They ship extremely fast. One day, basically.
This new one feels quite different from the previous iteration. The zoom frip feels much more rubbery, and the texture on the hood is very rough. I like it
It has a real heft that feels great in the hand. The VR on this copy has a noticeable click when it engages. I also don’t remember that from the previous copy. Five or six years certainly sees small design changes ….
So how does it shoot? Well, I’m really impressed with the sharpness … even at 300mm, its weakest focal length.
First shot ever with the new lens … followed by several. The light today was awful with heavy overcast. Nice enough for saturation etc, but requiring of quite a bit of ISO …
That last one is really stunning. Those razer sharp edges are really there, it is not a trick of sharpening. The last time I remember getting a daisy so incredibly “etched” like that, I was shooting with the Sigma 105mm macro lens.
Next, I wandered out front to catch a couple of images of Nick reading something on his Mac.
So I’m really glad that I did not talk myself out of getting another one of these lenses