Various shots with a J1 4

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quarryman Contributing Member • Posts: 830
Various shots with a J1 4
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I've been using this with a 300/4 and various tc's...the extreme focal lengths are always a challenge and with no viewfinder makes it pretty frustrating. On the other hand, if shooting fixed targets that stay still for a few seconds (or at least long enough to find them in the display)...it does okay.

These are shot with a 300/4 and a 1.4X Tcon. 1134 mm on monopod with shutters of 1/200-400, iso 200, f/8. Processed with CNX2. Tnx for looking.

Bill

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quarryman OP Contributing Member • Posts: 830
Re: Various shots with a J1 (4 Images...)

Sorry abt the title...couldn't find the edit button.

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Re: Various shots with a J1 (4 Images...)

Grandi colpi,bravo

semifast Contributing Member • Posts: 780
Re: Various shots with a J1 4

pretty spectacular !

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Paul Pasco
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Re: Various shots with a J1 4

Very nice photos; you really have your ducks in a row. 

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quarryman OP Contributing Member • Posts: 830
Thanks Solo, Semi, and Paul...

for the nice comments.

Paul, it took hours to get them to cooperate

Bill

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wornish Regular Member • Posts: 118
Re: Thanks Solo, Semi, and Paul...

These are excellent.

I have been considering the N1 V1 (or J1)  as a lower cost way to get reach for my existing nikon lenses but was worried about the loss of IQ.  You have convinced me to take the plunge.

How easy is it to get focus using the J1 as you have no viewfinder ?

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VertigonA380 Senior Member • Posts: 1,133
Re: Various shots with a J1 4

Nice to see someone with good post processing skills, intelligent enough not to go overboard.

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Excellent ! (n/t)
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Max Elmar Forum Member • Posts: 82
Beautiful Work!

Really nice - thanks for sharing!

wolfd Senior Member • Posts: 1,262
Re: Various shots with a J1 4

A very nice series. My fave is the last one.

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quarryman OP Contributing Member • Posts: 830
Re...Wornish

First, thanks for the kind words on the images...always appreciated.

My feelings are mixed about the J1...on one hand, I bought this dirt cheap (175.00 USD) as a refurb...hard to be disappointed at that cost. Regardless of cost, it's a cumbersome little rig to handle...no grips, no viewfinder, no outboard controls. I griped like hell when going from a D2X to a D300S because I lost the back panel controls...this thing can make you pull your hair out trying to change something on the fly. But it has enough on the outside, in way of controls, to get you by.

What it's really about is expectation...will it do everything well? No. Will it do most things well...depends what "those things" are. I bought this specifically to play with the 2.7X crop...here's one from last night at 2432mm...

The image is so-so...but it was hoot to see the lcd display fill with the moon The shot above of the bee was taken at 6 feet away...really nice to have those working distances. As a walk around setup I usually have a 70-300VR on the front...810mm/5.6 with VR. Back in the 35mm days that would have been something you would see on Star Trek.

As far as overall IQ...again, does some things well...other look quite bad. The sensor generates a lot of noise even at low ISO's. Neat Image or Noiseware is needed. I'm taking a stab at this next statement...the AA filter has to be pretty aggressive in this...I've never had to sharpen a file to the extent of these...it's takes a fair amount of post work to make the file shine. The yang of it is the same clarity busting filter (if that is the cause or just a characteristic of the CX sensor) gives a really cool diffused and rich color depth...really nice saturation (although it's easy to badly blow single channels). The DR pretty much sucks...but it does well in more moderate DR scenes.

And I still haven't answered your question...

Regarding the lack of a viewfinder with long lenses on moving targets on a bright day...you'll be looking for a tree limb to throw the rope over...it is the definition of frustration. But...on good legs, with a good head or gimbal, prefocusing, etc...it can work. If you're doing stills...the rangefinder dealy works okay...or in the above moon shot, you can zoom the display into the pixel and focus it perfectly...which is very sweet.

Thanks again.

Bill

wornish wrote:

These are excellent.

I have been considering the N1 V1 (or J1) as a lower cost way to get reach for my existing nikon lenses but was worried about the loss of IQ. You have convinced me to take the plunge.

How easy is it to get focus using the J1 as you have no viewfinder ?

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quarryman OP Contributing Member • Posts: 830
Re: Vertigon...

Somebody once told me about PP that you have to keep it "believable". Amazing how fast the human brain will make the determination that something is trash when it has to figure out what is wrong.

Thanks!

Bill

VertigonA380 wrote:

Nice to see someone with good post processing skills, intelligent enough not to go overboard.

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quarryman OP Contributing Member • Posts: 830
Re: Excellent ! (n/t) Thank You! (n/t)

No text.

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quarryman OP Contributing Member • Posts: 830
Re: Wolfd...

One of our local Osprey...

Thanks!

wolfd wrote:

A very nice series. My fave is the last one.

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quarryman OP Contributing Member • Posts: 830
Re: Beautiful Work! Thanks Max...

for the kind words.

Bill

Max Elmar wrote:

Really nice - thanks for sharing!

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Paul Pasco
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Re: Re...Wornish

quarryman wrote:

First, thanks for the kind words on the images...always appreciated.

My feelings are mixed about the J1...on one hand, I bought this dirt cheap (175.00 USD) as a refurb...hard to be disappointed at that cost. Regardless of cost, it's a cumbersome little rig to handle...no grips, no viewfinder, no outboard controls. I griped like hell when going from a D2X to a D300S because I lost the back panel controls...this thing can make you pull your hair out trying to change something on the fly. But it has enough on the outside, in way of controls, to get you by.

What it's really about is expectation...will it do everything well? No. Will it do most things well...depends what "those things" are. I bought this specifically to play with the 2.7X crop...here's one from last night at 2432mm...

The image is so-so...but it was hoot to see the lcd display fill with the moon The shot above of the bee was taken at 6 feet away...really nice to have those working distances. As a walk around setup I usually have a 70-300VR on the front...810mm/5.6 with VR. Back in the 35mm days that would have been something you would see on Star Trek.

As far as overall IQ...again, does some things well...other look quite bad. The sensor generates a lot of noise even at low ISO's. Neat Image or Noiseware is needed. I'm taking a stab at this next statement...the AA filter has to be pretty aggressive in this...I've never had to sharpen a file to the extent of these...it's takes a fair amount of post work to make the file shine. The yang of it is the same clarity busting filter (if that is the cause or just a characteristic of the CX sensor) gives a really cool diffused and rich color depth...really nice saturation (although it's easy to badly blow single channels). The DR pretty much sucks...but it does well in more moderate DR scenes.

And I still haven't answered your question...

Regarding the lack of a viewfinder with long lenses on moving targets on a bright day...you'll be looking for a tree limb to throw the rope over...it is the definition of frustration. But...on good legs, with a good head or gimbal, prefocusing, etc...it can work. If you're doing stills...the rangefinder dealy works okay...or in the above moon shot, you can zoom the display into the pixel and focus it perfectly...which is very sweet.

Thanks again.

Bill

wornish wrote:

These are excellent.

I have been considering the N1 V1 (or J1) as a lower cost way to get reach for my existing nikon lenses but was worried about the loss of IQ. You have convinced me to take the plunge.

How easy is it to get focus using the J1 as you have no viewfinder ?

What lens is this taken with?

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quarryman OP Contributing Member • Posts: 830
Re: Paul...

Paul Pasco wrote:

What lens is this taken with?

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300/4 with stacked 1.4 and 2X Tcons...

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The Smoking Camera Senior Member • Posts: 2,030
Re: Various shots with a J1 4

These are impressive shots Bill.

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Zoran K Contributing Member • Posts: 681
Re: Various shots with a J1 4

Excellent shots!

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