18-200VR does ok for flight shots

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Steve S, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    Somewhat slow target aquisition & focus lock, but considering it's size and price, it does ok. Best to first do a prefocus on something of similar focal distance, but it did alright, all things considered. These were shot first at the local shoreside restaurant during breakfast & then the golf course (at near midday) with the D200. Should'a done a mild ISO increase to get the shutter speeds up on some.
    original.
    Focal Length 200 mm
    Exposure Time 1/1000 sec
    Aperture f/8
    ISO Equivalent 100
    Exposure Bias -1
    White Balance
    Metering Mode center weighted (2)
    JPEG Quality (6)
    Exposure Program aperture priority

    Better now Tim? Sometimes I try to add something else in the comp besides the main subject. Didn't really work with the rock this time, did it?
    original.
    Focal Length 200 mm
    Exposure Time 1/250 sec
    Aperture f/9
    ISO Equivalent 100
    Exposure Bias -1/3
    White Balance
    Metering Mode center weighted (2)
    JPEG Quality (6)
    Exposure Program aperture priority


    original.
    Focal Length 200 mm
    Exposure Time 1/160 sec
    Aperture f/7.1
    ISO Equivalent 100
    Exposure Bias +2/3
    White Balance
    Metering Mode center weighted (2)
    JPEG Quality (6)
    Exposure Program aperture priority


    original.
    Focal Length 200 mm
    Exposure Time 1/200 sec
    Aperture f/10
    ISO Equivalent 100
    Exposure Bias -2/3
    White Balance
    Metering Mode center weighted (2)
    JPEG Quality (6)
    Exposure Program aperture priority

    original.
    Focal Length 200 mm
    Exposure Time 1/800 sec
    Aperture f/6.3
    ISO Equivalent 100
    Exposure Bias -1
    White Balance
    Metering Mode center weighted (2)
    JPEG Quality (6)
    Exposure Program aperture priority

    Lousy comp, only 1 wing showing:
    original.
    Focal Length 200 mm
    Exposure Time 1/800 sec
    Aperture f/8
    ISO Equivalent 100
    Exposure Bias -2/3
    White Balance
    Metering Mode center weighted (2)
    JPEG Quality (6)
    Exposure Program aperture priority
     
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  2. really VERY impressive Steve!
     
  3. Beautiful shots, Steve. And quite reassuring seeing how the combination worked so well.
     
  4. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    These are most impressive Steve. Looks like you may have found your lens. Combine that with the 300 f4 and a couple of TC's and you should be in pretty good shape for most birdie shooting situations. :wink:
     
  5. Nice job Steve very sharp you should be pleased
     
  6. Nice job Steve. I am seeing some very nice shots with this lense.
     
  7. Steve I agree these are very nice. It looks like this lens will make it into my bag now. How is it at the 18 end of things? I would love to see some at that end also. Sure wish we had some of that sun here in the PNW.
     
  8. Nice work Steve. Love the Tricolored and Snowy together. Great DOF on that shot. I might consider cropping the rock to the right out of that image and making it vertical.

    Cheers

    Tim
     
  9. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Beautiful Steve,
    Very good job. Love them all
    Keep the rock. It has a turtle one it !!!!! :>)))
     
  10. Reggie

    Reggie

    Dec 10, 2005
    Parrish, FL
    Give me some of whatever Gale is smoking. I can't find a turtle on the rocks in the second shot. I agree with Tim, I think that a vertical crop would be striking in the shot with the Snowy and Tricolored.
     
  11. Johntu

    Johntu

    539
    Jul 4, 2005
    Fremont, CA
    Wow, your bird pictures are unreal, now I know it is not a lens or a camera... but the photographer behind it ;-)
     
  12. see, now you dont need that big 500 or 200-400, so I'll take em off your hands real cheap....:wink:
     
  13. Steve What ever Harris offers I will give you .05 more!!!!!!
     
  14. alright, I'll go .25 and show some spots I havent shown you yet....:wink:
     
  15. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Turtle is on the first rock picture..Here I thought my eyes were bad lololol

    Smokin..Hey can I have some of yours rofl
     
  16. Reggie

    Reggie

    Dec 10, 2005
    Parrish, FL
    Gale, Perhaps you should go ahead and have your eyes checked. I think that the "turtle" that you're seeing is merely more oyster shells...same as the ones growing on the sides of the rocks. The presence of oysters to me, suggests salt water. So far as I know, there are no rock-climbing marine turtles.
    Happy New Year to you and to all the Cafe patrons.
     
  17. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    lolol Reggie,
    You may be right. Just "looks" like one.. The outline anyway.

    Rock climbing turtles. hummmmmm

    Cheers
    Pal
     
  18. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    Thanks everyone, & AT Turtles can climb rocks

    "All Terrain" Turtles! LOL! :biggrin: Here's a 100% crop from the original tif, and it does show that it's not a turtle, but some kind of shell(s). As nice as a couple of these appear to be on screen, there's no substitue for reach or pro glass. Most of these are heavy crops.
    original.
     
  19. radz

    radz

    735
    Nov 12, 2005
    NewDelhi,India
    You captured the best of this combination.
    My fav flying Heron&Egret.
     
  20. I'm impressed! :biggrin:

    Will take my 18-200 out and see how it does next time I go birding...

    Ming
     
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