Raptors

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Randy, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    D3 + 80-400 + SB800
    MP, f7.1, 1/640, Auto ISO

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  2. sjlarue

    sjlarue

    Nov 18, 2007
    OH-IO
    Someone has been to a rescue center.:biggrin: Great head shots.
     
  3. sagar

    sagar

    273
    Jun 29, 2008
    USA
    Man, really amazing shot. I really can't decide which one is better...Randy you are too good at this :)
     
  4. Very nice shots Randy. Man, newfound respect for the 80-400!
     
  5. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thx guys
    at f7.1 the 80-400 is as good as the 300vr....ns...it is a major under rated lens even at the price....even when the afs version comes out I will prob keep the one I got (of course the 80-400 afs vr will prob be $1999 or higher)
    of course being able to shoot in the shade at iso 2500+ w/ the D3 doesn't hurt any....
    when I go to the Raptor Center I leave alot of glass at home that most here would think would do a better job but since the birds are pretty still VR is priceless and since i push to f7 or higher because some of the birds are large and because I am filling the frame (so bokeh is not an issue) the 80-400 is perfect for me
     
  6. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thx Sagar
    you shoulda seen my work a year ago...hang around this place and we all get better....everybody here is so willing to help this is an amazing forum !
     
  7. russowl

    russowl

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    Jun 9, 2008
    Lima,Ohio
    Great shots Randy!!!!! love the raptors here ,,, you are rigth about this forum ,, lots of help here ... this is better than Mc Donalds ,, I'm Lovin it !!!!!
     
  8. Simba909

    Simba909

    Mar 2, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Great shots Randy
     
  9. Great shots indeed. Love the details.

    Did you say ISO 2500+???? Now that is amazing performance by the D3 matched by your abilities, nonetheless.
     
  10. niknd501

    niknd501

    May 13, 2006
    Illinois
    These are WOW shots for sure Randy.

    Great work.
     
  11. What a super set Randy.
     
  12. WOW! Randy these are gorgeous! I couldn't help but chuckle at the falcon sticking his tongue out! That one is a wall hanger! Keep em comin, will ya!
     
  13. Spectre

    Spectre

    Feb 20, 2008
    Oregon
    Randy, Very nice shots.... I love #7! There's always one in every crowd!:biggrin:
     
  14. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Well done Randy, you've captured some beautiful images.
     
  15. what an amazing series
    that TONGUE.... wow.....
    centerfold of any birding magazine.... today

    wonderful
     
  16. cknight

    cknight

    663
    May 2, 2005
    Madison, AL
    Cool shots Randy.
    Bet that guy with no top beak gets a mouthful when it rains.
    It does make it easier to give him a drink of beer though.:smile:
     
  17. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thanks everyone !
     
  18. LeeF

    LeeF

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    May 24, 2008
    Massachusetts, USA
    Nice! Real nice.
     
  19. Flew

    Flew

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    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Beautiful shots Randy. I've often contemplated the 80-400VR. It is an excellent lens, especially considering its relatively mid-range price point. I've been holding out for the AF-S version, since I like to shoot BIF, but even those can be captured with the current version if the light is sufficient.

    Excellent job on these.
     
  20. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thx Lee

    thx Frank...
    51pt 3d works very well w/ the 80-400 when the sky is the background....kinda weird not seeing a sensor but the d300 & D3 sure find the bird, not always on the head but i am usually at f7.1 anyway so it doesn't matter much BUT the 300/2.8 + 1.4TC is so fast the 80-400 only went once for a test