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D810 does birds and small mammals...

briantilley

Paignton, UK
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briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Mon 01-Sep-14 10:45 AM | edited Mon 01-Sep-14 02:24 PM by briantilley

I took my new D810, with a Tamron 150-600mm zoom, to my local country park yesterday, to experiment with some settings and get a feel for how the new features work out. I was particularly interested in the Highlight-weighted Metering and Group-area AF, as well as the performance at Higher ISO values.

I shot in in 14-bit Lossless Compressed NEF, using Aperture Priority at f/8, and Auto ISO set with limits of 200 and Hi-1 and a minimum shutter speed of 1/800th. No exposure compensation was used. All shots were taken with a monopod, and VC was on.

I was lucky to come across a swan in bright sun with a dark background - a tough test for the metering system. Highlight-weighted successfully retained some detail in the brightest feathers, which is what I'd hoped for. The swan shot was 1/1250th, f/8, ISO 200 and a focal length of 550mm. This is the full frame, with no postprocessing apart from sharpening...

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Next, I encountered a squirrel having breakfast in a shaded tree. With this type of target, I found Single-point AF worked better than Group-area - it was great at picking out the squirrel from the surrounding foliage. This one was at 1/800th, f/8, ISO 9000 and 460mm. It's a slight crop, and has had highlights and shadows adjusted as well as sharpening...

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The final example was a dragonfly, flitting about over a small pool but pausing at a hover now and again. When I could get it framed - not easy - AF picked it out pretty fast and I managed a couple of shots. This one, at 1/800th, f/8, ISO 1400 and 600mm, is a heavy crop and has had some contrast and sharpness adjustments. I think it's pretty reasonable for a non-Macro lens near its minimum focus distance...

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