One frequently looses the AF, which is a real pain. The TC on a long prime, would, I assume, work much better.
No one seems to like my new lens enough to post their results. I haven't had opportunity to use it for wildlife yet. Bought a Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED with the VRII (supposedly good for a four-stop improvement in hand-holdability).
So far I've used it for shooting motorcycles on twisties, so it's hard for me to judge its sharpness. I'm still getting used to handling it. If anybody's on here who has the lens, what can I expect?
I use mainly the 500/4L and 400/5.6L. I haven't used the 400/5.6L for a while mainly because I would feel guilt after spending the big bucks on the 500/4L I often use the 500 in conjunction with extension tubes to get closeups of small birds or other small subjects. I use a tripod with either whenever possible - a tripod will almost always give superior results.
The 400/5.6L is a super nice lens for the money and especially shines for flight shots but is not, as some would claim, a "specialty" lens for just flight IMO. I have used it quite often for stills and I believe my hand-held/tripod use of this lens is 80%/20% on stills. It is as sharp or sharper wide open than any other aperature.
The 500/4L is difficult to hand-hold for flight except for short periods. For longer durations, like when shooting eagles all day, it gets mounted on a gitzo 1325+AS-b1+sidkick - i.e. is gimbal mounted.
I try to avoid using teleconverters to maintain a high image quality. I'd rather try to get closer to the subject and use extension tubes if necessary.
Barnswallow fledgling. 500/4L @ f4.5 with 68mm of extension tubes:
Adult Barnswallow: 500/4L with 68mm extenstion tubes, f8 1/90s:
Black-capped Chickadee 500/4L, extension tubes, f8 1/500s
Snowey Egret, 400/5.6L f6.7 1/3000s
Black-crowned Night Heron, 400/5.6L f5.6, 1/200s
Antonio Correia wrote:
Apparently, we can also see that the 5D MK II is not a sports camera.
The time lapse from the first photo to the second is very large, that is if there isn't one in between...
Nikon VR 70-200mm F/2.8 G-AFS ED-IF
IMHO the best Nikon zoom around but its reach is extremely limited for wildlife shooting. It does work well with a 1.4 TC giving you 280mm which can work in some situations.
Hello there, I'm really into my wildlife photography, but I've got a budget. I've got a Nikon D300, a fantastic wide angle lens but for zoom work, a really poor 70-300mm lens which would fetch no more than about £150 on ebay. I'm wandering what's the best zoom lens for me, to accompany my wide-angle lens for wildlife photography?
I quoted the above as I've heard the 80-200mm are amazing, i wouldn't go for the VR version as they're just too expensive. So would the Nikkor 80-200mm 1:2.8 D AF Zoom Lens f2.8 with a 2x TC be the way to go? and if so, which TC?
Thanks very much
Welcome to Dgrin Bertie.
The best Nikon zoom (that won't break the bank) for wildlife shooting is the 80-400. Its price would be the same as the 80-200 with a TC. I've used the 70-200 2.8 with TCs but I live in Florida and I can get closer to my subjects here than in most other parts of the world.
If you're looking for a zoom to be used primarily for wildlife I would consider the 80-400. If you want a mutli-purpose lens then I would consider the 80-200.