|Holy Hannah! copyright 2015, Stephanie Maatta|
|Bird Collage, copyright 2015, Stephanie Maatta|
Thoughts & IMOP...This is a beautiful lens. It offers excellent clarity and minimal chromatic aberrations. The optical stabilization is superior, allowing for hand-held functioning despite weight and length of the lens. It features both auto-focus and manual focus with a rear focus ring. The rear focus is a great help for maintaining control over the lens.
|Savannah Sparrow, copyright 2015, Stephanie Maatta|
|Mister Big, copyright 2015, Stephanie Maatta|
On the plus side, my images came out clear with excellent color. I made very few adjustments to the images in post-processing. I was able to shoot some excellent close-ups of wildlife without getting too close or disturbing the animals. It handled nature's smallest creatures as well as the larger variety.
For me the lens was heavy but manageable for hand-held shots. I used both hand-held and tripod with equal effectiveness. At f5-6.3 it's a bit slower than the Nikon 80-400mm f4.5-5.6, but that wasn't an issue for me. Because of the length of the lens I needed room to maneuver comfortably. Not a good lens for a crowd.