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dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1928 England
12 Jun 2020 11:53AM
This is an amazing tribute to the power of Nikon's image stabilisation, and to the steadiness of your hands: 1/30 second is a suicidal shutter speed with a long lens - and 258mm on that camera is an incredibly powerful telephoto.

My personal view of all superzooms is that it's irresponsible to market them, because the long end of the zoom is only truly useable in bright sunshine, or on a professional-grade tripod. If I had one, I wouldn't use it beyond around 20mm focal length.

There's another little issue, and that is that I think the camera has focussed on the reeds behind the heron: this sort of thing is always a risk with an autofocus system left to its own devices.

Nonetheless, it's an interesting image, and possibly unobtainable any other way: the ideal, though (apart from far better, brighter light) is to wait until you're within three or four yards of the heron. I've managed it once, but I suspect those with patience nad knowledge of birds will do better...
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 811 England
12 Jun 2020 9:37PM
I have to agree with John, the vegetation is sharper than the heron. The fact they are just soft is testament to the image stabilisation and any support you used.
We all get the focus off from time to time. But you clealy had a great moment watching his bird so it's a good memory for you.
Chelle65 3 112
12 Jun 2020 11:17PM
I agree the focus is more on the reeds behind the heron , but unfortunately he was a long way away and i couldnt physically get closer ...so yes more a good memory

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