Primates with D800 and 500VR

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

gnagel wrote:

I visited the Brookfield Zoo yesterday with my D800 and 500VR. The indoor exhibit was not well lit, so I shot at very low shutter speeds, activated VR, secured the lens to a gimbal head and added some fill flash with the SB900 and Better Beamer! Here are the images:


Black and white colobus monkey (male)


Western lowland gorilla (female)


Red-capped mangabey


Colobus monkey with three week old baby


Male orangutan


Red-tailed mangabey


Red-tailed mangabey

Thanks for looking...



Masterful as usual!!!!

Your 500VR pictures (as well as those of others) were part of the reason I got the 500VR. I've been very happy with it!

I keep forgetting to buy a Better Beamer.

Last year I was in Tanzania and there was a leopard buried deep in the shadows of a tree with a porcupine kill about over a hundred feet away.

Had to raise the ISO on the D4 a fair bit, and the SB-900 at full power was just barely able to get enough light on the subject for me to get by...

Here's the link (I didn't want to post the picture and "hijack" the thread   )


One of the other folks in this forum mentioned that if I got a Better Beamer, that  I should be careful not to inadvertently point it at the sun while  mounted on the flash. He had seen someone fry their flash that way!

Best Regards,


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