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  1. #21
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    Re: New Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter7100 View Post
    weather is typical Scottish March weather...bloody awful
    and the summer is any better...... warmer rain


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  2. #22
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    Re: New Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter7100 View Post
    Yes I love watching Steve Perry videos.
    I have already programmed some of the functions but find that people seem to be split on the best AF selection for tracking birds and wildlife. I am getting the impression that there is a slight preference for GROUP AF.
    It would be interesting to know what people on here tend to use in this scenario.
    Peter, no matter which AF Mode you chose for what job, it is most important to learn everything you can about how that mode actually works. Learn the details!

    While you can get some of this information from the D500 manual, it can be tough to find and too easy to misunderstand. Watch some online videos from good, established photography instructors, like Steve Perry at Backcountry Gallery, to get the best information fairly quickly. The really good videos give you not only technical information, but also add insight into how to apply it in the field. And get a third-party D500 reference manual. There can be nuances in how an AF mode works that you'll learn from watching a video or referenceing a book that might take you a long time to learn from trial and error yourself.

    In addition, find a competent D500 user who will mentor you and follow them for a while; go on shoots with them and ask plenty of questions. (Socially distanced, , of course!) And use that camera!! That age-old addage about what kind of teacher experience is remains in effect even in the age of the internet!

    The D500 is a great camera which should suit you for a long time. I know I plan to keep mine for much longer!

    Good shooting!

    WM
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  3. #23
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    Re: New Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskeyman View Post
    Peter, no matter which AF Mode you chose for what job, it is most important to learn everything you can about how that mode actually works. Learn the details!

    While you can get some of this information from the D500 manual, it can be tough to find and too easy to misunderstand. Watch some online videos from good, established photography instructors, like Steve Perry at Backcountry Gallery, to get the best information fairly quickly. The really good videos give you not only technical information, but also add insight into how to apply it in the field. And get a third-party D500 reference manual. There can be nuances in how an AF mode works that you'll learn from watching a video or referenceing a book that might take you a long time to learn from trial and error yourself.

    In addition, find a competent D500 user who will mentor you and follow them for a while; go on shoots with them and ask plenty of questions. (Socially distanced, , of course!) And use that camera!! That age-old addage about what kind of teacher experience is remains in effect even in the age of the internet!

    The D500 is a great camera which should suit you for a long time. I know I plan to keep mine for much longer!

    Good shooting!

    WM
    I am enjoying watching the techniques online that various people apply. One really good tip seems to be to study the typical movement of the birds before landing and taking off. Another thing that I didn't know was that most of them take off into the wind just like an aircraft. Coming from a predominantly landscape shooting background for serveral decades, this is a good learning curve for me and that has actually been due to covid lockdown restrictions as I can't travel for my landscape photography.
    In the meantime I will continue to admire the great birds shots from other Nikonites and hopefully one day I will get to a reasonable standard.
    Peter

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  4. #24
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    Re: New Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter7100 View Post
    I am enjoying watching the techniques online that various people apply. One really good tip seems to be to study the typical movement of the birds before landing and taking off. Another thing that I didn't know was that most of them take off into the wind just like an aircraft. Coming from a predominantly landscape shooting background for serveral decades, this is a good learning curve for me and that has actually been due to covid lockdown restrictions as I can't travel for my landscape photography.
    In the meantime I will continue to admire the great birds shots from other Nikonites and hopefully one day I will get to a reasonable standard.
    Hopefully, we'll be able to travel before too long. In the meantime, do as you are doing and practice.

    For some inspiration, visit https://www.dvwildlife.com Dick Vautrinot is a charter guide out of Florida in the US of A. May I suggest that If you ever get the opportunity to travel to Central Florida when Dick is conducting charters, that you do so; and hope and pray the weather is optimum for your visit.

    WM
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  5. #25
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    Re: New Toy

    you'll have to change your name to peter500!
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  6. #26
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    Re: New Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeee View Post
    you'll have to change your name to peter500!
    I was waiting for someone to mention that
    Peter

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    85mm 1.8G, 300mm F4 AF-S
    Canon 5D2, 17-40.
    Lee filters

  7. #27
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    Re: New Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter7100 View Post
    I was waiting for someone to mention that
    Glad I could be of service.
    Enjoy your new camera!
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