Featured: 'Herons (some BIF) with Nikon V3 and 70-300CX' by The Smoking Camera

Oct 20, 2013
33
Hawaii
Joe Marquez
Appreciate the comments. Definitely a small package to get to 800mm. And yes expensive until you compare with other options to get this kind of reach. Have not seen any reviews as well but I suspect they will be positive. Now waiting for the surf to pick up here in Hawaii. Thanks again.
 

BillN

Hall of Famer
Aug 25, 2010
123
S W France
Bill
Appreciate the comments. Definitely a small package to get to 800mm. And yes expensive until you compare with other options to get this kind of reach. Have not seen any reviews as well but I suspect they will be positive. Now waiting for the surf to pick up here in Hawaii. Thanks again.
Joe - it must be tough living in Hawaii - I've been once many years ago and loved the place, and the food, (which is unusual for the US)
 

demiro

Serious Compacts For Life
Dec 15, 2011
69
Really great shots Joe. And you're correct, the 70-300 is basically a bargain if you compare it to the Canon and Nikon lenses typically used to capture shots like these.

I still think the V3 body is a bit steep, but if the results with that lens are somewhat unique to the new body then I may have to rethink my opinion.
 
Oct 20, 2013
33
Hawaii
Joe Marquez
Bill, yeah tough living in Hawaii. lol
Thanks RT Panther. This is precisely what the 1 inch sensor was intended to do and it does it quite well.
Thanks demiro and exactly - hard to find something this small, light and inexpensive when compared to Canon and Nikon.

I'm certainly not a birder and in fact only since I picked up a V3 have I attempted photographing birds and only since I picked up the 70-300CX last week have I tried for BIF. There are some drawbacks worth noting. This is a good light setup plain and simple and works best at ISO 400 or less. And the lens doesn't help at 300mm f5.6 (810mm due to 2.7x FOV factor) Once ISO hits 1600 or higher details are lost. May not be important for street photography but very important for birds or where detail is needed. Secondly, at high frame rates the camera is limited to 40 shots then writes to the card which takes about 15 to 20 seconds to empty. However, if you take 40 shots, release the shutter for a second or two and then hit again, you will get all 40 initial shots and about ten each subsequent set. Hope this makes sense.

That's it for now except I am adding three links below. These are 20 to 30 shot sequences shot raw with continuous focus on as I tracked some birds in flight. Rather than show all the photos I downsized the images and created clips at 6fps so you can see the camera tracking the birds. Gotta say, this may be the first mirrorless camera setup that can do BIF. Now I patiently await the big surf in Hawaii.

Thanks. Joe

First Heron BIF
Second Heron BIF
Egret BIF
 
Oct 20, 2013
33
Hawaii
Joe Marquez
Clips are even more impressive, as is the fact that you just started shooting BIF last week!
Thanks demiro. Well, I do shoot ballet so that helps. lol. Seriously, I have all the respect in the world for birders and their concentration, anticipation and reflexes. And for shooting in non-Hawaii weather. By the way,these were shot hand held. Lens does not come come with a tripod mount - bad Nikon! Just received it as an add on.
 

nippa

Top Veteran
Aug 7, 2010
104
Cheshire UK
Dennis
Those shots brought me up sharp.
If the little Nikon and its talented photographer can do that there might be hope for m4/3 where such shots are possible but , I'd be shooting at 3fps to keep each shot in focus and 8fps if I were just banging away.
Thanks for posting.
I love the bird in flight shots.
 

Ray Sachs

Legend
Sep 21, 2010
123
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
Really impressive Joe. I'm just playing around with focus tracking for the first time with Nikon's DSLR system, just practicing on seagulls at the Jersey Shore, and I'm finding it easier than expected. But with that reach, at 20 fps, and at that SIZE! Wow! Someday those sensors will be good to 3200 (the Sony versions of the 1" already are pretty close) and that setup will be that much more flexible. Not for low light, but just easier to do stuff in OK light... Still not a small lens, but tiny for the reach...

-Ray
 
Oct 20, 2013
33
Hawaii
Joe Marquez
Thanks Ray. Always nice to have you chime in. Never realized you're a birder. lol. Which Nikon are using for this? Yeah, sensors getting better for these small rigs, but not quite there yet. Soon, hopefully. Take care and hope to contribute more in the future. Regards, Joe
 
Oct 20, 2013
33
Hawaii
Joe Marquez
Agree with you Dave. Who could have imagined a few years ago it would be possible to handhold a 800mm equivalent lens with a mirrorless camera and track BIF. Amazing times we live in.

Thanks Luke. Glad you enjoyed the V1 photos on my site. A very under appreciated camera and a bargain today. By comparison, seems like I paid for every tiny pixel in the V3.
 

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