watch the birdie

I did some more testing of the 70-200 f/2.8 VR today because if I am going to take it back for a refund it has to be before the end of the week.

I shot this for test purposes in JPEG at f/2.8 and 200mm which is the softest this lens should get. The wide aperture and resulting shallow depth of field made the bird seed in the foreground out of focus which is unfortunate, but it made for a great test to see if my subject (the bird) would be sharp in these circumstances. To make the test even more exacting this is also almost a 100% crop (the subject cut out and enlarged to its actual 100% pixels size to highlight all the imperfections in the image). Even under these conditions I think that the lens is sharp enough – and I am sure that I heard this little birdie telling me to keep it!

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