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Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics

tgreenwald

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tgreenwald Registered since 12th Dec 2005
Fri 04-Jan-13 12:50 AM | edited Fri 04-Jan-13 05:20 AM by tgreenwald

Yeah I know this camera produces great photos with the high end glass but what about on it's own merits with just the 30-110mm VR f3.5-f5.6 lens. Can it produce good shots. I'm getting pretty soft results and poor focus at times. Maybe it's about the glass. I was hoping to get a thread going to where those of us who don't want to lug around the big lenses share some tips for the V1.

Other than small and light what does this have over the D40, which is also small and light and fast to focus.

Is this better than say a P7700. After the initial thrill is the V1 going to become a classic? I'm glad I got in on the really wild give away prices.

I have been using Aperture priority and the highest ISO I can get away with.


Exposure Time: 1/400 sec
F-Number: f/5.6
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
ISO Speed Rating: 3200

handheld

Shot RAW and processe3 in Aperture 3 to JPEG for Nikonians

Would Nikon Capture helped here?

I know a tripod and long lens technique would have helped a lot. But a small camera does not call for a big tripod. I use the FT1 on a Gitzo GT3531S and the 80-200mm f2.8 lens.



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walk43

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#1. "RE: Post your wildlife V1 and CX lens pics" | In response to Reply # 0

walk43 Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Feb 2012
Thu 03-Jan-13 11:38 PM

Terrific pic!! You should be proud.. I certainly would b

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#2. "RE: Post your wildlife V1 and CX lens pics" | In response to Reply # 0

OldITGeek Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Jul 2011
Fri 04-Jan-13 01:08 AM

does a good job in the dark to ISO 800 1/4sec handheld believe F4 @ 24mm

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#3. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 0

nwcs Silver Member Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Nikonian since 15th Jan 2006
Fri 04-Jan-13 12:28 PM

Nope, Capture wouldn't have helped much. It's more about how you're processing. Looks like you took the Aperture defaults and went with it. I've had a lot of fun doing some wildlife shots with the V1. Here's one I did at the Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach SC using a V1 and a 70-300 VR lens.

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nwcs Silver Member Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Nikonian since 15th Jan 2006
Fri 04-Jan-13 12:29 PM

And here is one with the V1 and the 30-110 CX lens:

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#5. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 3

walk43 Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Feb 2012
Fri 04-Jan-13 12:48 PM

Neil,

This is a wonderful shot....absolutely great!

A few questions since it is my goal to get to this quality of bird photos this year...(New Years Resolution).

How far away was the bird?
I assume it was shot in RAW?
What camera settings did you use? Speed/aperture/ISO,etc.??
Was it handheld, monopod or tripod?
What software did you use for Post Processing?
What are your PP workflow steps?

Anything else????

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#6. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 0

ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005
Fri 04-Jan-13 04:09 PM

All in all I think this is a good example of what can be done with a Nikon 1.

Nikon Capture would provide one way to reduce some of the pixelation in the background, but there are other programs that deal with noise on a selective basis.

This image is also a good example of the tradeoff required for a small camera in low light. At 1/400 sec, if you are anywhere beyond 145mm (based on 2.7 times 145mm)you don't have enough shutter speed. Even 1/400 is marginal for birds where you want to be at 1/800 or higher.

I think sharpening is an area that needs care. The small sensor tends toward some noise anyway, and sharpening magnifies the noise. You might try a different sharpening routine to keep noise down. For example, I would use lower levels of intensity and a smaller radius with Unsharp Mask and a higher threshold. High Pass may be helpful, and with High Pass I would use a smaller radius and a higher opacity. For Vibrance, I would use a little lower level. You are better off with multiple iterations of lower intensity sharpening and light noise reduction than to achieve all sharpening in one step with challenging images.

I have not verified it yet, but I believe I saw some loss of light using the FT-1.

I've seen some softness using the FT-1 and regular lenses. I think given the small sensor, it can be more important to stop down a little and avoid shooting the lens wide open. And of course, closer subjects look a lot sharper.

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kenuck

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#7. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 0

kenuck Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Nov 2008
Fri 04-Jan-13 08:16 PM

Here's another example using the V1 with 30-110 lens, at 110mm on a tripod. f/5.6 1/250sec ISO200 -.3EV shot in JPEG, cropped about 65% otherwise no PP.

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nwcs

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nwcs Silver Member Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Nikonian since 15th Jan 2006
Sat 05-Jan-13 01:50 AM

Thank you! I was about 8 feet away from him. Handheld in overcast lighting. I really didn't need to do much with processing. Went into Lightroom and used camera standard and adjusted the sharpening some.

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#9. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 3

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Sat 05-Jan-13 12:43 PM

Probably one of the best examples I have seen from a V1 with FT-1. Super shot.

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tgreenwald

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#10. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 6

tgreenwald Registered since 12th Dec 2005
Sat 05-Jan-13 02:13 PM

Thanks for taking the time for the great suggestions.

I have forgotten most of my CS skills at I'm so used to nailing them with my D300 I forgot how it was to tweak shots.

I brushed up on High Pass Sharpening as well as finding the neutral gray point with layers (a great Kelby tutorial to learn for all)

I'm thinking that high ISO, low shutter speed, rapidly moving critter, wind in the trees and first and foremost-lousy light does not make for an easy wildlife photo with any camera.

I have tried Nikon Capture a few times and every time the interface drives me crazy and it's so slow that I make use of my App Zapper. Nikon should stick to making great cameras. Still I am curious if Capture conversions of RAW would be superior to LR or Aperture or CS. But still lousy light makes for a crummy photo.

I have still managed to have a few V1 shots used commercially so in may respects good subjects/composition trump Image Quality and the benefit is that I always have the V1 with me and my DSLR is sitting at home in a Pelican Case.

I think if the P7000-P7700 had an EVF as good as the V1 I might go with that?

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#11. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 3

tgreenwald Registered since 12th Dec 2005
Sat 05-Jan-13 02:20 PM | edited Sat 05-Jan-13 02:23 PM by tgreenwald

Neil,

Thanks so much. I'm checking now how to change the Aperture defaults. Searching on how to do it. I see a new Camera RAW update from Apple that mentions the V2 so I assume the V1 has already been done.

I do notice that sometimes that my EXIF files are missing in Aperture but they actually are there just Aperture won't show them. I'm going to give Light Room a try later this week.

I recall that Lightroom might have some way to open the NEF files with the camera settings like Capture does but I just can't seem to find it.

It's easy to get into a film mentality-shoot it and the camera takes care of the rest. I am going to also now start shooting RAW+JPEGs and give that a try.

Your Egret photo sparkles but it may be more about the 70-300mm lens than the camera. I guess I'm dreaming to think a CX lens would be as good as a DX or a FX version.

In good light this little camera shines-

note to self-It's about the light stupid.

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This is in overcast good light with the 10-30mm lens but I still think it's a bit soft for my tastes.
Exposure Time: 1/160 sec
F-Number: f/9.0
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
ISO Speed Rating: 100
Exposure Bias: -1/3 EV

It's stopped down a lot and very low ISO.
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tgreenwald

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tgreenwald Registered since 12th Dec 2005
Sat 05-Jan-13 02:23 PM

Amazing focus for ANY camera. Wow

You shoot skeet?

walk43

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#13. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 0

walk43 Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Feb 2012
Sat 05-Jan-13 02:32 PM | edited Sat 05-Jan-13 02:37 PM by walk43

Here are my latest 2 shots. Still working out the technique. Both shot through a window at about 15 feet. Getting better but still not where I want to be.

Sorry for the re-post of the white capped sparrow I put into another thread.

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#14. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 10

ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005
Sat 05-Jan-13 04:10 PM

The challenge of the P7000 and P7700 is the sensor is even smaller than the V1. The crop factor on the P7700 is 4.6 times compared to 2.7 times for the V1. Noise - and ISO performance will be worse than the V1 and you can't use other format Nikon lenses with an adapter. It's truly a point and shoot.

Capture has some small advantages but there is no major advantage over LR in terms of capabilities. While profiles for converting D300 and D700 images in LR are advanced, the V1 may be a little newer and not have the same level of optimization yet.

I see a lot of cropped images with the V1. Given the small sensor and noise, I think it needs some very conscious effort to crop and resize without increasing the impact of problems like noise. For example, you might apply noise reduction early in the editing workflow and then upsize to accommodate cropping later. And you would not use shadow recovery or D-Lighting until after resizing.

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#15. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 13

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Sat 05-Jan-13 04:47 PM

Great shots Dan, you're getting the hang of this so I'll have to up my game

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walk43 Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Feb 2012
Sat 05-Jan-13 05:21 PM

Getting there Richard but still have a way to go. These were handheld with the 105 and 70-200. Outside...more sun...mono/tripod ..should be better. ??

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walk43 Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Feb 2012
Sat 05-Jan-13 06:54 PM

One more pic and then I will stop posting these. This was shot out a window, 1/2000 sec., ISO 100, f/2.8, at 540mm.. handheld. Seems like my pics are all about the same quality now with the V1, so when I can actually get outside and "lose the window", I hope to come up a notch. If I can get a pic like Neil's I will be elated!!

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#18. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 0

VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008
Sat 05-Jan-13 10:43 PM

These were taken with the V1, I moved to the V2 recently but have not had the chance to do wildlife with it. I suspect it will be easier.

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Heron take at 230mm (with 70-200MM) at f4.8 and 1/1000 sec.
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Duck taken at 145 mm with the 70-200, also at f4.8 and 1/250 sec.
Raccoon taken at 110mm with 30-110mm CX lens at f8 at 1/160sec.

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tgreenwald

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#19. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 14

tgreenwald Registered since 12th Dec 2005
Sat 05-Jan-13 11:08 PM | edited Sat 05-Jan-13 11:12 PM by tgreenwald

Eric,

A heartfelt thanks for you educated reply. I can see that the small sensor does indeed produce good images but you will have to work for them. Motorcycles have replaced photography as my main hobby so this V1 fits well in the saddlebag. I was able to capture a Bonaparte's Gull today for my wife who was trying to ID the bird.
She could not ID the tern because if was a "tern like gull" The 30-110mm lens did a great job in good light at lower ISO. Your right about noise and ISO. Too much ISO = noise

I was pleased with the results. Thanks to your input and am now happier with the little lenses and V1.
The High Pass filter indeed helps with the detail in the feathers. I also used my Velvia plug in from Fred Miranda to relive my Fujifilm days of old.

1/640s f/5.6 ISO100 110mm (35mm eq:297mm)


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#20. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 0

jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004
Sun 06-Jan-13 01:07 AM

Not sure why we are seeing so many images taken with non-CX lenses when Tedd asked for images with CX lenses. (Nice images, though.) Anyway, here's a shot from this afternoon with the 30-110.

#1 - As output by ViewNX from the NEF, then resized in Photoshop.

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#2 - 100% crop. Shot was taken wide open at f/5.6.
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#3 - 100% crop with some noise reduction and sharpening.
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#21. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 11

nwcs Silver Member Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Nikonian since 15th Jan 2006
Sun 06-Jan-13 10:34 PM

Now that I'm at the house I can actually post a nice 30-110 CX shot for you...

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nwcs Silver Member Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Nikonian since 15th Jan 2006
Sun 06-Jan-13 10:35 PM

Great shot! The lighting is very nice. Although there is some halo around the bird.

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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006
Fri 18-Jan-13 03:55 PM

Here is an eagle shot with the V1 and 400/f/28 + TC-17E that is 680mm and 1836mm FX equivalent. The bird was probably 150 yards away.


f/8 | 1/1000s | ISO-100

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#24. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 20

tgreenwald Registered since 12th Dec 2005
Mon 21-Jan-13 04:47 PM

DMDave,

Wow, really crisp and detailed but I think this is due to the stellar 400mm f2.8-I was hoping to find how the 30-110mm CX lens does on it's own.

I'm growing too old to hike with more than the CX kit. Heck it's hard enough to just get myself a few miles! Not lazy, just arthritis. Now that I can afford the big glass it's just to heavy for me .




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#25. "House Sparrow" | In response to Reply # 23

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Tue 22-Jan-13 04:40 PM | edited Tue 22-Jan-13 04:48 PM by richardd300

I have been waiting for half a chance to test my 70-200mm f2.8 with the Nikon V1. Not perhaps the most attractive of birds, but this House Sparrow gave me the opportunity to try the lens/camera combination out.

The second image is taken with a 300mm f4.

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walk43 Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Feb 2012
Tue 22-Jan-13 05:28 PM

Really nice shots Richard. I see you HAVE upped your game!!! I like the second one a lot. Is that a european/UK robin??

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Tue 22-Jan-13 05:37 PM

Thanks Dan.

Yes, the European Robin. Off on a day out tomorrow to one of the UK's biggest wildlife reserves to see our winter visitors from Scandinavia and the Arctic. Will be taking both the D7000 and the V2 + FT-1 and a 70-200mm + x1.7TCII. Leaving the D800 at home for a rest!

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nwcs Silver Member Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Nikonian since 15th Jan 2006
Tue 22-Jan-13 06:46 PM

I've still got to use my V1 with the 200-400 + 2.0 TC. I bet it's a MONSTER! But the weather in my area has been terrible lately or too cold. But I'm hoping...

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Tue 22-Jan-13 07:09 PM

"But the weather in my area has been terrible lately or too cold. But I'm hoping..."

Sounds just like the UK Good luck.

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#30. "RE: House Sparrow" | In response to Reply # 29

nwcs Silver Member Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Nikonian since 15th Jan 2006
Wed 23-Jan-13 01:47 AM

Thanks! But I'll be in GB come late May to early June. Bringing the V1 and the D800...

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Wed 23-Jan-13 03:30 PM | edited Wed 23-Jan-13 03:31 PM by richardd300

I promised yesterday that I would try some more shots with the Ft-1 and the 70-200mm f2.8. Below are 4 images taken today.

Richard

Greylag Goose - V1 + 70-200mm f2.8 1/400 @ f4 ISO200

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Moorhen - V1 + 70-200mm f2.8 1/400 @ f3.2 ISO200
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Pintail - V1 + 70-200mm f2.8 1/400 @ f4 ISO200
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Ruff - V1 + 70-200mm f2.8 1/400 @ f4 ISO200
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#32. "RE: House Sparrow" | In response to Reply # 30

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Wed 23-Jan-13 03:32 PM

Great light in the UK in April and May. Enjoy your stay.

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Thu 31-Jan-13 09:50 PM | edited Thu 31-Jan-13 10:05 PM by Snappo

My first try (1 V2) with the TC 1.7 and I still need more work, however, the setup looks promising. These eagles don't wait for me to fiddle around with setting up. This guy sat on the branch three or four minutes, little time to park car and set up tripod.
Exposure Time: 1/1250 sec
F-Number: f/4.8
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
ISO Speed Rating: 160
Lens 70-200mm f2.8 VR with TC 1.7 for a focal length of 918 in 35mm film
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walk43 Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Feb 2012
Thu 31-Jan-13 10:31 PM

Nice shot Jim. Not a lot of set up time but you had great light! I like the colors in the wings. No eagles close to me. Just hawks that I can't get close to or open shots of.

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Tue 05-Feb-13 02:58 AM

Backyard fun today. Lens was 70-200 with TC 1.7 and hand held on our 1 V2.

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Tue 05-Feb-13 07:33 AM

Love the shot Jim. I am having great success with the V1 and the 70-200mm. Have to wait until the V2 body drops in price. Do you see it as an important step up from the V1?

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#37. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 0

walk43 Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Feb 2012
Tue 05-Feb-13 10:40 AM | edited Tue 05-Feb-13 11:32 AM by walk43

This is a shot of a Coopers Hawk (I think) with my V1 and my 300 f/4, 1/125sec, ISO1600 in low light, laying on my back on the floor and shooting out my patio window at 40 ft. It is an 'ok' pic (my opinion) but for the low light (almost dark outside and the image has a lot of noise), hand held, 300 f/4 at 1/125th sec., I think is was salvagable thanks to lots of PP.

PS: I also got about 10 shots with my D800 and the 300 f/4 and they are nowhere as good(?) as this one shot with the V1. The effective FOV of the the V1 at 810mm is a real plus for the V1 and bird shots...at least for me!!

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PS2: I had suggested in a post awhile back that sometimes I use Paint.net to do an 'ink sketch' when the sharpness of the PS image is not achievable to what I would prefer. The pic below is the same image above loaded in Paint.net and converted to an 'ink sketch'. This is not the best recovery/artistic rendering that I have done, but it will give those of you who have commented about the 'ink sketch' option an example of a way to sometimes save a poor image and still make it usable for a wall hanging.


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#38. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 37

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Tue 05-Feb-13 11:20 AM

Nice one Dan. We've got plenty of Raptors, but none come in the garden, preferring to fly overhead. Is this a White Tailed eagle please?

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#39. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 38

walk43 Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Feb 2012
Tue 05-Feb-13 11:28 AM | edited Tue 05-Feb-13 11:34 AM by walk43

Thanks Richard. It is either a Coopers Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk (very subtle differences in the legs, tail and neck). I have a hard time telling the difference unless they are side by side.

By the way...I have added a photo in the original post so show what can be done in Paint.net by doing an 'ink sketch'. When a photo image is not as sharp ...for what ever reason... the ink sketch option in Paint translates it to sketchings and the 'softness' goes away.

It is NOT an example of a good photograph, but has created some useable 'artistic' prints for me in the past that look attractive on a wall. This one is still only 'ok' in my opinion and I would not mount this one but others of goldfinches, bluebirds etc., have turned out pretty nice...

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#40. "RE: House Sparrow" | In response to Reply # 36

Snappo Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Apr 2004
Tue 05-Feb-13 11:31 AM

The convenience of the dial/controls is a definite plus for me. The wife also has a V2. She uses it a lot with the 55-200mm lens and since she has issues with the technical side of photography, her images are much improved over her DSLR D7000.

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Tue 05-Feb-13 11:40 AM

I missed that Dan, it looks superb. I also looked through your gallery and the macro shots have inspired me to get out with my new macro kit when anything wakes up in the UK....ever! Now, off to look for Paint.net

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Tue 05-Feb-13 11:42 AM

Thanks Jim, it's good to see the V2 top end looking more like a Coolpix P camera. Change the menu setup to be like a dSLR and that will be sorted.

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#43. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 0

siantarman Registered since 17th Jun 2007
Thu 18-Apr-13 09:22 PM

I took this bird picture from my backyard with Sigma APO 120-300/2.8 DG HSM, @300mm

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#44. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 43

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Fri 19-Apr-13 03:16 AM

That's a nice blackbird!

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sabbey51 Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Jan 2010
Wed 24-Apr-13 02:32 AM

Nikon V1, 30-110 @ 57mm, 1/400 @ f4.2, tripod

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vizz Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 19th Aug 2011
Tue 21-May-13 12:39 PM

Here is a triptych taken with Nikon 1 V 1 and its 10 mm lens

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vizz Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 19th Aug 2011
Tue 21-May-13 12:49 PM

I am proud of this one, it is my second photo published in the Croatian issue of National Geographic 12/2012.

Nikon 1 V 1, 1/4000s, 110mm, F/5.6, ISO 3200,cropped out of a larger image.

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#48. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 47

archivue Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Mar 2002
Tue 21-May-13 04:35 PM

Great shot.. perfect use of the speed of the V1 !!!
The publication is well deserved...

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Tue 21-May-13 09:00 PM

Love that third shot! I might have to try that sometime.

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nwcs Silver Member Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Nikonian since 15th Jan 2006
Tue 21-May-13 09:00 PM

Great shot! And congratulations! Love the peak action here.

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Wed 22-May-13 06:28 AM

Thank you, Jacques, much appreciated!

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Wed 22-May-13 06:32 AM

THank you Neil, also much appreciated!

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#53. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 46

ChristianF Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Jan 2007
Sat 25-May-13 11:44 AM

>Here is a triptych taken with Nikon 1 V 1 and its 10 mm lens
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Did the V1 and lens survive the attack? Nice shot! I can only imagine had the NB-5 been attached....

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#54. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 53

petterf Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Nov 2008
Sun 02-Jun-13 11:31 PM | edited Sun 02-Jun-13 11:33 PM by petterf

Here's a shot with my J1 & 10/2.8.
Handheld
ISO 100
1/125
f/2.8

Feeding on an overripe banana.
Kind of wildlife even if it was shot at an indoor tropical heaven for butterflies.

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Mon 03-Jun-13 05:28 PM

It survived, the bill snapped just a few centimeters in front of the lens )

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#56. "V1 Makes it to Geographic!" | In response to Reply # 52

tgreenwald Registered since 12th Dec 2005
Mon 03-Jun-13 05:36 PM | edited Mon 03-Jun-13 05:38 PM by tgreenwald

Thanks for posting-we all know that fast, good Nikon glass is capable of taking amazing photos. This thread was started to showcase the CX glass.

Who is going to be the first person to go for the 32mm f1.8? I think I would jump on a 110mm f2.8 myself for wildlife.

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#57. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 0

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Thu 13-Jun-13 04:42 AM

Here's a few from my trip to Point Pelee. This is V1, FT-1, and 70-300VR, pre-AF-C firmware update (can't wait to try it with BIF!):

Nice photos in this thread BTW!

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#58. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 57

Daveecopping Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Jan 2011
Fri 14-Jun-13 10:08 AM

The 70-300 will be moving up to the top of my wish list, I think. Thanks very much for sharing.

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pentwater Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Dec 2003
Sat 15-Jun-13 02:44 AM

Really nice... particularly the Piping Plover. We have a nest down on our beach this year and I never thought of using my V1. I'm going to give it a shot!

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#60. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 59

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Sun 16-Jun-13 03:13 PM

Because the new firmware version has now precluded my Tamron 70-300mm VC lens from working with the FT-1, I received this week a mint Nikon 70-300mm VR ex demo. The Tamron was an equal in my view to the Nikon, but I do find the 3rd party lens route a pain when a lens has to be re-chipped.

The Tamron on my D800, D7100 and V1 worked straight away, so it mystifies me why it should not now work due to a mere V1 firmware update. If Nikon can produce a brand new dSLR that will work with a 3rd party lens from day one, then surely a firmware update shouldn't make a previously good pairing history.

It's even more annoying because the V1 firmware upgrade has made the V1 better in so many ways, except the cost of a replacement lens of course!

Come on Nikon, sharpen your act up.

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#61. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 60

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Mon 17-Jun-13 03:51 PM

"The Tamron on my D800, D7100 and V1 worked straight away, so it mystifies me why it should not now work due to a mere V1 firmware update. If Nikon can produce a brand new dSLR that will work with a 3rd party lens from day one, then surely a firmware update shouldn't make a previously good pairing history.

It's even more annoying because the V1 firmware upgrade has made the V1 better in so many ways, except the cost of a replacement lens of course!

Come on Nikon, sharpen your act up."


As I mentioned in the other thread, this is not Nikon's concern. Why should they ensure backwards compatibility for competing optics? The other manufacturers aren't paying royalties for access to the F-mount information, so it makes very little fiscal sense to make it easier for other makers to compete.

To be honest, when I bought a Sigma 70-200/2.8 years ago, I knew I was running the risk of the manufacturer being "behind" every time Nikon updated the firmware. Lo and behold, the two changes to the D100 that happened when I owned the lens broke the interface each time. The first time took MONTHS to fix; Sigma Japan was scrambling to update the firmware and was shipping chips to their regional centers in waves. I don't see how this is Nikon's concern. If I was a shareholder, I'd be pretty peeved if Nikon was kow-towing to another maker when they have enough concerns making sales on their own equipment.

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#62. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 61

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Mon 17-Jun-13 04:58 PM

<<As I mentioned in the other thread, this is not Nikon's concern. Why should they ensure backwards compatibility for competing optics? The other manufacturers aren't paying royalties for access to the F-mount information, so it makes very little fiscal sense to make it easier for other makers to compete.>>

I certainly do not agree with that statement. It makes very great sense for Nikon and other camera/lens manufacturers to do everything possible to court favour with the 3rd party manufactures. Why, because there would be a drop in sales of cameras if first time and existing buyers were deprived of a more reasonable supply of lower cost lenses.

<<I don't see how this is Nikon's concern. If I was a shareholder, I'd be pretty peeved if Nikon was kow-towing to another maker when they have enough concerns making sales on their own equipment.>>

I see it as very much Nikon's concern. I'm sure the share holders would be most peeved if they were not accommodating 3rd Party lens requirements as sales of dSLR's etc may actually reduce in favour of other manufactures!

Also, this is a negative argument as Nikon do "kow down" to 3rd part manufacturers already. I was one of the first UK owners of the Nikon D7100 and my two Sigma and one Tamron worked on the camera straight out of the box and so did my Tamron on my FT-1. Also there was no problems with my D800 or D7000 and there were no re-chips conducted by either Tamron or Sigma. So, perhaps Nikon just see how they feel on a certain design day whether they will or will not allow 3rd parties to work or not!

I feel that if the shareholders were that peefed they would put pressure on Nikon to abandon ALL on camera access to 3rd party lenses unless the lens is re-chipped.

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#63. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 62

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Mon 17-Jun-13 07:00 PM | edited Mon 17-Jun-13 07:17 PM by Covey22

I'll keep this brief in order to prevent going heavily off-topic.

Nikon's objective is to sell camera systems. That means lenses, Speedlights and all the associated accessories (including software). Theirs, not someone else's. The fact that the Tamron, etc. all worked when you upgraded bodies is simply a point-in-time result. Nikon will always be upgrading firmware for error correction and feature enhancement. You want access to the F-mount features immediately? Pay the royalties. That's how the patent system works and it's more than fair.

I feel that if the shareholders were that peefed they would put pressure on Nikon to abandon ALL on camera access to 3rd party lenses unless the lens is re-chipped.

History disagrees. The used market is littered with examples of third-party lenses that can only be supported up to a certain Nikon model - I particularly remember a screwdrive AF Tamron that could only work on N90S or above (below?). Additionally, Sigma's move to allow firmwares to be user-updated on their latest optics is a reflection of the reality - reverse-engineering the F-mount means your user base is taking a chance (a high probability at that) it won't work - either briefly as the maker reverse-engineers the latest change, or permanently as the maker declares that optic end-of-life and forces the market to move on to newer offerings.

Back on-topic - I love the work people have done with the FT-1 and the variety of lenses that do work on it. Personally though, I'll still settle for the 30-110; my review on the J1 proved to me that it's still a heck of a lens for the size, cost and aperture it has.

Edited to add: Should anyone be wondering if I'm a Third-Party lens maker "hater," I humbly point out this Tamron 70-300 VC review that I penned for the community. I also owned many Sigma and Tamron teles and short-range fast zooms as well as slow zooms. It just so happens that right now, my entire optics portfolio is Nikon only.

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#64. "RE: Post your Nikon 1 and CX lens wildlife pics" | In response to Reply # 63

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Mon 17-Jun-13 08:20 PM

Firstly, it's good to see my opinion of the Tamron is supported in the review.

What I am trying to say is that Nikon will largely respond to the 3rd party offerings because:

1. Some focal lengths, especially zooms, are outside the range of current Nikon offerings.

2. The marketplace is not wholly populated by users who have the budget to buy Nikon.

3. Some third party lenses are actually quoted by Nikon commentators (e.g. Thom Hogan) as being of a worthy of consideration above or equal to Nikon. Personally, I want to always buy Nikon lenses in the first instance, but occasionally others offer more and often this is not cost relative.

Yes, I agree that this is off topic, but I was responding to what I felt was the disappointing aspect of a latest FT-1/ V1 firmware upgrade. Perhaps it's better suited to the third party lenses forum. Your comments are noted and valued.

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#65. "Basilisk with 30-110mm" | In response to Reply # 64

tgreenwald Registered since 12th Dec 2005
Mon 15-Jul-13 11:46 PM | edited Mon 15-Jul-13 11:48 PM by tgreenwald

I would not carried a bigger camera with me on this hike in the Hungryland Slough in S. Florida. The V1 and 30mm to 110mm makes a great reptile-wildlife lens with about 300mm.

The spread of exotic lizards continues and this Basilisk is heading north in the state until the freeze hits them.

Known as the Jesus Christ Lizard for it's ability to walk on water-no really they do this. This big male sat still just long enough for a portrait.

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rogerh666 Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2012
Sun 08-Sep-13 11:32 PM

I believe shooting through a window is having a negative effect on these nice shots. Window glass is not fine lens glass.

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