↑ Nikon D500 + Nikon 200mm f/2 G ED VR II.
Pardon the gear comment, but this is one of those lenses the drawing of which I’ve always admired, but never was willing to lug around or take out the loan to buy. It is a beast, but wow, is it precise with the subject while melting backgrounds into puddles of ice cream in mid-August sun. Case in point, here… nice.
No need to apologize Greg. As you may know, I got a hold of this lens in the fall with the hope of photographing my son’s baseball games. Well, the season ended before I could use it, though I did have a chance to “test” it out in similar conditions (https://photographsbypeter.com/2017/09/24/university-of-toronto-varsity-blues-23-images/ and https://photographsbypeter.com/2017/09/25/university-of-toronto-varsity-blues-5-bonus-images/).
The 200/2 is one of those Nikon lenses I’ve always admired but never considered, largely because of size, weight, and cost (though the world of Leica kind of desensitized me to the latter). I had no intention to buy the 200/2 when I did, since the 70-200/2.8 was serving me well. However, I was offered a used one in mint condition at a substantial savings and I just couldn’t resist (surprise, surprise). Following trading in my 70-200 and my Leica 75/1.4, it was mine.
Returning to the size and weight: they are both substantial. It will be a real pain to photograph with this lens in the dog days of summer baseball.
Yet I simply can’t wait.
Well, well, well…..finally a clown photograph that doesn’t terrify me….is it the lens that draws out sweet humanity here…..or is it the photographer? The lens brings the precision but the photographer found the light and heart is my take.
Ha, ha, ha Karen! I have been sitting on this image for a while but have refrained from posting it… I’m glad you like this one.
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