Backyard birding with the Nikon 70-300VR

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It's not the lens a birding specialist would choose, but the 70-300VR fits my needs for a general purpose telephoto... lots of reach, hand holdable, contrasty, sharp, and affordable. I particularly like it for hummingbird pictures. A very assertive male Anna's Hummingbird has claimed my backyard feeder, and buzzes any creature, bird or human, that intrudes on his territory. The click of a shutter and blast of light from a flash don't faze him at all. I grabbed a few shots this evening in return for a few ounces of sugar water.

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ok, that damn well does it. i am so definatly getting myself a 70-300VR at some stage.
(note: this is from a guy with an 80-200/2.8D 200/2vr-ii, 400/2.8 and cupboard full other sexy glass at his disposal).

lovely shots mate, really nicely done and you've managed not to overflash it, which is a common problem i see.

top stuff.
 
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ok, that damn well does it. i am so definatly getting myself a 70-300VR at some stage.
(note: this is from a guy with an 80-200/2.8D 200/2vr-ii, 400/2.8 and cupboard full other sexy glass at his disposal).

lovely shots mate, really nicely done and you've managed not to overflash it, which is a common problem i see.

top stuff.
Thanks for the comments, Sam. The 70-300VR is half the weight of your 70-80/200 lenses and you'll recover the reach you lost when you moved from dx to fx. I think you'll enjoy it.
 
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Thanks for the comments, Sam. The 70-300VR is half the weight of your 70-80/200 lenses and you'll recover the reach you lost when you moved from dx to fx. I think you'll enjoy it.
actually, the main use i'd have for a 70-300 is when i go out pig-chasing or bowhunting. :biggrin:

i occasionally nick my mum's older model 70-300 and bolt it to an ungripped D700 for this purpose. much more convenient when on foot than a D3s/80-200 combo.

from memory, i bought mum her 70-300 in, err, 1999 or 2000. while it's still serviceable and acceptably sharp, it's just i'm constantly impressed by the examples i see from the newer VR version.
 
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