Just took delivery of my G2 last Friday, the 19th. Impressed with the build quality of this lens, but not so much with the performance I've gotten out of it so far. So I thought I'd come here to see if I'm alone and if I'm not, what others did to correct or resolve some of the issues I'm having with it.
First, I'm having some focus problems pretty much all through focal and aperture range. I am getting pretty good images around the 135 mil mark at f/4 and above, but that's just about it. Things just get softer at 70 and 200. I don't have enough experience to determine whether it's a fine tune or bad copy issue. I don't have a console yet, but it is on my immediate list. Thing is, I'm not sure whether to pick one up locally and make the attempt to pull my G2 in so that it matches all the favorable reviews,... OR to send my current copy back and have a console accompany the replacement G2 to me.
Second, images seem to be way over exposed with exposure compensation is set to zero on both my D500 and D810! A full stop of under compensation seems to bring the shots into the exposure I'm used to getting with my old VR II. Is any else seeing global over exposure with this lens? I'm blowing out skies like crazy with this G2 shooting the way I normally shoot. I've learned that what you camera says about metering a scene is just where you start guessing, so I'm not upset that the G2 doesn't always agree with whatever Nikon I'm using,... but! Now I've read in one of the reviews that the T-stop with the G2 is different, but the impression I got from that review was that the image would be darker (appear a little under exposed) if you use no compensation,... I'm thinking this copy delivers the opposite. I mainly use Matrix metering, but I've experimented with the other metering modes as well.
Just hoping to get some feedback. Not wishing the worst on anyone else, but if any one is have any of these problems, I'd sure appreciate hearing from you. Thanks!