What do you do when you have an 800mm super telephoto lens with a 2x teleconverter? Well, if you were me, you would be spending a couple of weeks in a lab environment, testing the lens inside out and comparing it to the 300mm, 500mm, 600mm and the new Sigma 120-300mm. Otherwise, you would be out shooting fun stuff, like the full moon! A couple of nights ago, I got really tired from all the testing, so I got out to get some fresh air. When I looked at the sky, I noticed that the moon was in its full glory. The skies were partly cloudy, so I waited it out for a few minutes, then got out with the Nikon 800mm f/5.6 VR with the 2x attached to it and took a few shots of the moon. Although the whole setup was incredibly shaky (and that’s mounted on a full Gimbal head and the sturdiest of Gitzo tripods), I managed to get some shots that were sharp. Then I went back in and uploaded the photos to my computer. When I opened up the image and zoomed in to 100%, I was pretty shocked to see so much detail. By far, this is the sharpest and the most detailed photo of the moon I have taken! So I decided to share it with our readers in a wallpaper format for high resolution monitors (1920×1200). So here is the photo:
And here is a link to download the wallpaper.
Once you save the wallpaper to your computer, brighten up your screen, open the image and look at what’s behind the moon. Yup, those are real stars! At 1/800 shutter speed, f/13 and ISO 800, the stars still made it to the image. If you are wondering about the process of photographing the moon, check out my detailed moon photography tutorial.
Enjoy! Now that the lab tests are fully complete, the Nikon 800mm f/5.6 review will be posted very soon.
A quick summary: the Nikon 800mm f/5.6 is absolutely incredible. The sharpest super telephoto lenses I have tested to date!