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Official Nikon 400/2.8S image thread + some discussions

  
 
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nmerc_photos wrote:
lovely work George!

I'll be down in SC for a week or two at the end of Feb. Never heard of that plantation or the swamp, but it's right next to my sister's place! will definitely have to stop by


Well worth the visit especially around that time. Should be lots of birds around then nesting.



Jan 24, 2024 at 04:10 PM
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lukemeup wrote:
Great shots! Maybe one day I'll be able to justify the cost of the big prime but I can't help to wonder if you took those images with 400 4.5 & 800 6.3 - would they look much different?


Your's is a good question... I think the 400 f2.8 might have been the difference maker with the harrier. Locking on to that bird in a sea of black would have challenged the other lenses. When you handle the 400 f2.8S, the AF seems to be at a different level than my former lenses.
As for the other shots... maybe I would have had to raise the ISO or shoot at a different shutter or aperture... maybe not.
My desire for this lens was to get myself to a 3 lens and 3 body travel/landscape kit that could fit in one bag. I am at that point, but am now wanting a smaller alternative to the 180-600...
Currently, I can pack the 400 f2.8 w/Z9 and hood in shooting position (it's a Zemilin) on one side of the bag, the 180-600 w/ body attached on the other, and the 24-120 detached on the side w/ the 180-600Lens. The 3rd body is squeezed into a side pouch... When I get back from Japan, I'll probably trade/sell the 180-600 for a 100-400 or 70-200 f2.8 so I can attach a camera to my 24-120. This set would allow me to enter the field w/ cameras ready and not worry about the weather.
I like to work in drizzle, snow, cold, and potentially stormy conditions. Being able to grab a ready camera and lens works best for me..
cheers,
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Jan 25, 2024 at 07:16 AM
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OwlsEyes wrote:
Your's is a good question... I think the 400 f2.8 might have been the difference maker with the harrier. Locking on to that bird in a sea of black would have challenged the other lenses. When you handle the 400 f2.8S, the AF seems to be at a different level than my former lenses.
As for the other shots... maybe I would have had to raise the ISO or shoot at a different shutter or aperture... maybe not.
My desire for this lens was to get myself to a 3 lens and 3 body travel/landscape kit that could fit in one bag.
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Bruce, I agree with this. The 400/2.8 does focus faster than lenses with less aperture. You have a well thought out plan.....what bag do you use?




Jan 25, 2024 at 08:06 AM
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George DeCamp wrote:
Something different today, we went to Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, a two hour trip from home. Once there made our way to Audubon Swamp which is a rookery at Magnolia Plantation! Nice morning but probably 2 weeks too soon however I got the following sequence which made the trip well worth it! It will get busier over the next few weeks there!



Fantastic photography!! Kudos @George DeCamp - a visual treat indeed



Jan 25, 2024 at 08:58 AM
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Phil Seu wrote:
Bruce, I agree with this. The 400/2.8 does focus faster than lenses with less aperture. You have a well thought out plan.....what bag do you use?


Thanks..
I use a ThinkTank/Mindshift Backlight 36L. I chose this because it is airplane safe for travel.
regards,
bruce








Jan 25, 2024 at 08:59 AM
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sanjayg wrote:
Fantastic photography!! Kudos @George DeCamp@ - a visual treat indeed


Very nice of you, thanks very much!



Jan 25, 2024 at 11:04 AM
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Z9/400S TC. First 2 images of Spotted owl are shot at 1120mm with external 2X TC and Internal 1.4 TC stack. Rest of the images are shot at 800mm with external 2X TC:

GBZ_8065 by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr

GBZ_8229 by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr

GBZ_7807 by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr

GBZ_7639 by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr

GBZ_7455 by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr

GBZ_7105 by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr

GBZ_6840 by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr



Jan 30, 2024 at 08:47 AM
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LPC_0344 by D.C. 83, on Flickr


Jan 30, 2024 at 09:44 AM
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Wonderful picture. It really captures the moment and the child's excitement seals it for me. Thanks for posting this excellent shot.


Jan 30, 2024 at 02:27 PM
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A quick morning with Z8, 400/2.8S TC and a couple of birds of paradise.

Red Bird of paradise













Wilson's bird of paradise













A few more pictures in this thread:
https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1846768

I went to Raja Ampat in Indonesia mainly for scuba diving but had a chance to spend a couple of hours shooting these two birds one morning during the trip.

Lighting was very poor especially for Wilson's bird of paradise. I dropped shutter speed down to 1/50s to keep iso reasonably low. ISO climbed up very quickly to around 5000 with anything above 1/100s unfortunately and everything was shot handheld.




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Really nice images and the colors on that bird of paradise are amazing!


Feb 19, 2024 at 07:26 PM
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George DeCamp wrote:
Really nice images and the colors on that bird of paradise are amazing!


Thanks George. A couple of friends are now scouting out a few places in another part of West Papua looking at a few
places for more bird of paradise. May be next year, I can do a trip there just for birds instead of my usual scuba trip.





Feb 19, 2024 at 07:35 PM
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A few from Japan... many more to follow




  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    784mm    f/11.0    1/1600s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/11.0    1/2500s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/7.1    1/1250s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/5000s    1600 ISO    +1.7 EV  




Feb 19, 2024 at 10:02 PM
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Awesome images Bruce!!


Feb 20, 2024 at 09:57 AM
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Went out yesterday and wound up with BO. No not that Burrowing Owls!

In Florida on road trip







Juvenile Burrowing Owl

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    180 ISO    0.0 EV  







Another photographer, yawn!

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    320 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    140 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    220 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    180 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    200 ISO    +0.3 EV  




Feb 20, 2024 at 09:59 AM
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George DeCamp wrote:
Awesome images Bruce!!


Thank you George!



Feb 20, 2024 at 10:21 AM
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George DeCamp wrote:
Went out yesterday and wound up with BO. No not that Burrowing Owls!

In Florida on road trip



These are so good... I have to get back to that location.. been too many years.

bruce



Feb 20, 2024 at 10:22 AM
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OwlsEyes wrote:
These are so good... I have to get back to that location.. been too many years.

bruce


Thank you Bruce!



Feb 20, 2024 at 02:56 PM
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Last morning here at Wakodahatchee, here's some images!







Black-bellied Whistling Duck

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    2000 ISO    -0.3 EV  







Glossy Ibis

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/4.0    1/3200s    560 ISO    0.0 EV  







Anhinga

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    360 ISO    0.0 EV  




Feb 21, 2024 at 12:37 PM
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George DeCamp wrote:
Went out yesterday and wound up with BO. No not that Burrowing Owls!

In Florida on road trip



Looks like the 400mm f/2.8 S is the perfect portrait lens!



Feb 21, 2024 at 02:54 PM
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