Thursday, July 2, 2015

Some Fun w/ the Nikon 1 V3 - 28-30 Jun 2015

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
The Nikon 1 V3 with the FT1 Adapter is a great little camera, especially when coupled to a Nikon 300 mm f/2.8 VRII and TC17III Teleconverter. This combination provides an effective focal length of 1370 mm. And the results are most impressive!  Resolution is sharp, and color balance is wonderful.

Baltimore Oriole

I spent some time shooting the yard birds from inside the house with the window open and the rig attached to to a Manfrotto Tripod. Best results occur when you use manual-assisted autofocus. That is, manually focus the lens until the subject is almost in focus, then use the camera to lock autofocus. At 10-20 fps its easy to get sharp images. On a Jobu Jr. tripod head the camera swivels easily in all directions for following birds moving through the yard.

Northern Cardinal

Mourning Dove

fledgling House Sparrow

Common Grackle

House Finch



Cathy Carroll said...

I admire these photos so much. I feel that we can almost feel the fur of that little rabbit. I am also surprised by the size of the feet of the house sparrow, but I think my favorite is the second to last grosbeak photo.

Jan Gyure said...

I live in Farmington Hills, Michigan. I've been trying to learn the name of a bird that sings a song that sounds like burrito burrito burrito and sometimes it comes in fours - most time in sets of three. Can you email me the name if you know? I bought a MI bird book with CD, but was not helpful. Thanks, Jan. Email is

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