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Sep 21, 2020 17:42 |  #2041

It sure is nice to be back in the D500 camp. It's funny how familiar it felt in the first outing last week.
The big difference now (with the first D500 I owned), is that I now know that it is a dslr with the regular dslr weaknesses and woes, but that that no longer matters to me anymore.
Even with all of its dslr woes, the D500 now feels right. And the amazing thing is, that after a long impasse when shooting the 7DII, my first outing with the 1st D500 brought me these typical "special moments" again, that I also had with my Pentax K3+DA560 combo. I sort of lost that flow when I sold the D500 on a determination to use the Z7 for all my shooting. First outing with my second D500 brought out the same feeling again, the same "special moments".

Perhaps it's the OVF after all, or the special instant AF experience, or even the shutter rattling away at 10 fp/s in small bursts, or the solid feel of the body in the hand.
It doesn't matter, I will still follow the mirrorless revolution closely, but it's back to the D500 for birding and wildlife.

Here's some shots, a female little grebe and a female pintail.


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Sep 21, 2020 17:44 |  #2042

...another one of the female pintail, and a female garganey


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Sep 21, 2020 17:47 |  #2043

Chris1966 wrote in post #19128220 (external link)
It sure is nice to be back in the D500 camp. It's funny how familiar it felt in the first outing last week.
The big difference now (with the first D500 I owned), is that I now know that it is a dslr with the regular dslr weaknesses and woes, but that that no longer matters to me anymore.
Even with all of its dslr woes, the D500 now feels right. And the amazing thing is, that after a long imapasse with shooting the 7DII, my first outing with the D500 brought me these typical "special moments" again. I sort of lost that flow when I sold the D500 on a determination to use the Z7 for all my shooting. First outing with my second D500 brought out the same feeling again, the same "special moments".

Perhaps it's the OVF after all, or the special instant AF experience, or even the shutter rattling away at 10 fp/s in small bursts, or the solid feel of the body in the hand.
It doesn't matter, I will still follow the mirrorless revolution closely, but it's back to the D500 for birding and wildlife.

Here's some shots, a female little grebe and a female pintail.

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Welcome back, Chris, these look excellent to my eyes, like you never missed a beat :)




  
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Sep 21, 2020 18:59 |  #2044

MatthewK wrote in post #19128223 (external link)
Welcome back, Chris, these look excellent to my eyes, like you never missed a beat :)

Ditto that - 100%!

Those are some super sharp images, Chris. :)


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Sep 23, 2020 08:13 |  #2045

Thanks Matthew and Phil!

It appears Matthew was right when he said I would be selling my Canon gear soon after getting the D500+500PF, and sticking with it, forgetting about other options. ;-)a
Also cost is starting to play a role: a Canon R5 is 4500,- and should they release a tempting RF500mm DO lens, you would soon be looking at 15.000,- incl. tc's
There is one objection though to sticking to the D500+500PF exclusively, and that is the hardcore reach option that I still miss for wading shore birds on the Frisian isles, that are usually at a distance because the mudflats extend quite a bit.
As I spend quite a lot of time there, it is a puzzle I still need to solve. Ideal would be a high IQ 600mm f5.6 lens with 1.4TC on a 24mp crop body :rolleyes:
For all other shooting, the D500+500PF has me hooked.

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Sep 23, 2020 08:53 |  #2046

Chris1966 wrote in post #19128859 (external link)
Thanks Matthew and Phil!

It appears Matthew was right when he said I would be selling my Canon gear soon after getting the D500+500PF, and sticking with it, forgetting about other options. ;-)a
Also cost is starting to play a role: a Canon R5 is 4500,- and should they release a tempting RF500mm DO lens, you would soon be looking at 15.000,- incl. tc's
There is one objection though to sticking to the D500+500PF exclusively, and that is the hardcore reach option that I still miss for wading shore birds on the Frisian isles, that are usually at a distance because the mudflats extend quite a bit.
As I spend quite a lot of time there, it is a puzzle I still need to solve. Ideal would be a high IQ 600mm f5.6 lens with 1.4TC on a 24mp crop body :rolleyes:
For all other shooting, the D500+500PF has me hooked.

Male little grebe and a cormorant

Dang! These are excellent too, Chris.

I think it's human nature to continuously wonder "what about x, y, or z...". True be told, this pair "just works".

I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying things again.

I have a hunch that you'll find a creative way to address the "hardcore" subjects.

From a cost vs. capability perspective, a simple and inexpensive option for the more distant subjects (if they are reasonably static) might be a Z50 with a 2x TC. If you have decent light, the Z50 will produce excellent results with the 500PF & 2x - even @ F11! Just a thought...  :p

Sadly, the 2xTC won't help ya much on the D500, in that scenario.


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Sep 23, 2020 11:21 |  #2047

Chris1966 wrote in post #19128859 (external link)
Thanks Matthew and Phil!

It appears Matthew was right when he said I would be selling my Canon gear soon after getting the D500+500PF, and sticking with it, forgetting about other options. ;-)a
Also cost is starting to play a role: a Canon R5 is 4500,- and should they release a tempting RF500mm DO lens, you would soon be looking at 15.000,- incl. tc's
There is one objection though to sticking to the D500+500PF exclusively, and that is the hardcore reach option that I still miss for wading shore birds on the Frisian isles, that are usually at a distance because the mudflats extend quite a bit.
As I spend quite a lot of time there, it is a puzzle I still need to solve. Ideal would be a high IQ 600mm f5.6 lens with 1.4TC on a 24mp crop body :rolleyes:
For all other shooting, the D500+500PF has me hooked.

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On a budget, the new Canon 800mm f/11 might serve,. but I am dubious about it's overall utility to date. It would require an "R" body to use,. and as you say the R5 (and R6 really) are pretty high dollar. that leaves only the "R" itself, whose sensor I admire (5D4) but the AF for wildlife? Not even close to the R6 and R5, let alone an affordable 7D2.

If only that 800mm would work well on a 7D2, but alas.


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Sep 23, 2020 11:23 |  #2048

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Dang! These are excellent too, Chris.

I think it's human nature to continuously wonder "what about x, y, or z...". True be told, this pair "just works".

I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying things again.

I have a hunch that you'll find a creative way to address the "hardcore" subjects.

From a cost vs. capability perspective, a simple and inexpensive option for the more distant subjects (if they are reasonably static) might be a Z50 with a 2x TC. If you have decent light, the Z50 will produce excellent results with the 500PF & 2x - even @ F11! Just a thought...  :p

Sadly, the 2xTC won't help ya much on the D500, in that scenario.

I've not looked at all at the Z mirrorless bodies. Your solution makes a lot more sense than what I had to offer.


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Sep 23, 2020 11:28 |  #2049

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I've not looked at all at the Z mirrorless bodies. Your solution makes a lot more sense than what I had to offer.


Always nice to see ya pop in, Jake. :lol:

I've been "trying" to keep some Z50 sample images moving in the Z50 thread. It's actually an incredible body and quite inexpensive.


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Sep 23, 2020 15:01 |  #2050

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Always nice to see ya pop in, Jake. :lol:

I've been "trying" to keep some Z50 sample images moving in the Z50 thread. It's actually an incredible body and quite inexpensive.

Thanks Phil. As you say, the price is right, so I might just give it a go! I do of course have the Z7, but have found the D500 a notch up nonetheless and don't really need the fov of FF. The D500 does a bit better with noise, dynamics and simply looks better than the crop of a Z7.
How about a Z50+1.7TC+500PF? That would pretty equal the reach from my former 24mp Pentax K3+DA560mm+1.4tc




  
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Sep 23, 2020 19:31 |  #2051

Chris1966 wrote in post #19128859 (external link)
For all other shooting, the D500+500PF has me hooked.

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Nice shots Chris, especially like the grebe. Yeah, this combo has me hooked for sure.:-D


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Sep 23, 2020 19:39 |  #2052

The fall warbler migration continues to give some great opportunities and a last chance to capture these beauties until next spring. Here are a couple from the past 2 days - a Blackburnian and a Magnolia - both in their more subdued fall colors. I've been making sure to get out at sunrise and the first hour of sunlight has been magical.

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Many thanks for the kind comments Phil.


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Sep 23, 2020 20:17 |  #2054

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The fall warbler migration continues to give some great opportunities and a last chance to capture these beauties until next spring. Here are a couple from the past 2 days - a Blackburnian and a Magnolia - both in their more subdued fall colors. I've been making sure to get out at sunrise and the first hour of sunlight has been magical.
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OMG, Roger.... These two are phenomenal!

The settings, detail, LIGHT, comp, etc., etc. - Freak'n exceptional!


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OMG, Roger.... These two are phenomenal!

The settings, detail, LIGHT, comp, etc., etc. - Freak'n exceptional!

Very much appreciate your kind words Phil, means a lot. I knew I was off to a good start when I began to get into this a couple of years ago and took Robert's (MM4040) advice to get my feet wet and check out the Sony Rx10miv. I could make that baby sing but I knew I needed more. Robert came to my rescue again about 6 months ago with the D500 + 500PF set-up and there's no stopping me now! I love the way it handles light and colors and have learned that to get the best out of it I need to get that early (or late) light - man what a difference that makes.


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