I’m spending the next few days in the Everglades doing some bird photography. Here’s one of my favorites from this morning, shot at the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park. The bird is a purple gallinule, something you won’t see just about anywhere else in the USA.
Zoom Nikkor 200-400 f/4.0 AFS VR G lens
Gitzo 3340LS tripod with Wimberley MkII head
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I finally got a little time (and sunshine) to head out to the local nature center to fiddle around with my 600mm VR lens and try it with the TC-20E III. When you are using long lenses, tripods are absolutely mandatory; hand-holding is not at all feasible (well, maybe if you pump iron like Ah-nold).
I started off with my normal combo for small birds: 600mm + TC-14E. This gives an effective 840mm focal length on my FX Nikon D3s. The TC-14E only costs one stop of light, so my lens behaves as though it were f/5.6 instead of f/4 when it is wide-open. I’ve used this combination several times in the past, and it works really well. I get sharp images and AF performance is still very fast and accurate.