D800E on Birds

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Peter in Milton
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D800E on Birds
Apr 23, 2012

I shot about 200+ pictures of raptors this morning using my D800E and 300 4.0 lens, sometimes with a 1.4TC. No signs of moire so far. Here is a sample shot of a Peregrine Falcon. I realize this is a much reduced jpg from the original 36Mb RAW file, but this is about all I can upload using the gallery. (Unless someone can tell me another way to do it.) This shot was at ISO 800 with the lens wide open at 4.0. Some cropping in post.

So far very pleased with the camera in all ways. AF is a big step up.

C&C welcome. Thanks,

Peter.

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Very nice!! Still waiting on my D800E and D4; paid in full for both on the first day!! Hopefully one or both in the next two weeks.
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Peter in Milton wrote:

I shot about 200+ pictures of raptors this morning using my D800E and 300 4.0 lens, sometimes with a 1.4TC. No signs of moire so far. Here is a sample shot of a Peregrine Falcon. I realize this is a much reduced jpg from the original 36Mb RAW file, but this is about all I can upload using the gallery. (Unless someone can tell me another way to do it.) This shot was at ISO 800 with the lens wide open at 4.0. Some cropping in post.

So far very pleased with the camera in all ways. AF is a big step up.

Very nice shot. The focus is nearly perfect on the near eye. When you say the AF is a big step up, to which camera are you comparing?

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Very impressive result!
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Very good clean shot. Wonderful bird. Glad to hear no moire so far.
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Dreamy clean background.

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Great shot Peter and congrats on your new camera.

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In reply to Peter in Milton, Apr 23, 2012

Hi Peter. I live near Windsor, Ontario. Where did you go to get your raptor photos?
Nice photo. Have you tried your 300 with the 1.7TC?
Also, where did you get your 800E from?

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In reply to Peter in Milton, Apr 23, 2012

Very nice, Peter. I too use the 300mm f4 for birds, often with a TC14E, and I am hopeful of getting my E before nesting season is over in south Louisiana. So it's nice to see this great result. Beautiful raptor.

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Hi aaront,

We have a raptor centre in rural Milton (up the 401 from you about 300 km) at Mountsberg Conservation Area. The handlers are very helpful to photographers. (You can't just turn up if you want their help, but appointments are possible) They look after birds that have been injured, and they can't always be re-released into the wild.

I have a 1.7TC but not had enough use of it to comment. Looks fine though.

I got my 800E at Vistek in Mississauga.

I will try posting some other pictures tomorrow.

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Kelly,

I have been using a D7000. It is an excellent camera, but it does struggle in low light and with slow lenses (like 5.6 or less). The 800E seems to focus in just about any light I could want to use, and is noticeably faster.
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Sweet! Nice and sharp, with very pleasing background. Looks the bird is about to fly out of my monitor and get me! Thanks. -iwbs

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Thanks for this very useful information my decision on which to buy hangs in the balance and this report helps.
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Well done. I know it takes patience to get shots like this. Enjoy the "E".
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I see moire or false color in the birds head and lower middle of right wing.

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Peter in Milton wrote:

I shot about 200+ pictures of raptors this morning using my D800E and 300 4.0 lens, sometimes with a 1.4TC. No signs of moire so far. Here is a sample shot of a Peregrine Falcon. I realize this is a much reduced jpg from the original 36Mb RAW file, but this is about all I can upload using the gallery. (Unless someone can tell me another way to do it.) This shot was at ISO 800 with the lens wide open at 4.0. Some cropping in post.

So far very pleased with the camera in all ways. AF is a big step up.

C&C welcome. Thanks,

Peter.

Peter, this is an excellent shot, and nice to know about the lack of moire in bird feathers. I am still waiting on my copy. I am first on the list at my local brick and mortar shop, so hopefully soon.

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Peter in Milton wrote:

Kelly,

I have been using a D7000. It is an excellent camera, but it does struggle in low light and with slow lenses (like 5.6 or less). The 800E seems to focus in just about any light I could want to use, and is noticeably faster.
Peter.

Thank you. I've been debating augmenting my D7000 with a D800, but I'm still on the fence. It's good to know the AF is noticeably better on the D800. I've had pretty good luck with my D7000 once I moved to 9-points AF-C.

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I like the shot and it seems a good example of of the D800E. I wish people would use more DOF when shooting these shots though. The wing and the head is sharp. The body is very soft I think it would look much better with 12 inches of in focus DOF and the background would still be soft enough to separate it from the subject. What f stop did you shoot this at?
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In reply to Martin Greeson, Apr 23, 2012

As I said, wide open at f4.0. As I was already at ISO 800, I would have needed to up the ISO to at least 6400 to enhance the depth of field. With trying in the future I think.
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