Convince me to buy a D800 (+BHPV question)

Started Apr 28, 2014 | Discussions thread
Apollo18 Senior Member • Posts: 1,317
Re: Convince me to buy a D800 (+BHPV question)

TimStir wrote:

I find the 300mm with TC has sufficient each for birds when I am reasonably lucky. I can crop the D800 results and get a step up in quality (16MP, better DR, better ISO, better focus) but to really exploit the D800 I would need a longer lens and do less cropping.

But there just aren't many options out there. The sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 would get me more light with a 1.4xTC, but I am not sure the 2x TC is really acceptable on that lens. A 500mm is ideal but is out of my price range for the time being.

However, with larger animals or luck I have had 300mm fill the frame:

Apollo18 wrote:

I find the 300mm f/4 and 1.4xTC just about right for wildlife and so get the most out of the D800 would require a somewhat big and expensive lens upgrade.


Some very nice pictures there Tim.

I sold my 500mm f4 a few months back, which I had used for some time with a D300, but less so since I bought the D800. Bear in mind you'd need not just the lens, but also a worthy tripod and gimbal head (figure about another £1k for these). This Body+Lens+Tripod+Head+Teleconverter combination = about 10kg, which is really no fun at all to carry around a nature reserve. If you are a dedicated wildlife shooter and have a good back, then maybe...

If wildlife stuff is just a sideline for you, I think you can get great results with the 300mm f4 and save yourself a stack of cash.

Otherwise, here's another suggestion - the 300mm f2.8 + teleconverters. The 300mm 2.8 accepts TCs extremely well - way way better than the 300mm f4 does. It's also much lighter and it is cheaper, especially used. If you get the older, non-VR version, it might be in your price range (take a look on ebay).

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