Today only: Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens for Nikon for $799 (orig. $1,069)

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B&H has a deal for today only on the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens for Nikon: $799 (orig. $1,069):

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Also - Adorama has refurbished Nikon D810 for $1,999,95:

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  • Spy Black

    Is that the new version or the old one?

    • Jarret O’Shea

      Old one.

  • T.I.M

    With today’s cameras clean high ISO, this could be a very good deal.
    At f/6.3 (probably T8) you need ISO 800 to keep a good shutter speed.
    Clean ISO 800, only few years ago it was still a dream….
    I’m very impress with my D7200 high ISO, much cleaner compared to the D800.

    D7200+AFi 400mm f/2.8+TC-14E II+SB900

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b177e12e45b309d428d17492bdc17147ecef1ba71947bb1fa2030c843a3d8d29.jpg

    • Tim Glaser

      what is the SB900 doing for you in this image of a BIF?

      • T.I.M

        It’s called “fill-in flash”

        • TwoStrayCats

          At 1/6,000 sec?

          • T.I.M

            Yes, Nikon have a special flash mode that allow you to use the flash up to 1/8000s !
            The trick is that your camera don’t wait the curtain to be completely uncovered to fire the flash.
            You need a good flash like the SB900, for example the one from the camera itself is limited at 1/320s

            • Tim Glaser

              Dude, that bird is far away from you. The FoV on your 400mm lens with 2x TC and the crop factor on the D7200 is 600mm is tiny. The SB900 has an ‘extended’ 200mm zoom ability which is almost useless. You’re talking about an object way way farther away than anything your flash could hope to illuminate.

            • Tim Glaser

              Sorry, I was wrong, the FoV is equivelent to 1200mm, the ‘fill flash’ is doing literally nothing.

            • T.I.M

              I’ve been using fill-in flash for 20 years, I think I know what I’m doing.
              Here is a picture with water so you can see the flash’s reflexion (same distance, same lens, same flash).
              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c29e6bf89d071f155798b3c5757ee03b2a6b9d62e0fc2ec94cb112c7a0d9f20.jpg

            • Eric Calabros

              I don’t see flash reflection, but I’m trying to imagine how using it really looks like in the field… doesn’t it distract/disturb the animal?

            • T.I.M

              It does, but for some species it’s a plus, birds of prey look at the flash and it’s better for the picture.

              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/46a30117c0e9253894005b9898fead58f6821e4db19875b741a4c06a2a1c9b70.jpg

            • T.I.M

              Look carefully at the bill and legs.
              The difficulty of fill-in flash is to get the right amount of flash on the subject.
              It must look natural, too much or too little flash and the picture look fake, staged.

            • Is that the fill in flash showing as catchlight in this picture?

            • T.I.M

              The DX crop factor does not physically change the distance between the flash and the subject.

            • Tim Glaser

              No it changes the angle of your view, which would be equivalent to 1200mm, or less than 2 degrees on the diagonal. Such an object would be very very far away from you, and as a result, couldn’t hope to be illuminated by your hot shoe flash.

            • T.I.M

              Pros don’t buy 400/500/600mm to take pictures far away.
              Getting close to the subject is part of the game, most of the time I use my 400mm f/2.8 at less than 25 feet !
              Anyway, unless you live at the north pole, air is not clean, more than 100 feet away and your picture look ugly because of the air diffraction. (even with the best telephotos)

            • jstevez

              Also if you shoot over water you get heat distortion as well.

            • T.I.M

              The best birds pictures are made in cold & windy days !

            • T.I.M

              Teleconverters or DX sensors do not change the perspective, they just CROP in the picture.
              Take a picture with a 24mm, crop it, it will not look like 85mm f/1.4 bokeh !

            • preston

              No, just no. Stop trying to explain away the obvious fact that your flash is doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in that photo. The amount of experience you have can not change the physics behind lighting. For the bird to be that small in the frame at longer than 800mm equiv the bird has to be way way past the limits of the flash.

            • T.I.M

              That’s the point, 400mm + x1.4 + DX=closer to the birds !
              SB900 zoom head + high ISO= longer flash range.
              Now, do you see the flash reflexion on the jellyfish and the bird’s eye ?

            • Eric Calabros

              in that BIF image, the distance should be at least 30 meters. How SB900 covers that?

            • T.I.M

              It does take a lot of practice, in most cases the flash tigger at almost full power (need good NIMH batteries for fast charging)
              By the way, B&H have the Eneloop pro (2500mha) for only $18.00

            • T.I.M
            • preston

              Nope. Bird is around 100 feet or more away. In broad daylight. Shutter at 1/6000 second. The flash is doing NOTHING.

            • preston

              You already lost all credibility with your lying about D900, so no, I’m not buying your bs anymore.

            • T.I.M

              I’m not selling my “BS” to anyone, I’m just sharing my experience with people who have the same interest !

            • preston

              So you insisting the D900 was on the horizon for months was not BS? Ok. It’s like the current “fake news” phenomenon that won Trump the election. The content creators say it is a joke but way too many people don’t take it as such, so in the end you’re just contributing to making everyone stupider.

            • T.I.M

              What does the D900 have to do with the flash fill-in ?
              Everyone at NR know that I was joking about the D900 (but I will come, one day….)

            • Yes, the D900 is/was fake. Some rumors sites have been reporting fake news for years.

            • T.I.M
            • preston

              LOL

            • Patrick

              Everything TIM is saying is correct. Hard to believe people are even arguing about this on a photo site.

            • Doug Henry

              Yup, at iso 3200 max distance on a SB900 at f5 would be almost 40m. Not sure what your chances of over powering the sun at that distance would be, but the flash can definitely get out there.

            • That catchlight in bird’s eye looks just wrong if we assume it is your flash. Wrong angle and . And I am talking about the very tiny spot just in front of the big one.

            • I have to agree, flash at that distance is useless. The guy is trolling you guys hard, best to just drop it. The pics are not even that great, stop giving him a platform.

            • T.I.M

              True, I was joking all the time, I actually use candles (no need for batteries).

              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8198877e23268fe775f2105891fbd3df7dedc2a84ae84e911aacf24b15cd2579.jpg

            • Aldo

              I think is is a good example of when NOT to use flash. You’ve got the the light on the side a lot warmer and the ‘sparkle’ in the eyes is no more than unflattering ‘red eye’ in this photo. I think this flash technique works sometimes but it should be used sparingly.

            • Ngoc Nguyen

              Are you sure that you fully understand about how Nikon HSS (FP sync) works? Do you know the cost of that HSS? The BIF and Bird Stand Still are completely different in fill flash department because it’s big different in SS which mean big different in flash’s power. What I’m trying to say is flash’s power reduced sharply when SS higher than 1/250s which make fill flash for BIF is impossible.

    • Shutter speed with that shot? Looks ever so slightly soft, wide open I’m guessing, and far away too. I’ve been trying to get a 500-600mm af-i for a few years now, so I appreciate your post.

    • TheInfinityPoint

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c17a699bcef297f5826c39f18a570ef11f8c71058e0be23c85d69a2a2947dfc6.jpg
      Hey TIM I was looking at some BIF shots, did they use fill flash in this one or no?

  • Aldo

    If Tim made it in the industry… theres hope for the rest of us

    • T.I.M

      Photographer is not an easy job (most people think it is).
      I love it, and learn everyday, that’s what make photography so great, never get bored !
      (I also do computers and electronic state, that help in photography)

      • Eric Calabros

        You sound like Trump talking about business, and I say it as a compliment.

  • Patrick

    For those of you who are interested in learning more about what TIM is talking about regarding Nikon’s FP High Speed Sync you can read this article from Nikon:

    http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-And-Explore/Article/huceaq1c/using-auto-fp-high-speed-sync-to-illuminate-fast-sports-action.html

    Today’s flashes are technological wonders and are one of the most important tools a photographer can use to obtain great shots including all types of nature photography.

    Not all Nikon cameras have this feature. To find out if yours does look in your owner’s manual. If you have a D7100 there is a brief explanation of how to enable it on page 244 of the manual.

    Canon also has a similar feature to Nikon’s FP High Speed Sync. I don’t know what they call it.

    • Sure, you can use high speed sync to get great action shots. Read the descriptions though, they are using four (4!) SB900 speedlights off-camera, close to the subject (~20′) to get those shots. That is not what TIM is doing unless he has some giant boom he can swing around with speedlights on it to illuminate the birds.

      A camera-mounted single flash with a 400mm+ (or equivalent) is just not going to be effective.

      • T.I.M

        And what do you know about my flash equipment ?
        I may have more that one flash (maybe 3 ?)
        I may also use wireless Hahnel tx/rx system ?
        :o)

  • Such a brilliant lens, I have this

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