I shot these at dusk. ISO 1600, f11 to ensure that I didn't miss focus. 1/30 is substantially slower than I can hand hold at 400mm. Deer are about 100 meters. Through my bedroom window if you must know. Crops are actual size. Click to see larger image.
And then, I missed focus on this shot. The feeder is in focus. The tails, not so much.
Remember, I'm hand holding at 400mm 1/30 at dusk and ISO 1600.
I understand that the purpose of the post was to show the VR capabilities. However, in many years of using the older 80-400VR it became clear to me that it was always better to trade off aperture in order to gain shutter speed. I am wondering how much better your shots would have been if the lens was wide open....
True. I would have been better off at ISO 400 and f/5.6. The target was small, and it was getting dark. I just wanted to be sure the deer were in focus enough to see how the VR worked. No art in these shots.
Sun 24-Mar-13 12:12 PM | edited Sun 24-Mar-13 12:14 PM by RECONLEY
>True. I would have been better off at ISO 400 and f/5.6. The >target was small, and it was getting dark. I just wanted to be >sure the deer were in focus enough to see how the VR worked. >No art in these shots. > >David
At 300 feet with a D800 @f5.6 your DoF was about 58 feet. I spent sometime with a DoF chart when I started to get serious about birds and wildlife and found that f5.6 is, generally, a very good starting point.
The new 80-400 does look promising. Enjoy your new lens.