POTD: House Finch

I always make a point of testing out new gear and settings before using it in the field. I’m still getting comfortable with the Nikon D500, which has a few new nuances in the autofocus system, before I head down to Texas next week for my annual South Texas Birding Safari. So here’s a house finch from the backyard, cropped to actual pixels (100%).

House Finch
Backyard house finch captured with Nikon D500 and 200-500mm f/5.6E VR (click to see full size image).
Tech Specs

Nikon D500 with AFS 200-500mm f/5.6E VR Nikkor zoom lens
1/600s f/7.1 ISO 800 (auto ISO)


4 thoughts on “POTD: House Finch”

  1. Jason, just out of curiosity, why did you choose a 7.1 aperture and ISO 800? of course the D500 handles ISO 800 very well, but it caught my attention. Do you feel that the 5.6 gets soft results and that is why you stopped it down a bit?

  2. The 200-500VR does a better job when stopped down slightly, and I used auto ISO to deliver the necessary shutter speed (1/1600s) in these conditions for small, moving animals.

  3. I would be interested to understand your AF settings for the D500 and what you found to be quirky. Took mine for a test drove on friday and was very impressed with the camera — but not my inability to track fast moving hawk hand holding a D500 with a 300 or 400 mm f/2.8 lens attached. Portraits are crisp and sharp

  4. I’m still tinkering with the AF settings, Andy. However, for hand-held BIFs, I find shutter speed is absolutely critical. 1/2000s if possible.

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