I think this lens came out in 2015 and has always been very affordable. Like under 200 dollars. Now you can pick them up on the used market at mpb.com for 104.00 dollars like new condition. Free shipping and zero tax. Bargain!
It’s fast and pretty sharp. Now I’m on my second day of shooting with it and I’m really impressed.
Walking through the woods near sunset and looking through my view finder it looks like a sunny day. Feels like I have night vision goggles on.
I shoot with a Panasonic DMC G6 and you can walk around all day with this setup and not know it’s strapped across your chest.
Fun lens for experimenting and it’s super cheap on the used market. Hell you might as well pick two of them up. You can’t lose.
Since I don’t have a lens filter. I just keep the hood attached for protection.
I took the picture (below) through my truck window, which I haven’t washed the bugs off in a couple years. Good tip for getting that film look.
Remember when photography was fun and you didn’t have to spend 8000.00 dollars on a kit?
This lens makes a trash can look good.
Enjoyed shooting with this lens on the first day. These photos are straight out of the camera. Just resized them.
I got bored with black and white. Took some photos of icefalls with the Panasonic G6 and they did not look pleasing. Starting to focus more on understanding the aperture and how it changes the composition of the photo. Took out the Nikon D7100 and maxed out the saturation setting in vivid.
This photo is underneath a paddle boat at the park.
Free charging in the park. I have no idea what vehicles you can charge on this charging station, besides the Rivian.
Some photographer showed me his Olympus OM-D E-M5 and I really like the look of that camera. You can pick them up for under 200 dollars now in excellent condition. It felt like an old quality built film camera.
Plenty of cheap electricity in Tennessee.
I was stuck in a briar patch and snapped a quick photo of the people on the bridge. I kinda like this photo. Reminds me of a bad film photo.
(Me) Write a short paragraph about a squirrel eating a nut and some icicles.
(ChapGPT) On a cold winter day, a squirrel sat perched on a tree branch, eagerly munching on a nut it had found. As it munched away, small icicles formed on the branches around it, glistening in the bright winter sun. The squirrel paid them no mind, focusing instead on the delicious nut it held between its paws. It was a happy and contented squirrel, enjoying the simple pleasures of life.
I’ve never shot this lens in Black and White. Originally the lens was purchased for real-estate listings. Works great for real-estate and getting that small bathroom shot. Or that wide-angle shot of the house and lawn.
The only camera it works on that I own is the Nikon D7100. I wish I would of purchased an older Tokina lens that was compatible with my other cameras. Dang it.
A winter storm was blowing into Tennessee and near the lake the temperature was rather nippy.
Cattails once again weathering the storm.
Buoys line the dam to warn small boats of the dangers.
This old leopard striped tree stump surrounded by fallen leaves.
Went out for a hike with the Nikon D200 and shot in black and white. Took about 83 shots and maybe 10 of them were decent.
I did notice that with a wide camera strap (that I made) and a small lens, the D200 is not bad to carry for a couple hours.
Lately I’ve been interested in shooting black and white with some good results with the Panasonic G6 and Nikon D7100. But the results with the D200 are rather disappointing.
Now I was shooting mostly in aperture priority. But the outcome was disappointing no matter what mode I shot in.
Bottom line is I hardly ever shoot with the Nikon D200, because of the weight factor. So maybe the time has come to sell it, but they bring few dollars today. So I might just keep it as a book stand.
A good website to check out on the Nikon D200 is: https://thedarkroomknight.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/nikon-d200-review-2014-some-new-thoughts/
The trick to getting some good geese shots is cracked corn. My new friends until the corn ran out.
What does ChatGPT have to say about this lens? Lets ask.
(ChatGPT) The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED VR is a telephoto zoom lens that is designed for use with Nikon’s DX-format digital SLR cameras. It has a focal length range of 55-200mm, which allows you to capture subjects that are far away with a high level of detail. The lens has a maximum aperture of f/4-5.6, which means that it can let in a moderate amount of light, making it suitable for use in a range of lighting conditions.
The lens is equipped with Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology, which provides fast and accurate autofocus performance. The IF in the lens name stands for “Internal Focusing,” which means that the lens elements move inside the lens barrel as you focus, rather than the entire lens barrel moving. This helps to make the lens more compact and easier to handle.
The ED (Extra-low Dispersion) element in the lens helps to reduce chromatic aberration, which is a type of distortion that can occur when light is refracted through a lens. The VR (Vibration Reduction) technology in the lens helps to reduce the impact of camera shake, which can cause blurry photos when shooting at slower shutter speeds or in low light conditions.
The lens can be purchased on MPB.com for around 55 dollars. Not bad.