New-old Nikon 300mm f/4.5 at a Hockey Game

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. I’m resolving to be better about new posts. It isn’t a new year resolution, because those never work. It’s just a resolution.

Recently, I bought an old (late-70s) Nikon 300mm f/4.5 telephoto lens from a local colleague. It’s a cheap, old, reliable, and pretty sharp tele that doesn’t weigh a ton. I just wanted a 300 that wasn’t as huge and heavy to carry around as my Nikon 300/2.8 AF-S, and also one that I could actually stick through the photo port while shooting hockey. At tonight’s game between the Rochester Amerks and the San Antonio Rampage, I had some fun with the new lens on my Fujifilm X-T1. The 1.5X crop is great for getting a lot of punch down-ice. It performed pretty well; better than I expected.

Image made during an AHL hockey game between the Rochester Americans and the San Antonio Rampage, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 5-3. (Darren Abate/AHL)

Image made during an AHL hockey game between the Rochester Americans and the San Antonio Rampage, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 5-3. (Darren Abate/AHL)

San Antonio Rampage goalie Dan Ellis. Image made during an AHL hockey game between the Rochester Americans and the San Antonio Rampage, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 5-3. (Darren Abate/AHL)

San Antonio Rampage goaltender Dan Ellis guards his net during an AHL hockey game against the Rochester Americans, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 5-3. (Darren Abate/AHL)

San Antonio Rampage head coach Tom Rowe. Image made during an AHL hockey game between the Rochester Americans and the San Antonio Rampage, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 5-3. (Darren Abate/AHL)

San Antonio Rampage head coach Tom Rowe watches play during an AHL hockey game against the Rochester Americans, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 5-3. (Darren Abate/AHL)

Image made during an AHL hockey game between the Rochester Amerks and the San Antonio Rampage, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 5-3. (Darren Abate/AHL)

Down-ice action during an AHL hockey game between the Rochester Americans and the San Antonio Rampage, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 5-3. (Darren Abate/AHL)

Now for my favorite shot of the night, but this was shot with my Nikon D3 and 70-200/2.8 VR II. San Antonio Rampage right wing Bobby Butler, celebrating a goal.

San Antonio Rampage right wing Bobby Butler celebrates a second period goal during an AHL hockey game against the Rochester Americans, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/AHL)

San Antonio Rampage right wing Bobby Butler celebrates a second period goal during an AHL hockey game against the Rochester Americans, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/AHL)

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~ by peakaction on January 18, 2015.

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