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Old 11th November 2015, 18:42   #13861
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I got the new 55-200 VR2 during the mega sale period in the last week. The MRP is 15,650/, but I got it for 8,600/-.
Very good deal ! Which site was it ?
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Old 11th November 2015, 20:12   #13862
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Very good deal ! Which site was it ?
It was Snapdeal.com. There was a electronics mega sale that day.
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Anybody using the Sigma 18-35 f 1.8 for Canon APS-C mounts ? Would appreciate any feedback , particularly on reported AF consistency problems reported on the internet.
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Old 15th November 2015, 13:49   #13864
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Same here.
A TC 14III is on order. Tried the lens with a 14E II in very bad light and was quite happy with the output. 700mm reach should help for perched birds.

Awaiting some photos and log now
The 200-500mm is sharper than the Tamron, and AF is better. I have revised my opinion a bit.

A few (low res) photos here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3926078

Travelogue will have to wait till I get time . It was an interesting drive through the N-S corridor.

My keeper rate with the 200-500mm has been decent. Quirks exist, but one has to work around them. Once I buy something - a car or a camera or a lens, I ignore all the naysayers. Especially those who comment without first hand experience. One just has to work around the shortcomings, whether it is a Fortuner with average brakes or a f5.6 lens.

OT rant: DPReview forum sometimes makes me go . Technical experts splitting hairs, but taking average photographs.
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Old 15th November 2015, 15:00   #13865
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The 200-500mm is sharper than the Tamron, and AF is better. I have revised my opinion a bit.
I knew it, within minutes after taking some test shots right out box.

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A few (low res) photos here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3926078

My keeper rate with the 200-500mm has been decent. Quirks exist, but one has to work around them. Once I buy something - a car or a camera or a lens, I ignore all the naysayers. Especially those who comment without first hand experience. One just has to work around the shortcomings, whether it is a Fortuner with average brakes or a f5.6 lens.
Have already seen it there. Wonderful captures
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Old 18th November 2015, 14:25   #13866
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I try convincing myself that I will be happy with a higher resolution, slower body such as a D810 for wildlife shooting.

And then I see photos such as this that make me drool: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/top...76/26#13293245

Or a photo that captures the moment when a predator leaps onto the back of the prey.

High FPS + big buffer, state of the art AF, and most important, fantastic action shooting skills, lodes of patience (takes many efforts to get one shot like that), and knowledge of the subject.
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Old 18th November 2015, 16:30   #13867
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I try convincing myself that I will be happy with a higher resolution, slower body such as a D810 for wildlife shooting.

And then I see photos such as this that make me drool: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/top...76/26#13293245
It is the skill + patience and endurance, while being in a blind ! Even a D810 could handle such shots; a faster burst would help though.
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It is the skill + patience and endurance, while being in a blind ! Even a D810 could handle such shots; a faster burst would help though.
A D810 could, but a D4S increases the chance of getting the right shot.

Actually, what I have in mind is a sequence of a tiger hunting it's prey. Chasing and pouncing.
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Old 23rd November 2015, 15:12   #13869
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Someone said this in a photography forum. Hilarious.

"You date your camera. Marry your lenses. And cheat (have flings) with other systems."
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I try convincing myself that I will be happy with a higher resolution, slower body such as a D810 for wildlife shooting.

And then I see photos such as this that make me drool: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/top...76/26#13293245

Or a photo that captures the moment when a predator leaps onto the back of the prey.

High FPS + big buffer, state of the art AF, and most important, fantastic action shooting skills, lodes of patience (takes many efforts to get one shot like that), and knowledge of the subject.
That is my dream shot ! A kingfisher coming out of water with prey. There was another person from Bangalore Photography Club who took similar shot of Pied Kingfisher using his Nikon D4 and 500mm at Lalbagh Garden Blr. Apologies I do not have the link with me. This is a similar image which Canon used for its 1D MIV advertisement IIRC.

High+big buffer is a great boon especially with 12 MP like D3s (I wanted one). But over time I have learnt that with high fps we tend to create lot of garbage and filtering it out is heck of a task.
With D800, we use to be a little conservative while test clicking.
My number of fps clicks has considerably reduced after moving from D300 (8fps) to D800 and for some reason it has compelled me to concentrate more on composition than clicking.
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That is my dream shot ! A kingfisher coming out of water with prey. There was another person from Bangalore Photography Club who took similar shot of Pied Kingfisher using his Nikon D4 and 500mm at Lalbagh Garden Blr. Apologies I do not have the link with me. This is a similar image which Canon used for its 1D MIV advertisement IIRC.

High+big buffer is a great boon especially with 12 MP like D3s (I wanted one). But over time I have learnt that with high fps we tend to create lot of garbage and filtering it out is heck of a task.
With D800, we use to be a little conservative while test clicking.
My number of fps clicks has considerably reduced after moving from D300 (8fps) to D800 and for some reason it has compelled me to concentrate more on composition than clicking.
It is not either or. Many of the top wildlife pros have combine a high FPS camera with a high res one. Different types of shots.
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Now that Canon has bought Yongnu, we can expect a lot of budget flash systems to be available in India, with hope fully full warranty
https://fstoplounge.com/2015/04/cano...brand-yongnuo/
Has any one tried the Yongnuo flashes ? or is there any thing else that in similar range ?

Thinking of one for my Nikon D5200

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Has any one tried the Yongnuo flashes ? or is there any thing else that in similar range ?
I have bought the Yongnuo YN-560 II last year as a gift for my BIL. I find it similar to Nikon SB700 except that it doesn't have TTL. It's still going strong after extensive use.

The price though increased from $59 to $75.
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It is not either or. Many of the top wildlife pros have combine a high FPS camera with a high res one. Different types of shots.
Agree, its moolah playing its role as well ..

With my D800 I somehow do not miss the high fps of my past D300. Here is an example of fps capability of D800 paired with 70-200 f/2.8 VR. I shot these images in near-ideal condition at Ranganthittu. The last two images are from different burst cycle.
With a higher fps I might have got more wing flaps but I don't know if it was a value addition. The below series contains garbage as well.

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@nilanjanray - just saw your post on NR. Congrats and thanks for sharing some wonderful pics. The new 200-500 is a great addition to Nikon's arsenal.
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