LRRS - July 2016
Another weekend up at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, however this time, I was able to get my hands on Nikon's 70-200mm f/2.8, another one of their sharpest pieces of glass to date.
After purchasing one member of Nikon's "Holy Trinity" of lenses a few months ago (the 24-70mm f/2.8), I knew to expect nothing less from another member of the trinity, and the 70-200mm was no slouch.
The sharpness of this lens, throughout all focal lengths and aperture sizes, was outstanding. Edge-to-edge sharpness, excellent VR, a fast f/2.8 aperture, and a surprisingly low weight all contributed to this lens' phenomenal performance and ease of use.
Being the longest lens I've ever used to date, it took a few shots to get used to the field of view offered when cranked all the way in at 200mm, but learning the lens' limitations was a relatively quick and easy feat and didn't disrupt my normal style at all.
Since this lens was a rental (big shoutout to Lens Rentals for making the rental process super easy!), I was curious to see how difficult it would be to only use one lens for the entire weekend of shooting. Normally, I'll bring my 24-70mm f/2.8 as my primary lens, along with Nikon's 85mm f/1.8G and their 50mm f/1.8G as well. While making closer, indoor shots difficult due to the limitation of the distance 70mm needs to focus, there was really no other instances where I found myself cursing the telephoto's distance requirements. Normally, I find myself a short distance from my subjects with my 24-70mm, having to get some distance between by subjects with the 70-200mm proved to be a breath of fresh air, and slowed things down a bit. Getting distance between the lens and subjects seemed to lower the intensity of the moment, and gave another awesome perspective to my photos of such a beautifully-eloquent, organized-chaos of a sport that motorcycle racing is.