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Jan 27, 2020 21:58 |  #1126

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A few from the combo from before xmas!
You,re going to love this setup Chris.I too am hanging on to my 400mm D.O.,and 1dx,as resale value is really low,but keeping my 600mm for songbirds,till hopefully Nikon brings out a 600mm PF.
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Jan 27, 2020 21:59 |  #1127

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Denis, please link me to your Varied Thrush photo, that’s one awesome looking bird, and would love to see your work!

Having used most of the recent prosumer and pro Canon bodies from Canon, my experience is that aside from the 1DX2, the D500 is better than all of them:

- better sensor
- better AF
- better FPS
- no crippled features

The 1DX2 is superb, and even then the D500 measures up pretty well, but doesn’t quite match it. However, for 1/4 of the cost, 1/2 the weight, and access to the 500PF, I’ll more than gladly accept slightly lesser specs!

'1/4 of the cost, 1/2 the weight, and access to the 500PF' perfect comparison.


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Jan 27, 2020 21:59 |  #1128

EyeSpyEagle wrote in post #18998520 (external link)
Because you are transitioning, the D500 is probably your best bet. It will have a "feel" similar to what you're accustomed to, but will deliver results that you are not accustomed to. ;-)a

The Z50 is an easy add, after the fact.

I didn't know how week the 7D2 was until using the D500. Sony put a great sensor in it!


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Jan 28, 2020 02:22 |  #1129

EyeSpyEagle wrote in post #18999588 (external link)
So... Any news today? Did you get your 500PF????? :)

Yes, picked up the 500PF and went to get a D500 too!
Is this lens for real? It is positively TINY!
Even the Canon 400DOII with hood looks like a big boy next to it.
Imagine that I lugged a Pentax DA560 around for years and caught all too much attention :-P

I have to dig into the D500 manual, it's a bit less intuitive to me than Pentax or Canon, but I am looking forward to putting the combo to use next week!




  
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Jan 28, 2020 02:37 |  #1130

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I didn't know how week the 7D2 was until using the D500. Sony put a great sensor in it!

It was the sensor in the end that I could not get to grips with, spending fár too much time in post to try and get them to look a bit like my former Pentax K3II images. Only bright sunny daylight brought the best out in that body. It was not the AF for me.

Seriously, if a 7DIII had come with a 20-22mp sensor up to Sony sensor level, I would have been happy. What tipped me over, was Canon's choice to go with a 32,5 mp 1.6x crop sensor. Way too many pixels on a small sensor. Nice for 4k video or experimental use, but not for a dependable high end wildlife/sports body, which the 90D isn't but still it is having to stand in as 7DII successor because no other body seems in the works.

People are having serious problems getting the 90D to perform consistently. Even my 7DII does just that. So if Canon eventually brings a 7DIII, I seriously hope they go for a proven resolution like 20-22 mp on 1.6x crop, and concentrate on the auto focus and leave the experimental mindset behind.

But for now, I have a new system to learn, never ever shot Nikon before ;-)a




  
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Jan 28, 2020 08:39 |  #1131

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Gorgeous work Denis!

Thank you Robert!


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Jan 28, 2020 08:46 |  #1132

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It was the sensor in the end that I could not get to grips with, spending fár too much time in post to try and get them to look a bit like my former Pentax K3II images. Only bright sunny daylight brought the best out in that body. It was not the AF for me.

Seriously, if a 7DIII had come with a 20-22mp sensor up to Sony sensor level, I would have been happy. What tipped me over, was Canon's choice to go with a 32,5 mp 1.6x crop sensor. Way too many pixels on a small sensor. Nice for 4k video or experimental use, but not for a dependable high end wildlife/sports body, which the 90D isn't but still it is having to stand in as 7DII successor because no other body seems in the works.

People are having serious problems getting the 90D to perform consistently. Even my 7DII does just that. So if Canon eventually brings a 7DIII, I seriously hope they go for a proven resolution like 20-22 mp on 1.6x crop, and concentrate on the auto focus and leave the experimental mindset behind.

But for now, I have a new system to learn, never ever shot Nikon before ;-)a

My thoughts exactly on the lack of a good crop body!
I only wanted a body as good as the D500!
However,i shoot with a couple of Nikon guys,so it was pretty easy to switch,but I still have troubles at times getting used to the ergonomics,as I,m still shooting 5dmk4/600mm f/4,for static small birds,where I don't have to walk far!So I fumble with the buttons,but don't regret it one bit!


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Jan 28, 2020 09:35 |  #1133

Chris1966 wrote in post #18999670 (external link)
Yes, picked up the 500PF and went to get a D500 too!
Is this lens for real? It is positively TINY!
Even the Canon 400DOII with hood looks like a big boy next to it.
Imagine that I lugged a Pentax DA560 around for years and caught all too much attention :-P

I have to dig into the D500 manual, it's a bit less intuitive to me than Pentax or Canon, but I am looking forward to putting the combo to use next week!

Congrats! Shocking, isn't it? It WILL change how you shoot and where you can (easily) go. :)

Many of us have been down the exact road you are starting.

Here are a couple videos that will really help you get started from Steve Perry. He's a killer resource for Nikon info - particularly those interested in wildlife photography.
His website is: https://backcountrygal​lery.com (external link)
His Youtube Channel is: https://www.youtube.co​m …ckcountrygaller​y/featured (external link)


https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=cNUH5dCaLMU&​t=9s (external link)

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=5zwIWhDcTEY&​t=36s (external link)

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=gLmrut6MVUs (external link)

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=5sWXqfO2th4 (external link)

If there is one issue with the 500PF, it's the foot. Be VERY careful carrying the new rig by the stock lens foot as it has been known to disconnect from the lens and your camera & lens fall to the ground. PLEASE do yourself a favor and get a replacement foot on order. Not only is the Hejnar totally secure, it's a little longer and it just "feels really good" in your hand. http://www.hejnarphoto​store.com/product-p/h129..htm

Feel free to post up any questions you may encounter.

FWIW, I am currently using the following Custom Configs to trigger different AF Modes on my D500's.

AF-On button: AF-On + Group AF Mode
Pv Button: AF-On + Single Point AF Mode
"JoyStick" Center Press Button: AF-On + Auto Area AF Mode (or sometimes 3D AF Mode)

With those three buttons set, I can simply press whichever button for the focus mode I need - instantly. :)

I also use AF-C (same as AI-Servo in Canon lingo), and set it to "Release Priority" (not focus).


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Jan 28, 2020 10:59 |  #1134

Just ran across this on the NikonRumons site. 10% discount on Nikon gear from KEH, so I had a quick look.

https://nikonrumors.co​m …f-nikon-gear-at-keh.aspx/ (external link)

They have a Z50 listed as "Excellent +" condition listed @ $759. With Coupon code "CN1", it's down to approx. $683 USD.

https://www.keh.com …camera-body-20-9-m-p.html (external link) (Good thru 11/30)

Sorry for the SPAM. Just wanted to share.


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Jan 28, 2020 12:01 |  #1135

I captured this cute little guy on the bank of the Luvuvhu River near Pafuri, Kruger National Park


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Jan 28, 2020 13:14 |  #1136

EyeSpyEagle wrote in post #18999857 (external link)
Congrats! Shocking, isn't it? I WILL change how you shoot and where you can (easily) go. :)

Many of us have been down the exact road you are starting.

Here are a couple videos that will really help you get started from Steve Perry. He's a killer resource for Nikon info - particularly those interested in wildlife photography.
His website is: https://backcountrygal​lery.com (external link)
His Youtube Channel is: https://www.youtube.co​m …ckcountrygaller​y/featured (external link)

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=cNUH5dCaLMU&​t=9s (external link)

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=5zwIWhDcTEY&​t=36s (external link)

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=gLmrut6MVUs (external link)

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=5sWXqfO2th4 (external link)

If there is one issue with the 500PF, it's the foot. Be VERY careful carrying the new rig by the stock lens foot as it has been known to disconnect from the lens and your camera & lens fall to the ground. PLEASE do yourself a favor and get a replacement foot on order. Not only is the Hejnar totally secure, it's a little longer and it just "feels really good" in your hand. http://www.hejnarphoto​store.com/product-p/h129..htm

Feel free to post up any questions you may encounter.

FWIW, I am currently using the following Custom Configs to trigger different AF Modes on my D500's.

AF-On button: AF-On + Group AF Mode
Pv Button: AF-On + Single Point AF Mode
"JoyStick" Center Press Button: AF-On + Auto Area AF Mode (or sometimes 3D AF Mode)

With those three buttons set, I can simply press whichever button for the focus mode I need - instantly. :)

I also use AF-C (same as AI-Servo in Canon lingo), and set it to "Release Priority" (not focus).

Thanks,

I will take a look. I already noticed the quick release on the lens foot :rolleyes:




  
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Jan 28, 2020 13:43 |  #1137

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Thanks,

I will take a look. I already noticed the quick release on the lens foot :rolleyes:

The lens foot is a real problem. Thankfully I saw the warning in one of Steve Perry's videos. It detached a few times but because I already knew the risk I managed to avoid a disaster.

I bought the Hejnar photo lens foot for the 500 pf on Amazon and problem solved for good!


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Jan 28, 2020 13:47 |  #1138

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What an absolutely beautiful image, Charles.

Long time, no see (at least here). :)


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Jan 28, 2020 13:50 |  #1139

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What an absolutely beautiful image, Charles.

Long time, no see (at least here). :)

Thanks Phil. Yeah, I've been pretty scarce for a while - had major spine surgery in Oct 19 and had to spend the next 8 weeks mainly on my back. Thankfully the surgery was a success and life is now getting back to normal and better still, able to shoot some wildlife again.


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Jan 28, 2020 13:58 |  #1140

Two young elephant bulls having fun and getting cool on a 44 degree Celsius day in the Pioneer Dam, Kruger National Park.


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