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Nikon announce new 50mm 1.4 AFS
September 24, 2008, 12:17 am
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Photokina 2008, Nikon have announced the long awaited AFS version of the tried and trusted 50mm prime lens. More information can be found here. I’m looking forward to reading reviews on how this new lens performs on FF camera’s as I’ve been thinking about picking one of these up for the D3. It would make a handy throw-in-the-bag lens for when I’m out shooting with my telephotos.

Nikon 50mm 1.4 AFS

Nikon 50mm 1.4 AFS

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Wild Foxes, part 2: Things are improving already!
September 1, 2008, 3:32 pm
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The foxes usually turn up at 7:45pm on the dot…this time they arrived so early they were watching us…! It’s only been a week but the opportunties and quality of the shots we could get has improved massively.

Getting closer

Photo ops improving. ISO 2000, 1/160

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Foxes in the dark with the D3
August 26, 2008, 12:23 pm
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Lets be honest…no photo taken at ISO 25600, f4 at 600mm with a shutter reading in the viewfinder of LO is going to be ‘good’. In fact when viewing these at %100 my reaction was along the lines of ‘bluuurrggghhh’. However, the fact the D3 could lock focus when I myself was even finding it hard to make out the foxes is something to be impressed by and has allowed me to capture the first shots in what will hopefully become a successful project to photograph foxes in the wild.

Nikon D3, 600mm, f4, 1/10, ISO 25600

Nikon D3, 600mm, f4, 1/10, ISO 25600

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Panoramics – when one image just isn’t enough.
August 19, 2008, 1:34 am
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When I was taking the shot below I only had my Nikon 200-400 VR with me, which even at 200mm was so long I could only get a section of the scene in frame. So, to solve the problem, I took twelve shots and stitched them together! Lets find out how I turned the mess below into something worth keeping. 

All 12 shots side by side.

12 RAW shots ready to be stitched

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The sky is on fire…right time, wrong place!
August 17, 2008, 7:05 pm
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  • stunning sky, check
  • camera to hand, check
  • interesting foreground…aaarrrggghhhh!
Sunset over Witney, Oxfordshire

Sunset over Witney, Oxfordshire. Nikon D3

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200-400 + 1.7x TC test
August 13, 2008, 2:33 pm
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I recently visited a newly discovered local nature reserve. Not the greatest weather so thought it would be a good chance to just scout it out. I had tried this lens with the 1.7tc on my old D2x and never had good results, images were always very soft to the point that they didn’t even look that great at websize. However, as the D3 has adjustable focus I thought I’d try tweaking it for this lens/tc combo and use this opportunity to do a few test shoots in between the rain…

**This wasn’t a test of the D3’s high ISO, there are enough of those on the net. These shots are a bit grainy on the sharpened %100 crops but I think thats to be expected at ISO 2000 **

Test Images, handheld from a hide:

1/800, f8, ISO 2000, 650mm

Original shot resized for web

Original shot, click for full web size

%100 crop, click for full res

%100 crop, click for full res

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