Thread issue with Nikon Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR II

My shiny, new Nikon Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR II lens seems to have a damaged thread inside. The thread coating seems to be flaking (click photo below to enlarge). I’m worried that the flaking parts are going to damage the lens over time. You need to zoom to 200mm and then check the area indicated …

Nikon Nikkor 70-200 VR II f/2.8 vs. VR I – design flaws?

There has been a lot of controversy lately about the brand new Nikon Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR II lens. Some folks claimed the lens is utterly unusable for wedding photography because of the changes to EFL (effective focal length) compared to the older VR I lens. As usual with expensive gadgets, the noise to fact …

Tokina AT-X 116 vs. Nikkor 14-24 on Nikon FX body

In a previous post I wrote about the possibility to use the Tokina AT-X 116 Pro DX 11-16mm lens on a Nikon FX body – in FX mode. I detected some corner softness with the Tokina on my D700 so I thought it would be useful to have a direct comparison between the two lenses …

Tokina AT-X 116 Pro 11-16mm DX ultra wide zoom on Nikon D700 FX body

I’m in the middle of transitioning from my Nikon D80 DX-crop sensor DSLR to a Nikon D700 full format FX-sensor DSLR. I replaced the Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 DX lens (24-300mm) with: Nikkor 24-70 AF-S f/2.8 Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 AF-S VR Nikkor TC-17E II teleconverter. I’m still getting acceptable sharpness with the 70-200 tele. Of course …