Matt Shoots Wildlife (With a Camera, Silly)

Matt2000

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As I'm regularly taking wildlife photos now I thought I'd stop clogging up Lens Flair with constant pictures and I'd put them here instead. It's also because I wanted to post more than one picture, the reason should be apparent from this first post.

Isn't nature majestic?



I've been going through some photos to offer them for sale on Redbubble, so I'll post my picks from those first and then the new ones I shot yesterday. These aren't reposts of the ones from Lens Flair but I will add those for my complete portfolio. I might have to watermark all of these, not wanting to toot my own horn but I think they have actual value so I don't want them being stolen. They've all been treated with Topaz Labs DeNoise AI software, a tool I was reluctant to use at first bit it really makes a difference and I think it doesn't detract from the original image.

So, first one is from May. Great crested grebe. This was with the D7000 and the 200-500mm f/5.6. I posted a different photo of the same bird in Lens Flair but going back this is clearly a superior photo.



It's up on my Redbubble store if you fancy checking it out.

In June I went out to a local place that is known for red kites and got these two shots:




Then last weekend I took the Z9 and the 200-500mm out with me and got this shot of a mute swan resting:


And this dragonfly:


The swan image is also on Redbubble.

Finally, my shots from yesterday. This was on a trail just outside of a big shopping complex, that place was incredibly busy but I hardly saw anyone on this nature trail. Perfect.


While shooting the cormorants above I was lucky enough to catch this heron taking off.


I will add more as I go along, so far I'm very happy with the combination of Z9 and 200-500mm f/5.6.
 
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Lovely images!

Any plans to get the Z 800mm?
Thanks! I'd love to get the Z 800mm, maybe I can get one used in a year or two but for now the cost of the camera was my limit. The 200-500mm is a lovely lens for what I'm currently doing and is approximately the same weight. I think there's still a waiting list for them too.
 

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My Hong Kong dealer mentioned it was near this price.


When Nikon announced their Z 800mm after Canon announced their RF 800mm and RF 1200mm I found the Nikkor lens price of $6.5k weird.


Unusual being that it did not match their AF-S 800mm's $16.3k price point.


Then I looked over the physical weight and f-number that is 53% of the EF 800mm and just 1/3rd f-number slower.


Canon's EF 200/1.8 to 200/2.0 & EF 50/1.0 to 50/1.2 proves that 1/3rd darker isn't that much of a big deal in the 00's.


Even in the 2020s the RF 50/1.2 wasn't made into a RF 50/1.0 or faster when its technically easier to do now because the system does not have a longer flange distance to accommodate the dSLR's mirror.

If I was building a camera system from scratch and on the strength of the paper specs and photos I've seen online from actual owners would have me choosing the Z9 & Z 800mm as a bird & wildlife
 

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It's definitely a bargain compared to the equivalent lenses, I just don't have the cash! My Mazda is currently eating my money but that's a story for a different thread.
 
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