Testing the 24-70mm f2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor lens

Testing the 24-70mm f2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor lens

Testing the focus point, Bokeh, and filter threads with this shot. There won’t be charts and graphs in my testing. I’m just shooting still life, and portraits now. It handled the Canon 500D filter beautifully, and it went on the lens front without a problem.  The focus seems to be dead on, and I’m really liking the smooth Bokeh.

I bought this lens used. I’m getting a little braver with my used lens purchases you see, this was my first private purchase. My 2 previous used lens purchases were from a store. Although this purchase was a bit scarier I have a cushion. It was purchased from a friend of friend, and I do have a short window that the seller is allowing me test it and return it if it’s not as described.

If you’ve never purchased a used lens before you might want to start with a store like I did. When you venture into purchasing from a private seller there are some things you should ask upfront, and look for when you get the lens.

You’ll want to know the condition of the lens, why it’s being sold, has it ever been serviced, if so why? Does it come with the original caps, hood, packaging, and booklet?

Work out the price, shipping method, and terms, and find out about the return policy.

Once you get the lens look for cosmetic blemishes, look for scratches on the front and rear elements, scratches on the rear element are bad, small blemishes on the front element won’t hurt picture quality, make sure the blades don’t stick, look through the lens with a flashlight make sure there isn’t dust, and fungus,  or oil on the blades and look through both front and rear with the flashlight.

Make sure the switches work with ease,  looking at the rubber around the zoom ring, and focus ring  make sure it is secure and in good condition, and turns smoothly. Put a filter on it to make sure the threads are in good shape.  When you’re handling the lens there shouldn’t be anything rattling. The mount will most likely have some scratches or wear from mounting and removing it from a camera, but it should be solid and the pins should look clean.

When you get it on the camera make sure it doesn’t squeak, or make any unusual noises, gauge response and handling when zooming, and acquiring focus. Take both Auto-focus and Manual photos.  Take a variety of photos at all apertures, indoors and out. Then look at your photos and examine the quality of the photos.

I still need to get outdoors and shoot a landscape or two, and do some night photography to see how it handles flare, and lights to complete my tests, but so far I’m really liking what I’m seeing. It has handled everything I’ve shot very well.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 24-70 f2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor| SB600

Christmas Dinner

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We had a lovely Christmas. We slept til 8:00 AM which was so nice. When the kids were little they were up well before dawn poking around. This year my daughter, son-in-law, and new Grandson spent the night with my son-in-law’s  parents so they arrived at our house mid-morning. We opened presents, had breakfast and spent the rest of the morning/afternoon being slugs.

I was off the hook for dinner this year. We were invited to my son-in-law’s parents for dinner. I only needed to take dessert. Easy! I took a pumpkin pie, and apple pie. They were a nice end to Marilyn’s fabulously delicious Italian dinner…I should say feast.

When we arrived Marilyn had the table laid; it was festive, and reminded me of my Mother’s Christmas table setting.

Marilyn's Christmas Table

There were before dinner hors d’oeuvres. My favorite was a Corn dip. I don’t know what besides corn is in it, but it’s really good. I need to get the recipe. We ate it with tortilla chips:

Corn Dip

Little Jaxon made the rounds meeting some relatives for the first time since coming home. Here is he with his Great Uncle Don, and Great Aunt Steph.  Jaxon is in for a lot of good times and laughs when Uncle Don is around. He’s funny!

The Greatest Aunt Steph and Uncle Don

Aunt Rhianna, Uncle Ben, and cousin Maci were there too:

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Jaxon eventually made it back to his Mommy, and his Daddy was nearby.

John Allie and Jaxon Christmas 2012

The aromas emanating from Marilyn’s kitchen were making my stomach rumble.  There’s nothing like a home filled with the great aromas of a home cooked meal about to be served. On the menu were:

Lamb Osso bucco, Chicken cacciatore, a spinach salad with pecans, and pomegranate, all tossed with a light dressing,  fresh steamed broccoli on the side, and no Italian meal is complete without pasta. It was paired nicely with a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Moscato wine.  Oh, and Mother’s milk for Jaxon.

Both the chicken and the lamb were so tender; they fell off the bone at the slightest touch of a fork tine.

Marilyn's Chicken Cacciatore

Lamb Osso Bucco, Chicken and Pasta

Our lovely Hostess Marilyn:

Marilyn_0829Thank you so much for a wonderful meal, great conversation, and your warm hospitality! I’ll be dieting the rest of the week.

Marilyn, I’m serious, come for New Year’s Dinner and share our family tradition with us!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and were blessed to spend it with those you love.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 50mm AF-D| SB600 Speedlight

J.S. Bach

J.S. Bach, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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J.S. Bach is my “go to” composer when I want to play the piano. I struggle to play him well, but I love his music.

This little bust of J.S. Bach sits on top of my piano.
I’ve been using my Strobe/Speedlight a bit more and I’d like to acheive a level of proficiency with it.
It’s more intimating than learning the ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed triangle!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 50mm @f8| 1/60s| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Hand-held | SB600 @ 1/2 power