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Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4

cockers

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cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Tue 21-May-13 01:43 AM | edited Tue 21-May-13 01:44 AM by cockers

I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the resident Blue Jays at our cabin and captured this one with my new 300 F4 AF-S and D7100 combo. First is shot full frame and second is 1.3 crop.

Thanks for looking . . . Al

D7100, Aperture Priority, ISO 1000, +.7 EV, 1/200 sec., Nikkor 300 F4 AF-S @ f5.6, Induro AT413 tripod and BHD3 ball head.

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D7100, Aperture Priority, ISO 1000, +.33 EV, 1/640 sec., 1.3 crop, Nikkor 300 F4 AF-S @ f5.6, Induro AT413 tripod and BHD3 ball head.

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Lunastar

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#1. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 0

Lunastar Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning a Nikonians Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010
Tue 21-May-13 03:30 AM

Al, Great soft light and sharp as a tack! The 300/4 is my favorite lens as it's very portable, as sharp as anything out there and takes a TC well. I find myself grabbing it more often.

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cockers

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#2. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 1

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Wed 22-May-13 01:12 PM

Thank you Mark - I'm finding that out as well. It works very well with the Kenko 1.4.

Al

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CAPete

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#3. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 0

CAPete Registered since 06th Mar 2013
Wed 22-May-13 06:35 PM

Excellent sharpness and detail. Like the performance at ISO 1000 too. I often shoot with that lens, not so often with the 1.4 TC attached. As it happens I just shot with that combo yesterday (young sparrows), and results were pretty good. Hoping to get those posted soon. Not the same ISO latitude (mine were shot with D300s), but from what I can see the sharpness is definitely there. These shots are making that D7100 more tempting...

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cockers

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#4. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 3

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Wed 22-May-13 07:00 PM

Thanks for your comments Pete - I still shoot my 300s as well, but this new D7100 is pretty darned amazing.

Al

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Rassie

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#5. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 0

Rassie Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006
Thu 23-May-13 01:07 AM

Beautiful pictures, Al. And I'm impressed with the lack of noise at ISO 1000.

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#6. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 0

Tallow Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2009
Thu 23-May-13 02:09 AM

I think my technique must have have been bad because I never got sharp photo's with my 300mm f/4. Definitely not the the tc. Great shot Al and beautiful detail

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cockers

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#7. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 5

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Thu 23-May-13 08:52 AM

Thanks Koos - the D7100 is quite a bit better than the 300s in that regard.

Al

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VR8

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#8. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 0

VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008
Thu 23-May-13 08:54 AM

Wonderful shots, great detail and backgrounds.

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cockers

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#9. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 6

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Thu 23-May-13 09:04 AM

Thanks so much Dave - I think a great deal of the sharpness is inherent to the D7100's lack of an anti alias filter. However this new 300AF-S is very sharp even with the 1.4 converter. I don't have a 1.7 like you so I can't comment on the sharpness with that converter.
I also shoot only High/Fine jpegs and post process in Photoshop elements, and haven't found the need to shoot Raw for my uses.

Al

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cockers

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#10. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 8

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Thu 23-May-13 09:30 AM

Thanks for taking the time to comment Victor - it is appreciated.

Al

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rb4good

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#11. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 0

rb4good Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 22nd May 2006
Thu 23-May-13 09:43 AM

Great images Al. Had used the Kenko 1.4 tc with this lens on the D300 and found the Nikon tc much better than the Kenko,on the D300. The Nikon 1.4 seems quite a bit better than the Nikon 1.7 tc on the 300F4 mounted on the D7100 from what I have managed to shoot hand held. Never tried the Kenko with the 300F4 and D7100. On my 70-200mmF2.8 lens,the Nikon 1.4 and 1.7 tcs both seem very sharp.

Rick

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#12. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 11

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Thu 23-May-13 09:57 AM

Thanks for the comments Rick -

I must have a good copy of the Kenko - in addition to great performance on the 300AF-S it performs really well on my 500P F4 and my Tamron 70-200 2.8 as well. It did so on the D300s also. I use the 300+1.4 combo mainly on a tripod with the D7100 as I find myself shooting in low light situations quite often.

I was considering the Nikon 1.7 TC + 300 AF-S with the D7100 - have you tried that combo on a tripod or just hand-held?

Al

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rb4good

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#13. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 12

rb4good Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 22nd May 2006
Thu 23-May-13 06:04 PM

I've only tried the 1.7tc hand held. The results were very,very good but with the 1.4 the results were so much better that I never went back to the 1.7 and just crop to get that effect. If I think of it I will try it out on a tripod and let you know,unless you already have done so.

Rick

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#14. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 13

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Thu 23-May-13 07:04 PM

Thanks Rick - I haven't done that so it would be interesting to hear your findings!

Al

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#15. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 0

landism Registered since 22nd Oct 2011
Fri 24-May-13 11:13 AM

couple of beauties!!

cockers

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#16. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 15

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Sat 25-May-13 10:40 AM

Thanks for stopping by and commenting mark!

Al

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#17. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 0

Fovea Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Sep 2002
Sat 25-May-13 01:06 PM

Nice, I like #2 - I haven't mounted my AF-S 300 f/4 in a while, I think mine needs a service to reapply lubricants!

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cockers

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#18. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 17

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Mon 27-May-13 11:16 AM

Thanks for taking time to comment - it is appreciated!

Al

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slopoki1

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slopoki1 Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 13th Jun 2012
Wed 29-May-13 12:44 PM

Lovely shots of a pretty bird. excellent color and clarity
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cockers

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#20. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 19

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Wed 29-May-13 06:13 PM

Thank you Rick - I appreciate your comments!

Al

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#21. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 14

rb4good Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 22nd May 2006
Thu 30-May-13 11:03 PM

Al, I did a unscientific test with the Nikon 1.4 and 1.7 tcs from my tripod. Shot a Red-tail Hawk from the same position then in pp cropped so the bird seemed to be about the same size and then processed both the same in NX2. Resized in PS4. Both shot in DX,not 1.3 crop mode. The 1.4tc shot was cropped to 31.8% and the 1.7tc to 25.6%(if that means anything). Maybe a smaller subject from a farther distance would have been better for this test. My old eyes do see slightly better IQ with the 1.4 but a smaller subject with a bigger crop might give much different results. I don't think you can go wrong with the 1.7tc and you can find used ones around now that many are opting for the 2.0tc.

1.4tc

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1.7tc
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cockers

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#22. "RE: Springtime Jays - D7100 - 300 AF-S +1.4" | In response to Reply # 21

cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Thu 30-May-13 11:53 PM | edited Thu 30-May-13 11:56 PM by cockers

Rick - I'm seeing the 1.4 as a bit sharper in your samples as well - the 1.7 is definitely no slouch however!
Thanks for sharing that info.

Al

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