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Have you had success shooting birds while hand holding?

ljordan316

Inverness, US
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ljordan316 Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2010
Sat 25-Jan-14 10:21 AM

I switched from a heavy Gitzo tripod to hand holding to shoot birds over a year ago after attending a BIF workshop with David Hemmings here in Florida. I get some strange looks when I show up in Ding Darling or Gatorland...some looks of disdain from tripod users...but I just keep shooting.

I don't always get tack sharp images, but I get a lot more keepers than I did with a tripod, especially BIF shots.

Am I alone in this use of a D800e or are there more of you out there doing the same? Just curious.

By the way, I use a BushHawk as described and shown by a FredMiranda user named thehotel at the following link:
https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/660948

One of the best devices I have ever bought for photography.

I used it with a 200-400mm for a year, then switched to using it with a new 80-400mm. I recently added a 500mm AF-S II to my collection, and it works just as well with it as it did with the 200-400mm that weighed about the same at 7.5 lbs.

Larry Jordan

D800E, D500, 14-24, 16-35, 24-70, 70-180 Micro, 80-400mm AF-S, 500mm AF-S II

Website:
http://larryjordan.smugmug.com/

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