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Old 07-09-2014, 14:53   #1 (permalink)
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Afternoon all, I have just uploaded some more pictures, getting in to this Norfolk malarky. We ventured to the local pub (one of 3 ) when they had a Classic Car night on, I only took the 14-24mm Nikkor lens as I knew that their car park was small and the cars close together so this lens not only got me some great shots but also a free 1/2 pint when I took an A3 contact sheet up to the landlord this morning, not intentionally though. The Birds bathing was taken from our 'hide' or should I say the hobby room that over-looks the garden, I never knew that you could get a murmuration of Sparrows in the garden it's just great watching them all.

Now the bird bath photos were taken with an 80-400mm set at about 270mm focal length and I am hankering after a long lens for the reserves up here, so do I buy a 300 f/2.8 for the garden, remembering that the focal length a both is on a D300 so has the DX compensation, or do I go for a 600mm for the reserves; or both!
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so do I buy a 300 f/2.8 for the garden, remembering that the focal length a both is on a D300 so has the DX compensation, or do I go for a 600mm for the reserves; or both!
Don't forget that the Tamron 150-600 is getting good press and might solve both of your requirements.

That is not to say that I'd not get a 300mm f2.8 too

Another option is the 300mm f2.8 + the new mk 3 2x converter that is supposed to be very good.
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At the moment I find the 300 f/4 plenty fast enough and is more portable than the f/2.8. Putting a 2x converter on does test the ability to hold it still but the D300s manages to focus OK, albeit slowly because of the smaller f/stop of f/8. In the low light of the winter months this becomes too slow to work with and often gets miss-hits.

What I noticed as a result of reading the pages for the latest firmware changes from Nikon was that the 300 f/2.8 was marked as incompatible with the new TC14 III.

I too have been looking at the Tamron 150-600, because it would not be limited to the occasional use that an expensive long prime would get, and is said t be better than the 300 f/4 +2xTC. Being wide open at f/5 it might make it equally difficult to get consistently in focus results when shooting in continuous mode on the D300(s). I think my ideal setup might be the more useful 400 f/2.8 + TCs or the 500 f/4 + TC. Gandalf has this last setup and gets some exceptional result with it, but it is several times the price of the Tamron.
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What I noticed as a result of reading the pages for the latest firmware changes from Nikon was that the 300 f/2.8 was marked as incompatible with the new TC14 III.
I never realised this - but as I'm never likely to be in a position to buy one (the 300mm f2.8, not the 1.4x converter!) I don't think it will change my life unduly.

The Tamron remains on the cards though and is on the list.
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Thanks 'The Grahams', I have been watching Grays of Westminster for a few weeks and noticed they had some 500 f/4s and also a 300 f/2.8 in the used department. When I had the Sigma 150-500 I wasn't really getting the reach I wanted when in reserve hides, even at the long end but maybe with a x1.7 ext on could get a little closer, the birds don't always come close, (D300+500+1.7 equal to an impressive 1275mm!) and if used on the D800 I would get a slightly better pixel count at DX mode. It's always easy to sell to an ex-salesman
Now the reasoning for the 300 f/2.8 is mainly for the garden, my lenses at the moment are 80-400; the early one so a bit soft at the long end and 28-300 which is my everyday walk-about lens, with the only prime being the 105 micro. I do like prime lenses as I think they are a tad sharper.
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Yes Graham (GS) the 400 f/2.8 would be ideal, then with the 28-300 and a 400 f/2.8 I could part-ex the 80-400mm

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I had a play with a new 500 f/4 last year. It didn't feel like I was looking through an f/4. The viewfinder was so well lit (but then I could be comparing with any other experience I have at a similar focal length, where the maximum aperture has never exceeded f/5.6). I just found it a very nice lens, which really needs a good gimbal head for long periods.

If you really want to capture the interest of onlookers you could look at the Sigma 200-500 f/2.8. It's massive (size, price and weight) !! but would cover both situations with a converter taking it to 1000mm at f5.6 .
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