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The D3 meets the 400vr

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by Randy, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. AF on the D3 is considerably faster than the D300 but I hate giving up the reach of the DX body

    Boys U13 on a fill size field (they fooled me so I had to shoot from mid field instead of my usual place in the endzone)...today's game started at 3pm ET

    D3 + 400vr @ 2.8, iso 200-400, ev=0, meter CW & matrix



















  2. lisa_h


    Sep 6, 2008
    New England
    WOW, I'm speechless. Those are fantastic. WOW. Nice work.
  3. niknd501


    May 13, 2006
  4. so, RANDY.....

    besides the increased focus speed on the D3 than the D300 (expected)
    and the crop factor

    how else would you compare the experience with both?

    these are.... of course..... STELLAR, in EVERY sense of the word
  5. thx Lisa

    thx Rod

    thx Greg...

    I might look for a used D2XS to be honest with you because I want the faster focus acquisition (and the crop factor) without having to recompose multiple times and pan the action. I think the D300 has AF problems but i've learned to live with them. I never had to do what I do with the D300 with the D200 (what a sentence that was)

    I can't give up the crop factor for field sports mainly because I sell mostly smaller size pics and I need to shoot goal to goal and crop if necessary.

    I thought today's game was going to be on a smaller field so that fooled me and I had to move to midfield and then watch for parents and other BG clutter, which was aggravating. Next w/e I will shoot U12 so I can get the smaller field and use the D3.....
  6. thanks for your reply, randy
    i really appreciate it
  7. niknd501


    May 13, 2006
  9. e2blade


    Jul 24, 2008
    Peoria, AZ
    im jealous, awesome shots
  10. Randy,

    Seriously, you're going to be dangerous with this combination. The group looks good even compared to your already high standards. :smile:
  11. Sauk


    Aug 4, 2008
    Sandy, UT
    i wish I could have that lens, but I also want to have another kid...

    hmmm lens or kid :) 
  12. topher04r1

    topher04r1 Guest

    aside from a few cluttered BG's i think your lens is working just as it should !! ... Good to hear that the combo is working out for ya buddy !!
  13. KeithR


    Jun 21, 2008
    Why not just use the DX crop in the D3? The quality of the sensor more than makes up for the loss in pixels.
  14. cleoent


    Dec 21, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    You D300 shots and this lens were incredible, these with the D3 are on a whole entire different level. Up until now, i've always been impressed with the D3, but figured the D300 was a close second, now i can see, it's really not even close.
  15. audu67


    Jan 14, 2008
    Decatur, Alabama
    Randy, these are special. This is the quality I'm working toward.

    Isn't it amazing how well these kids play with their eyes closed. It seems that tongues improve your balance and let you make difficult moves while closed eyes allow you to do things that might scare you if you were looking.
  16. Randy,

    Those shots make my D300/70-200 combo soccer pics look sad.:frown:

    As soon as I can come up with $13.5K for the combo, I'm there!!! My kids really don't need to go to college.....? :biggrin:
  17. Simba909


    Mar 2, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Randy, these are great. I don't really see too much BG clutter on these, there are some parents on a couple of the shots but the isolation is so good I don't find them distracting at all. Great job.
  18. Definitely tops the D300! ! !

    I have been sitting here on the fence on what to do for a long lens....but then I also have not been shooting that much sports......

    Either way when I look at these the 200-400 is out.....and most likely it's a 200/2 and 400/2.8.

    I was leaning to a 300 and 500, but I am not sold on the f4. My biggest problem is I also like shooting wildlife, and 400 will not be long enough......and I know I don't want a 600, and I just love the 500VR.

  19. thx

    thx Steve

    thx chris

    i may give that a try.....i hadn't thought of it

    thx Leo

    thx Donald....my fav is when they are running and their eyes are closed and their feet are off the ground

    thx Rick....i have shot alot of soccer w/ a 70-200...troll the sidelines and wait for the action to come close and def use the d300

    thx Ron....i was satisfied with the blur...i really like to shoot from the endzone on my little 3 leg stool so i am down low for the little kids. On a U9 to U12 size field I can reach the other goal for a 4x6 crop.

    for me the decision was easy and tg the 500 & 600 weren't 2.8's
    I'm gonna try the 400 + 1.7TC for birds but the places I go in Fla (so far anyway) don't need any more reach than that) and Viera doesn't need that much reach
  20. Thanks Randy. I'll try what you recommend. Probably just wasting my time trying to get those "across the field shots" with my current equipment.
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