birding... nikon adapted 300 f4.5

Discussion in 'Nature' started by yunfat, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. yunfat

    yunfat TalkEmount Rookie

    Dec 23, 2011
    Very possible with NEX, although I wouldn't count on getting much in focus if the birds are in flight. Overall, most nikon Ai-S lenses perform well. This is 300mm F4.5 Ai-S, @30 year old lens which can be found on eBay quite reasonably. Hint: try and find one with the JCII sticker!

    All shots handheld, between f5.6-f8

    great egret



    gbh white morph, (mating pair), harsh backlighting, a testament to NEX sensor latitude

    black crowned night heron, ISO 800, 1/250, borderline handholding sharpness

    purple galinule

    Higher resolution available via flickr...

    Thanks for this site!
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  2. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
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    Phoenix Gonzales
    Excellent set, I'm impressed with the shots and even more impressed that you know their names! :) I see some of these birds in my backyard, I finally know what they're called, up to this time I just called them "bird".
  3. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
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    Your shots turned out very well, nice work.:)

    I have been able to get a few birds in flight shots, but mostly by luck.
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    Very impressive and beautiful captures. Well done!

    Phoenix, you're a lucky guy to have these in your backyard :).
  5. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
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    Phoenix Gonzales
    They're noisy! ;) I live next to a lake where I cop these birds, and 5 mins from the sea where I cop seagulls, turns and albatrosses who are also quite noisy
  6. RAWFA

    RAWFA TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 25, 2011
    Those are some really nice photos.
    I´ve recently got a Sigma 70-300mm that I´m yet to take to a nature trip. After having tried it a little bit I was kind of afraid it would be tough to shoot wild life with it...but after taking a look at these photos it gives me more hope :)
  7. bbob

    bbob TalkEmount Regular

    Nov 9, 2011
    wet coast canada

    excellent shots. I have an Nikkor 80-200 2.8 ED and Ai-NEX adapter but the lens looks un-natural on the 5n. You have inspired me to give it a try

  8. abledoc

    abledoc New to TalkEmount

    Jan 10, 2014
    Lucknow, India
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    Able Lawrence
    Sony alpha 7 for birdwatching

    How does the new Sony alpha 7 perform for bird watching use. How fast does it focus?
    What if you get a LA-EA4 and use an A mount lens. Will the focusing improve?
  9. macro

    macro TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 3, 2012
    New Zealand
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    Danny Young
    Nice shots, especially the second shot. The lighting on that is excellent, very well done.

    All the best and BIF's, yes you can if you practise.

  10. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 17, 2012
    2, 4 and 6 and great - especially like the feather detail on 2, the inter-twined birds on 4 and the composition of 6. Great stuff and super sharp !
  11. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 17, 2012
    4 could easy be a poster shot - would be great to see it blown up BIG :)
  12. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 17, 2012
    Just did a quick Ebay search and turned up one of these lenses for £80 and another for £125 - not too shabby ! If I was still in the UK ( or a country that actually HAS Ebay ) I would be tempted......