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p.35 #1 · p.35 #1 · Official Nikon 400/2.8S image thread + some discussions


light wasn't nearly as good tonight, but glad to see the same owls consistently

hoping they produce offspring this year




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






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/50s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  




Mar 19, 2024 at 11:34 PM
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nmerc_photos wrote:
light wasn't nearly as good tonight, but glad to see the same owls consistently

hoping they produce offspring this year


"Is it the same human, buddy? - Yeah, always the same guy, can't wait to see the offspring."



Mar 20, 2024 at 03:44 AM
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p.35 #3 · p.35 #3 · Official Nikon 400/2.8S image thread + some discussions


Here's a set of images from this morning at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC! Two hours each way but worth the ride!







Great Egret

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/640s    2500 ISO    +0.3 EV  







Great Egret

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/4.0    1/640s    360 ISO    +0.3 EV  







Great Egret

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/2000s    800 ISO    -0.3 EV  







Great Blue Heron and youngster

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/4.0    1/3200s    500 ISO    -0.3 EV  







Black-crowned Night Heron

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/4.0    1/3200s    450 ISO    -0.7 EV  







Little Blue Heron

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    1800 ISO    +0.3 EV  







Green Heron

  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    1800 ISO    +0.3 EV  




Mar 21, 2024 at 04:23 PM
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p.35 #4 · p.35 #4 · Official Nikon 400/2.8S image thread + some discussions


Judging by your results it looks like a great spot and well worth the trip.
Gary



Mar 21, 2024 at 05:50 PM
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sum1sgrampa wrote:
Judging by your results it looks like a great spot and well worth the trip.
Gary


Thanks Very much it's a great spot to visit in fact going back next week! 🤞



Mar 21, 2024 at 07:01 PM
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So cute!... We often see a lot of lion cubs posted on FM, tiger cubs are rarely seen!.
Love these


Wow, how fantastic!



Mar 22, 2024 at 04:26 AM
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Some 400 f2.8TC goodness...

Wow. Envious of your trip to get these photos, Bruce!



Mar 22, 2024 at 04:26 AM
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George DeCamp wrote:
Here's a set of images from this morning at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC! Two hours each way but worth the ride!



Superb shots, George!



Mar 22, 2024 at 04:27 AM
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Lance B wrote:
Superb shots, George!


Thanks very much Lance!



Mar 22, 2024 at 06:51 AM
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Thank you Lance...
I met a few Australians during my travel... Japan is much closer to you than me.
I highly recommend the tour I was on,... but you'll have to endure some deeply cold (dare I say Minnesota-like) temperatures

bruce



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Z8 + 400mm f2.8 TC, F15 in Komatsu, Japan

Cheers,
Bernard



Mar 22, 2024 at 04:55 PM
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OwlsEyes wrote:
Thank you Lance...
I met a few Australians during my travel... Japan is much closer to you than me.
I highly recommend the tour I was on,... but you'll have to endure some deeply cold (dare I say Minnesota-like) temperatures

bruce


It's a very tempting proposition but I might not survive the cold! .



Mar 22, 2024 at 06:00 PM
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p.35 #13 · p.35 #13 · Official Nikon 400/2.8S image thread + some discussions


Few bird pics:

Ruddy Breasted Crake, 800mm (with TC 2X)
Ruddy Breasted Crake by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr

Black Kite, 784mm (with Internal and external 1.4TCs)
Black Kite by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr

Grey Heron, 800mm (with external 2X TC)
GREY HERON by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr

Common Crow, 784mm (with Internal and external 1.4TCs)
Crow in flight by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr

Buffy Fish Owl, 1120mm (Internal 1.4TC and External 2X TC)
Buffy Fish Owl by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr

Grey Heron, 784mm (Internal and external 1.4TC stack)
Grey Heron in Flight by Ganesh Balakrishnan, on Flickr



Mar 29, 2024 at 12:21 PM
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p.35 #14 · p.35 #14 · Official Nikon 400/2.8S image thread + some discussions


spent some time the last few days just shooting the local birds from the porch. we're starting to get some migratory ones it looks like.

400TC + 2x + 1.4x (internal) just testing for sharpness, bokeh, etc.

I don't have much experience shooting small birds, so also just working on technique and whatnot. I don't know that I'd post any of these to my flickr, but I was surprised that the 1.4x and 2x both did super well.

I found that I liked these images significantly more than my 800PF naked, with 1.4x, or with 2x...




  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Z TC-2.0x lens    1120mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Z TC-2.0x lens    1120mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Z TC-2.0x lens    1120mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1800 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Z TC-2.0x lens    1120mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Z TC-2.0x lens    1120mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Z TC-2.0x lens    1120mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Z TC-2.0x lens    1120mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    560 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Z TC-2.0x lens    1120mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Z TC-2.0x lens    1120mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    2200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Apr 06, 2024 at 05:21 PM
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I found stopping down to f10 really improves the sharpness at 1120mm. Maybe you can try the next time.

nmerc_photos wrote:
spent some time the last few days just shooting the local birds from the porch. we're starting to get some migratory ones it looks like.

400TC + 2x + 1.4x (internal) just testing for sharpness, bokeh, etc.

I don't have much experience shooting small birds, so also just working on technique and whatnot. I don't know that I'd post any of these to my flickr, but I was surprised that the 1.4x and 2x both did super well.

I found that I liked these images significantly more than my 800PF naked, with 1.4x, or with 2x...




Apr 07, 2024 at 08:23 AM
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nmerc_photos wrote:
spent some time the last few days just shooting the local birds from the porch. we're starting to get some migratory ones it looks like.

400TC + 2x + 1.4x (internal) just testing for sharpness, bokeh, etc.

I don't have much experience shooting small birds, so also just working on technique and whatnot. I don't know that I'd post any of these to my flickr, but I was surprised that the 1.4x and 2x both did super well.

I found that I liked these images significantly more than my 800PF naked, with 1.4x, or with 2x...


I like the first shot and that cardinal in your post best..
So, I don't use the 2x converter, but I do use the 1.4x and the internal TC. I think you can get more clarity and detail from your set up.
I'd suggest the following: 1: I think your light is a bit harsh and you might be seeing a bit of a heat distortion effect. Try going out early morning or evening to get less direct light. 2: Stop down to f/11 and work to get a clean background. 3: Process with DXO Pure Raw, this cleans up noise and sharpens. I rarely do any sharpening when using DXO. 4: Try to get closer... You are asking a lot to resolve detail at that distance.

I was out shooting peregrines flying near a cliff face. I stacked my 1.4x converters and used DX crop and feel like I've got better clarity than what I'm seeing from some of your images.
bruce



Apr 07, 2024 at 09:24 AM
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gannis wrote:
I found stopping down to f10 really improves the sharpness at 1120mm. Maybe you can try the next time.

I will certainly give it a try! I'm admittedly still a "wide open" noob. Something like 90%+ of my shots regardless of camera/lens combo are wide open.

I got in the habit of "I paid for this much aperture, I'm gonna use this much aperture!". but I do see a lot of the pros stopping down often for DOF or sharpness, and only using wide open as needed.

OwlsEyes wrote:
I like the first shot and that cardinal in your post best..
So, I don't use the 2x converter, but I do use the 1.4x and the internal TC. I think you can get more clarity and detail from your set up.
I'd suggest the following: 1: I think your light is a bit harsh and you might be seeing a bit of a heat distortion effect. Try going out early morning or evening to get less direct light. 2: Stop down to f/11 and work to get a clean background. 3: Process with DXO Pure Raw, this cleans up noise and
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Appreciate the feedback Bruce.

You are right on the lighting. This was like 2PM midday, so just about the worst light I could get. I was just happy there was light instead of clouds and rain.

Stopping down was mentioned above. These are backyard birds so I need to figure out how to setup some perches and get them to areas that have cleaner background.

All my editing is with DXO, so that's covered

Average distance was only 20' (7m), so I hope that isn't an issue, as this is about as close to a subject as I ever get



Apr 07, 2024 at 10:23 AM
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Totally agree with you and even i prefer shooting wide open always..it is just that with the 400S and 2 TC stack (both 1.4 external and 2X external), i recently noticed that stopping down improves the sharpness quite a bit..particularly the 2X TC stack at 1120mm.

nmerc_photos wrote:
I will certainly give it a try! I'm admittedly still a "wide open" noob. Something like 90%+ of my shots regardless of camera/lens combo are wide open.

I got in the habit of "I paid for this much aperture, I'm gonna use this much aperture!". but I do see a lot of the pros stopping down often for DOF or sharpness, and only using wide open as needed.

Appreciate the feedback Bruce.

You are right on the lighting. This was like 2PM midday, so just about the worst light I could get. I was just happy there was light instead of clouds and
...Show more




Apr 07, 2024 at 12:18 PM
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A few from my outing yesterday morning with the Z8 and 400TC, lots of Green Herons building nests!






  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    10000 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    1800 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    1400 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens    560mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    2800 ISO    +0.3 EV  




Apr 11, 2024 at 01:24 PM
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The Mrs.

z9 / 400tc / f6.3








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