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Dress for Success: Gear Poll

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Uncle Frank, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. Borrowing a line from George Goebel,

    Sometimes I feel like the Nikon Cafe is a tuxedo, and I'm a pair of brown shoes :?.

    My long reach kit consists of the d70, Nikon 80-200AFD, and Kenko Pro 1.4x teleconverter. It seems like everybody else has a
    d2h, 300 f/4, and Nikon TC14e... at a minimum. It's giving me a horrible case of simultaneous lens and body lust.

    How about a poll... "what's your long reach kit?" The results will either cure me, or send me to the Nikon Hospital.
  2. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    D2H / 300mm f2.8 + 1.4, 1.7 & 2.0 Nikon type II TC's.

  3. Larry Gleason

    Larry Gleason

    Jan 26, 2005
    D1X, 300 AFS f2.8, TC-20E II 2X. Rarely use last item. 99.9% of my shoots are within easy reach.
  4. 70-200VR with a TCEII. I don't mind the softness. But I am getting twinges about that 400mm over in the for sale forum.

    Rich :lol:
  5. I know what you mean, Rich. That 300/4 on the sales forum is driving me crazy :? . It was very cruel of Patrick to set up that forum;
    it's just a breeding ground for Lens Lust Disease.
  6. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    An old Vivitar 400mm f/5.6 with manual focusing and 'preset type' aperture ring (2 of 'em, one for shooting, the other for setting.) But it does have 19 blades and is quite sharp at f/11, supersharp at f/16, and it goes all the way to f/45.

    But manual exposure on a d100!?!?!!! Not to mention manual focusing, with nearly a 360 degree throw. I can forget about following anything that's moving, and it ain't that fast, so it sits here and I photograph closer stuff.

    I'm feelin' like a pair of tennis shoes with a hole, to borrow Frank's Goebel similie.
  7. gho


    Feb 7, 2005
    If you're a pair of brown shoes, then I must be flip flops cuz the longest I have is my 80-200 NO TC.
  8. F15Todd


    Feb 1, 2005
    70-200 and what should be a TC-17. I ordered and paid for the TC Jan 12, but the shippment got lost in the mail. I have to wait until this coming Monday to fill out insurance paperwork with B&H so they will reship my order. That is if they have anything left after the fire.
  9. Looooooong range kit

    D70 with a SIGMA 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX APO. A SIGMA lens once owned by flew.
  10. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Frank :

    Heh. Well...

    D100 (no D2H), 70-200mm AFS/VR, 200-400 AFS/VR, TC14EII, TC17EII

    John P.
  11. here is mine

    Nikon 300 f4 with 1.4 and 2.0 Nikon converters, soon to add the 1.7
  12. If it makes anyone feel better our long kit is a D-100 with a 28-200G and a D-70 with a 70-300ED. I was kind of embarrassed at the Merritt Island shoot.

    I have a 500 full manual f8 Mirror which is really soft. Also a 1200 spotting scope that I can attach the D-100 to but it is really hard to see to focus in viewfinder at F11.

  13. joecolson


    Jan 28, 2005
    Cary, NC
    D2H with 500mm f/4 AF-S II and TC17EII - gets me out to 850mm before taking the 1.5x factor into account.
  14. D2H soon to be D2X with a Sigma 800 5.6 and a 80-400 VR. I have not had luck with the TC14EII

    From the Sigma today
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  15. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Nikon D100 and the mighty 80-400 VR :>)))

  16. D2H with 300mm f2.8 EDIF lens plus TC1.4e and this does not seem long enough when shooting birds. I guess that is why I don't shoot all that many birds.
  17. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Actually Gordon, this is my favorite set-up for shooting flying birds. Just long enough, but not so long that it cuts their wings off.... :lol:

  18. Well, now....here is my current set-up.

    Camera 1, Mr. Primary:

    Sigma 500mm f4.5 HSM
    Nikon TC-14E 1.4 - nominal 700mm f6.alittlebit, AF's very fast, my "prime" set up.
    With the Nikon TC-20E, 2.0 - nominal 1000mm, f9, AF sucks, but for stationary objects works well
    Stack both TC's for 1400mm, f-waytoomuch, forget AF, danged if it doesn't work well, I got a "lucky" pair

    Camera 2, when 500 is "too much"

    Sigma 120-300 f2.8 HSM
    Sigma 1.4x TC for 240-600 f4
    Just got this but am liking it, will take it out for a real "test drive" tomorrow morning, but the darned clouds are back, which sucks....
  19. D2H 500/4 TC14EII and TC20E11 (never use)
  20. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    You can never have too much hair, money, or focal length

    Frank, I think you need a 300 f4 :D  The magnification of a 200 just isn't enough to fill the frame for most birdies... unless they're trained, of course, like your hummers ;)  I will say I've had some luck shooting larger birds with my 70-200+TC 1.4, which reaches out to 280mm.
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