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  1. #111
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    Re: Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!
    Gloomy day here today and I had a few minutes to kill, so I tried out my new Wimberley gimbal in the back yard. Yeah, I've got a Bengal tiger guarding my estate. Unfortunately, he's scaring off the birds.

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    Jim Singler - D750 & D7200; 14-24 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 24-120 VRII, 70-200 2.8 VRII, 70-300 VR, 200-500 VR, 50 1.4D, 85 1.8G, Tokina 100 2.8; 3 SB-800s, SB-500




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    Re: Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!
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    Re: Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!
    It will do flowers in a pinch.

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    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8-D
    Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VR
    Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8 VR I
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR
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  4. #114
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    Re: Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!
    Really liking this lens

    I have yet to mount it onto the monopod for my walk abouts but I think maybe I will after today, good for a quick walk but it is a heavy lens. I was focused on a bird waiting for it to take flight, trying to keep the focus on the bird, ... but even holding it up for a short while was not fun. Will have to try it mounted and see how I like that.

    I am amazed by how sharp it is hand held by this old amateur.

    Except the last image these are screenshots "sniped" in Corel Aftershot

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!-9188-screen-shot-1-1-zoom.jpg
    This is a 1:1 view

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!-9188-screen-shot-cropping.jpg
    This is the size of the cropped area compared to the whole image


    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!-march-backyard-birds-dsc_9188-0006.jpg
    And this is the end result.

    A rather pedestrian image of a Sparrow, but a nice sparrow.

    I am learning to use the BBF Back Button Focus technique and found it useful to isolate the bird from the branches as in this shot.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!-9188-screen-shot-full-size.jpg  

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    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  5. #115
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    Re: Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortkentdad View Post
    Really liking this lens

    I have yet to mount it onto the monopod for my walk abouts but I think maybe I will after today, good for a quick walk but it is a heavy lens. I was focused on a bird waiting for it to take flight, trying to keep the focus on the bird, ... but even holding it up for a short while was not fun. Will have to try it mounted and see how I like that.

    I am amazed by how sharp it is hand held by this old amateur.

    Except the last image these are screenshots "sniped" in Corel Aftershot

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!-9188-screen-shot-1-1-zoom.jpg
    This is a 1:1 view

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!-9188-screen-shot-cropping.jpg
    This is the size of the cropped area compared to the whole image


    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!-march-backyard-birds-dsc_9188-0006.jpg
    And this is the end result.

    A rather pedestrian image of a Sparrow, but a nice sparrow.

    I am learning to use the BBF Back Button Focus technique and found it useful to isolate the bird from the branches as in this shot.
    It is a very sharp lens and the VR is outstanding.
    Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AF-D
    Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5-D
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8-D
    Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VR
    Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8 VR I
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR
    Pete's Flickr... Blacktop's Photo and a Song .... Blacktops 365

  6. #116
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    Re: Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!
    I've used mine on a monopod, but the ball head with a huge lens is not optimal. I don't mind hand holding to shoot, but holding the kit when I'm not shooting is a pain. Most of my shooting with this lens is done from specific locations, where I'm not walking around. Here's my BIF setup waiting for some birds to show up in my backyard.

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!-img_2800.jpg
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    Jim Singler - D750 & D7200; 14-24 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 24-120 VRII, 70-200 2.8 VRII, 70-300 VR, 200-500 VR, 50 1.4D, 85 1.8G, Tokina 100 2.8; 3 SB-800s, SB-500


  7. #117
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    Re: Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!
    Quote Originally Posted by singlerosa View Post
    I've used mine on a monopod, but the ball head with a huge lens is not optimal. I don't mind hand holding to shoot, but holding the kit when I'm not shooting is a pain. Most of my shooting with this lens is done from specific locations, where I'm not walking around. Here's my BIF setup waiting for some birds to show up in my backyard.

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!-img_2800.jpg
    Wowa - that's one heavy duty looking contraption - what exactly are we looking at?

    I have not tried my 200-500 on either my monopod or tripod. Both have a ball style head on top. Maybe I should be investing in something a little more sturdy?
    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  8. #118
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    Re: Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortkentdad View Post
    Wowa - that's one heavy duty looking contraption - what exactly are we looking at?
    It's a Wimberley WH-200 gimbal. Allows you to perfectly balance camera/lens so it can move in horizontal/vertical axis as if it's suspended/floating in air.

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!-wh-200-big.jpg

    Jim Singler - D750 & D7200; 14-24 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 24-120 VRII, 70-200 2.8 VRII, 70-300 VR, 200-500 VR, 50 1.4D, 85 1.8G, Tokina 100 2.8; 3 SB-800s, SB-500


  9. #119
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    Re: Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!

    So Jim has the Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal head.

    What are other's using and how is that working for you?


    I'm concerned that my tripod may need an upgrade.
    The 200-500 is 81 oz or a little over five pounds, and a D610 comes in at 26 oz or 1.6 pounds - so I'm well within the load capacity. Total less than seven pounds.


    My tripod is a Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel - it has a load capacity of 17 pounds. The Ballhead is a "B0" by Benro - also rated for 17 pounds.

    My Monopod is a Manfrotto 680B which supports up to 22 pounds - I have a Joby "X" Ballhead rated up to 11 pounds.

    Technically the camera and lens are way less than the capacity of either, with the Joby X being the weakest link but still good for 50% more than the load I'd be putting on it.

    I will have to try these out, but from what I've seen in reviews and youtubes is that other types of heads are recommended over the ballhead.

    Wimberley is the top - but I've taken a big bite out of my photo budget with this lens, may have to wait if that's the one I choose to go with. Henrys.com has the Wimberley at $750 CDN.

    There are less expensive gimbal's for example by Jobu and Benro. Amazon has several much cheaper one's on offer but I'd be very leary of the cheapest of the cheap to support such an expensive bit of glass.













    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  10. #120
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    Re: Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!

    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!
    Nikon 200-500/5.6 VR Lens....... post your photos!-_dsc7841-edit.jpg
    Last edited by Blacktop; 04-04-2016 at 12:38 AM.
     
    Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AF-D
    Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5-D
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8-D
    Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VR
    Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8 VR I
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR
    Pete's Flickr... Blacktop's Photo and a Song .... Blacktops 365





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