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Eagles of course. Do I miss the D300 & 200-400 combo?

Bump57

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Bump57 Silver Member Awarded for his high skill level in Landscape and Nature Photography and willingness to share his learning experiences to help others. Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Laureate Ribbon awarded as a winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 01st Apr 2007
Sat 05-Jan-13 03:17 AM

Greetings all, seems like forever since I have posted in here.

Do I miss the D300 & 200-400 combo?

I have been asked this question several times now over the last few months. For those who don't know I sold my 200-400 to fund a D800 and some printing equipment (got tired of waiting for a D400) to better suit my landscape work which is what I am doing most of these days anyway. For landscape work the choice was great, I love the D800 for that type of work. In terms of wildlife and in particular birds in flight I have been holding off judgment until my annual Eagle season trips. To replace the 200-400 which I only used for Eagle season since I stopped shooting sports a few years back I purchased the Sigma 150-500. I got to go out for the first time this season to photograph some Eagles last Sunday. I can now say that with out a doubt I don't miss the D300 200-400 combo and that the D800 & Sigma 150-500 rocks!! Did I miss the 8fps, not one bit. I didn't really shoot that way anyway. I shot more keepers in a single day last Sunday using 3-5fps then I ever shot with the D300 on the same outing. IMO the auto focus system of the D800 works much better then the D300 for BIF's. I shot in all three crop modes, 1.2 1.5 & full frame. Most of the time I was shooting FX unless the birds were too far away in which I tried the others. There was slight overcast, the sun was out but lighting was soft. It was actually kind of nice almost like filtered sunlight. I shot manual with auto iso with base at iso 400 most of the day, shutter speed was set to 1250 and shot at f8. My shutter speed could have been slightly higher, 1/1600 while shooting at 500mm @ 36 megs FX. I suspect I will do better the next few times out and be able to keep 1/1000 to 1/1250. The weight difference I think is something I will have to get used to as I felt I was a little jerky at times. Here are some of my favorites from the outing. I have another two or so I would like to share that I will put into another post later on. Comments are always welcome!






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