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Low Flight

By KingArthur
Although I have recently stepped into the full frame world through the D610 and D750, the Nikon D500 had for long been on my GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) radar ..... however, its exorbitant cost (locally at least) never fully justified its further consideration. This notwithstanding, during the thick of the pandemic and with prices taking a plunge, I finally decided to go for it. Naturally, when it eventually landed on my doorstep I was over the moon ..... putting it mildly.

The following weekend turned up and sure enough I headed to my favourite haunt eager to put my new toy through its paces. On the day I coupled the D500 with my "bazooka" lens (Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary) as I call it, and managed a couple of decent shots although birding activity was at a low given the sizzling fine weather during the first week of May. True to its reputation, the camera handles well and I was quite impressed with its lightning AF speed and literally endless frame bursts ..... it sure seemed to be the missing useful tool in my arsenal of cameras I kept saying to myself.

Despite the lengthy lulls, this fine male mallard eventually flew in skimming the surface of the salt-pans offering the chance of a good capture ..... once fully "locked on", the D500 worked like silk. A rapid burst, the AF retained a full lock, buffer was no issue, the end results being a joy to admire. Very very satisfied with its performance I have to admit, and it seemed to couple very well with the super zoom too. I chose to share this frame, lightly cropped which, in my opinion, demonstrates the fine performance of the machine. Viewing large should amplify this point.

Take care and stay safe,
Joe Smile

Tags: General Wildfowl Action photography Birds in flight Wildlife and nature Low flight Ducks birds wildlife nature Action in nature Nikon D500 KingArthur sigma 150-600mm contemporary

Voters: Chrism8, Sylviwhalley, Alan_Baseley and 59 more

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Chrism8 13 948 27 England
20 May 2020 10:28AM
well captured Smile

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20 May 2020 10:51AM
As usual another impressive shot, Joe. Keep them coming Smile
20 May 2020 10:52AM
Great capture
20 May 2020 10:55AM
Lovely capture, Joe. Yes, bazooka!! I know exactly what you meanSmileSmile
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 164 16 United Kingdom
20 May 2020 11:35AM

20 May 2020 12:29PM
Excellent in flight capture Joe,
Daisymaye Plus
11 23 17 Canada
20 May 2020 1:47PM
An excellent inflight capture Joe.
kojack 8 United Kingdom
20 May 2020 3:45PM
Lovely bird in flight image Joe.

Jeff. Smile
20 May 2020 5:04PM
Excellent Joseph --------------- tops!!
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
20 May 2020 6:44PM
Excellent in flight image Joe, beautifully photographed...
Isabel GrinGrin
20 May 2020 7:09PM
Excellent shot Joe..Lin
20 May 2020 8:09PM
Well captured. Lovely image.
20 May 2020 8:42PM
Superbly captured, Joe!

richmowil Plus
11 412 2 England
20 May 2020 9:02PM
Very nice capture!
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
20 May 2020 9:05PM
a great big capture---sharp and clear!
21 May 2020 8:59AM
Impressine Joe and worthy of a lot more interest GrinGrin

Trust you are well

21 May 2020 9:38AM
Great action capture, Joe
21 May 2020 10:50AM
Accurately timed PIC Joe. Beautiful wing action
Mike_Smith Plus
13 644 1 United Kingdom
21 May 2020 6:37PM
Superb image captured Joe, pleased your enjoying your new camera
Fantastic capture Joe, exciting times ahead with the new camera.
22 May 2020 3:32PM
An excellent in flight capture , Joe! SmileSmileSmile

Great capture well done Joe.
sparrowhawk Plus
11 282 2 United Kingdom
23 May 2020 10:49AM
great shot Joe
milky Plus
17 5 Wales
31 May 2020 3:36PM
A Execllent capture Joe, Gary milky
ColleenA Plus
8 451 7 Australia
6 Jun 2020 9:53AM
Great inflight shot
michaelo Plus
13 15 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2020 12:59PM
Stunning capture

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