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  1. #1
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    Nikon Fledgeling

    Greetings All.

    My wife & I just made the switch from Canon to Nikon. Growing up, my father was a Nikon shooter (B&W processing in the basement, etc.) & I used to borrow his 35mm cameras to photograph motocross races. How Wifey & I got deep into Canon, I have no idea.

    We got real lucky recently & found someone that wanted to buy all of our old gear, so we were able to start fresh with new Nikon hardware. It'll take a while to grow the gear list to what it was, but we have what we need and are really liking it.

    We started off with 2 x D500's, D850, a couple TC's, & all the glass we could get from our "trade". We still have a 500PF on order, but they sure seem to be on the slow-boat. We did try a Z7, but for wildlife & particularly birds, "it wasn't as good for me" as the 500 so we swapped it for the D850 and are happy w/ the results.

    First impressions from the D500(s) is excellent. I am floored by focus acquisition, lock, & tracking for birds in flight. It is superior to even the high-end Canon's I have been shooting for the last several years.

    I found this site while out searching for Nikon resources. We have a lot to learn, but we are eager!


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    Re: Nikon Fledgeling


    Anything particular reason for the change?
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  3. #3
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    Re: Nikon Fledgeling

    Welcome to the forum
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    Nikon D500, Sigma 100-400, Sigma 105 macro, Nikon 18-200

    Nikon 1 V2,FT-1,10-30mm 30-110mm Viltrox extension tubes

  4. #4
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    Re: Nikon Fledgeling

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.
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    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  5. #5
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    Re: Nikon Fledgeling

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post

    Anything particular reason for the change?
    One of our shooting buddies is a professional photographer and life long Nikon shooter. He had me thinking on several occasions while we were out, setup adjacent to one another (particularly when the background was busy, like a tree line) we would go to shoot the same bird flying by & he would seemingly always get locked on and get the shots that I missed due to focus grabbing the background.

    Then, when the 500PF was announced he suggested how nice that would be for Wifey simply from a weight perspective. She was shooting a Canon 500F4 at the time. When I began investigating the 500PF, I got more intrigued. I ended up picking up a D500 & 200-500 for us both to play with, thinking that if it did well, we could get her the 500PF. Well, long story short... I took that combo for initial setup & testing and was flabbergasted by the focus acquisition, lock, & retention. Suddenly, I understood.

    The wheels began turning faster.

    When I came across a buyer for all my Canon gear, it was done.

    So far, we are very happy. If her 500PF would ever sow up, it would be even better!

    Thank you all for the welcome.

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  6. #6
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    Re: Nikon Fledgeling

    Welcome. Glad you found us.
    "Remember to gaze up at the night sky because there is a little bit of the cosmos in each of us."

    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, SB-800. RIP-D100

  7. #7
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    Re: Nikon Fledgeling

    Welcome aboard! Looking forward to seeing some of your photos.
    D810; D7200; AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR; Sigma 150-600mm C; AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; AF-S 85mm f/1.8G
    Old non-AF; 105mm f/2.5; 28mm f/2.8
    Godox V860II

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    Daniel Aegerter's Avatar

    Re: Nikon Fledgeling

    Welcome to Nikonites!
    Have fun with the D500, I absolutely love mine!

  9. #9
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    Re: Nikon Fledgeling

    Welcome to the forum and the “right” side of the camera world. Nikon Fledgeling

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    D750; D7100; D5300;
    18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G II VR; AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED; AF-S 85mm f1.8; Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 (IF) DX II; 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR; AF-S VR 24-120mm f/4G ED; TC14E II

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    Re: Nikon Fledgeling

    Welcome to the forum and glad you found it!
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    Camera: D750
    Nikon Zoom Lenses: AF-S NIKKOR 24–120mm f/4G ED VR, AF-S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G VR
    Nikon Prime Lens: AF-S 50mm 1.8G, AF-S 85mm 1.8G
    Flash: Nikon SB-400, Yongnuo YN-568EX x 2

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