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D3 & 300/F4, Sigma 150Macro, 80-200 (pics)

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by carauction, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Some shots from my most recent excursion to Saratoga Race Track. My dream is to spend an entire summer there...dreams come true you know:smile:

    All shot with my D3 Nikon 300mmF4 non AF-S, Sigma 150 Macro, Nikon 80-200 AF-S.

    C&C most welcome. Thanks for looking,


    click on image for larger view

    300 F4 @F5
    NIKON D3    ---    300mm    f/5.0    1/800s    ISO 200

    300F4 @F5
    NIKON D3    ---    300mm    f/5.0    1/1600s    ISO 320

    Sigma 150 @F3.5
    NIKON D3    ---    150mm    f/3.5    1/2500s    ISO 200

    Sigma 150 @F3.5
    NIKON D3    ---    150mm    f/3.5    1/2000s    ISO 200

    80-200 @F2.8
    NIKON D3    ---    120mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    ISO 200

    80-200 @F3.2
    NIKON D3    ---    175mm    f/3.2    1/2000s    ISO 200

    80-200 @F3.2
    NIKON D3    ---    100mm    f/3.2    1/2500s    ISO 200

    NIKON D3    ---    120mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    ISO 200
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  2. ElanR


    Feb 10, 2008
    Texas, USA
    I'm surprised to find this post on page 3 without comment. These are some pretty amazing shots!

  3. Thanks.

    Sometimes when you get no responses, it makes you a better critique of your own work:smile:

    My WB is off on a couple, I need to try and compose the action better, and need to steady my 300mm.

    I have learned so much on these forums, even when you get no replies!

  4. rotxlk82


    Jul 20, 2007
    Hi Mike, you got some nice shots here. As you say the colours may well be a little off however you really froze the action here and showed the tension in the event.

    I notice that you're using the Nikkor 300/4 AF, I too have this lens and have always been happy with the quality of images that it produces. Tell me however how does the autofocus perform on a high end body such as yours, when I eventually upgrade from the little D50 I'd be looking for something that'd push heavy lenses like this around with a little bit more gusto.
  5. GeeJay


    Jan 26, 2005
    If you had put the word 'horses' I'd have looked long time ago. Very nice series of pictures. That 300 f/4 does a good job with the horses...they all do. Thanks!
  6. Awesome details and incredibly sharp. Equestrian events are always exciting to shoot.
  7. Yes Robert, I love the images that this lens produces. Simply great optics and beautiful bokeh.

    No question about it, the D3 really elevates the AF performance of this lens. I also have the D50.

    You still need to put the AF in the ballpark initially, but as long as you have the subject nearby, locking on is almost instantaneous. Jumping from subject to subject is greatly improved. The lens still does its winding and hunting, but I never stray far enough away from my subject that it matters. Bottom line, stay nearby your subjects and the D3 really make this lens shine. This lens is a great bargain.


  8. Sure makes me want to drive out for a visit! :smile: I think you've done a nice job of stopping the action. :smile:
  9. Thanks Gaye, Nate, and Gretchen

    appreciate the comments.

  10. Well done, Mike! I too use the 300 f4 ED with the D50 all the way up to the D3. The lens
    is just great, love the build and the IQ is outstanding. Good to see it shootin' horses. :biggrin:
  11. Yes trench, this lens is indeed a sleeper. Used prices are certainly holding their value.

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