With my trip to the Pacific Northwest that includes Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria Island, and Alaska for the next few weeks, I decided to bring out the old 70-300mm VR for a test on the D800 to see if it would make the cut for the trip. Yes, my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII is in every way better but I am not about to bring that beast if the 70-300mm can do the job. And to my surprise, it did just fine on the D800. With such high pixel density, I expected the 70-300mm to fail miserably but it held up on its own. I took it out for a real-world shoot at the annual World of Nations Celebration in Jacksonville, FL. I did not miss the 70-20mm VRII at all while shooting with the 70-30mm VR. Check out the event from the weekend. Click on image for full resolution.

Nikon D800 at ISO 100, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/5.6 at 1/100

Nikon D800 at ISO 400, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/8 at 1/160

Nikon D800 at ISO 100, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/5.6 at 1/500

Our very own celebrity, Shannon Miller, leading the parade of flags.
Nikon D800 at ISO 100, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/5.6 at 1/500

Nikon D800 at ISO 100, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/5.6 at 1/400

Nikon D800 at ISO 100, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/5.6 at 1/500

Nikon D800 at ISO 100, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/5.6 at 1/640

Nikon D800 at ISO 100, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/5.6 at 1/1000

Nikon D800 at ISO 100, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/5.6 at 1/500

Nikon D800 at ISO 1400, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/5.6 at 1/320

Nikon D800 at ISO 900, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/5.6 at 1/320

Nikon D800 at ISO 100, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, f/8 at 1/500

Couldn’t resist posting this one shot with the super-wide-angle.
Nikon D800 at ISO 100, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 VR, f/8 at 1/30

 

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