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richardd300

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Sun 25-Mar-12 08:43 AM | edited Sun 25-Mar-12 08:50 AM by richardd300

Hi.

Has anyone tried to capture wildlife and in particular at a distance please? Whether it be a static bird shot, via panning or frozen in flight, I would be most interested in seeing the results. It would be most useful if these could be at higher ISO's (800 min) and cropped. Even better if these could be accomplished in DX mode.

I've been trawling through the D800 posts and it seems overall that folks are happy with their purchases thus far. I have looked at the D700 v D800 noise comparison images and they are looking ok. I say "ok" as I would expect at least the same IQ as the D700 at higher ISO's or I think there would have been great disappointment! After all Nikon did tell us they would be as good as each other. However, I have read one or two posts which are less than complimentary about the fps speed situation, although I find this no real surprise trying to buffer the massive file sizes.

I haven't seen anything that's blown me away yet, but it's very early days.

Any images would be greatly appreciated please.

Richard

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Ferguson

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#1. "RE: Bird images please!" | In response to Reply # 0

Ferguson Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for the generous sharing of his high level expertise in the spirit of Nikonians Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004
Sun 25-Mar-12 09:40 AM

>Has anyone tried to capture wildlife and in particular at a
>distance please? Whether it be a static bird shot, via panning
>or frozen in flight, I would be most interested in seeing the
>results. It would be most useful if these could be at higher
>ISO's (800 min) and cropped. Even better if these could be
>accomplished in DX mode.

I have the camera but am on the road without lenses. I usually shoot wildlife with a DX camera (d300), and one reason I bought it was that a DX sized crop has a few more pixels than the D300. Not so I can shoot in crop mode, but so I can shoot in FX mode and where needed crop heavily. Fast BIF and almost all action shots are a compromise at keeping the subject frammed, I have discarded more shots of airspace where the bird recently was, feet and wings touching or off the edge. If you zoom out enough on the D300 to give a nice wide buffer at frame edge when you do crop fine detail (and feathers are a real test) are lost. From what I have seen playing around so far (with a 24-70 only) the detail is all you could want for that.

I still wonder thought if for feathers the D800E would be a better choice, or worse. I've seen it said that moire is not a problem in feathers, but I am a skeptic.

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richardd300

Dyserth, UK
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#2. "RE: Bird images please!" | In response to Reply # 1

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Sun 25-Mar-12 10:19 AM

Thanks for that. You have bought the camera for all the reasons I have considered it. I have the D700 and D7000 and although the D700 is perfect for wildlife, accepting the reach issue, the D7000 is not so versatile noise wise. If the D800 ends up as a DX contender, then I shall consider it seriously and trade in the D700. If not I'll await the D300s replacement and trade the D7000.

It's just a waiting game until satisfactory IQ bird shots appear.

Richard

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EnviroBob Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Aug 2007
Mon 26-Mar-12 09:42 AM

See my post entitled "D800 Live View"...I included a couple of bird pics to show how well that works...

https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=226&topic_id=39533&mesg_id=39533&page

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richardd300

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#4. "RE: Bird images please!" | In response to Reply # 3

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Mon 26-Mar-12 10:17 AM

Wow Bob, so sharp, thanks for leading me to them.

I note that both images were taken with a 300mm f4 which I have too! The 2nd image is at ISO400 and no visible noise, I wonder what a shot at 1.5. times further away in DX mode and the treated to the same crop may look like at say ISO800? If it achieves a satisfactory outcome I may start leaning back towards the D800.

Thanks again.

Richard

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