Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Photography > Nature Photography


Reply

Lens Question for Len

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-17-2007, 05:21 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Posts: 44
Lens Question for Len

I have the good fortune of living within about 90 miles of West Yellowstone and Jackson Hole. I am a longtime amature photographer and I just retired. I intend to buy a big Nikon lens and have settled on the 200mm - 400mm f4 zoom (I think that I could have had Kirby build me a big 338 for less money than this lens) to go along with my new D200. The D200 came with the 18mm-200mm Nikon zoom with vibration reduction. I also realize that a big lens needs a serious tripod (Gitzo GT-3530LSV and a Wimberley head). Long range photography is sort of like long range shooting in that everything costs more (alot more). So here is the $64 question, do you think that between these two lenses that I will be pretty well setup for wildlife photography? If not, what am I missing. In addition, what are your feelings on the Nikon 1.4 teleconverter? Does it provide a true benefit or does it just soften the resolution of a great lens?

Thanks, Craig Dodd
in SE Idaho
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-18-2007, 03:21 PM
PUBLISHER
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 5,908
Craig

I have the 200-400VR lens and like it a lot. In fact I used it several times out here in Rocky Mountain National Park this week. Elk, deer and full-frame coyote. Nothing great in wildlife. I am here this time for scenics.

That lens is considered by many to be the best mammal lens on the market. The 1.4 extender works well with it. Normally when using an extender you may want to stop down one stop, although I don't. I have seen reports saying that this lens is so sharp that you don't have to stop down one stop with an extender. I would suggest you buy the 1.4 extender.

The elk bugle season is right around the corner, especially for you being so close to Yellowstone. So get off the couch and get out there. We'll look forward to seeing your shots next month.
__________________


Long Range Rifles, LLC - Ready To Ship

Components and assembly by LRH Sponsors
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-18-2007, 06:53 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Posts: 44
Re Lens Question

Len,

Thanks for the feedback on the 200-400 VR Nikon. Several of the local professional wildlife photographers use it and have nothing but praise for it. I have one on order and the dealer said that they normally take about a month. Which, as you stated, should put me in just about the peak of the rut in Yellowstone Park. I do intend to primairly shoot photos of mammals with some birds thrown in.

I was glad to hear your feelings about the 1.4x Nikon telextender. I have used the old TC-200 Nikon telextender in the past but never had a top line lens to attach it to.

The way I originally posted this thread seemed to exclude everyone but Len and that was not my intention. If any other list members are serious big game photographers I would like to hear your opinions on what to take in the field too. Is anyone else using the Wimberley gimbals-style tripod head? Experiences both good/bad using monopods?

Len - I hope that your stay in Rocky Mountain NP has been time well spent - sort of like the old saw on fishing where the worst day fishing was better than the best day in the office. Now that I am retired, I am hoping to spend more time in the field...

Thanks, Craig Dodd
in SE Idaho
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-20-2007, 08:50 PM
PUBLISHER
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 5,908
Craig, I have used the Wimberly gimbal mount for 5 years or so. It is a must for action shots with a bigger lens such as the 200-400VR. I have almost no experience with a monopod.

I am back from RMNP and will post a picture or two later this week. I drove straight through on the way back arriving home after 21 hours including a few nap stops. I am bushed.
__________________


Long Range Rifles, LLC - Ready To Ship

Components and assembly by LRH Sponsors
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-22-2007, 07:02 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Posts: 44
Len, thanks for the feedback on the Wimberley tripod head. I "played" with one today with a 200 - 400 VR Nikon mounted on a D200 and can really see the advantage of this type of head when dealing with a big lens. I should have one in hand at about the same time the 200 - 400 VR lens shows up.

I took three older Nion lenses and a F3 body to the camera store to be sold to help offset the cost of the new stuff. Three guns went to the gun shop too to help pay for all the new equipment.

When I got my D200 last week, it came as a kit an included an 18 - 200 VR Nikon zoom which is an f 3.5 - 5.6 lens. Is that fast enough for most wildlife photography of should I be looking at something like the 70 - 200 f 2.8 VR Nikon for low light situations? How much of your shooting is under such situations? Is this also an area where, like your sunset photo, that multiple photos can be combined?

Thanks, Craig Dodd
in SE Idaho
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-22-2007, 08:30 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Inukjuak, Canadian Eastern Arctic 59 parallel
Posts: 218
I also have the D200 with the 18-200 VR and have taken some very good action shots with it no problem. As long as you have enough light and I was using it on S.P. and auto ISO. I have the 70-200 f2.8 which I use for indoor sports or with my 1.4x outside for that extra.
__________________
Live Long & Prosper
To Go Where No Man Has Gone Before.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-22-2007, 10:07 PM
PUBLISHER
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 5,908
I haven't used the 18-200 for wildlife yet, so don't know.

I have a 70-200VR that I don't seem to use much for anything. I need to start to use it or decide to sell it. Next month I am going back to Colorado mainly for fall color. But I will stop again in RMNP for elk on the way out. If I don't use the 70-200 on that trip, the handwriting is on the wall and I will sell it.
__________________


Long Range Rifles, LLC - Ready To Ship

Components and assembly by LRH Sponsors
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: Lens Question for Len
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ultimate LRH Lens royinidaho Nature Photography 4 02-05-2008 04:17 PM
40 v 50 v 56 mm Objective Lens ricka0 Long Range Scopes and Other Optics 17 07-30-2005 11:56 PM
How to clean a lens??????? Shoot'n Hogs Long Range Scopes and Other Optics 2 08-19-2004 03:55 AM
Lens cleaning.?? Jake in NC Long Range Scopes and Other Optics 7 03-26-2003 03:59 PM
Cleaning Scope lens Matt Regalia Long Range Scopes and Other Optics 2 03-24-2003 09:34 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC