Nikon 18-200 VR for hummingbirds

Started May 14, 2007 | Discussions thread
Hide Takahashi Veteran Member • Posts: 4,234
Re: Nikon 18-200 VR for hummingbirds

Hi Guy,

You got some nice hummer shots! I'm a big hummer fan and I learned a lot of things about hummer shooings.

First of all, you'll need a fast lens. Fast Af speed is a must for hummer shootings. Among the lenses you own, Sigma 100-300 f/4 will do the job but I guess it's heavy. This is the lens I want to get in the future.

If you want to freeze the wings, then you'll need to use 1/800 sec. and higher. If you don't get a good light, then you'll need to use an external flash. I believe that D70 has a flash synch overide. My D 50 doesn't,so if I use the flash, it's set to 1/500 sec. automatically. But I found a way to fool the camera to overide it.

The hummer image is below was shot by the D50+ Nikon 70-210 f/4-5.6 AFD + SB600

I recently purchased a 70-300 VR but it's not cut out for hummer shootings. But the lens produces a better image/color than the 70-210, so I'll keep it.



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