which is better, d800, with flash or extender?
I shoot small birds in a tree outside my house through an open window. I use a d800 with a 70-200 v3 lens or a d800 with a 70-200 v3 lens with a nikon tc20e iii converter and a sb-900 flash. Which combination on a solid tripod/head should give the sharpest pics?
The tree is about 35 ft away and the weather is often grey. I'm sure the answer is to test it out but I'm not sure how to do the test.
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#1. "RE: which is better, d800, with flash or extender?" | In response to Reply # 0mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Thu 26-Dec-13 01:55 PM
I would not think the choice of using a flash or TC the a real one. You can use both, but they accomplish different purposes.
The flash will help overcome poor lighting and help freeze any action.
The TC will give you more focal length, with some degradation of image quality. Only you can decide if that trade-off is acceptable to you.
If you do use a flash for long range shots, you may find that a Better Beemer is helpful in getting the light to your subject. (They may also have these in the Nikonians shop, but I didn't see this size.)
Also, you may find that the 70-200 is good enough on D800 and you can crop the image to emphasize the bird.
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#2. "RE: which is better, d800, with flash or extender?" | In response to Reply # 1richardd300 Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009Sat 28-Dec-13 05:03 PM
Last year I used flash for the first time when some Waxwings visited the UK. My problem was that the birds were silhouetted against a white sky. I used a D7000 and SB-800 Speedlight with my 300mm f4 AF-S lens. See attached.
I have been lead to believe that the limit without using a betterbeamer or similar is 300mm, the distance I was away was about 30ft.
Nikon D7000 + 300mm f4 + nikon SB800 1/250@f4 ISO250
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#3. "RE: which is better, d800, with flash or extender?" | In response to Reply # 1Ferguson Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004Sat 28-Dec-13 06:52 PM
>If you do use a flash for long range shots, you may find that
>a Better Beemer] is helpful in getting the light to
> your subject. (They
>may also have these in the Nikonians shop, but I didn't see
I was amazed at how much additional light you can throw only small, remote subjects with this. If you get one, do take time to aim it each use -- when installed it's easy to have it shifted a few degrees (or even 10-15 degrees) different based on where the velcro hits. I get it all set up, then shoot a wall or big tree zoomed out and look to see that the light is centered.
But I'd say you can get 2-4 times the reach with it, than without.
Oh... zoom on the flash is reversed -- manually set to 24mm (or whatever is widest) gives you a tiny but powerful beam, and set to say 100mm gives you a much wider beam, exactly the opposite of the flash alone.
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