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Wildlife through a Fuji + Nikon telephoto...manual focus challenge ;-)

Discussion in 'Wildlife-Nature' started by MCPhoto, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. MCPhoto

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    If these few pics can inspire some to try the challenges of wildlife photography with a manual focusing lens, I will be happy! I can't say that's easy but I can say it's rewarding ;-) For these pics I used a X-Pro2 with a Nikon 400mm f3.5 EDIF. For wildlife I also use a Nikon 600mm f4 EDIF, a TC14 (1.4x) and a TC300 (2x). All «real» wildlife...no zoo. 180614sans titre7339.jpg 180816Fou17734.jpg 181026Dindon17456.jpg
     
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    Absolutely epic. Been toying with the idea of the old Canon FD 500 4.5 to complement my xt2 and 100-400.

    Beautiful photos. Beautiful.
     
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    The Canon FD super tele are really well reviewed by digital shooter who used them! I began to use old lenses as Fuji were not making some focal length /special use glass. I began with two macro : Nikon 55/2.8 and Canon FD 100/4. The 55 for reproduction/still life and the 100 for insects/flowers. Both are excellent. I followed with the super telephotos. I get Nikon telephotos lenses for 1500can$ each...it's cheaper than the Fuji 100-400 which wasn't existing when I bought the Nikons.
     
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    Most excellent work. I feel inspired :)
     
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    Wow....
     
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    Second shot is a stunner. Well done.
     
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    This week, I talked to a zoo photographer who only carried three lenses for his Canon bodies:
    70-200mm f/2.8
    200-400mm f/4
    90mm macro f/2.8

    He also used a monopod with a gimbal head.


    I, on the other hand, for wildlife photography, usually carry the following four Nikon lenses for my Fuji SLR bodies:
    28-70mm f/2.8 auto focus
    70-200mm f/2.8 auto focus
    400mm f/5.6 or 500mm f/4 manual focus
    105mm macro or 55mm macro manual focus

    For still images, I usually mounted my lenses on a monopod with a ball head.


    When I need to shoot video, I usually carry the following lenses for my Fuji X body and use a tripod with a gimbal head:
    16-55mm f/2.8 Fuji
    50-140mm f/2.8 Fuji
    400mm f/5.6 or 500mm f/4 manual focus with Nikon/Fuji adapter
    105mm macro or 55mm macro manual focus with Nikon/Fuji adapter
     
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    Good pic @Narsuitus ! I have a question : why are you using the Nikon 70-200/2.8 if you own the Fuji 50-140? That's a lens I own few years ago for the Nikon kit but trade it when I switched to Fuji. And at work I have the 50-140 and it's superb and better than the Nikon in every aspects, except 140 vs 200mm.
     
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    Truly amazing work, love the surreal vibe of the dear shot. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a 300+ adapted prime to get surfing shots but just the thought of all the missed shots is frustrating!
     
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    What a great set of wildlife images here - both MCPhoto and Narsuitus.
    I've got a Canon FD 300mm f4
    with the X-T2
    Heron 1.jpg
     
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    There's a lot of missed shots but as I said, the good ones compensate for the bad ones! ;-)
     
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    I never traded my Nikon kit for my Fuji kit. I shoot both.

    I use my Nikon 70-200 when I shoot 35mm film and when I need to shoot with a digital SLR.

    I use the Fuji 50-140 when I shoot video, when I shoot APS-C digital mirrorless, when I need weather resistance, and when I need image stabilization.

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    OK. I missread Fuji SLR bodies...
     
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