Birding and the D7100

Started May 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Robert DeCandido, PhD Regular Member • Posts: 284
Re: (new version) 80-400 is the ticket

I have been shooting this lens for a friend (in Thailand for whom I purchased the lens/camera)...the combo D7100 and the new version (II) of the 80-400 is very fast to focus (and superb accurate focus) - especially good in low light. If I were getting a hand-held Nikon BIF set-up...this is where I would spend my money. The IQ from the D7100 is great to at least 800 asa (better than my 7D Canon body) - and the buffer capacity is just fine. I use a Lexar 800x card - shoot 4-5 frames in rapid succession...pause for 1-2 seconds - and then shoot again. So if you can control the way you shoot, even the buffer issue (problem) can be overcome...

Bottom line: great little camera (I wish Canon had a similar sensor and could provide the same AF speed and accuracy in its DX line)...and lens combo. For years Nikon folks have asked for a 400 F5.6 like the Canon version...now they have a better one with great VR (the Canon 400 F5.6 does not have IS)...and it is sharp...AF is great even in very low light...I am impressed.

This comes from someone who makes part of his living shooting birds in flight with a 5D3 and 800mm F5.6 (hand-held) in Thailand and Nepal...

Nepal BIF: http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=1021128

Thailand BIF: http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=714849

 Robert DeCandido, PhD's gear list:Robert DeCandido, PhD's gear list
Canon EOS 5DS Sony a6300 Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM Canon Extender EF 1.4x III +6 more
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