This was a quick “drive-by” shot from the window of my truck. I wanted to take a few pictures to test my newest acquisition.
I sold my 200-400mm f/4 VRII. I really wasn’t using it much, and it’s heavy as fuck at over 7 pounds by itself. It was a great superzoom lens, but I didn’t see a reason to keep it when someone else could get some use out of it.
So, with the proceeds of the sale, I purchased the 200-500mm f/5.6. Yeah, yeah. I lose a stop, and I go from pro to “prosumer” But, the 200-500mm is two pounds lighter and has another 100mm of reach. On top of that, I was able to buy the 200-500mm, a new TC-14E III teleconverter, AND have some money left over to help fund a life changing event. I’ll miss the 200-400mm, but the new 200-500mm will fill its role admirably.
Anyway, this featured image’s focal length is 360mm, and suffers from some atmospheric distortion. When you realize the distance from where I shot this image to that boob-shaped U.S. Navy radome in the distance is two miles, a little distortion is to be expected, I guess. I handheld the camera and lens for this shot, which is impressive considering the combined weight is a skosh over 7 pounds.
I still need to put the lens through it’s paces, but I’ve got a lot of shit on my plate this July… and I mean a LOT OF SHIT. But, when I get the time in the next month or two, I’ll give it a proper workout.
Until then, it’ll have to sit in its Pelican case…