How do I click super sharp images of birds with the Nikon D500 camera and the 200-500mm lens? In this video, I’ll teach you all the camera settings that go into clicking awesome photos of birds and wildlife.
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Are you wondering if the Nikon 200-500 lens is relevant in 2022? Then stick around, because in this video I’m going to tell you more about the Nikon 200-500 mil lens and why it’s still one of the best lenses you can lay your hands on, even in 2022.
Ok, so you want to click wildlife, and are watching this video to find more about the Nikon 200-500 lens. You’re in the right place!
There are 4 main points that I wish to explore. The build quality, autofocus speed and accuracy, image stabilisation performance, and last but not the least… sharpness.
The build quality is good, with basic weather sealing, but doesn’t compare to Canon’s 100-400 Mark II lens where even the switches are weather sealed.
The autofocus is good, I’ve never had a problem with it, even in difficult situations where there are twigs and leaves in the way.
The image stabilisation is exceptional, now I used a bean bag while clicking these photos… still the shutter speeds were as low as 1/60th of a second at 500 mil on a shaky boat. So full marks to the stabilisation.
I never found the sharpness to be lacking in any way. It somehow gets the job done, even though… it doesn’t have the fluorite element that the Canon 100-400 Mark II does.
Now Nikon has a slight edge over Canon. Canon does not have an affordable 500 mil lens for their DSLR cameras whereas Nikon have two, a 200-500 mil and the 500 5.6 lens that costs less than half the price of the 500 mil f/4 lens.
However, the 100-400 lens is 100 mil wider, and at 38.4 inches has a ridiculously minimum focusing distance.
But when I go out to click birds, I prefer the Nikon 200-500 because of its extra reach. However when I go on a tiger safari, I prefer the wider 100 mil focal length for times when I get the opportunity to click tigers that are close to me. But sooner or later, once you become more committed to wildlife photography you can get an additional Nikon camera with a 70-200 mil lens. That way you’ll be covered from 70 right up till 500 mil which is beyond the reach of any affordable Canon lens for DSLR cameras.
Wildlife photography is challenging, so you must make sure that your gear is best suited to your style. Please see links in the descriptions to videos about the Canon 7D Mark II and Nikon D500 to get a better idea about these cameras and find out which brand will suit you better.
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I all began in December 2020. I started putting together short videos about my wildlife photography experiences. I used to stay up all night to record my narration videos.
Up until that point, I had never stayed up all night ever. Not even if I had an exam the next day. Consequently, I fell ill. Once I had recovered, and that took a while, I had to figure out alternate ways of recording my voice-over.
So I went into the nearby jungle and filmed with an OSMO Pocket. You see, my apartment is on the first floor of a noisy street. So recording during the day isn’t an option.
There are many challenges with using an OSMO Pocket. The lens isn’t wide enough. So I have to use this wide-angle lens adapter that sits over the main lens via magnets. The audio adapter that lets you connect external microphones to the OSMO Pocket is out of stock. So they gave me a third-party adapter. I only just realised that it doesn’t work! The on-board mics did the recording, which turned out okay, but not as well as a directional mic would. I just got a mic that connects directly via USB-C, so that’ll solve that problem next time I’m out filming.
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I put together this video, it’s the second video with my narration recorded on the OSMO Pocket. I recorded 2-3 videos that morning. I think they’re all still very sketchy with things that need to be ironed out. But I wonder if that’s really required or if I’m over thinking. I reckon this is my worst video production till date—it’s a behind the scenes look at me clicking a bee eater.
What’s your favourite subject in wildlife photography? I’ll tell you mine… clicking pictures of small birds gives me more satisfaction than any other subject. Because it’s very challenging to photograph these small birds. You need to bring in all your knowhow… your composition skills, your artistic ability, you need to bring all of that to the table to get successful photographs.
But when I get successful photographs of small birds, good setting, good light, nothing gives me more joy!
This is a behind the scenes look at photographing small birds such as Bushchats and Stonechats from a boat in Kumbhargaon near Bhigwan. Photographing small birds is always a challenge because they are always on the move. So we need to be technically sound to get sharp photos of small birds. In the video I talk about focus point selection and the use of a bean bag for photography.
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In this video I tell you how to go about choosing lenses, depending on what stage of photography you’re at.
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