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Lance B
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p.2 #1 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Steve Perry wrote:
Sure I'll play. The 500mm is fantastic, although I'm in the process of upgrading to a 600mm.

Here's some pics:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/pb-shake-off.

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/snow-goose-airsuspension.

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Burrowing-Owls-On-Watch.

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/sisters.

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Egret-Takeoff-21.

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Polar-Bear-Taking-A-Break1.

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/bear-cub-on-a-tree-copy.


Stunning stuff, Steve!



Mar 10, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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p.2 #2 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


ScottSchupbach wrote:
Gary, I've told you before, that Rough-legged Hawk capture is the best I've seen of that species! I would have that large and hanging on my wall!


Thanks Kindly Scott! The pool of talent is mighty deep in this thread and I'm just playing in the shallow end, but I appreciate the comment.

BTW, my advice is to keep your 400VR for sports and pick up an 800VR -- then you can show us all how bird photography is done!



Mar 10, 2013 at 12:38 AM
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p.2 #3 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Nikon D800, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR, Plus 1.4x TCII
1/3200s f/8.0 at 700.0mm iso1800



Nikon D800 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/1600s f/7.1 at 500.0mm iso800 handheld



Nikon D7000, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/160s f/5.6 at 500.0mm iso3200 handheld



Nikon D800 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR ,Plus 1.4x TCII
1/1250s f/5.6 at 700.0mm iso2200 handheld



Crop of above:



Even further crop showing excellent resolving power even with the 1.4x TCII



Nikon D800 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/200s f/5.0 at 500.0mm iso1400 handhld



Crop of above:



Nikon D7000 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/640s f/8.0 at 500.0mm iso200 handheld






Mar 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Lance B
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p.2 #4 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Gary Irwin wrote:
Great choice Grant. I love my 500VR....a couple of fav's of mine...one action capture, and one showing resolution/sharpness in good light...

http://www.pbase.com/garyirwin/image/148509768/original.

http://www.pbase.com/garyirwin/image/124306709/original.



Two superb shots, Gary! Love that hawk.



Mar 10, 2013 at 12:48 AM
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p.2 #5 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Gary Irwin wrote:
Thanks Kindly Scott! The pool of talent is mighty deep in this thread and I'm just playing in the shallow end, but I appreciate the comment.

BTW, my advice is to keep your 400VR for sports and pick up an 800VR -- then you can show us all how bird photography is done!


Lol.......Gary, great advise! But I don't see the 800VR in my future.

Lance, those are really nice! maybe I just need to pick up a D800 to pair with the 400VR.

Grant, Thanks for starting this thread, I think it is just gonna cost me more money.



Mar 10, 2013 at 01:05 AM
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p.2 #6 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Threads with pictures taken with the 500 or 600 are always stunning. This thread is no exception. The pictures here are really fantastic. Unfortunately this lens is a little out of reach for me (at least that is what my wife says ). Perhaps I should just order one instead of a new kitchen.


Mar 10, 2013 at 01:15 AM
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p.2 #7 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Not quite the 500/4 but this is the 400/2.8 VR on the old outdated D300.





Red-Bellied Woodpecker

  NIKON D300    400mm    f/8.0    1/640s    400 ISO    -0.7 EV  




Mar 10, 2013 at 01:15 AM
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p.2 #8 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


ScottSchupbach wrote:
Lance, those are really nice! maybe I just need to pick up a D800 to pair with the 400VR.


Thank you very much, Scott!

Ive just got the D800E and it shows of the resolution of the lens even better.



Mar 10, 2013 at 01:21 AM
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p.2 #9 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


ScottSchupbach wrote:
Not quite the 500/4 but this is the 400/2.8 VR on the old outdated D300.


Superb!



Mar 10, 2013 at 01:21 AM
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p.2 #10 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


That lens creates really nice bokeh, and this is one of my favorite threads ever on FM. Stunning work gentlemen!!


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p.2 #11 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


The 400/2.8 VR takes the 1.4 TC nicely, pretty hard to even see any difference between the bare lens. This is nearly a 50% crop of the original.





Blue Jay

  NIKON D300    550mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    400 ISO    -0.7 EV  




Mar 10, 2013 at 04:50 AM
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p.2 #12 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


I have had my 500 f/4 VR for less than a year . Really been enjoying it.






















Mar 10, 2013 at 05:06 AM
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p.2 #13 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


excellent pictures, all of them, a lens that is on my wish list


Mar 10, 2013 at 05:24 AM
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p.2 #14 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


This thread has been high-jacked by a bunch of great, I mean great photographs. Kudos to all. I love this thread, what great work.

Hell Grantland, I guess your question was answered.

Edited on Mar 10, 2013 at 04:01 PM · View previous versions



Mar 10, 2013 at 05:37 AM
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p.2 #15 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Roberta, Beautiful lighting on that first Shrike! The last one with prey is great too!



Mar 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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p.2 #16 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


There's not a single image in this thread that isn't fantastic, but I think Gary's hawk is the winner for me.


Mar 10, 2013 at 01:53 PM
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p.2 #17 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Lee Saxon wrote:
There's not a single image in this thread that isn't fantastic, but I think Gary's hawk is the winner for me.


lol, not sure one can pick a favorite from all these shots.

what kinda sucks is I see these amazing pictures and have high expectations when I go out with my new lens this week. and then reality hits. it isn't the lens but the photographer.

if only i could buy a used photographer for a similar price.




Mar 10, 2013 at 02:13 PM
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p.2 #18 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Great thread -- Scott, fantastic Red Belly -- super sharp, but the lighting really enhances the 3D-effect.

Love that first Shrike Roberta. I've been trying for one of those guys all winter long -- so far no joy.



Mar 10, 2013 at 03:46 PM
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p.2 #19 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Impressive group of images from everyone. I think Scott should sell me his 400 so that I can shoot baseball this spring and he could upgrade to something longer. By the way Scott, I am birding with the 300 that I bought from you.

Jeff



Mar 10, 2013 at 03:57 PM
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p.2 #20 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Grant, you won't have any problem mastering the 500VR after a little practice.

As another example, here's a shot of a Great Horned Owl I took yesterday....





Nikon D800 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR ,TC14EII 1/250s f/5.6 at 700.0mm iso400

Now, the shot isn't all that special, but consider this:
- this was shot with the TC14EII at f5.6 wide open, not stopped down, so the 500VR does take the TC14EII quite nicely provided you fine tune it (very important)
- 1/250 second SS hand held(!) so VR does work, and works well!
- 85% linear crop(!) -- still pretty sharp, though it might have been better if I used a tripod.

The 500VR is very capable, and not that hard to use.

Enjoy!



Mar 10, 2013 at 04:04 PM
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