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Member Since 27 Oct 2013
Offline Last Active Apr 05 2017 01:58 AM

In Topic: D5300 Autofocus - Wildlife

05 April 2017 - 02:00 AM

Hello all,


When shooting wildlife I have my D5300 set to 39pts of focus (the most it offers - lots of BIF) and AF-C (continuous-servo).  I also use matrix metering.   I shoot 98% of the time in Manual mode so I want to ensure I have those autofocus and metering settings setup properly for wildlife.  Thoughts?


Thanks for your help,



I shoot in single focus point with AF-C. 

In Topic: Lens for Wildlife

15 March 2017 - 10:11 PM

You are right in everything you say. Me being a beginner this lens is probably too much for me. I called Sigma and sent the a bunch of pictures. They are going to go through them. I even set my camera on my pickup hoping there would be no movement. Even with a row second delay the picture still turned out blurry. I took over hundred pictures again and one was well almost there.

Glad I only rented it. If it is movement I have a long ways to go. This lens is not for me.

Back to square one and get the 80 to 400 Nikon.


Square one is a good place to be. 

In Topic: Lens for Wildlife

02 March 2017 - 10:07 PM

Hawk shot at 600mm Focal point with Tamaron 150-600. Will give a sample with the Nikon 80-400 in a minutes.


Sorry I cropped the Ospreys wings but that shot will be printed and so that is why. Osprey shot with the Nikon 80-400


Notice the grain in the hawk show and the clarity in the Osprey shot. 

In Topic: Lens for Wildlife

28 February 2017 - 09:37 PM

your welcome and one thing to note is the Nikon 80-400 produces professional sharp images.  

Daniel thank you so much. After spending a few hours on the web and reading here the Tamron is off my list. In fact Nikon made a 200-500 and it is off my list. I am most interested in the 80 - 400 and am going to do as suggested above by Nikonian and rent one. There is a place about an hours drive from me I can rent or rent online as suggested.

Thank you for your help,, all of you!

In Topic: Lens for Wildlife

28 February 2017 - 09:26 PM

My thoughts are if you can't get close enough with a 400mm then you won't be able to with a Tamron 150-600. I could show some sample picks with the Nikon 80-400 if you like? 

I am just afraid the 400 won't give me what I need. I could make the price work in my budget.  I have a 300 and I can't get close enough for the eagles.    Right now with my 300 I have take the photo then blow the photo up quiet a bit.   I sure wish there was a place one could rent a lens. 


But I do want something that focuses fast and sharp



I am always afraid of the price point products.   I feel that is what I have with my 55-300 right now.