How fun is it to come home from work and find a package waiting for you?  This one I was expecting.  And may have expedited shipping to ensure it arrived in time for game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Which I so happened to be at last night, cheering my head off.

1/200  f5.6  55mm  ISO800 A

I’ve been looking at a couple different lens’, but this one had the honor of being my first.  Figured it will be my go-to for any situation that I can’t physically get close enough to the action.  ‘Stalking’ professional sports figures came up first on that list, having the opportunity to test out the lens during pre-game warm-ups.

Comparing to my last 2 warm-up photo expeditions, I noticed the difference in lens’ immediately.  My kit lens had such a lag, and the obvious zoom differential.  But even with VR on, the 55-200 mm reacted much quicker, and the zoom enabled me to get only my subject in focus.  I also played between program, shutter, and aperture priority settings this time, and found the best results using aperture priority.

Lots of favorites –

1/250  f5.6  100mm ISO800 A

1/400  f5.6  200mm  ISO800 A

1/400  f5.6  180mm  ISO800 A

1/320  f5.6  200mm ISO800 A

1/500  f5.6  200mm ISO800 A

1/200  f5.6  200mm  ISO800 A

1/500  f5.6  55mm ISO800 A

1/400  f5.6  200mm  ISO800  A

1/320  f5.6  200mm  ISO800 A

1/200  f5.6  200mm  ISO800 A

Loving. this. lens!