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Nikon 200mm f/2. VR II
(newest version as of 2016)

At the Zoo with the 200 f/2

See also Wildlife at the Beach for more examples.

The images on this page were all shot handheld in one afternoon with the Nikon 200mm f/2 VR on the Nikon D3x at the San Francisco Zoo*.

To make it an extra challenge, I brought along 4 children ages 6-10 with me. That, combined with one of the busiest visitation days of the season, made shooting through fences and avoiding elbows something close enough to real life to count as a serious test! Still, the shooting was/is better than after the feline viewing was mauled by jackass-proofing*.

* At a time before the viewing experience was mauled by a malicious idiot taunting the tiger, for whom justice (as in the law of the jungle aka reality) worked admirably.

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

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f2 @ 1/200 sec, ISO 200; 2008-12-29 15:46:12
NIKON D3X + 200.0 mm f/2.0

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