Old Chimp

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Raindog, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. Raindog

    Raindog

    184
    Nov 26, 2005
    Asheville, NC
    Ive considered trading off the 27 year old 400/3.5 several times but couldn't bring myself to go through with it.

    _DSC8160-2.

    D2H, 400mm, f3.5, 1/640, ISO200
     
  2. gadgetguy11

    gadgetguy11

    Nov 16, 2005
    Kentucky
    This is the most awesome chimp photo I have seen. How far were you from the chimp? His eyes really tell a story...
     
  3. Raindog

    Raindog

    184
    Nov 26, 2005
    Asheville, NC
    Thanks Gadgetguy,

    This one was taken from around twenty feet. Perhaps a bit more, I cropped out quite a bit.

    Cheers,
    Mike
     
  4. jaminphoto

    jaminphoto

    149
    Jul 7, 2005
    SF Bay area
    Very nice potrait.
    I had that lens in the past but have to let it go. It's an awesome lens. Nikon should update it with AFS, VR and DX. That will be one lens canon people drool all over.

    --ricardo
     
  5. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
     
  6. Very nice I would keep that lens too
     
  7. nice presentation, well done
     
  8. Raindog

    Raindog

    184
    Nov 26, 2005
    Asheville, NC
    Thanks guys,

    I'm currently looking for something a bit longer for bird shots but I have no plans of getting rid of the 400/3.5. I picked up a TC-301 but find the combo nearly useless unless I'm shooting from a sturdy tripod. At this point most all of my shots are handheld or taken from a monopod.

    I'm not opposed to using a tripod, in fact the heavier glass will necessitate it but at 800mm I would like something a bit faster than f8.
     
  9. Terri French

    Terri French

    May 5, 2005
    Idaho
    It looks like it is a lens worth keeping. Very nice photo.
     
  10. I always wondered what the 400 3.5 looked like. Does Bjorn have one of these in his collection? I don't remember seeing this in the picture of his car with all the equipment. Do you usually shoot on a tripod or monopod? Seems it might be a touch messy shooting hand-held :wink:

    Nice, shot, I like it......when I saw the title I actually expected to see some old dude "chimping away", and was afraid it might be me :redface: :redface: :biggrin:
     
  11. gadgetguy11

    gadgetguy11

    Nov 16, 2005
    Kentucky
    That is one sweet lens! You can't get rid of it.
     
  12. Raindog

    Raindog

    184
    Nov 26, 2005
    Asheville, NC
    I normally shoot this lens from a monopod wide open. At f3.5 it is extremely sharp which comes in handy when focusing. I have found that stopping down increases the DOF but has little effect on sharpness or contrast.

    400f3.
     
  13. Wonderful image. Makes my chimp shots look like chump change.
     
  14. Sweet! What a portrait! 98% of his DNA is common with (some of) us... and I think it shows. [That number might even be higher for the others! :redface:]

    Unless you absolutely got to have a fast auto-focusing lens, why trade such a beauty?
     
  15. PixelPete

    PixelPete Guest

    No need to trade that lens off its working good for you!
     
  16. RayGuselli

    RayGuselli

    Oct 18, 2005
    Stunning

    Yes, best chimp shot ever for me as well.

    Just incredible.

    However, I would get rid of the lens...........wanna sell????:smile:

    Very best wishes

    Ray
     
  17. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    I sure wouldn't let this lens get away. Very nice shot. :smile:
     
  18. TheKO

    TheKO

    461
    May 3, 2005
    Tampa, FL
    This is a superb and awsome picture. What you would expect from National Geographic guys who get to stay on-site for 7 months!

    Congrats on this one.
     
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