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Feb 20, 2019 05:57:50   #
The 500mm PF is an excellent lens these two shots were taken with it.

richandtd wrote:
Been thinking of the next lens to add for wildlife, moon photography and just to have some reach for my D810 I currently have AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 and a Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8 so I’m leaning toward either a AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR with a AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-14E III or AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR


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Feb 19, 2019 07:52:02   #
If memory serves me right, didn't Dean Martin also play in a comedy spy movie like James Bond?

nicksr1125 wrote:
Like Brucej67 I have all the DVDs. There are 2 versions of Casino Royale. The original version starred Woody Allen, Peter Sellers, David Niven, Ursula Andress, Orsen Welles, & several others. It was a very comedic take off of the Bond series and full of sarcasm & inuendo.
Feb 19, 2019 07:29:03   #
I have the D850 and the Z6, these are two different animals (the Z7 is like the Z6 except higher resolution, but not as good in low light ISO). There are downsides to the Z systems that you should be aware off such as lens mount will only support free hanging a 2lb 13oz lens and at high burst shooting the EVF can not keep up with the latest frame (making BIF impossible) and a host of many more problems. I purchased the z6 for low light photography which it excels at. The D850 is a work horse and significantly above its competitors. I would not give up my D850 if I had to chose between the two cameras.
Feb 18, 2019 07:20:10   #
I personally do not use the filter to protect the lens from accidents, I use the filter to protect the front element from dirt and grime. It is easier to replace a filter if scratched than to replace the lenses front element.

jerryc41 wrote:
"Always use your lens hood. The lens hood isn’t just good at preventing flare. It can keep you from losing contrast in your images as well as protect your front lens element from snowflakes."

Yes, I'm sure we all have horror stories about expensive lenses destroyed by collisions with snow flakes.

Seriously, though, a lens hood is usually included with the lens, and it's often better than an expensive filter at producing good results and protecting your lens.
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Feb 18, 2019 07:11:06   #
I own all the DVD's for the James Bond movies and every once in a while I pull them out and watch them over again. My two favorite actors for Bond are Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

jerryc41 wrote:
Looking through Netflix last night, I was surprised to see so many James Bond films listed. I think there were nine. I watched an old one and a new one, and I can understand why they are so popular and why the stars don't stay with them very long. They are very physically demanding.

Speaking of stars, Daniel Craig has a house nearby, and he's been seen in the cafe down the road several times. My son helped him at the DIY check-out in Lowe's, but he didn't recognize him. He must have been relieved when he got out quietly. One of the stars of the walking dead almost got out quietly. The people recognized him, but kept quiet. Then a woman saw him and started screaming. If I were a star, I'd develop a good range of disguises.
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Feb 17, 2019 05:46:14   #
I can not answer for you, however Elements only processes images in 8 bit so if you use 14 or 16 bit images in RAW from your camera Elements will throw quite a lot of information away. While it is true that people only see the colors in 8 bits in truth if you shoot landscape lets say and you have deep shadows you will loose detail in the shadows processing them in 8 bits.

ChiefEW wrote:
I have the Adobe package that I pay a monthly fee for. The only program I use is Photoshop. I am shooting RAW images and open them in Photoshop. I don't think I take enough pictures to justify paying the monthly fee for the Adobe package. Would I be better off to purchase the newest version of Photo Elements? Thank you. Earl
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Feb 14, 2019 16:17:14   #
I totally agree with you, I have the D500, D850 and the 500mm PF and the combination on both cameras are outstanding for wildlife. The only downside to the lens (which is minor) is the aperture is slower than the 500mm f4, but as I say it is a small price to pay for a great lens and I hardly ever shoot before sunrise or after sunset.

billnikon wrote:
I have been using the new Nikon 500mm f5.6 PF ED VR lens for about two weeks. I have had it mounted on the D500 and the D850. So far results have been outstanding. About 3 years ago I purchased the Nikon 200-500 f5.6 primarily because of the weight. I had been using the Nikon 300mm 2.8 prime and the Nikon 200-400 VR II F4. Both of these lenses were heavy to carry around and take images hand held of wildlife in Florida’ preserves. I found the 200-500 f5.6 to be equivalent in image quality to my 300 and 200-400 so I sold those two lenses and have been using the 200-500 for the past three years. I found myself zooming all the way out to 500 mm most of the time. So when the 500 5.6 FL came out I thought I would give it a try.
The weight of the 500 PF is nearly 2 lbs. lighter than my current 200-500 f5.6. Focusing is lightning fast. Noticeably faster than my 200-500. Focus acquisition is also noticeably faster. I use the 500 PF primarily for wildlife in Florida’s nature preserves. I prefer to hand hold because the action is sometimes fast and furious. A tripod limit’s my ability to focus and capture fast moving wildlife.
I like to use Group Auto Focus, continuous auto focus, center weighted metering and shoot at the fastest possible shutter speed and frames per second available. I use manual exposure when the sun is behind me. If it’s cloudy or sun and cloudy I like to use Aperture Priority and generally use a -.07 exposure compensation.
The first shot I posted, taken in Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Florida with the D500 and the 500 PF lens. I used 10 frames a second while panning the Anhinga transporting nesting material. I used the above mentioned settings, the photo was one image out of 24 shots taken over 2.4 seconds, every exposure was consistent in part thanks to the E lens which has an electromagnetic aperture mechanism allowing each exposure in the sequence to be identical in exposure (thanks Nikon). In addition, every shot had a perfectly focused eye, thanks in part to the separate focusing engine in the D500 and D850. I now have a keeper rate of almost 98% using the Group Auto Focus system. As long as one of the four dotes, visible in the viewfinder, is on the subject it will be in focus. The Group Auto Focus system is made up of 16 focus spots within the 4 shown dots in the viewfinder.
The second image, was taken at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Florida, using the D850 at about 9 frames per second. To get this speed I used the Nikon EN-EL18c battery and the Nikon DL-5 battery chamber cover, with the MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack. For wildlife in motion, the more frames per second the better for capturing the right moment. Check out the third shot of a Great Egret flipping a banded water snake at Peaceful Waters in Wellington Florida. I believe the Exceed 5 processor combined with the separate focusing engine in the D500, D850 and D5 make the difference with not only the focusing speed but focusing consistency using the new Nikon 500 PF lens. I also used the Sony XQD 64 GB card, its write speed of 440MB/s is a real plus when shooting at 9 frames per second.
The D850’s 45.7 MP allowed me to crop a little more than when using the D500. I generally do not like to use a tele converter and have not tried it on the 500 PF.
I deliberately shot several shots below 1/125 second to test the VR. I noticed no problem with the VR system. I also own and use the Nikon 300mm f4 PF lens and do not experience any problem using the VR system on that lens. I rarely use the VR because most of the time I am shooting above 1/1500 sec. and really like to shoot close to 1/4000 sec. to get sharp wing tips, which move the fastest. I am a proponent of shooting, at a minimum, (1/focal length) of the lens. So, in the case of the 500 PF, my minimum shutter speed would be at least 1/500 sec. When I am shooting over 1/1000 sec., which is most of the time, I turn the VR off because it uses a lot of power and many feel it slows down focusing. If I use VR I like to use sport mode because I am hand holding and hand panning most of the time.
After taking about 2000 images with the 500 PF, my 200-500 may be sitting at home more often. That said I now take two cameras into the field. I am hand holding the D850 and the 500 PF lens. On my spider holster I have the D500 with the Nikon 70-200 2.8 E FL lens attached for anytime I am too close to the subject to use the 500 PF. The 500 PF has a minimum focusing distance of just under 10 feet but at that distance the 500 PF occasionally cannot capture the entire subject.
I do not use rear button focusing; I assign the rear button to single spot focusing for times when my subject is the branches of a tree or in thick brush. I then simply push the rear button, go to single spot focusing, put the dot on the eye of the subject and it pops in focus.
I also really like the Fluorine-coated front element. Almost cleans itself. I always have the lens hood attached (it is cheap and efficient lens protection). The hood has a locking mechanism similar to the hood on the 24-70 and 16-80 Nikkors.
I have owned over 70 Nikon AIS and Auto Focusing lenses. This is simply the best Nikon lens I have ever used. Good luck and keep on shooting until the end.
PS. Special thanks to Nikon Professional Services and B&H for their help in getting this lens into my hands.
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Feb 13, 2019 07:21:21   #
They still have a long way to go to have the phone replace an interchangeable lens camera, even with the lens attachment that fits on a phone. Phones may be good for selfies, but I can not imagine taking a phone for it's camera to a wildlife shoot.
Feb 12, 2019 07:20:41   #
Got mine in December from B&H and it is an absolutely great lens.

MT Shooter wrote:
Two were store orders, the first was a donated lens by Nikon for my upcoming expedition so it is now one of my personal inventory. I do have to say its an amazing lens and the high demand is very justified!
Taken with the 500 PF

Feb 9, 2019 07:16:37   #

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Feb 7, 2019 19:03:28   #
That sounds reasonable.

BebuLamar wrote:
The image circle does get bigger as you move the lens away from the sensor but it would only focus at very close distance. Even then I don't think the image circle from the Nikon 1 lens would be sufficient to cover the FX sensor.
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Feb 7, 2019 12:54:40   #
The flange distance from sensor to back of the lens on the Z6 is 16mm, the flange distance on the Nikon 1 V3 is 17mm. Now the sensor size of the V3 is 1” while the Z6 is full frame or 1.37795” requiring more distance for spreading the circle. Why couldn’t they make an adapter for Nikon 1 lenses to either DSLR or mirror-less cameras. Just a thought. Can anyone point out a flaw in the logic?
Feb 7, 2019 07:58:36   #
I like what you state though I usually crop for getting the rule of thirds more than enlargement of the subject.
Feb 3, 2019 07:31:29   #
The only major negative I have heard on the Z6 is that during high burst rate the EVF can not keep up with what you are currently shooting and you might lose focus, this can happen with birds in flight. I am going to get a Z6 for it's high ISO capability which rivals the D5.
Jan 31, 2019 07:46:34   #
As far as Nikon and Canon they are in the infancy of mirror-less cameras while many other manufacturers have perfected their mirror-less cameras and that in itself would be reason not to go with Nikon or Canon just yet, perhaps down the line when they have perfected them and they can do much more than their current offerings of DSLR's I will own one.
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