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Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread

  
 
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p.25 #1 · p.25 #1 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
More from Sunday...


I had missed your previous posts here on the 400 f4.5 thread, Geoff but those swallow shots are fantastic.

Edited on Mar 29, 2023 at 01:53 AM · View previous versions



Mar 29, 2023 at 01:50 AM
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p.25 #2 · p.25 #2 · 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


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Sandhill Crane


That golden light is superb!



Mar 29, 2023 at 01:51 AM
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p.25 #3 · p.25 #3 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Backyard beauties!




  NIKON Z 6_2    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/400s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 6_2    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/400s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 6_2    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/400s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  




Mar 29, 2023 at 06:39 AM
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p.25 #4 · p.25 #4 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


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  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/250s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/640s    8000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/640s    8000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Mar 31, 2023 at 07:12 AM
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p.25 #5 · p.25 #5 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Friday March 31, 2023...




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






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






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






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/500s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/500s    1000 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  




Mar 31, 2023 at 05:37 PM
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p.25 #6 · p.25 #6 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Oh man! Loving this combo!!

I am sure this post will create few more sales for Nikon!!




  NIKON Z 6_2    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-2.0x lens    800mm    f/10.0    1/800s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 6_2    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-2.0x lens    800mm    f/10.0    1/800s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Mar 31, 2023 at 09:01 PM
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p.25 #7 · p.25 #7 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Excellent colors
shekarn64 wrote:
Oh man! Loving this combo!!

I am sure this post will create few more sales for Nikon!!





Apr 01, 2023 at 06:40 PM
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p.25 #8 · p.25 #8 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


arbitrage wrote:
Friday March 31, 2023...


You're just killing it with the 400 f4.5. I absolutely love the upward flight of the pileated... that shot blows my mind.
I am curious... how much cropping are you doing on these. There is no way I could get close enough to a pileated with my 800mm lens to get that tight of a frame!

Sometimes I look at some of your flight shots and I think it's time to sell the lot and move on to a new hobby
bruce



Apr 01, 2023 at 07:07 PM
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p.25 #9 · p.25 #9 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


OwlsEyes wrote:
You're just killing it with the 400 f4.5. I absolutely love the upward flight of the pileated... that shot blows my mind.
I am curious... how much cropping are you doing on these. There is no way I could get close enough to a pileated with my 800mm lens to get that tight of a frame!

Sometimes I look at some of your flight shots and I think it's time to sell the lot and move on to a new hobby
bruce


Thanks Bruce. The Pileated is cropped a lot. Final pixels of the presented image are only 2813 x 1877. So only 5.28MP left over from the 45MP. But in our area you can get fairly close to them. This one was flying out over a valley as I was standing on the cliff side waiting for kestrels.



Apr 01, 2023 at 08:43 PM
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p.25 #10 · p.25 #10 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Saturday...




  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/3200s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/5000s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/6400s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  




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p.25 #11 · p.25 #11 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


"Sometimes I look at some of your flight shots and I think it's time to sell the lot and move on to a new hobby
bruce"

You're not the only one...LoL.



Apr 01, 2023 at 09:24 PM
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p.25 #12 · p.25 #12 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


More from Saturday....




  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/2000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/3200s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/3200s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/6400s    1250 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 lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/8000s    1250 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    1/6400s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/6400s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/1600s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  




Apr 02, 2023 at 06:49 AM
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p.25 #13 · p.25 #13 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


More great stuff, Geoff. Excellent control of difficult whites on the buffleheads (and on the swallows given the combination of darks and whites). How'd you find the performance of the Z9 on larger birds? Still a tick below the A1? Any of the swallow frustrations dissipate?


Apr 02, 2023 at 07:18 AM
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p.25 #14 · p.25 #14 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


groob wrote:
More great stuff, Geoff. Excellent control of difficult whites on the buffleheads (and on the swallows given the combination of darks and whites). How'd you find the performance of the Z9 on larger birds? Still a tick below the A1? Any of the swallow frustrations dissipate?


Z9 on the ducks is on par with A1. They both nail everything without any issues. Sure you get some DOF missed critical head/eye focus but you don't really get AF wandering off the subject with either camera for this type of subject.

Swallow shooting is getting easier each time I go out. But I now understand, and therefore I'm working within, the limits of the Z9 AF system when it comes to the small in frame focus and background focus. I think my results have shown the Z9 is totally capable of shooting swallows.

Still, if someone from the future told me that within the next hour something amazing is going to happen and I will have a split second to react and get the contest winning shot, I'd have the A1 in my hand. The AF is just more confident grabbing the subject regardless of size in frame and background complexity so I can just trust it a bit more.

My ideal camera system based on what is out there right now would be A1 internals and button customization placed into a Canon R3 body and mounting Nikon Z lenses onto it (Z400, 800PF, 400TC, 600TC).



Apr 02, 2023 at 08:19 AM
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p.25 #15 · p.25 #15 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread



My ideal camera system based on what is out there right now would be A1 internals and button customization placed into a Canon R3 body and mounting Nikon Z lenses onto it (Z400, 800PF, 400TC, 600TC).


There it is , regardless of brand loyalty some truth on the forums. There is no perfect camera , well said.




Apr 02, 2023 at 08:34 AM
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p.25 #16 · p.25 #16 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


You guys are killing it with these BIF images with this lens! I enjoy shooting wildlife but Iíve mostly stuck with slow moving subjects. IĎd like to give BIF a shot, but Iím definitely going to need a gear upgrade to make that feasible.

This 400mm f4.5 is one of two lenses that is really tempting me into the Nikon Z system (the other being the 24-120mm). I appreciate the pro-level sharpness, contrast, and subject isolation, with a price tag thatís just about within reach for a hobbyist like myself.



Apr 02, 2023 at 01:55 PM
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p.25 #17 · p.25 #17 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


I have already the 500pf and I would like to know if for catching birds in fly, taking into account the difference in focal length between the 2 lenses, there is a difference in responsiveness and in the accuracy of the AF?


Apr 06, 2023 at 10:07 AM
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p.25 #18 · p.25 #18 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Z6, 560mm, f/6.3, 1/160s, ISO-100



Z6, 560mm, f/6.3, ISO-3200


Edited on Apr 13, 2023 at 10:25 AM · View previous versions



Apr 09, 2023 at 11:50 AM
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p.25 #19 · p.25 #19 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Bare lens this time.


Northern Pintail



Violet-green Swallow



Apr 11, 2023 at 10:23 PM
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arbitrage wrote:
Z9 on the ducks is on par with A1. They both nail everything without any issues. Sure you get some DOF missed critical head/eye focus but you don't really get AF wandering off the subject with either camera for this type of subject.

Swallow shooting is getting easier each time I go out. But I now understand, and therefore I'm working within, the limits of the Z9 AF system when it comes to the small in frame focus and background focus. I think my results have shown the Z9 is totally capable of shooting swallows.


Hey Geoff, what Z9 AF Area mode are you finding works the best to keep focus on the bird and not losing it to the background?



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