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Nikon Z8 or Z9 64 MP rumors!!

Yesterday, 11:41 AM

https://www.digitalc...saWR5pf8WQbSV4w

 

The rumor mill is starting to get hotter on these new, bigger, fancier and most likely very expensive new mirrorless cameras!

To be honest, I can hardly wait to see what they announce next.  After trying the Z6, I am very enthusiastic about what Nikon is doing.


Superbike Championship Race Weekend!! [WARNING: Image heavy]

Yesterday, 10:01 AM

I had the pleasure of attending the Canadian National Superbike Championship last weekend and took along my D850, 200-400mm and ..... a Nikon Z6 AND ... a NIKKOR 800mm f5.6E!!!!

I had a field day.  I was nervous about taking the Z6 because I am not familiar with it but to be honest, got used to it in under 30 minutes and it performed like  ... well, I can't find adequate words but I was extremely impressed.

 

Keep in mind, the shutter freezes the image on the vast majority of these images.  Panning is not my forte, and most of the images are of the racers coming at me from oblique angles so a high shutter speed and reasonable depth of field is a must.  The vast majority of these images are taken with the use of a monopod.

 

ALL of the 800mm are taken with a Monopod as it is simply too heavy to shoot otherwise.  In regards to the 800mm ... my review is one word .... WOW!

 

There is nothing else to say.  This lens is simply amazing!

Enjoy the images, please feel from to comment, critique, ask questions etc.  I welcome all comments and posts.  Thanks.

 

 

Ben Young, #86, is the new National Champion.  Next year, his bike will sport the #1, denoting he is the standing Champion.  The previous champion, Jordan Szoke is a Superbike racing legend, having won the title 13 times!

 

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Jordan Szoke, former National Champion

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This is my favorite racing image I have ever taken.  I purposely composed this by finding just the right spot on the track where the retaining wall and crash tires and hay bails are out of site in the background.  I then waited for the opportunity of my favorite racer to come around the corner.  He has a very distinct racing style and is very photogenic on corners!

 

I took this with the D850 and the 800mm lens.

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Taken with the Nikon Z6 and 800mm lens

 

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Taken with the Nikon Z6 and 800mm lens

 

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Not sure what combo I used.  Most likely Z6

 

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Girl Power! Sara Michelle Cotton!

 

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Tomas Casas, a rising star in the Pro Superbike level....

 

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Just a random selection to give you a flavor of the race and the challenges with light, angles and exposure.

 


Egret Z6 - 800mm

08 August 2019 - 10:07 PM

Came across an Egret today on a short walk with the new gear.  Like the King Fisher, challenging lighting and location.  Best I could muster.

 

This guy was very skittish and if you even moved a step closer, he flew... and I am quite far away, due to the reach of the lens.

 

Regardless, managed this one.  I know I could do better, but Monday might be my only chance.  Have to return the gear on Tuesday.

 

Z6

Nikkor 800mm f5.6E

Monopod

 

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King Fisher with a Z6 - 800mm

08 August 2019 - 09:57 PM

Apparently, all you need to capture an image of a King Fisher is $25,000 and you are good to go.

 

Not the best image, taken in harsh, brutal light from behind, best angle I could get.  However, here he is!  I have never, EVER managed a King Fisher before.

 

He was doing all sorts of heroics in the water but too far away for an image.  So, I guess I need to up the ante and get more expensive gear! :lol:

 

 

 

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See, money DOES buy you happiness .... 


Nikon 800mm - Moon

08 August 2019 - 08:52 PM

I have borrowed a Nikon 800 mm f5.6E for the weekend, doing a Motorcycle Race!  My thrill last night and tonight was that we had a relatively clear sky and a half moon.  Funny how the little things get me excited!

 

Two images!

D850

 

The first, at:

 

800mm

f6.3

1/1250s

ISO 800

 

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The second image, at:

 

Nikon 1.4x TC

1000mm

f7.1

1/1250s

ISO 800

 

Tripod

Self Timer

 

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Amazing clarity!  Such an impress lens.... $21,000 CDN