One week with Nikon D5200

Day 5. Lenses and work with them

Nikon D5200 – SLR camera. Despite all its perfection, without a lens it costs nothing. The lens is her eye. The uniqueness of SLRs is that the “eye” of the camera is interchangeable. Choose the one that is most suitable for shooting under specific conditions.

At the heart of the camera is a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor with a size of 23.5 x 15.6 mm

Today I would like to talk about the lenses that I chose for testing, as well as about the features of working with them.

With features and start. Nikon D5200 is an amateur camera model. For several years, similar models in the Nikon lineup have been released without a built-in autofocus drive. To work correctly with the camera, you need lenses that have their own focus motor. Distinguishing such lenses is quite simple. First, all recent Nikon optics models have such a motor. Secondly, such lenses should have the letters AF-S in their name. The Nikon D5200 is also compatible with older lenses, but you should not rely on autofocus in this case. He will not be.

Therefore, for testing, I chose three lenses equipped with a built-in autofocus motor. In addition, they all belong to completely different price groups.

To get an idea of ​​the viewing angle of all three lenses, I shot the same plot from the same point on all three models in the extreme positions of the zoom. Using the same subjects, you can evaluate the sharpness of the lenses.

AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm 1: 3.5-4.5 G

The first – the AF-the S NIKKOR 24-85mm 1: 3.5-4.5 the G . This relatively budget zoom has appeared on the market recently. Actually, this is partly why my choice fell on him, and not on the standard “whale” lens. I wanted to try out the new product. This was my mistake: a range of focal lengths of 24-85 mm would be perfect for a full-frame Nikon D600. But on the D5200 with a reduced matrix, I lost a wide-angle viewing angle, which did not allow me to remove a number of scenes. So this lens is better not to buy instead, but with a whale. 24 mm – too much for the APS-C matrix. But the range of 18-55 or 18-105 mm, which are provided by the lenses sold with the D5200, is an ideal solution for all occasions.

AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm 1: 3.5-4.5 G pleasantly surprised with a solid construct. Of the advantages – a non-rotating front lens group, which allows you to easily use polarizing filters. Focusing is fast and silent. Manual sharpening is possible after autofocus. AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm 1: 3.5-4.5 G is equipped with a built-in image stabilizer. It will help when shooting static objects with long shutter speeds. For example, I managed to get an acceptable result at shutter speeds of up to 1/8 s with a focal length of 85 mm.

Stabilizer off

NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 1600, F4.5, 1/8 s, 85.0 mm equiv.

Stabilizer on

NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 1600, F4.5, 1/8 s, 85.0 mm equiv.

Everything is fine and sharp with this lens. In the wide-angle position, already at the open aperture, it gives an excellent result both in the center and along the edges of the frame. If you close the aperture to f / 5.6, then the sharpness increases slightly. A similar situation is in the telephoto position: on an open aperture, the lens already provides excellent detail. But if you close the aperture a little, the result becomes even better.

24mm focal length

NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F3.5, 1/2000 s, 24.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F4, 1/1600 s, 24.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F5.6, 1/800 s, 24.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F8, 1/320 s, 24.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F11, 1/160 s, 24.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

Focal Length 85 mm

NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F4.5, 1/640 s, 85.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F5.6, 1/400 s, 85.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F8, 1/200 s, 85.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 250, F11, 1/125 s, 85.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

AF-S Nikkor 50mm f / 1.4G

The second lens was a fast “fifty” AF-S Nikkor 50mm f / 1.4G . This version was released not so long ago, replacing the previous “screwdriver” model of the 50 mm lens .

The focal length of the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f / 1.4G when used with the Nikon D5200 is not as universal as on a full-frame DSLR. I would say that the lens turns into a portrait. Yes, portraits are convenient for them to shoot! It is convenient to shoot details and fragments, grabbing them from the surrounding reality and blurring the background as much as possible. High aperture contributes to this.

NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F2.8, 1/1600 s, 50.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F2, 1/3200 s, 50.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

However, if you want to get the maximum sharpness, you still have to cover the aperture. 24 megapixels Nikon D5200 have high optical requirements. Truly sharp in conjunction with the D5200 fifty dollars becomes only after f / 2.8.

Focal Length 50mm

NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 100, F1.4, 1/4000 s, 50.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 100, F1.8, 1/3200 s, 50.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 100, F2, 1/4000 s, 50.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 100, F2.8, 1/2000 s, 50.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 100, F4, 1/1000 s, 50.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 100, F5.6, 1/500 s, 50.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 100, F8, 1/250 s, 50.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 100, F11, 1/125 s, 50.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f / 2.8G ED VR II

The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f / 2.8G ED VR II became the undisputed leader in image quality and price in my kit . This is a recently reissued top reporting television. From similar televisions of other manufacturers AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f / 2.8G ED VR II has two exterior features: it is black, not white; and he looks a little more “sophisticated.”

In appearance, the lens does not seem bulky. Although in practice, in conjunction with the camera, it takes up a lot of space and weighs decently. There are some more design features that I really liked. For example, the rubberized front edge of the lens. You can safely put it without a cover on a concrete floor or asphalt and not scratch your soul with the characteristic rattle of an expensive lens on a stone. The same rubber ring will save the metal of the case from deformation during a gentle impact. There is a rubber o-ring and on the bayonet side. But this is a feature of all new Nikon lenses in recent years (it is also present in the other two heroes of our test). Perhaps it was this o-ring that saved the camera from getting moisture inside the very first day of filming our test.

AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f / 2.8G ED VR II has some inconceivable number of switches on the body for the lens: turning on and off autofocus and stabilizer, autofocus limiter (full range or range from 5 meters to infinity), stabilizer operation mode (normal or active). It’s immediately obvious that we are facing a finely tuned professional tool.

Stabilizer off

NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 1600, F2.8, 1/20 s, 200.0 mm equiv.

Stabilizer on

NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 1600, F2.8, 1/20 s, 200.0 mm equiv.

You are even more convinced of the high quality of this lens when you start shooting on it. Autofocus speed is amazing. I have never used the shooting distance limiter to accelerate focus even more – it was not needed. To demonstrate the speed of the focus, I went to shoot flights of radio-controlled models of aircraft. AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f / 2.8G ED VR II] ( http : // prophotos . Ru / devices / nikon – af – s – 70 – 200mm – f – 2 – 8g – ed – vr – ii -nikkor ) had no problems focusing on an airplane flying at a photographer at a speed of about 40 km / h. And all this is almost silent, without any vibrations.

NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 180, F3.5, 1/4000 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 180, F3.5, 1/4000 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 180, F3.5, 1/4000 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 180, F3.5, 1/4000 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 180, F3.5, 1/4000 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 180, F3.5, 1/4000 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F3.5, 1/4000 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F3.5, 1/4000 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F3.5, 1/4000 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F3.5, 1/4000 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F3.5, 1/3200 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F3.5, 1/4000 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F3.5, 1/1250 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F3.5, 1/1250 s, 200.0 mm equiv.
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F3.5, 1/1600 s, 200.0 mm equiv.

Sharpness was also on top. In general, it seemed to me that in my set of optics AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f / 2.8G ED VR II was the sharpest lens. Only at open aperture sharpness is slightly lower than at f / 4. However, what else to wait for that kind of money? Only impeccable quality …

Focal Length 70 mm

NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F2.8, 1/2500 s, 70.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F4, 1/1000 s, 70.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F5.6, 1/640 s, 70.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F8, 1/400 s, 70.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F11, 1/160 s, 70.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

Focal length 200 mm

NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F2.8, 1/1250 s, 200.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F4, 1/800 s, 200.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F5.6, 1/400 s, 200.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F8, 1/250 s, 200.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
NIKON D5200 Installations: ISO 200, F11, 1/100 s, 200.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

On this short acquaintance with the lenses that got to the test, I finish. Photos about them will still tell you much more. Tomorrow our big test will be dedicated to the additional features of the Nikon D5200 camera – from in-camera RAW processing to wireless camera control from a smartphone.


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