Worth all the pennies! (that's 240,000 pennies)
December 12, 2011
Amazing lens, cannot believe how awesome it performs. It pretty much never leaves my camera unless I'm shooting something closer then ~10ft. When shooting portraits, the bokeh is superb, and because of the reach you don't have to get in your subjects face. I love it, and so do they for this reason. When shooting weddings I can stay "in the wings" producing photo's that look like I'm breathing down the couples necks. The only complaint I get from my subjects is that I can see nearly every pore on their face before sharpening.
AF is ridiculously fast and bang on, it only hunts when the subject is too close or I'm doing something silly (trying focusing on a flat, matte, black shirt in the shade.) Paired with an SB900 and AF is always, and I mean always, bang on and nearly instantaneous.
One thing I will say though, if you're planning on doing any nature photography where the subjects are small (birding) or will be distance/skiddish (bears, deer) with this lens you'll want one of the teleconverters. The TC20E-III is supposed to work perfectly with this lens, turning it into a 140-400mm f5.6/210-600mm f5.6 (FX)/(DX) lens. Mind you, even with 400mm you may still be too close to the bear :D
When you read up on this lens everyone sings it's praises and it definitely deserves them.
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