Vlad called to tell me that yesterday's blog was so depressing that he had to start searching for a shot of a bird or two. So here goes.
I grabbed the camera with the huge lens from the back seat and just snapped. Manual exposure settings with Auto iso.
It is not terrible, sort of has a Japanese aesthetic period thing going for it compositionally.
Barely sharp enough to post but it gets its point across adequately considering it was shot in near darkness.
The point is that if I was using the Sigma 150-600mm C, which I basically can't shoot under ƒ7.1 under any condition at full reach, there would have been no shot at all.
I know, I missed a hawk shot with the other combo in similar light this very morning.
The behemoth (and quite expensive) nikkor 400mm 2.8E fl gives me a chance to grab something in adverse weather and light, to get something salvageable. Would have been better at ƒ2.8 or 3.5 and with a lower shutter speed but these pesky birds move and I honestly didn't check, I think I just grabbed the heavy beast and shot with the previous day's settings.
I am glad I have this lens. There are times when no other lens in the world can touch it. Here's another shot taken with the other rig, Vlad, the Nikon D7200. I dig the natural highlight on the top of the bill. Hope this will make you feel better.