I just found this through the forum, DJ. I thought I ought to post my opinion here rather than in the forum as I love it so much.
I think it's perfectly weighted, the colours are delightful and of course it's technically sound too, with the focus being spot-on. I might have been tempted to rein the aperture back in to f/4.5, but I just have that habit through being scared of opening a lens to the max. (One tends to gain a bit of sharpness by closing the aperture a little.)
I think everything comes together very nicely indeed.
Hearty greetings from a fellow Nikonian! :)
p.s. - I clicked Like.
Hi whoelius, Thanks for your feedback! :)
You're right about being concerned whether to open the aperture to the max; outside (in the field), there's no certain way to know the sharpness, especially when I shot it from a distance of about 15 ft. Any closer and I'd be knee deep into the pond. I primarily wanted to test the lens 'bokeh', which is not as smooth as my Nikon 105mm.
Overall, I'm still pleased by the sharpness obtained by this lens with these settings.
Thanks again, DJ
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