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#1 dave's clichés

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:13 PM

  Hi guys,

                The AF-P 18-55mm VR whatever arrived today. Tested and adjusted (+3-4)  My worry of course was one of centering........it's fine! 

 

   How sharp is the lens?  Well actually it's very decently sharp even wide open, to the edges, softens very slightly in the corners,  

 

 

Construction is way better than I expected tight build with no play.  Zoom ring is Ok enough, focus ring is totally smooth with no end stops (FBW).

 

  I should unlock auto corrections to check for vignetting, distortion and CAs to see what lurks behind, but with it I see nothing.

 

  ........And the AF?    Blistering, faster than any lens I own including the AF-S 500mm F4.  It's almost  instantaneousness and looks it, it really is!   

   This linear/stepper motor has got to be the way to go and as they get more powerful I'm sure it will set new standards for all but the heaviest glass....

 

   Retracts to a diminutive size...it's tiny...you don't get a hood though.

 

    The price: €60 delivered! (from eglobal)     

 

     My guess is these are from starter packs (D3400+ KL) where the buyer has chosen another lens, even with all the benefits of super efficient mass production I can't see a real profit for Nikon after selling and delivery...........in your shoes I'd buy one........

 

          ..........do it today!    :P



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 06:14 PM

Yup, have one, too. It's super tiny compared to all earlier versions.

The only issue I have with AF-P lenses is that I can't review them on the D7200... because they have no switches on the lens body, and Nikon does not update the firmware of "older" cameras to add controls in the menus. So, I can't switch VR off on the D7200.

Same applies to the AF-P 10-20 VR.

Seems I have to get a 2nd DX test camera...
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 06:48 PM

   I hadn't even thought about VR yet...other than it works...



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 06:53 PM

That's great unless you want to switch it off ;) Which I have a habit of doing for MTF tests...
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 07:14 PM

    Just checked on the D500;     shooting display  d10  optical VR......on/off.

 

     So you can tell the wife it was my fault you had to buy a D500......... ;)

 

   ..........or put it Klaus's tab.... :mellow:



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 07:24 PM

;)

Well, the D500 is on my mid-term wish list anyway...

For reviews, I'll probably add a D5600 to the lab.
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Posted 21 October 2017 - 04:54 AM

These 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 are generally surprisingly good.

Slow speed, moderate zoom ratio ... voila ... 


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:41 AM

     Taken with the above lens,  the rendering is excellent I think, even if it's shot off the computer screen.  :lol:  

 

 

    For full appreciation of the image one has to zoom in to the total sum at the right hand corner of the page.......

     

........it is of course the bill for the recall for the replacement  shutter mechanism of my grey market D750.

 

   Total    00;00 euros.       Nice!

 

 

     Looking closer, the shutter plate unit has been replaced as well as the grip unit (the front grip rubber) and it looks like they threw in a new viewfinder screen!

 

 

     We all love these type of Nikon images....... :wub:  :wub:  :wub: ......   they bring out the best in one!!

 

 

       Thank you Nikon!

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 10:40 AM

    For your perusal, here the AF-P 18-55mm VR at 18mm @F8 

 

     I know these compressed images don't do it justice....but wow this lens is sharp!

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:07 AM

    For your perusal, here the AF-P 18-55mm VR at 18mm @F8 

 

     I know these compressed images don't do it justice....but wow this lens is sharp!

tilted a little ??? :P :P :P :P



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:43 AM

"A little tilted"

 

      Yes every morning it's the same until the obligatory "aperitif" at lunch time....things level out quite well during the afternoon!!   :P  :D

 

 

 

    Here is the another morning shot at 18mm but fully open....F3.5........basically the same.....very sharp!

 

  ......... only difference is a slight softening in the extreme corners.....IMHO that's impressive...stop down a stop to see the problem basically disappeared.

  

Additional specs:  New 12 element design in 9 groups and 2 ED elements...silent rapid focus great for video....7 blades (rounded)....focuses down to  0.25 mts (0.38X great!).....55mm filter thread.....plastic mount...weighs just 205gms......dimensions 64.5 X 62.5 pmm. 

 

  All for a paltry 60 euros delivered............no reviews out there Marcus.......and as you have one....that doesn't give you much room to wriggle!  ;)

 

  

 

 

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 01:04 PM

I should not tell you, but Nikon did something similar to Volkswagen: When a VW discovered "oh, there's a snorkel in my exhaust to test if I'm a clean car, I bet, I'm in a testing park" and switched to betray that bloody environment fanatics mode. And soon it was as clean as the river in which nobody from that boats would ever dump some waste in.

 

With Nikon, it's the tilting sensor detects something around 37° tilt, it's clear, the person behind the camera wants to test a lens. If it's a Nikon glass, all algorithms jump too maximum sharpness  B) clever move, that!

 

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 01:42 PM

Another advantage of APS-C you can have excellent quality combo for a fraction of full frame price.
80D plus10-18 plus 18-135 will give any landscape photographer all he needs for less than1500$ in,a lightweight combo go check prices in full frame 6Dmkii plus 16-35f4 you are already above that without mentioning that there's no full frame equivalent to 18-135 (28-200 isn't as good)

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 01:50 PM

  I wouldn't recommend snorkeling up my exhaust!  :huh: 






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