getting to close that I was casting a shadow. That's why I prefer the 100mm or greater focal length for macro work. A 60mm lens would not have offered me this same flexibility. The onlything negative I could say is that for a near $2,000 lens, I wish it had a rubber O-ring seal on the camera mount to maintain a water resistant setup and since I love shooting in harsh conditions, this is important to me.
The quality, both in built & performance, and colour rendition of this lens is superb. I don't drool too much over gear, but this is one I think I can safely say will very shortly have a permaent home in my camera bag, or better still, on my camera.
If you're in doubt, I recommend renting this lens for a weekend through the Henry's Rental program. A small rental fee is definitely worth the cost of admission for a lens of this caliber and I can guarantee you'll want to start saving your pennies.
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