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  1. #11
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    Re: Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA

    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA
    I took the D500 out today with the 55-300 DX.
    With and without the T.C.

    Shot the tower, I'm a poor judge of distance but lets just say its a long long walk.

    The sample is cropped to about one quarter of the frame.
    First the TC and second without.
    There was some time between these two and I didn't have the exact same spot.

    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-dsc_1223-d500-testing-55-300-1.4-tc-0008.jpgPicking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-dsc_1423-testing-d500-55-300-0001.jpg

    Then a closer shot of a Chickadee

    First with T.C. (1.4 Kenko 300) and then without.
    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-dsc_1180-d500-testing-55-300-1.4-tc-0010.jpgPicking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-dsc_1436-d500-testing-0008.jpg

    T.C. really hurts with BIF shots.
    The one without TC isn't a great shot but that was in deep shadows. And hand held.
    I would think that the F5.6 vs F8 is going to make shots in the shadows very difficult and cut into the shutterspeed.
    I was shooting A priority so that didn't help. In both cases these are accidental BIFs
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    BUT - my dearly beloved decided today we would check bags after all.
    She hates losing bags, getting bags damaged, and mostly waiting for the luggage. And really wanted to just go with the checked bags to travel oh so light. That isn't going to work. Our bags we bought a couple of years ago qualified as carry on, now Air Canada limites luggage to max to 21.5 tall, and ours is at least an inch more than that. So there goes another $50 to check a bag (both ways). Upside, when I check a bag, then I get more room in my carry on for gear as I no longer have to also pack everything else I needed for two weeks into a small backpack (no more than 6" thick) and one rather small carry on case.

    My trip Kit is shaping up to be the D500 (if you got it use it right?) . The 16-85 (I'm really liking this lens on the D500). The 55-300 DX for general walk about outside. I'm really going to try and pack the 70-200 for when I get to do some serious photography. And maybe the 60mm macro, double duty as a portrait lens at 90mm and macro if the flowers are out and anything else warranting extreme close up.

    I'll also pack the SB-600 which may end up staying with my daughter-in-law if I can convince her that there is more to photography than 'natural light' - but she is so into organic and natural everything, flash photography is like GMO food to her.

    Tested out the close capacity of the 16-85 - not macro but close up. These are my wife's not mine.

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    Last edited by Fortkentdad; 02-05-2018 at 03:20 AM.
    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



  2. #12
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    Re: Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA

    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortkentdad View Post
    I took the D500 out today with the 55-300 DX.
    With and without the T.C.

    Shot the tower, I'm a poor judge of distance but lets just say its a long long walk.

    The sample is cropped to about one quarter of the frame.
    First the TC and second without.
    There was some time between these two and I didn't have the exact same spot.

    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-dsc_1223-d500-testing-55-300-1.4-tc-0008.jpg
    I hope you don't mind, but I ran this image through PCC. Please understand my intention is only to show you the possibilities with the gear you have. First I went to ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) which uses the same tools as Lightroom. I added a little clarity, sharpening, and noise reduction (both the regular as well as the color noise). Then I went back to PCC removed the cloud and the sensor spot in the upper right of the image. Ran it through Nik Dfine then used the Unsharp Mask. This was a quick edit. You should be fine with the 55-300mm and teleconverter!

    For me, learning about post process is a never-ending one. I am in a different place than I was a year ago...yet each year I find there's so much more to learn! Enjoy your trip and get all the photos you can. Down the road as you grow in your knowledge, you will have the opportunity to re-edit your images if you choose to do so. Have fun and enjoy your trip, FKD!

    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-fortkentdad-nikonites.jpg
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    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci



  3. #13
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    Re: Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA

    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA
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    Decided that the benefit of one walk-about lens warranted buying a Sigma 18-250mm 'super-zoom'. Shown here on the D500 with the two lenses that will not now have to make the trip. (16-85 and 55-300). I just didn't see myself swapping lenses while walking about Florida attractions.
    The Siggy is an older model but came in well below half of what they want for a new 18-400 Tamron.
    There were so many options when it comes to super-zooms. But putting off the decision helped as my local brick and mortar shop only had this one in stock, and his price was way less than what B&H wanted for the lens in CDN$.

    The 18-250 isn't the widest range as super zooms go, but reviews gave it better reviews than some other supers.

    It is not the fastest lens in the bag at 3.5-6.3 but it is for walking about, in daylight. And I'll have it on a D500 pushing the ISO higher is an option. I'm also packing a SB-600 which I expect to leave with my daughter-in-law as she has my old D90 but no flash. She has my old lenses so there are some vintage ones I may play with when I'm there.

    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-feathers-close-up-dsc_2488-1.jpg

    Have not used it outside yet (it was already dark when I get home from work)
    But the 'macro' feature was something I wanted to test. This was shot at close range. Not true macro, but good for tight close ups.
    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-dsc_2474-sigma-18-250-close-up-0001.jpg

    Today, my trip-kit consists of the D500 with this new Siggy, my trusty 35mm 1.8 for low light indoor shots and the 2.8 70-200 VRI for when I get some serious photography time. I will pack my teleconverters. I have tried them out backyard birding with the 70-200 and am happy with the results. Depending on the light and distance I have the 1.4 or 2.0. And since I'm on holidays and may get into a creative mood I packed a couple of lens babies. They are smaller lenses.

    Anyone else over-think what lenses to take on a trip?
    Last edited by Fortkentdad; 02-13-2018 at 04:54 AM.
    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

  4. #14
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    Re: Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA

    When you are in Birmingham and decide to go birding maybe we can work out meeting up and you can shoot my Tamron 150-600. I am always up for a day of shooting and I go to Birmingham all the time anyway. It is just a quick run up there.

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    D750***D7100***24-120 f/4 ***70-300***Tamron 150-600***Tokina 16-28 f2.8***50mm f/1.8***Photoshop/Lightroom CC

  5. #15
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    Re: Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA

    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA
    Took my new Siggy Superzoomer out to shoot the birds in the backyard and the bird in my computer room.

    Also shot that cell tower across the highway from my home.
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    Sparrow at the feeder by the garden shed
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    And the bird in my room
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    A mega Sir Crop-a-lot shot - very clear closeup (not true macro by extreme close up for sure.
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    I'm thinking this will be fine as my walk about lens.
    Thanks/Like hark Thanks/liked this post
     
    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

  6. #16
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    Re: Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA

    Wow, great lens, FKD! That should work very well. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's photos.
    Cindy
    Flickr
    and
    My 2018 Thread
    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci



  7. #17
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    Re: Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA

    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA
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    Time for a wrap up - results post.

    The lenses I used on my trip were the new Siggy 18-250 and my 70-200 with the Kenko extensions.
    I also took a 35mm 1.8 which I never used. All images were either the superzoom Siggy or the heavy 70-200.

    In Legoland I only used the Siggy.
    The results are posted below.
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    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-dsc_6081-legoland-midevil-world-0018-coaster-0001.jpgPicking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-dsc_7288-osprey-legoland-eating-fish-0003-osprey-legoland-0001.jpg
    Picking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-dsc_7354-dsc_7355-legoland-budda-reflection-vertical-0001-budda-reflection-0001.jpgPicking Lenses for my trip to the Southern USA-dsc_7605-horse-ride-0010-horse-ride-0001.jpg

    Fortunately we had a couple of very sunny days. I did get a few indoor pictures but almost all shots were taken outside.

    I'm glad picked up this 'superzoom' lens and this one served me well. I did consider the new Tamron 18-400 but it was well more than twice as much and cost was a factor.

    If I were to go again I might try and take the 200-500 as my carry on even if that in it's case was my only carry-on - I missed it. The 70-200 was good and the extensions worked well enough, but it ain't my big birder lens.
    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





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