In March 2013 Nikon started shipping the AF-S 80-400VR lens, and I quickly got a copy and did a brief review.
I got the 80-400VR because it allowed me to do some wildlife photography I couldn’t do before, handheld and more spontaneous than tripod mounted photography. And it has really been an excellent lens, sharp & durable. I have really given it a workout, with around half of all the wildlife photos over the past two years taken on this lens. The other half on my staple tripod mounted 600VR.
And then in July 2015, Nikon started shipping the new AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR; and again I quickly picked up an early unit.
Last year I shared my story in a guest post with Nikon Rumors about backpacking around the world with Nikon gear. I finally finished my trip this past May and it spanned 3 years and 60 countries. For the past few months I worked on editing together a video capturing my trip and prepping the launch of a photo book on Kickstarter. I wanted to share with you all the work that went behind it and some of the things I’ve learned so far.
My name is Karl Lindsay and nature photography is a big passion of mine. You can see my work in my portfolio or follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I recently got back to Australia from a family road trip through Europe. We packed a lot into one trip, driving through 12 countries over 6 weeks. I was particularly looking forward to seeing the fjords in Norway, Tuscany and Cinque Terre in Italy, and the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
I shoot with a Nikon D610 (Nikon replaced my D600 because of the sensor issue) and use a Nikon 28-300mm and Samyang 14mm for my night photography. During the trip I also used my brother’s Nikon 24-120mm and Tokina 16-28mm. While in Switzerland, my camera fell off the tripod (I didn’t have it on tight enough) and my 28-300mm would no longer focus when using wider focal lengths. I ended up adding a Nikon 18-35mm to my kit, which I ordered on Amazon.co.uk and picked up from a friend in London when we arrived there before going up to Scotland.