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  1. #21
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    Re: What are your thoughts on this....

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    It weighs the same as the Nikon 300mm f/4 (non-VR) which was too heavy for the chronic tendonitis in my hand.
    Sorry to hear about your tendonitis. I don't really have a suggestion better than what you are doing now, but maybe just two thoughts.

    There is a superzoom body, like the Nikon Coolpix P1000. It's like a 500mm on a small sensor, so the crop factor is what gets you to 3000mm equivalent. By reputation the image quality is not going to compete with your DSLR. But possibly that is a smaller lighter kit with a longer focal length.

    And, my recollection of hand and wrist injuries is that a rotation changed some activities from problematic to tolerable. Like, there was a difference between holding a dumbbell flat versus vertical. You might find that you could carry a lens on a monopod over your shoulder for example. That's a chore to hike with but when you are ready to shoot you just set the monopod and let it take the weight. Not sure if that's what you already tried but that's typically how we roll. A 500 or 400 on a monopod, slung over your shoulder, hike into position.


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  2. #22
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    What are your thoughts on this....
    Sorry to repeat this but AF fine tuning may not be a thing of the past just because you use mirrorless, unless we think Nikon included it because it was a slow day and they had nothing to do.

    From the Z50 manual and i think its the same in the 6 and 7

    What are your thoughts on this....-capture.jpg
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  3. #23
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    The only way you really get apples to apples is same scene same settings. A bump in shutter speed in the latter could definitely make a difference particularly given that you were only at 1/500s in the originals with an effective focal length of 750mm on the DX camera. That said, I wouldn't b upset with that level of sharpness.
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    What are your thoughts on this....
    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    I had someone in a Facebook group comment that it looked like the hawk has lashes after posting the above image.

    When I shoot, my 2nd slot is set to jpeg. Instead of editing a RAW file, I simply cropped out more than half of the following SOOC jpeg to zoom in on the eyes from a different image. There isn't any editing done to the following pic at all other than to crop and resize the jpeg.

    Not sure why there is a fine white halo line along the top edge of the hawk since I didn't edit the file.

    What are your thoughts on this....-hawk-eyelashes-low-res.jpg
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  5. #25
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    Re: What are your thoughts on this....

    Could be a contrast thing
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  6. #26
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    Re: What are your thoughts on this....

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Not sure why there is a fine white halo line along the top edge of the hawk since I didn't edit the file.
    What JPEG mode do you shoot in? Ever one has a level of sharpening that it applies, some higher than others. So even though you didn't sharpen the camera did.
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  7. #27
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    Re: What are your thoughts on this....

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew View Post
    Could be a contrast thing
    No contrast applied, Mike.

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorArts View Post
    What JPEG mode do you shoot in? Ever one has a level of sharpening that it applies, some higher than others. So even though you didn't sharpen the camera did.
    Ahh...okay. The ONLY setting I make to jpeg files in camera is to choose Standard and bump my sharpening up to #6. That must be the reason. The default sharpening for SOOC jpegs is too soft. But I now I understand how in camera sharpening can adversely affect images. Didn't know that and wouldn't have even thought about it.
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  8. #28
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    Re: What are your thoughts on this....

    Yes the pictures look amazing. I love them. I in general really like birds and I often study them. It's not like I am a avid ornithologist or anything but I do like to hike and I usually take my camera with me on those hikes and take pictures. I have a giant collection of those already. The main problem is that when I am trying to work with hem a lot of views don't open them because my camera automatically converts them to RAW format instead of JPEG. I have been looking for a decent convertor for a while now and I did find one that I liked that was not too expensive or ruin the quality of my pictures. It's called Softorbits (you can check it here: www.softorbits.com). I really like it. In case you need a good convertor this one is amazing
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  9. #29
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    What are your thoughts on this....
    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Above was one of my first images taken with the D7200 and the refurbished teleconverter on my 300mm f/4 PF. Back when I compared this refurbished TC with the first preowned TC, I swapped them out to make sure the refurbished one was the one I wanted to keep.

    Ever since I have had no end of soft photos. The level of sharpness that it produced initially is gone. I've been using the Shake Reduction feature in PCC because it's as if every photo displays a slight blur.

    I still have more testing to do - and I'll even test the lens without the TC to see if anything is going on with it. I cleaned the contacts on both the TC and the lens and used a rocketblower on the body to remove any loose debris that might have been present. After I test the lens alone, I will try the combo on my backup D7200 to see if that makes a difference.

    I put the lens/TC combo on my D750 since the focus is spot-on and the body allows a greater amount of cropping without losing sharpness. This is a little better, but images taken with the D7200 are lackluster.

    What are your thoughts on this....-_dsc0134-low-res.jpg
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  10. #30
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    Re: What are your thoughts on this....

    I've decided I need to remove the TC and mount the lens directly onto the camera. I'm wondering if the VR is starting to not work properly. I purchased the lens as preowned but only ran into problems after I switched the TC's when testing them. I've mounted the lens and TC combo on 3 different bodies and had soft photos with all of them. At least if I only shoot with the lens, I will be able to tell if it is the VR.

    Normally I shoot with Active VR. When I tried out Normal VR, the pic shifted upwards and froze in my viewfinder. When I took the next image, the pic shifted downwards and froze. Hence my theory it might be the VR. Of course we are in for at least 2 days of rain.
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