Butterflies while testing a new (used) lens...

by Jorge Moro August. 21, 2013 4567 views

Last month I bought the new Nikon 18-35 AFS lens. I used it exclusively on my D800 and I loved it! However, after returning from my working vacation I wound up returning it as the price/usage ratio (for me) was too high.
I then missed it so much I bought a used (like new) one on eBay. It cost me $150.00 less than brand new, and considering the little usage I would give it I figured why not. This lens will replace my much, much heavier 24-70 F2.8 for landscape shooting. For events, weddings, etc I still count on my very fast 24-70, and my 70-200 plus my 85 1.4. Those are the go-to lenses for inside work. Since I shoot landscapes pretty much stopped down into the F11, 16, 22 range, and normally on a tripod, I don't care about the fact this lens is a F3.5 to F4.5. I also wanted to mention this lens is INCREDIBLY sharp and clean – both the copy I purchased and returned, and the one I just bought off eBay are uber sharp. It is definitely sharper than my 24-70. It has some minor distortion at the 18mm setting but in my world that only comes into play if I were shooting brick walls for a living (I'm not)
So I'm pretty happy with it overall. I didn't realize how much I would miss it after I sent it back…
That really says something. And Man is it light!!
These four images I shot testing the eBay purchased lens. I saw the butterfly land, and as i inched closer and closer I kept shooting each time I moved in. These were slightly cropped to make them a tad larger, but overall these are the jpegs.

No idea of butterfly. Nikon D800, Nikon 18-35 AFS, @ 35mm F4.5 (wide open) ISO 200, handheld

This one looks like it was in a knife fight – it won, because it's here, but it's beaten up.

No idea what type of butterfly ANY of these are. Nikon D800, Nikon 18-35 AFS, @ 35mm F4.5 (wide open) ISO 200, handheld

Did I mention this wide-angle lens can get as close as 12" from the film plane, not the front of the lens? As I'm not a dedicated Macro guy, that's close enough for me.

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Giancarlo Fosci 5 years, 3 months ago

Great captures, love butterflies!!!

5 years, 3 months ago Edited
Rob Gant 6 years, 6 months ago

looks like the lens works great, missed seeing your work bud

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Glo B 6 years, 6 months ago

I like this review and will keep it in mind for future references....beautiful Swallowtails you've captured!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Yves Monast 6 years, 6 months ago

i guess a man can change it`s mind these are great shots i thought you did`t have the patience to run after bugs haha well done J hope you`ll have fun with your new lens...

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Christa 6 years, 6 months ago

You were lucky, the lens is perfect and the results according! Love each one!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Danielaphoto 6 years, 6 months ago


6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 6 months ago

Superb set !!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 6 years, 6 months ago

Very clear and sharp photos...good lens, no doubt!
The butterflies are fantastic! last one is very beautiful.

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sara G 6 years, 6 months ago

Very lovely Swallowtail butterflies. I always wonder what happened to it to be so beat up :-) Love them all, especially the last one.

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
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