A Male Northern Red Cardinal taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and the new 80-400 mm VRII lens (with the FT1 adapter). The lens is much bigger than the camera, but still easy to use hand-held. The field of view (FOV) with this lens is equivalent to 216-1080 mm on a 35 mm (FX) DSLR. The base ISO for the Nikon 1 V2 is 160, and at the base ISO the image of the red cardinal shows good colors and saturation. This image was taken hand-held. The new VR-II works well with this lens to stabilize the image. This combo should be good for birding.
I caught this white-throated sparrow eating a red berry in my backyard. The Nikon 80-400 mm VR lens is problably my most used lens. It is light enough to be hand held, and gives the reach to get images of small birds.
White-throated sparrow. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/6, 1/160 sec).
Hawaii Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan: Day 2
One of the first pictures I took while attending a workshop with Thom Hogan in Hawaii five-years ago was this small yellow bird in a palm tree. The workshop group was sitting outside at the hotel getting an orientation for the next few days. Ultimately, I was able to identify this bird as a Saffron Finch — which turns out not to be native to Hawaii.