Long distance shots

6 months 1 day ago #656167 by GT500
Hi I have a Nikon D500 with a Nikon 200-500mm. I also have a Nikon 1.4 teleconverter I use with this set up. So I get good sharp photos if the subject it with in a 100' or so but, if the subject it 500' or more out I have a hard time getting a sharp photo. Any ideas?

Thanks
Darren 


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6 months 1 day ago #656175 by fmw
Invest in a sturdy tripod.


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6 months 1 day ago #656182 by Shadowfixer1
Time of day and atmospheric conditions can make long lens photography hard. What were the conditions when you made the unsharp images? That may be part of your problem. There are many factors and without more detail, it's hard to say what the issue is.

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6 months 1 day ago #656188 by Nikon Shooter
Every time a new TC hits the market, I do test it… very seriously.

Though my then favourite combo — 600 mm + D810 — was yielding
impressive levels of sharpness and reach, I was looking for more of
both, much more.

I tested all three TCs that hit the market in the recent past and none
of them was constantly hitting the button. Imagine reaching 840mm,
1020mm or even 1200mm! I was quite disappointed.

I found a fair solution, not in an optical but in a pixel count approach,
in getting the D850. At 45,7 MP, it permits me to extend the reach of
my new combo over the D810 version keeping the level of precious
sharpness with the bonus of extended DR.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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6 months 1 day ago #656216 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Darren

I don't know where you live - but for us Downunder-land people, atmospheric haze and air movement causes major headaches for long-lens shooting. Back in film-camera days, I used a 1000mm lens for wildlife stuff - but when I tried to shoot something more than 1/2km / 1/3-mile away it was a lost cause insofar as sharpness went

These days I shoot with fixed-lens superzooms of 500-600mm FF equivalent lenses, and while the results are excellent "this side of infinity" - when I try to shoot over the above distances, I get image wobble from air movement

ps- I also quite often use the 2-second self timer delay to give the tripod a chance to settle as well

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/


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6 months 1 day ago #656219 by GT500
Thanks All, It seems like I just mite be wanting to much from my gear. 


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6 months 1 day ago #656224 by garyrhook
I have that lens, and a TC 1.4 II. I found, in a rough test, that the TC results in about 85% IQ. You won't get the same quality as you would without.

That said, the greater the distance, the less distinct the subject. That's why the horizon looks the way it does. So your best bet is always going to be getting close to your subject.

On top of that, a higher resolution sensor will get you more data to start with, and allow cropping. Without a serious upgrade in equipment you're not going to do much better than the D500.


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6 months 1 day ago #656248 by GT500
Ok Thanks for the info


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6 months 17 hours ago #656289 by fmw
I agree that cropping is better than a teleconverter.  However, cropping an unsharp image will produce another unsharp image.  Psssst!  STURDY tripod.


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