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March 21, 2017: Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Another Dream Lens Come True After One Year!)

March 21, 2017: Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Another Dream Lens Come True After One Year!)
March 21, 2017: Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Another Dream Lens Come True After One Year!)


March 21, 2017

AHAHAHA! The Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro was one of the lenses in my dream list. It's a coincidence that the first time I touched this lens was exactly one year ago (22 March 2016). Now it is exactly one year after, that I would be able to touch it again and this time, call it MINE.

There's a saying that keep dreaming and they will come true. There are several old manual lenses in my dream list, most of them are already in my possession now. These dream lenses include the Nikkor-S 50mm f/1.4, the Reflex-Nikkor C 500mm f/8, the Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5, the Tamron Adaptall 2 SP 90mm f/2.5 Macro (52B), the Tokina AT-X Pro SD 12-24mm f/4 and the Sigma DC 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OS HSM.

My copy of the Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro is plagued with fungus in all the glass elements inside. Despite that, the lens still gets kickass sharp, detailed and super vivid colors wide at f/5.6, and from 100mm to 300mm. I guess it does flare, but I don't mind! =)



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Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S Photo Album

Link to the Video

March 22, 2017: Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AIS, the lens that I never had!




Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S



These samples were taken the same day I got these lens and these are all handheld. Remember, the lens has severe fungus coverage. The images are all unedited #SOOC. They look satisfactory in terms of sharpness, detail, color vividness. This should even look better after cleaning! =)

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AI-S



These shots were taken for a sunset, at 100mm and 300mm respectively (f/32). Well, obviously the design of this lens was meant for handheld shooting, not for mounting on a tripod. The slightest wind will cause the lens to wobble, and my hands are always on the lens because I feel that the weight would make it snap from the camera anytime.

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro



These last shots were taken at 10.37PM. I can hardly see anything in the dark. This is one of those rare chances that I used flash. All of them at 100mm Macro Mode around f/5.6 to f/8. I'm not afraid of using lenses with fungus and scratches, because if you have good glass, they always consistently give great images (based on experience).

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro

Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro


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