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big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR

psf914

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psf914 Registered since 11th Oct 2007
Thu 10-Mar-11 04:14 PM

Here's a series of shots collected over two days with my new buddy the Nikon 300mm 2.8 VR. I've been shooting under every kind of condition I can find, hi contrast, small birds, large birds, various lighting and distance. So far it seems to be handling each situation ok. All of these are with the D300S and the TC-14E attached to it.

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Jim Pearce

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#1. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 0

Jim Pearce Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004
Thu 10-Mar-11 03:28 PM

You got close to that meadowlark Peter! All sharp, contrasty and well-exposed. This combo makes it easy - or at least easier than anything else I've used. By the way, if you're going to strip EXIF it would be nice if you provided aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

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#2. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 0

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
Thu 10-Mar-11 03:44 PM

Hey Peter, I must say that new lens is a great match for you. I really like the color & lighting in the goose photo.

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#3. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 0

STAN__LEE Gold Member Donor Ribbon Awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Charter Member
Thu 10-Mar-11 04:28 PM

Hi Peter, nice images (once again!). I'd say the new lens is working well. stan

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jxv777

Kirkland, WA, US
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#4. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 2

jxv777 Silver Member Nikonian since 29th May 2009
Thu 10-Mar-11 04:31 PM | edited Thu 10-Mar-11 04:33 PM by jxv777

Nice series!
I am using a 300f/4 + TC-20E III. Would be interesting to see photos of a 300f/2.8 + TC-20E III with birds on ground and flying.

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NatureDon

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#5. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 0

NatureDon Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Nov 2007
Thu 10-Mar-11 10:22 PM

Nice photos Peter. Particularly fond of the second one.

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psf914

Traverse City, US
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#6. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 1

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Fri 11-Mar-11 11:31 AM

Hey Jim

yea... I usually post that info...just got busy with so many things right now and wanted to post the results of my test here... More to come with exif next time.

Peter

psf914

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#7. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 2

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Fri 11-Mar-11 11:33 AM

Hi Scott

found the Canada Geese on a small pond off a dirt road on the way down towards Yosemite. Lots of great landscapes and wildlife down there. Getting a hang of holding this lens and TC now.. Got some more testing to do this weekend..

cheers
Peter

psf914

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#8. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 4

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Fri 11-Mar-11 11:35 AM

Hey James

I'm probably going to get the TC-17 next. How do you like the TC-20E? My concern with that was losing a bit on the sharpness and focus speed.

Peter

psf914

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#9. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 3

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Fri 11-Mar-11 11:38 AM

Thanks Stan

It's coming along...when I'm out on hikes with it I carry it by the tripod mount. Works well as a handhold. I'm a bit paranoid about all that weight on the camera so I cradle it very carefully. Got a bit of a learning curve left but it's working out pretty well so far.

cheers
Peter

psf914

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#10. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 5

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Fri 11-Mar-11 11:39 AM

Thanks Don

It seems to be doing it's job so far. Still looking for other situations to test it in in the field. More to come this weekend.

Peter

jimmills

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#11. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 0

jimmills Registered since 01st Dec 2010
Fri 11-Mar-11 12:20 PM

Thanks very much for posting these. I have been thinking about getting a TC14 but had read some stories that were not favorable. These fine images certainly give me some perspective on the decision. At the moment it would be used on a 70-300VR but a Sigma 150-500 is high on the wish list. I have been really wondering how the TC 14 would work with my D7000 and these lenses. I'm sure your 300mm is a better lens than the 70-300 but your images give me hope. Thanks again.

Jim

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Dubes

Mississauga, CA
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#12. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 0

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Fri 11-Mar-11 01:52 PM

You,ve been a busy guy Peter, all are nicely done and you seem to have a firm handle on using the lens & TC.

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psf914

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#13. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 11

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Sat 12-Mar-11 04:12 AM

Hi Jim

I'm pretty happy with the combo.. takes some getting used to but so far it's performed very well. I'm still finding shooting situations to test it on ..And I want to shoot some sports with the lens only and no TC attached.. but the color, focus, and sharpness are all turning out very good.

Good luck with your decisions

Peter

psf914

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#14. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 12

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Sat 12-Mar-11 04:16 AM

Hey Richard

this place is a gold mine for wildlife and scenery. In half an hour I can be in wetlands and Delta or foothills and ranch lands depending which direction I drive. Birds everywhere and lots of great scenery. I've shot both ways with this lens..with and without the TC attached.. I really like working without it as well...and want to find some good action stuff to try without the TC. Looking forward to getting an even better handle on this one in the coming months.

Peter

jxv777

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#15. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 8

jxv777 Silver Member Nikonian since 29th May 2009
Sat 12-Mar-11 04:32 AM | edited Sat 12-Mar-11 05:26 AM by jxv777

Hi Peter,

The last eight waterfowl photos in my photo galery were taken with the 300mmf/4 + TC-20E III. Sharpness and focus speed were good, but I do not have direct comparisons with other TC's.

Below is a picture with the above lens and TC of nine swans in flight. In flight is more difficult and I am getting more experience.

James

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hawkie

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#16. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 0

hawkie Registered since 22nd Mar 2008
Sat 12-Mar-11 03:41 PM

Great shots! The Snowy Egret and Meadowlark are my favorites!

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psf914

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#17. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 16

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Sun 13-Mar-11 10:55 AM

hey Joey

lots of birds to aim this new lens at out here in the Sacramento Valley. Seems to be doing ok...got a little more testing to do with it but I like the way it performs and feels so far.

chow
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#18. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 0

massulo Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning a Nikonians Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 07th May 2002
Sun 13-Mar-11 06:46 PM

very nice series with a great lens.....



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psf914

Traverse City, US
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#19. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 18

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Sun 13-Mar-11 08:56 PM

thanks Preston

giving it a good workout. Still having some focus issues with the TC attached...not sure what's going on there..but for the most part seems to be performing very well.

Peter

jot2nik

Troy, US
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#20. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 0

jot2nik Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Jul 2007
Sat 17-Nov-12 11:17 AM

Very nice shots, they all have pop to them.

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Denver, US
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#21. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 0

vcottman Silver Member Nikonian since 21st May 2006
Sat 17-Nov-12 10:12 PM | edited Sat 17-Nov-12 10:14 PM by vcottman

Congratulations Peter on the new toy!! All are great shots! I think I like the mocking bird best.

Good shootin'


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Piet_Venter

Paradise Beach, ZA
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#22. "RE: big and small with the 300mm 2.8 VR" | In response to Reply # 0

Piet_Venter Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Jan 2007
Sun 18-Nov-12 02:55 AM

Very nice images.
Enjoy your new lens.

Kind regards.
Piet.

niknac37

Mysore, IN
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niknac37 Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 03rd Dec 2007
Sun 18-Nov-12 11:48 AM

Its difficult to say which is my fav., but I like to put my vote on the second one with dark background and mood of the bird. TFS

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tommiejeep

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tommiejeep Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2008
Mon 19-Nov-12 02:22 AM

Peter, a very good series showing diverse collection, Thanks for posting.
Tom

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