"Yellow Warbler @ 630mm effective FL, and 1/100 sec. . ."
I found this willing Yellow Warbler to try out my new Kirk replacement collar for my new 300F4 AF-S and new Nikon TC-14E II converter. What a difference over the standard Nikon Collar! Even with good LLT the best I could get at that effective focal length is around 250th of a second with the Nikon. Almost like gaining a full stop just in stability! Definitely worth the investment.
Nikon D7100, Aperture Priority, ISO 800, +1/3 EV, 1/100 sec. ,Nikon 300F4 AF-s + Nikon TC-14EII teleconverter @ f 5.6 Benro A3580F tripod with Induro BHD-2 ballhead
#1. "RE: Yellow Warbler @ 630mm effective FL, and 1/100 sec. . ." In response to Reply # 0
Great photo Al. I am thinking of getting a 300 f4 to compliment my 500, but I am concerned that it has no VR. Do you find this a problem ? By the way you have your 300 listed as a 300mm f5 (typo) Terry
#2. "RE: Yellow Warbler @ 630mm effective FL, and 1/100 sec. . ." In response to Reply # 1
Thanks for the comments Terry -
the 300 F4 AF-S is an awesome lens! I usually have a teleconverter (before today the Kenko) now the TC14EII, on the lens so it makes the focal length a bit long to handhold. Therefore I usually have it on a monopod or in most cases a tripod, so I don't miss VR at all! With the D7100 able to shoot well at higher ISO than my D300 or D300s - that also minimizes the need for VR.
Thanks for catching my typo in my equipment profile!
rb4good Rocky Hill, US Nikonian since 22nd May 2006
Fri 28-Jun-13 09:53 PM
#3. "RE: Yellow Warbler @ 630mm effective FL, and 1/100 sec. . ." In response to Reply # 0
Very nice Al. Did you notice a big difference between the Kenko and the Nikon tcs ? I know I did when still shooting the D300 but had sold the Kenko before I purchased the D7100. I may have to invest in that Kirk collar for when I do use my tripod, can't understand why Nikon doesn't provide good collars on many of their lenses.
doc85 West Lafayette, US Nikonian since 18th Jul 2008
Sat 29-Jun-13 12:24 AM
#4. "RE: Yellow Warbler @ 630mm effective FL, and 1/100 sec. . ." In response to Reply # 3
Beautiful shot Al. I have just started using the same lens, TC14 and camera combination you took this image with. I am really pleased with my first results. That 630mm reach is a big help for birds. I have a D800 but I am convinced the D7100 is sharper and easier for me to use. Suppose I will be selling the D800 soon, can't justify both. I got my 300mm f4 used and I think it has the Nikon collar. I am not sure what all the fuss about is about. I can't see any problem with it except is hard to remove from the lens if you wanted to so.
#5. "RE: Yellow Warbler @ 630mm effective FL, and 1/100 sec. . ." In response to Reply # 3
Thanks Rick -
Actually image-wise the Kenko 1.4 was very good - but I think the Nikon is slightly better. The issue I had with the Kenko is the loose-fitting nature of the Kenko with this lens and body combo. It's fine on my 500P and D300s but I sometimes lost contact with the Kenko on the 300AF-S and D7100.
Jim Pearce Grimsby, CA Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004
Mon 01-Jul-13 11:53 PM
#13. "RE: Yellow Warbler @ 630mm effective FL, and 1/100 sec. . ." In response to Reply # 0
Nice shot and an interesting pose Al. Is it just me or does the perspective make the yellow's feet look bigger? I completely agree that a good tripod mount counts for more than VR. Even with the 300 f2.8 VR, I'm seldom using shutter speeds below 1/500 handheld and usually leave VR off. But when I put it on the tripod the Kirk LP-47 replacement foot makes a big difference.
P.S. Tom, there is no collar for the 200-400, but it uses the same replacement foot as the 300 f2.8 VR (LP-47).