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300mm f2.8 AF Nikon
Old 02-09-2004, 05:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was reading another forum about what lens to use a the beach, almost everyone liked the 300mm f2.8. Besides blowing out the background, there has to be more reasons to use this lens. Please enlighten me on other reasons. Also would you use a polarized filter?
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Old 02-09-2004, 06:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can keep out of the water, you can keep out of the sand, and you can keep out of the way of the guy/gal holding the reflector/scrim, but mainly the decreased angle of view will kill lots of glare, flare and reflections.

I love my 300 2.8 but I've never shot a model with it at the beach. Lots of football, soccer, & basketball. I did do some head shots with it and a 1.4 teleconverter. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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1) It has multicoated ED glass... which is excellent against flare and chromatic abberation You can shoot almost directly into the sun. It also helps against flare from other highlight sources you often get on the beach.

2) The longer the lens, the higher compression fracture you get... a pleasing effect generally - especially in pics of people.

3) Blowing away the background is not the best way to describe it... what you have is a very shallow DOF with a pleasing perspective. Anyone can blow away the background with photoshop, or shoot on a plain backdrop.... that's not the point. Shallow DOF is. Models Eyes are in focus and elbows on either side are not. Subject isolationis excellent with shallow DOF. Yes, you can do this with a shorterlens and get up close, but that changes your pespective radically.

4) The sweet spot is between F2.8 and F4.... the big glass Nikkors are all designed that way, whereas most lenses have a sweet spot close to f8.

5) You look really cool carring it around on a monopod over your shoulder!
 
 
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