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Birds with 70-200 and 1.7 tce

JohnE Nikon

New HArtford, US
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JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Tue 04-Jan-11 11:52 PM

This is a follow up post to;
Optimize sharpness for Wildlife D7000
https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=329&topic_id=3109

I had a chance to go to Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve on Sanibel Island in Florida and shoot some birds.
In my previous post I was having some problems with soft images.
I think this was likely related to low light using a 300mm 4.0 and 1.7 TCE and than cropping. I borrowed the lens so cannot prove this but I feel like I was able to get better results with my 70-200 2.8 and 1.7 TCE. I also post a few decent shots with my 18-200 VRII lens. I took some advice from the last post. I did not take the time to mask in photoshop and do selective sharpening. If I get motivated I will try.
I had VR on for most shots even though my shutter speed was >500, despite some advice.
The first bird below was shot with my 18-200 lens as below
Exposure
Aperture: F/6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/320s
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure Comp.: +1.0EV
Exposure Tuning:
Metering: Center-Weighted
ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 125)


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The next one is a near 1:1 crop also with 18-200. This is a little soft but I like the action and birds were moving fast.
Exposure
Aperture: F/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/800s
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure Comp.: +0.3EV
Exposure Tuning:
Metering: Center-Weighted
ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 400)

The rest are with the 70-200 and 1.7 tce combo





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I was fairly content with these images. Having VR off may help to further sharpen. I will continue to experiment. All images were handheld. I found I could not follow a bird on a tripod.
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