Good bye, Old Friends

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Articles | 2 Comments

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It is time to say good-bye to several old photography friends who have been solidly with me for many years- my trusty 70-200 f2.8, my indulgent 300 f4 and my rock solid, pound nails with it Nikon D4. Bye-bye, see you later, hasta la vista, so long bucko, ta-ta, adios.

The criteria for me to sell my gear is if I have used it in the last year or two or if given a choice am I going to use it in the year to come. Each of the three fail this test. The 70-200mm was a favorite lens of mine for many many years but over the past four or five years I have barely used it. It has been replaced by either my Nikon 24-120mm (my all-time favorite lens) or the Nikon 80-400mm- each one does a better job within its range than the 70-200mm. And the 70-200 that I have is an older model, 2 or 3 iterations off the current offerings.

The 300mm is a beautiful lens with lightning quick focusing but it is a fixed focal length. The 80-400mm is slower but much more useful. I got the 300mm so I could use it handheld for moving animals, particularly flying birds. But as high ISO performance has become better and better I can now compensate with my ISO to get the shutter speed I need and not rely just on a fast lens.

The Nikon D4 is a wonderful, incredibly reliable camera but it about to be replaced by a new Nikon D5 sometime this spring. So I am selling it now before the value plunges next year. In the meantime I will use my two Nikon D750 for all my photography needs. I am sure I will buy the D5 when it comes out.

The picture above was one of the last shots I took with the 70-200, four years ago! Bye-bye, old friend.


  1. Rex Keep
    December 25, 2015

    Hi David! Long time ! I was sitting here at home on this Christmas Day, recovering from last week’s knee replacement and decided to check in and see what I’ve been missing from my Nikon site. I came across your name and enjoyed your photos from “the farm”, “Vermont” and more. I’m still living in Edwards, Co., shooting and keeping up with my wife and BMHS Senior (son) and Junior (daughter). Do you get back here in Co. For any of your travels or workshops? 36 years here this past Sept. for me! Seems like 10 though! I’ve always loved your work and “crusades”!
    Hope you’re having a nice Holiday! Best of luck in the New Year!
    Rex Keep.

    • David
      December 26, 2015

      Hi REx
      I’m sitting in Minturn as I type! Hope your knee feels better very soon. Great to hear from you. C says you are still shooting for VA. I’m still wandering the woods and wilds mostly tilting at windmills. Seems wisdom is harder to sell than energy.