This month with your Nikon 1 - May 2021

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holgerlinke Regular Member • Posts: 456
This month with your Nikon 1 - May 2021

Welcome to another monthly thread. Feel free to share your work either here or through individual threads on the forum, whatever you are more comfortable with.

The rules are simple:

  • Add your contribution by responding to this first message in this topic.
  • Change the subject of your message, then embed your image into the reply with whatever you’d like to say about it.
  • If you want criticism/critique (C&C) or technique feedback, say so. It’s generally assumed that you want general feedback, but direct requests make it clearer.

The title of the thread shouldn't discourage you from posting older pictures. Feel free to post anything that you found again in your archives or that you are currently working on.

Link to previous threads:

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Cheers,
Holger

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MoJohn Junior Member • Posts: 32
Re: This month with your Nikon 1 - May 2021
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Lighthouse eclipse of the sun . .

Joel SG Regular Member • Posts: 139
Common myna or Indian myna (Acridotheres tristis) raining
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Bee and Lavender
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I have some lavender in my balcony and often bees come and go for its nectar. With a bit of patience a I got his photo of a bee before landing.

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Re: Bee and Lavender

lovely - a great shot

richard

André BARELIER
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Re: This month with your Nikon 1 - May 2021

MoJohn wrote:

Lighthouse eclipse of the sun . .

This is a very nice picture. Thanks for sharing.

Congratulations

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Blue skimmer - Orthetrum glaucum
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Blue skimmer - Orthetrum glaucum.jpg

Miss tilly
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Re: Blue skimmer - Orthetrum glaucum

Beautiful, and when viewed at full size sharp as a tack.

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Gary

Joel SG Regular Member • Posts: 139
Re: Blue skimmer - Orthetrum glaucum

Miss tilly wrote:

Beautiful, and when viewed at full size sharp as a tack.

Thanks Gary! Yeah this len is sharp,  but it is also plagued with purple fringing in certain conditions, the burst from V2 helps to better nail shots.

RichDitch
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Re: Blue skimmer - Orthetrum glaucum

Very nice shot of the skimmer. What 100/2.8D lens is this?

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RichDitch wrote:

Very nice shot of the skimmer. What 100/2.8D lens is this?

Thank you! is a old Tokina AT-X PRO 100mm F2.8 D Macro

here's another pic taken with the same setup

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Derek the pug
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getting a big boy now

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He is adorable!

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Miss tilly wrote:

He is adorable!

when he's not trouble 

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PHXAZCRAIG
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looking back, kind of surprised how good these were
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I'm working on a project that involves going through 12 years of shots of the (formerly) empty lot next door, and I have a number of V1 and V2 shots that still hold up well.   At the time I was shooting a 12mp D700 (overall), a 12mp D300 (wildlife) and the 10/14mp V1/V2.

The V1/V2 was used with a 300F4, and sometimes a 300F4 + 1.4TC (1134mm equivalent crop).

With good lighting (something we have a lot of in Phoenix), and a tripod, I was able to capture some really nice Great Horned Owl images (and some videos).

One from the V2.   Soon after I got the V2 I got a D800e and started getting away from Series 1.   The user interface just wore me down, and the D800e had enough pixels that it was easier to use the DLSR and crop heavily - got shots I'd otherwise miss.

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RichDitch
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Re: looking back, kind of surprised how good these were

PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

I'm working on a project that involves going through 12 years of shots of the (formerly) empty lot next door, and I have a number of V1 and V2 shots that still hold up well. At the time I was shooting a 12mp D700 (overall), a 12mp D300 (wildlife) and the 10/14mp V1/V2.

The V1/V2 was used with a 300F4, and sometimes a 300F4 + 1.4TC (1134mm equivalent crop).

With good lighting (something we have a lot of in Phoenix), and a tripod, I was able to capture some really nice Great Horned Owl images (and some videos).

One from the V2. Soon after I got the V2 I got a D800e and started getting away from Series 1. The user interface just wore me down, and the D800e had enough pixels that it was easier to use the DLSR and crop heavily - got shots I'd otherwise miss.

This is a terrific set of images and I'm glad you posted them. I've been living in Phoenix since June of 1994 and I wonder if we've ever crossed paths somewhere along the line.

I've taken a reverse path to you it seems. I'd been with DX gear (D70, D200, D300, and now D700 and D7200), but fell in love with the N1 cameras and lenses when I finally picked got a J1 and 10-30 off CraigsList 3 years ago. Now I do all my bird work with a V2 or V3, the CX 70-300 or an FX 300/4 with the TC14E.

Rich Ditch

Phoenix, AZ

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Re: looking back, kind of surprised how good these were

The young owl on the ground has just become one of my all time favorite shots.

PHXAZCRAIG
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why I quit using v-series
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Back when I was shooting 12mp DSLR's, the CX cameras made a lot of sense to me. Pixel density gave me better reach then the D300, though in some ways it was close.

(Here is a little test I did comparing the same shot taken with the same lens from the same spot of the same subject with CX, DX and FX cameras. First uncropped, then cropped to same field of view so you can see the effects of pixel density.)

https://www.cjcphoto.net/lenstests/v1/index.html

There were two big issues shooting the V1, then V2. The first was user interface. Nikon really crippled the cameras there. The V2 in particular due to the on-off switch being exactly where all my Canon point-n-shoots have their zoom control. I never did really get used to that, and I often turned the camera off accidentally with muscle memory trying to zoom in on something.

But in the end it was the limits of the sensor's dynamic range. I bought a D800e, and while the frame rate was atrocious, everything else was wonderful. The pixel density wasn't as tight as the V2, but the user interface was so much easier to work with in the field that I gradually started just cropping the D800e shots a lot. After all, a cropped shot of a bird in flight and in focus is better than the one you missed because the camera's user interface was fighting you.

Then I took a Mediterranean cruise in 2013, and I had a backpack of cameras and lenses, plus my trusty waist bag for shore excursions. The combo worked really well. I carried the D800e with 16-35, 24-70 and 80-400g, plus a V2 with 10-100. Brought the SB-N5 tiny flash and the 8.6-13mm zoom for indoor cathedrals and the like. If I had the 80-400g mounted on the D800e, I could zoom the 10-100 to the wide end and capture wider shots without having to swap lenses on the DSLR. If I had the 16-35 mounted, I could zoom the 10-100 to 100mm to capture distant subjects.

But in the Mediterranean, you get a lot of white marble buildings and bright sun. The dynamic range is extreme, but the D800e could handle it. I just pulled down highlights in Lightroom and was good to go. But with the V2, I couldn't do that. The highlights were basically blown and there wasn't anything to work with in terms of dynamic range.

Here is an example: https://www.cjcphoto.net/medtrip2013/highlights/images/page115.html

I gradually just stopped using the V cameras.   DSLR was easier to use in the field.

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RichDitch
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Re: why I quit using v-series

Craig:

Thanks for the response. The links are appreciated, although I had already viewed the crop/comparison tests as well as a lot of the other AZ material on your web site. Let me say again how nice your work is.

I agree that the UI on the N1 bodies isn't nearly as good as it could be, but the V2 and V3 are much better than the V1. I've never used any Canon gear so I can't say anything relevant, but I do know that switching between cameras even from the same manufacturer can cause frustration so going between manufacturers must be worse.

I recognize the benefits fo better sensors and larger formats in terms of noise, dynamic range, and overall image quality. Even after acquiring an extensive N1 system I've not dumped my DX bodies or DX and FX lenses as I like the IQ potential they hold.

For me the choice of CX vs DX comes down to convenience and portability over ultimate image quality. If I still had the mobility I had even 10 years ago I'd still be out every morning with my DX bird rig - formerly a D200 or D300 with a 300/2.8 AF-S lens and TC20E converter on a big Gitzo with gimbal head, or the updated D7200 with AF-S 200-500/5.6 on a lighter tripod with RRS BH-55. But I can't do that. So now when I'm out for a shorter walk than I used to manage it is with V3 and a CX 70-300 without any tripod. But if I was headed back to Bosque del Apache to spend a few days driving around the loop circuit I'd use that D7220 with 200-500 on a window bean bag, and the 300/4D for hand held flight shots from beside the car.

I don't know whether you shot raw or jpeg, but I've been pleased with how much quality I can get out of an N1 raw file using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop, especially now that I've added PhotoLab Deep Prime from DxO.

PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

Back when I was shooting 12mp DSLR's, the CX cameras made a lot of sense to me. Pixel density gave me better reach then the D300, though in some ways it was close.

(Here is a little test I did comparing the same shot taken with the same lens from the same spot of the same subject with CX, DX and FX cameras. First uncropped, then cropped to same field of view so you can see the effects of pixel density.)

https://www.cjcphoto.net/lenstests/v1/index.html

There were two big issues shooting the V1, then V2. The first was user interface. Nikon really crippled the cameras there. The V2 in particular due to the on-off switch being exactly where all my Canon point-n-shoots have their zoom control. I never did really get used to that, and I often turned the camera off accidentally with muscle memory trying to zoom in on something.

But in the end it was the limits of the sensor's dynamic range. I bought a D800e, and while the frame rate was atrocious, everything else was wonderful. The pixel density wasn't as tight as the V2, but the user interface was so much easier to work with in the field that I gradually started just cropping the D800e shots a lot. After all, a cropped shot of a bird in flight and in focus is better than the one you missed because the camera's user interface was fighting you.

Then I took a Mediterranean cruise in 2013, and I had a backpack of cameras and lenses, plus my trusty waist bag for shore excursions. The combo worked really well. I carried the D800e with 16-35, 24-70 and 80-400g, plus a V2 with 10-100. Brought the SB-N5 tiny flash and the 8.6-13mm zoom for indoor cathedrals and the like. If I had the 80-400g mounted on the D800e, I could zoom the 10-100 to the wide end and capture wider shots without having to swap lenses on the DSLR. If I had the 16-35 mounted, I could zoom the 10-100 to 100mm to capture distant subjects.

But in the Mediterranean, you get a lot of white marble buildings and bright sun. The dynamic range is extreme, but the D800e could handle it. I just pulled down highlights in Lightroom and was good to go. But with the V2, I couldn't do that. The highlights were basically blown and there wasn't anything to work with in terms of dynamic range.

Here is an example: https://www.cjcphoto.net/medtrip2013/highlights/images/page115.html

I gradually just stopped using the V cameras. DSLR was easier to use in the field.

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Why I still use v-series
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I still find it useful and fun to use the N1 series cameras. Here is an example from my light-weight and convenient combo: Nikon 1 V3 with the Nikkor 300/4 E PF (handheld):

Red squirrel

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