f/3.2 and 1/320 at ISO 400. Nikon D3 with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II

I had the pleasure of doing a series of natural light portraits with the lovely and talented Molly Anne Coogan. Molly is a New York based actor, writer and a singer and musician with the Rooftops band. All of these photos were taken with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II at between f/2.8 and f/4.0. Read on for more photos from the shoot and 100% crops.

f/3.2 and 1/320 at ISO 400. Nikon D3 with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II

f/2.8 and 1/250 at ISO 400. Nikon D3 with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II

f/4 and 1/200 at ISO 400. Nikon D3 with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II

f/2.8 and 1/400 at ISO 400. Nikon D3 with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II

f/3.2 and 1/400 at ISO 400. Nikon D3 with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II

Nikon 70-200mm VR II 100 % Crops

Here are the 100% crops from the point of focus for the headshots in this post. All of the photos were taken at ISO400 on the Nikon D3 and have not been resized or sharpened for web. RAW to JPG output was handled via Adobe Lightroom 3 with default noise reduction and sharpening.

100 percent crops from the Nikon 70-200mm f2/.8 VR II

100 percent crops from the Nikon 70-200mm f2/.8 VR II

  1. Really good portraits and lens test. I like the feeling of shooting natural light, its always good to get away from being surrounded by speedlites.

    • Thanks Jim, I actually prefer working with natural light for headshots.

  2. wow! the sharpness is amazing!!!

    • I agree Roberuto. The lens is very sharp wide open. I upgraded from the old VR version as soon as it came out and I’m extremely pleased with the performance and overall handling of the lens.

      • just blows me away…especially the crop pix, where you see an image in the apple of the eye! man, what you do with this gear..wow!
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        {i’ll b back @ work on sunday}

  3. Mark Lee

    Great work. Thanks for the exposure details. You are a seeker of light for sure. Beautiful natural light.

  4. Stefan Diaz

    nice review but I think viewers might learn more if they new the aperture and the focal length of the lens you used more then the actual settings of aperture and shutter speed. All 3 might be even better but we all know that no 2 situations are the same but bringing in the aperture in relation to the focal length of the lens will give viewers a better feel for depth of field and it’s effect on pictures.

    my 4 beer reply LOL

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