Great White Shark Photography

Started Jan 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
BillD7000 Contributing Member • Posts: 793
Re: Great White Shark Photography

What I would like is advise on what lens, settings, and techniques I should use with my D7100 (not yet got).

At the moment I'm thinking the Nikon Af-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens.

As it happens, I'm a certified Shark Diver and, based on experience of over 100 close encounters below the sea, I think your choice for above the water is right on. I would consider using center-point AF-S, set where the decoy is, and using an aperture of f/5.6 to f/8, to ensure adequate depth of field. This will dramatically speed-up camera responsiveness. Obviously, shoot at 6FPS.

Forget wide-angle. W/A would be good for VERY close encounters under water, or even if dragging a shark on-board, but for what you will be doing, you'll want the 70-200. The Nikon f/4 version would save you money, and likely be just as good, if not better. You don't need f/2.8.

The new Sigma 50-150/2.8 OS, is phenomenal, and gives you 50mm on a DX camera, but make sure it's behaving properly before going out to sea.  Mine needed factory focus adjustment at longer distances...

Don't just get the shark in the field of view. Try also framing a bit of the water too. I'm jealous...

 BillD7000's gear list:BillD7000's gear list
Nikon D7100 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G +1 more
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