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Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread

  
 
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p.24 #1 · p.24 #1 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


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Violet-green swallows from yesterday....


These look really nice. What AF mode did you settle on for this subject?



Mar 26, 2023 at 02:21 PM
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p.24 #2 · p.24 #2 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
Violet-green swallows from yesterday....


Fantastic! Especially #2.



Mar 26, 2023 at 05:07 PM
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p.24 #3 · p.24 #3 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Alistair1 wrote:
These look really nice. What AF mode did you settle on for this subject?


Yesterday I got pretty frustrated with all the AF modes. Today I went back and sort of figured some things out. Not sure why today worked better as I didn't really do anything that different but I had more success today.
So today I was using the Wide Area AF Large and I also made a custom Wide Area that was a little bigger than Large which I used some of the time. I did some Wide Area handing off to Auto-AF which was hit and miss. I also tried handing off to 3D but that was hopeless. I did a little bit of Auto-AF on its own which sometimes worked but not the greatest.



Mar 26, 2023 at 08:12 PM
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p.24 #4 · p.24 #4 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Sunday...




  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/3200s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/3200s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/3200s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/6400s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/10000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/10000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/6400s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/3200s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/3200s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/1600s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/2500s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  




Mar 26, 2023 at 08:21 PM
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p.24 #5 · p.24 #5 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
Sunday...


You have developed great tracking skills - I tried to shoot swallows last month and it was so damn hard to keep them in the frame.

Those reflection shots are just pure art to me.



Mar 26, 2023 at 08:27 PM
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p.24 #6 · p.24 #6 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
Sunday...


That's skill. Good stuff.



Mar 26, 2023 at 11:31 PM
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p.24 #7 · p.24 #7 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
Sunday...


Yup... what the two posts before me said...
I think if I managed to make that shot of a swallow picking an insect from a reflecting pool (image 3), I'd have put my camera away and gone home. That photo sizzles like few others!

While you may feel like you're still learning how to use the Z9, it appears as if it is working just fine for you.
What are your thoughts about the 400 f4.5... do you agree that it is pretty amazing considering its relatively low price? While not quite a 400 f2.8, to me it seems closer to that benchmark than it should be.

bruce



Mar 27, 2023 at 06:12 AM
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p.24 #8 · p.24 #8 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


I know somebody with this same exact combo that thinks the camera and lens is horrible at birding and fast action. He clearly does not know what he's doing or how to use the camera. I should really send him your info for some lessons on how to shoot small birds in flight and in action.
arbitrage wrote:
Sunday...





Mar 27, 2023 at 06:35 AM
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p.24 #9 · p.24 #9 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
Yesterday I got pretty frustrated with all the AF modes. Today I went back and sort of figured some things out. Not sure why today worked better as I didn't really do anything that different but I had more success today.
So today I was using the Wide Area AF Large and I also made a custom Wide Area that was a little bigger than Large which I used some of the time. I did some Wide Area handing off to Auto-AF which was hit and miss. I also tried handing off to 3D but that was hopeless. I did a
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You are spot on with the custom wide area that is larger than "large area". I shot swallows for the first time with my Z9 / 800 6.3 while I was out west a week ago and it was really good . That has been my go to from the get go for birds in flight. With the latest firmware it is better than ever. I tried auto and it worked sometimes but not as good as the custom large area.



Mar 27, 2023 at 07:23 AM
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p.24 #10 · p.24 #10 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread



Z9 + 400mm f4.5

The lens can apparently be used to capture things that don't fly!

Cheers,
Bernard



Mar 27, 2023 at 08:07 AM
 


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p.24 #11 · p.24 #11 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
Violet-green swallows from yesterday....


All beautiful... but #2 is special. What a great timing and capture.



Mar 27, 2023 at 09:06 AM
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p.24 #12 · p.24 #12 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


More from Sunday...




  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/6400s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/3200s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/6400s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/12800s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/8000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/250s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Mar 27, 2023 at 08:19 PM
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p.24 #13 · p.24 #13 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
More from Sunday...


Beauties Geoff....now what about the 400z with tc.
Eric



Mar 28, 2023 at 01:09 PM
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p.24 #14 · p.24 #14 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Some sunset cranes yesterday. I unglued 800PF from the body briefly & this combo is so much more nimble in comparison.


Sandhill Crane



Sandhill Crane



Sandhill Crane



Mar 28, 2023 at 01:49 PM
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p.24 #15 · p.24 #15 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


lukemeup wrote:
Some sunset cranes yesterday. I unglued 800PF from the body briefly & this combo is so much more nimble in comparison.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52777771990_e992d6c7b9_h.jpg

Sandhill Crane


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52777771980_77ada2775c_h.jpg

Sandhill Crane


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52777772005_0a1a8b2ee5_h.jpg

Sandhill Crane


Beautiful light on these cranes.
I didn't think we'd ever see you mount the 400 again



Mar 28, 2023 at 04:47 PM
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p.24 #16 · p.24 #16 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


eyelaser wrote:
Beauties Geoff....now what about the 400z with tc.
Eric


If you have one I will take it off your hands



Mar 28, 2023 at 04:47 PM
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p.24 #17 · p.24 #17 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
Beautiful light on these cranes.
I didn't think we'd ever see you mount the 400 again


I need to do it more often. Or just get a baby Z9 when it shows up.




Mar 28, 2023 at 05:18 PM
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p.24 #18 · p.24 #18 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
If you have one I will take it off your hands

I wish....Like finding a unicorn



Mar 28, 2023 at 05:19 PM
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p.24 #19 · p.24 #19 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Crazy set of swallows in action shots! TFS

arbitrage wrote:
More from Sunday...





Mar 29, 2023 at 01:16 AM
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p.24 #20 · p.24 #20 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Lovely images and dream golden light!

lukemeup wrote:
Some sunset cranes yesterday. I unglued 800PF from the body briefly & this combo is so much more nimble in comparison.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52777771990_e992d6c7b9_h.jpg

Sandhill Crane


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52777771980_77ada2775c_h.jpg

Sandhill Crane


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52777772005_0a1a8b2ee5_h.jpg

Sandhill Crane





Mar 29, 2023 at 01:17 AM
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