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Oct 13, 2018 07:27 |  #27091

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Lovely shot, certainly book worthy.

Thanks very much.


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Oct 13, 2018 07:28 |  #27092

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Eastern Bluebird

Very nice Doc, I'm partial to the bluebirds myself.


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Oct 13, 2018 07:35 |  #27093

Will in Tejas wrote in post #18727992 (external link)
Very nice Doc, I'm partial to the bluebirds myself.

Thanks Bill. I appreciate the comment. :-)


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Oct 13, 2018 08:10 |  #27094

Great Horned Owl chick.

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Oct 13, 2018 08:33 |  #27095

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Better than your 1DX2?.... That is saying something.

Hi Kim,

I've only been playing with the Nikon for a couple days now, but with regard to focus acquisition, lock & retention I have to say "yes, it's better". I would not have believed it had I not been holding the camera.

Admittedly, I am only beginning to familiarize myself with its exposure likes & dislikes but this thing grabs focus & holds it noticeably better than any of my Canon bodies. Over the past couple years, I've been shooting with a buddy that's a Nikon guy and he has regularly been able to capture measurably more keepers of moving subjects than I have. Within 10 minutes of shooting at the lake on my 1st day of testing, it was like Light Switch: ON!

The D500 would grab Belted Kingfisher darting around as soon as I pulled the camera up to my eye and aim at them. I could retain focus lock as they crazily orbited the cove I was watching. This includes flying from clear background into an area with wooded background. I was even able to achieve initial lock on them with the tree line right behind them. It would grab Terns, Avocet, Killdeer, Ducks, Pelicans, Egret, Heron, or anything else that happened to fly past or through the cove. This is the type of thing that has made me cuss over the years - particularly when I was shooting with my buddy and his Nikon body (D5, D500, D850) was doing exactly what I have just described, while I struggled may times with the 1DxII, 7DII, & 5DIV (typically on the smaller / quicker birds or when any of them would fly in & out of the wooded area). Could it be case selection / tweaking problems on my Canons - it could. However, I have read books & documents, watched YouTube's & Canon setup videos, talked to local Canon shooters & folks here about tracking setup and never gotten this sort of results. I thought I had things good - they were certainly better, but not like this body with only two tweaks to the focus mode.

Now the thing I'm limited by at the moment is glass. I am accustomed to my EF600 F4 II lends for birding. At this point, I have only one lens - the Nikon 200-500 F5.6 ($1300) lens. It's not as fast or tolerant of low light, but even so this body just does it's thing.

I will continue to play with it, when I can get it away from momma... :)

Suffice to say: "So far, So good!"


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Oct 13, 2018 08:38 |  #27096

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18727884 (external link)
Very nicely done shot, Phil. This shot is amazingly sharp, and the background is great.

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18727887 (external link)
This is a marvelous shot, Phil...sharp as a razor.

Thanks Mike. On these, I was driving through the park shooting out the window.

Jack Dawe wrote in post #18727920 (external link)
Lovely close shot. Looks like a Northern Rough-winged Swallow to me.

Thanks Jack. That's new one for me. Perhaps they are migrants heading south.


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Oct 13, 2018 09:37 |  #27097

scoping out the hunting grounds.

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Oct 13, 2018 11:04 |  #27098

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Oct 13, 2018 11:09 |  #27099

EyeSpyEagle wrote in post #18727881 (external link)
I was out with Wifey's new hardware today. I gotta say, this thing rocks! Focus lock & tracking is better than anything I've ever shot with.

Juvenile Eastern Bluebird out waiting on the rain to start this morning.
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Wow! Phil looks like a turn over is in your future. Glad you didn't discover this before March ;-)a .


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Oct 13, 2018 11:37 |  #27100

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Oct 13, 2018 12:31 |  #27101

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Oct 13, 2018 12:35 |  #27102

Juvenile Red-rumped Swallow, grounded in a near-gale.


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Oct 13, 2018 12:57 |  #27103

Candor wrote in post #18728010 (external link)
Great Horned Owl chick.

Gorgeous. Lovely setting.

N.V.M. wrote in post #18728037 (external link)
scoping out the hunting grounds.

A classic. Pose, focussed look - all very nice
Clear and sharp.

clipper_from_oz wrote in post #18728071 (external link)
Fairy Wren

That's a very pretty Wren.
Certainly stands out amongst the crowd.
Beautiful.

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Western Purple Swamphen

A striking, lovely bird.
Very much like our Baldcoots.
Love the pose, reflections.

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Sure are beautiful ducks.
Attractive setting.



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Oct 13, 2018 13:19 |  #27104

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Sure are beautiful ducks.
Attractive setting.

Thank you. Yes, this was early morning.




  
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Oct 13, 2018 13:34 |  #27105

A male Annas adding some color to a dreary, rainy day.


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