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#1 Art

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 06:37 PM

I had a mountain of fun with this lens today.  Just getting acquainted for the first time with the new lens.  

 

All images handheld. It is a breeze and a pleasure to handhold.  It weighs nothing by comparison to the 200-400mm I typically haul around.

 

I turned VR on, boy that helped sharpen the images.

 

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Nikkor 500mm f5.6E VR

 

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:51 PM

Wow... great shots Art.


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Posted 08 December 2019 - 09:33 PM

You used the wrong device to shoot this. 😂

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 10:49 PM

You used the wrong device to shoot this.

:lol:

Sorry, in my rush to post, I forgot to put up a DENNIS: WARNING-ENTER AT OWN RISK! :lol:


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Posted 09 December 2019 - 02:53 AM

Wow! Stunning images, Art!

You're tempting me to sell my "heavy" 500 f/4...

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 09:33 AM

Nice series Art. The last is my favorite. Jeff


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Posted 09 December 2019 - 01:57 PM

Very nice series, Art.  I like 'em all!  :)


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Posted 09 December 2019 - 07:37 PM

Wow! Stunning images, Art!

You're tempting me to sell my "heavy" 500 f/4...

 

Thank you, Herman.

Wait until I give it a good testing over.  The day these were taken was a bit overcast and I was a bit challenged for light and the lens is new in my hands.  Have VR on sometimes, off others.  Look for the right setting and the right circumstances for a really good testing.  When I do that, I will give you my honest opinion.  And, I always shot maximum aperture.  No real test to find the sweet spot.

When I took it to the track, this past summer [Nikon NPS], it performed wonderfully and the images were solid. I would say as good as anything I would have gotten from my 200-400mm under similar circumstances.

 

I think the 500 prime is a force to be reckoned with and I am not so sure I would give it up, just like that.  I don't think I got my hands on a 500mm prime yet, maybe I will borrow one just to do a side by side comparison. 

I think, I can get sharper images than what I just posted with the PF, give me a few weeks to find an opening in the weather.  This is our worst time of year and we are having a weird winter here so far.  First real good sunny day, I will take it out again, then we can talk.

I also think that you get more richness in a prime, but I could be wrong. I don't know, which is one of the reasons why I have been waffling on this so long.  I am still tempted to return this and get that 300mm f2.8.  A heavy pig, but WOW, the optics are incredible.  I am still thinking about it.


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Posted 09 December 2019 - 07:38 PM

Thank you, Peter, Mark and Jeff.


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Posted 09 December 2019 - 07:40 PM

Herman, I checked out where my AF hit is on the subject and more times than not, it is on the body, not the head or the eye.  I judge my images by have a perfect eye in focus.

 

Check this image out, this was bang on .... a lot of feather detail.

 

 

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 10:02 PM

A racing pic from the summer ... 500mm PF

 

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 10:04 PM

One more... I have lots and lots, all great images.

 

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