Ringed-Neck Ducks (Three Photographs)

Ring-Necked DucksTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

This is my first post with photographs from 2016. Moreover, they were taken with a new and challenging lens: Nikon’s 200-500 F5.6 lens. To get sharp photos you need to shoot above 5.6, e.g. F6.3. This means higher ISOs if the sunlight is not bright enough. This is a smaller aperture than I would normally use. Secondly, the lens has great vibration controls, although that mechanism does cause the framing to shift from shot to shot. Thirdly, on a D7200 it focuses a little slower than my 300mm prime. I bought it to get shots like these and it’s less expensive than other lenses with similar reach. All of the issues I mentioned take time to get used to, once you do you can work well with the lens. So far I am using the lens hand-held and with all its little drawbacks I am getting some good shots, shots like these that I could not otherwise have hoped to get. The temptation to shoot at 500mm is hard to overcome, but I am increasingly finding myself pulling back to get some context and better framing. If you want better quality and smoother shooting at 400 to 500mm its going to cost ten times more and even on a tripod you will find those lenses cumbersome.

Ring-Necked Ducks-2

Ring-Necked Ducks -2

10 responses

  1. I have seen these ducks… These are really very beautiful……****.


    May 30, 2016 at 2:59 am

  2. Your experience with the Nikon lens is similar to my experience with my Tamron 150-600mm, which has the same issues with f-stop, hand holdability, etc. Your images show that it is possible to get good results by paying attention to technique and by learning the capabilities and limitations of the lens. I really like Ring-necked ducks and your images show their wonderful patterns and colors.


    May 30, 2016 at 9:41 am

  3. I rented the 150-600mm Tamron once. I think that’s the focal length. It was nearly impossible for me to hand-hold it and get it steady. The longer reach was nice though!


    May 31, 2016 at 11:18 am

    • Some of the longer lenses have image stabilization, vibration control. Does not make the lens lighter😀

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      May 31, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      • Yeah…that lens was a beast. I have issues carrying and holding heavy things so I returned it lol.


        May 31, 2016 at 3:39 pm

        • Don’t get fooled that things will be easier with mirror less. Glass is glass.

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          May 31, 2016 at 3:44 pm

          • Oh trust me, I have no visions of things being easy with the mirrorless. I have the mirrorless mostly for travel but I’m on my way to purchase a zeiss lens for it LOL! Oy, it really never ends!


            May 31, 2016 at 4:20 pm

  4. Great pictures and good advice!


    June 1, 2016 at 12:17 pm

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