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    The 2x teleconverter arrived this morning and after I got the kid down for her nap, I played with it a bit.

    Of course, the bare lens has the f/2.8 as its largest aperture, the 2x teleconverter necks that down to f/5.6, which of course is two full stops and was as-advertised.

    Here's a couple images:

    First, the pic I took with just the bare lens (200mm at f/2.8 and 1/1000th):



    Then, the one with the Nikon TC-20E 2x teleconverter installed (400mm at f/5.6 and 1/250th):



    Both of these images were taken within minutes of each other at just after 1pm. The camera itself was in shade. I very much expected a noticeable difference in sharpness and contrast between the two pictures, but there doesn't seem to be any significant difference that I can see...at least not that can't be fixed in PS very quickly. In terms of brightness, there's a definite difference, but again, easily fixable.

    I'm freakin' stoked with this new setup. Can't wait to try it out tonight at the Dodger game and Thursday at TSC. Oh and it's gonna be killer when me and Valleyfan head down to San Diego for Red Bull!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ValleyFan View Post
    Here is something for FBJ because you like planes and cameras. This is the Zenfolio site of a KC-135 pilot who takes a lot of pics while he is flying. He has some gorgeous shots, I would say you should try taking some along this line but I imagine SWA probably wouldn't take so kindly to you whipping out your D200 during rotation
    Heh...just saw this post. Thanks for sharing that!

    I've actually had the camera along with me a couple times, though not as often as I'd like due to its size. There's some stuff on my flickr site. I have a lot more aviation-related stuff than is seen there, but because it has identifiable people in it, I've chosen to leave them off the internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    So...

    I bought it. The 70-200 f/2.8 VR.

    It's awesome!
    Where did you get it? I made up my mind today to get one too, but all the decent mail order places are sold out. Anyone around town have them?

    I did manage to pre-order a D300 though

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    Bought my lens at Hooper Camera in Chatsworth.

    Sadly (for my pocketbook), I don't believe that I will be able to avoid the temptation of the D300. It'll just be a matter of when.
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    Man, I was off holding judgment on the D3 until I saw some pics from it to see if Nikon really did get their noise under control, and holy cow are they amazing! Canon is going to get absolutely spanked by this camera. Check out the 3200 and the 6400 iso shots, absolutely incredible. For Canons sake, the Ds MK III better have noise similar to this, and cost less than the $8K they want to charge for it.

    Here is the link for the images

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    Oh my gatos! That pic at 6400 ISO looks like pics from my D200 at 400 ISO.

    I wonder how the D300 will be?
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    That's incredible! I preordered the the D300 because like the D200 you seem to get 90% of what the top of the line camera offers for a third the price. This is different. That ISO 6400 shot is amazing! I may have to seriously think about the D3. $5K is still a big pill to swallow though. Finally some relief from Canon-envy for us Nikon fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    So...

    I bought it. The 70-200 f/2.8 VR.

    It's awesome!
    You convinced me. I ordered one from B&H yesterday and can hardly wait! I've had the older 80-200 since my film days and thought I was happy with it. However, the faster and more accurate focusing of the 70-200 along with the ability to autofocus with teleconverters is too much to pass up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeaderFan View Post
    You convinced me. I ordered one from B&H yesterday and can hardly wait! I've had the older 80-200 since my film days and thought I was happy with it. However, the faster and more accurate focusing of the 70-200 along with the ability to autofocus with teleconverters is too much to pass up.
    You're going to LOVE it.

    In case you didn't see them already, here's a link to the album that has pics I took with the lens at TSC last week. With the aperture at f/2.8, I could use a MUCH lower ISO (600) compared to my old 80-200.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/glenn_c...7601993631298/
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    You're going to LOVE it.

    In case you didn't see them already, here's a link to the album that has pics I took with the lens at TSC last week. With the aperture at f/2.8, I could use a MUCH lower ISO (600) compared to my old 80-200.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/glenn_c...7601993631298/
    Your pictures look great. Good exposure and nice neutral white balance. I sometimes have color cast problems with those vapor lights when shooting at high ISO. Sometimes when I preset my white balance for one area of the ice I get a slight pink cast on in other areas. Still the brightness and color consistnecy at TSC is much better than most other rinks around town. Anaheim Ice is at least one stop darker, if not more. On the other hand, Staples is a dream. Probably a stop and a half brighter than TSC.

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