I took the crop sensor Nikon Z50 with my Nikon AF-S 80-400mm G ED VR lens via the FTZII adaptor out to do some bird photography. This was an experiment to see how the Z50 would perform photographing birds. The results I got were a bit of a mishmash and I share them in this video.
I was surprised with some of the photos I got with this Nikon Z50 Bird Photography session. But there were times I got some photos sharp in focus and then others out of focus (sometimes the very next frame in a sequence). So I did some static tests back in my garden and found everything was ok with the lens etc. The next thing I want to try is some different settings on the camera in a few weeks to see how I go. I’ll make another video on that.
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Using my Nikon D850 I venture into what I would have to describe as the BEST bird photography location I’ve ever been to. And the crazy thing is I just scratched the surface in terms of the species that were on offer to photograph. For about the third time in just over two years I filled both my SD and XQD memory cards on the D850. The Nikon D850 performed really well as usual. Always impressed by the image quality and dynamic range of this camera.
Using the Nikon D850 for bird photography is really awesome. Granted the lens I use in this video isn’t the most optimal lens for bird photography in low light, but when combined with the D850’s huge 45MP sensor in brighter light, it allows me to crop in and still get a decent image. The Nikon D850 never ceases to amaze me with it’s quality of images. I get up early in the morning in this video, before sunrise, the best time to photograph birds in my opinion, and head to my local beach. Just like humans, birds awaken looking for a meal, so they’re out foraging for food everywhere, forests, beaches, lakes, even your backyard. If I had the money, I would love to combine the Nikon D850 with something like the Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL VR prime lens with a 1.4 teleconverter for a low light bird photography session (but that’s a $15K AUD lens). One can only dream.
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