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kamputty

Santa Cruz, US
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kamputty Registered since 04th Jan 2007
Mon 16-Sep-13 02:00 AM

A good friend of mine showed up at my place yesterday with his wife and a bottle of wine for an evening of just hanging out. All was going well until he said, "oh, I got a new lens"...really I said, as he brought in his new 800mm f5.6(?) with 1.2 extender for a total of 1000mm/f7!

Holy heck! That is a big freaking lens!

So today we went out to a local wildlife area to photo birds, otters etc.

I connected the lens to my 800 and went shooting!

Things I learnt today.

- this is a heavy setup
- use a mono pod
- use a tripod even better
- use a ballhead to allow for movement/adjustment. I ended up taking a serious of pelican photos going straight to diagonal as the monopod would not "move"
- use the fasted shutter you can use, I ended up using 1/4000+ for sharper images.
- shallow dof.
- beautiful photos, clear, sharp, crisp, really nice
- YOU NEED A TRIPOD TO KEEP THIS BOY SOLID
- focus speed on the 800e was good at f7.1


Truth be told, I was underwhelmed with the end photo in regards to sharpness. But that I 100% attribute to shake due to to slow a shutter as the best we had was a monopod.

So the next time I take this bad boy out, it's going to be on a tripod with my rss bh-55 ballhead. That should really help. Also use the fastest shutter/ISO combo. But no matter what, use a solid tripod etc. to dampen shake as much as possible. At 1000mm, every movement shakes the lens.

Oh, I forgot to mention, it's so large with the hood on, that when the wind blew, it acted like a sail and moved me! Its a large long heavy lens.

But what a range! How cool that I have access to a $18,000 (!!!!!!!) lens!

Woot woot!

Kam


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km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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#1. "RE: 800 w/800" | In response to Reply # 0

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Mon 16-Sep-13 05:43 AM

Very nice, hope you get access to it often. When you get tired of "only" 1000mm" you can mount it on a V1 with F mount adaptor and get 2700mm! field of view.
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K64drb

Blacksburg, US
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#2. "RE: 800 w/800" | In response to Reply # 0

K64drb Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Feb 2012
Mon 16-Sep-13 11:34 PM

Kam,
Thanks for sharing that. That must have been fun. And he brought the wine too!! I need a friend like that!

Dave Badger
Blacksburg, VA
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MEMcD

US
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#3. "RE: 800 w/800" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Tue 17-Sep-13 09:44 AM

Hi Kam,

Shooing at 800-1000mm a Wimberley or RRS Gimbal head on a set of Gitzo 5 series legs is the preferred support system for birds.

Best Regards,
Marty

Leonard62

Pa, US
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#4. "RE: 800 w/800" | In response to Reply # 3

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Tue 17-Sep-13 12:51 PM

I actually go a step further. When mounting a lens on a tripod, if it has a tripod mount it gets mounted on my Wimberley gimbal and Gitzo. That includes lenses like the AFS 70-200mm f2.8. I might make an exception like when using the 200mm f4 micro in the field.

Len

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