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Kiwi Paul
30th January 2010, 08:22 PM
I used the 90-250 f2 for the first time today (hired it for the weekend). It was used with the E3 on a Manfrotto 679B monopod with the basic 234RC tilt head. First impressions of the lens are it's size and weight, big, heavy and cumbersome. It's very well made and very smooth to operate and balances nicely on the monopod with E3 attached, the tripod collar is non removable and can be locked or loosened to enable swivelling the kit to shoot in portrait, it has 2 thread holes to attach a tripod or monopod, the front hole for camera use only and the rear hole for when a teleconvertor is used to keep the kit balanced, a nice touch. I found the easiest way to carry (or more appropriately "lug") the kit about was to allow the kit to swivel on the monopod head so the lens was parallel to the monopod and just carry it by the monopod handle with my fingers extended around the lens tripod bracket "just in case" the quick release tripod mount decided to release itself (never happened).
Using the lens, the focussing is fast, quiet and accurate when it gets a good lock (most of the time), not SWD fast but quite sufficient. Being a f2.8 lens the viewfinder appears bright and clear.
The first session I went to the local loch and photographed the bird life thawing out after last nights snow, I used aperture priority and manually selected the ISO allowing the camera to select the appropriate shutter speed.
I used spot metering and AF (not C-AF). The shots were fine, a few out of focus and a few with motion blur, a few too many really so after evaluating the shots on the PC I went out later and changed the settings, this time using shutter priority, and auto aperture and ISO, I also experimented between spot focussing and multipoint focussing with C-AF. I must admit I was happier with the focus and lack of motion blur this time round but although the light was OK today the ISO values were often 1250 and above, nothing I could do about it, had to tidy the shots up in LR2 to remove noise and sharpen them up (I only shoot in RAW). I also used the EC-20 and that moved the min f stop to f5.6 the lens worked fine with the EC-20 and with a focal length of up to 500mm gave great reach.
Below are some examples of today's shoot, tomorrow is another day and another location :D

Paul

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1/350, f3.5, ISO 200, 230mm

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1/1000 f2.8 ISO 400, 250mm

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_0TYZ-W4CVzA/S2SKtsfeNvI/AAAAAAAABfw/NmhB8cretRM/-1305095.jpg

1/350 f6.7 ISO 800 500mm (with EC-20)

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_0TYZ-W4CVzA/S2SKxjeyptI/AAAAAAAABgI/CpOko2i_LGk/-1305239.jpg

1/1000, f5.6, ISO3200, 486mm (with EC-20)

Nick Temple-Fry
31st January 2010, 02:08 AM
I find the lens quite usuable hand held, with hand support around the zoom ring it is well balanced and quite steady. Though it is a big lump to carry between locations. I leave the support ring loose, as I don't find the support a good hold for shooting.

Portage - well the baby position suits, with one hand (the lower) supporting the camera and the other holding the hood up towards the shoulder. Though you can carry it at your side supported in the lens case. A really big slingshot case would be ideal - but there doesn't seem to be one available.

Mostly I shoot aperture with auto iso, unless I need to up the speed.

Have fun.

Nick

Kiwi Paul
31st January 2010, 06:03 PM
Here's some shots from today, day 2 with "The Beast". To be honest I was much happier with it today, I found a variety of subjects to shoot which made it more interesting and challenging and made me realise the lens is more versatile than I first thought. Looking at the shots below the lens is very sharp, has excellent contrast and as I said yesterday focusses very accurately and very quietly, disconcertingly so as I rechecked a couple of times that it wasn't set to manual focus (I'm use to my lenses whirring a bit as they focus the 35-100 in particular is noisy). The bird shots were all hand held with not the best light to say the least, I had the camera set to exposure priority initially but it kept the lens at f2.8 the whole time with ISO's ranging from 800 up to 3200, eventually I changes to Aperture priority and locked the lens at F3.5 to get it off the stop.
All the other shots were at ISO 100 and had respectable shutter speeds and apertures so in good light the lens is a pleasure to use, except today was sunny, but very blustery and cold making the lens a bit of a mission at times to steady even on the monopod.
All shot as RAW, processed in LR2 and converted to JPG's.

Comments welcome :-)

Paul

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Wee man
31st January 2010, 06:42 PM
Some great shots, even legs underwater.
The 50- 200 is working well, will post some from it soon.

oly_om
31st January 2010, 06:48 PM
Paul

Looking better today - I see Wolfgang is selling his 90-250 for 2.5k - you know you want to!!

Andy

Kiwi Paul
31st January 2010, 07:08 PM
Paul

Looking better today - I see Wolfgang is selling his 90-250 for 2.5k - you know you want to!!

Andy

That's all I need, further temptation :confused: I must admit, I am considering it now, like anything new it just takes a bit of getting use to, I'll see how I get on tomorrow and then I can make a decision. Certainly Wolfgangs lens makes it just that bit more affordable :rolleyes: and the GAS is building up :eek:

Paul

oly_om
31st January 2010, 07:14 PM
That's all I need, further temptation :confused: I must admit, I am considering it now, like anything new it just takes a bit of getting use to, I'll see how I get on tomorrow and then I can make a decision. Certainly Wolfgangs lens makes it just that bit more affordable :rolleyes: and the GAS is building up :eek:

Paul


Try a few shots with anti-shock turned on (3s should be okay) and keep your hands away from the tripod - you may be surprised on the improvements in sharpness!

Andy

Kiwi Paul
31st January 2010, 07:15 PM
Amazon have reduced the price again, now 3324, if I wait long enough I'll get it for free!!

lol

Paul

catkins
31st January 2010, 08:09 PM
There definitely seems to be an improvement in the images on day two - seem that little bit sharper, better composition, etc., which all goes to show (linking in with postings re the 70-300mm and re which lens is best for landscapes) how practise, experience and growing confidence to try different things soon grow when you're out in the wild with camera and gear.

Chris
BTW By the time Amazon have it for free the world as we know it will have ended, so don't wait!!

Ian
1st February 2010, 12:38 PM
Nice to see you making use of the hire service, Paul :)

Ian