V3 / 70-300CX Moon and More...

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V3 / 70-300CX Moon and More...
Aug 5, 2014

No doubt about the capability of V3 and 70-300CX, but IQ is still a concern sometimes. This combo is very comparable with D4 + 800mm/5.6 in terms of reach, Mega Pixel, and FPS, but D4's noise control should be better. Well I don't have new 800mm/5.6E lens, so I use Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED and TC-20E III for 800mm/5.6 and shoot the moon. Here is picture. As expected the V3 got a little bigger image (810mm vs 800mm, 18.4MP vs 16.2MP), but noisier. Hey, not many people can hand hold D4+400mm+TC-20e+Tripod + Gimble Header (~20 lbs), and V3 combo is just a little over 2 lbs. Some sacrifice in IQ to me is acceptable if I need portability.

All images are pretty much direct out off ACR8.6 using default settings, with only slight adjustment in exposures.

Here are the original, cropped.

And original from V3 + 400mm + TC-20e (eq. 2160mm) without crop:

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Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 J1 Nikon 1 AW1 Nikon 1 V3 Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 +3 more
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