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Posted 08 September 2015 - 12:29 PM

Last year I was limited to the 80-400G for our Dec > Mar returnees.

Can't wait to work the Sig Sport 150-600 on 'em. Sandhills next month

so I'll get in lots of practice before the B.E's offer up some ops.

 

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 01:08 PM

That's a very nice shot. You have some great Sandhill shooting out there. I'd like to get out there to Bosque in December for the Sandhills.


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Posted 08 September 2015 - 01:21 PM

That's a very nice shot. You have some great Sandhill shooting out there. I'd like to get out there to Bosque in December for the Sandhills.

Thanks, Ron. Yeah, been shooting there for ~25 yrs...still not tired of it (BdA)

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 01:46 PM

Nice shot.


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Posted 08 September 2015 - 03:47 PM

Nice shot.

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 04:20 PM

Nice image.


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Posted 08 September 2015 - 04:25 PM

Beautiful !



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Posted 08 September 2015 - 04:50 PM

I'm not sure I understand the title. Are yo that close that you can use a 200mm? I would think one would be in the 400~600 range.


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Posted 08 September 2015 - 05:20 PM

Great shot!!!! :D

 

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 07:34 PM

Great capture, love the lighting 

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 10:18 PM

Nice shot. How do you like the Sigma??

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 11:39 PM

Sweet shot!  I'll be shooting eagles this winter here on the Island as well.  We can compare shots!

They're a fun bird to shot, that's for sure.


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Posted 09 September 2015 - 04:46 AM

Very nice image!

 

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 06:36 AM

Beautiful !

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 06:40 AM

I'm not sure I understand the title. Are yo that close that you can use a 200mm? I would think one would be in the 400~600 range.

The text spells it out...previously limited to 400, I can now reel 'em in @600  B)


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Posted 09 September 2015 - 06:46 AM

Great shot!!!! :D

 

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Great capture, love the lighting 

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 07:07 AM

Nice shot. How do you like the Sigma??

Paul

Thanks, Paul. Really liking it so far, great build and features. Installed the new firmware

yesterday and it elicited a few smiles. Great IQ, I just need more practice in the 500-600mm

range with my initial acquisition. I have a few samples posted in the 3rd party lens forum. 



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Posted 09 September 2015 - 07:11 AM

Sweet shot!  I'll be shooting eagles this winter here on the Island as well.  We can compare shots!

They're a fun bird to shot, that's for sure.

Hi Gordon, they are indeed. Got a few holy grail captures last year (pullin' fish out of the water)

and they've been big sellers. Adding a couple hundred mm's should get me closer to the action. Thx!



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Posted 09 September 2015 - 07:12 AM

Very nice image!

 

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 07:33 AM

That's an excellent capture, TM.

Mind if I ask what the EXIF data is?

Just curious...
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Posted 09 September 2015 - 07:45 AM

That's an excellent capture, TM.

Mind if I ask what the EXIF data is?

Just curious...

Appreciate it, Art. Should be there, but it was...

D800 380mm wide open (f5.6) ISO200 and if I know my 'usual' tweak it'd be -.7EC



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Posted 09 September 2015 - 09:59 AM

Appreciate it, Art. Should be there, but it was...

D800 380mm wide open (f5.6) ISO200 and if I know my 'usual' tweak it'd be -.7EC

 

The minus EV is essential to not get the head to blow out.


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Posted 09 September 2015 - 10:10 AM

 

The minus EV is essential to not get the head to blow out.

Yup, that's how I roll too. Those egrets REALLY play havoc

and I'm often -1 or -1.3 The sun at this altitude is brutal (5000')

even early/late I find some negative compensation is required. 



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Posted 09 September 2015 - 11:41 AM

Really nice image, Will.


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Posted 09 September 2015 - 11:55 AM

Really nice image, Will.

Thank you, Mark  B)



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Posted 09 September 2015 - 01:57 PM

Just out of curiosity, how are you optically experiencing the Sigma 150~600 Sport vs the Nikkor 80~400G, Will?

 

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 05:48 PM

Just out of curiosity, how are you optically experiencing the Sigma 150~600 Sport vs the Nikkor 80~400G, Will?

 

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Keeping both, should say something. AF speed is the same (props to Sigma going to 600mm)

I'll be using the D800 80-400G combo for my lightweight BIF rig. The D810 will get the Sig Sport

on a 2nd BushHawk. As for preliminary IQ results...the Sig wide open at 500mm is on par with the

80-400 wide open at 400 and that's impressive. Will have to spend more time at the 600mm FL as

I've never shot that 'long' before. Right this minute I'm liking the results around f8 @600 and keeping

the SS up (1/2000th) I'll get better re: acquisition and hopefully dropping back to ~1/1600th for BIF and

stuff that moves. Been shooting BIF for over 20 yrs the learning curve won't be very steep. HTH, Will  :)

 

FWIW, I've yet to see a need to fine tune the Sport. The 80-400 is at -7 and -4 respectively. @ 0 on my D3/D600

Even my D2Xs plays well with the Sport. Amazing!



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Posted 09 September 2015 - 06:11 PM

Appreciate it, Art. Should be there, but it was...

D800 380mm wide open (f5.6) ISO200 and if I know my 'usual' tweak it'd be -.7EC

 

TM, I noticed you link from Photobucket.  That is the way they do it in Nikon Cafe.  Here, you can UPLOAD your images.  See the MORE REPLY OPTIONS button on the bottom right of the posting window.  Click that, if you need more instructions, just ask.


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Posted 09 September 2015 - 06:55 PM

Wonderful shot.  We have a gathering of eagles here at Delta Dam.  Each year I get better shots, but haven't hit any Grails yet.


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Posted 09 September 2015 - 07:45 PM

 

TM, I noticed you link from Photobucket.  That is the way they do it in Nikon Cafe.  Here, you can UPLOAD your images.  See the MORE REPLY OPTIONS button on the bottom right of the posting window.  Click that, if you need more instructions, just ask.

Thanks for that info, Art. When I post from my Chromebook, using Photobucket allows me access to some of my files.

When I'm on my 27" iMac I'll certainly give the "upload" a try. That's how we do it on FM as well, as is much preferred. 

I'm out in the field a lot, downtime I hit the forums via da 'book. I just stopped typing to shoot some dragonflies...can't

do that in my office.  :D


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