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D800 BIRDS: Shutter Priority Question

sshamilzadeh

New York, US
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sshamilzadeh Registered since 16th Oct 2012
Tue 01-Jan-13 05:48 AM

I recently started photographing birds (songbirds to raptors)with the D800 and the Nikon 300mm f/4 coupled with a Nikon 1.4 TC for a 420mm reach at 5.6.

I set it for shutter priority at 3x the inverse of the focal length at
1/1250th of a second; set ISO at 100 minimum with a maximum ISO of 4000, AF-C, dynamic 21 point focus points.

Question 1: While in shutter priority at 1/1250, very often i need to be able to quickly vary the aperture from f/5.6 to f/7.1 or f/8 for additional depth of field. How can I do that? I really am not concerned that my ISO will increase upward to 4000 when necessary.

Question 2: What has Nikon decided in its programming priority on what to change once in shutter priority. Does the aperture change at the expense of a lower or higher ISO; or does the ISO change at the expense of a lower or higher aperture?

Question 3: What is the ideal focus point setting for birds that move
rapidly: d9, d21, d51, 3D, Auto, or S setting?

I thank you for your help in advance and Happy New Year to All!







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