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Showcase Nikon 500mm f/4P IF-ED

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Rasmus, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 16, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    After getting a Canon 400mm f/4.5 FD and figuring out that I could handle long MF lenses and getting decent image quality on my EM-5 I decided to try a faster supertele. After considering various 300-600 mm lenses with f/2.8 or f/4 maximum apertures (part of me still dream about the fabled Olympus 250mm f/2.0) I bought a Nikon 500 f/4 "beater" on eBay. Optically it seems to be all right though. Unfortunately we're headed towards winter here in Sweden, and winter tends to mean that my long lenses stay home because there isn't enough light, so I don't feel that I'm using it to it's full potential yet.

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  2. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 16, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    By chance, I also stumbled upon a Nikon TC-300 2x teleconverter, so now I have the opportunity to get 1000mm f/8. Not very useful though, it's really too much reach. I have ordered a Metabones Speed booster, which will turn the lens into a 350mm f/2,8. I believe this will be far more useful.

    But I can get nice shots of the moon, though. :)

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  3. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    *bump* :biggrin:

    Rasmus, any pics to show for the Nikon 500mm with a Speedbooster? Long term plans for me is either the 400/3.5 or the 500mm. Keen to see how you get on with the combo.
     
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  4. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 16, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sure. Here's a wagtail I shot with the speedbooster, stopped down to f/5.6

    P4213359.

    A coot. Still f/5.6
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    Same coot, wide open at f/2.8
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    Can't remember if I shot thhis heron wide open or stopped down.
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    For this heron I used the somewhat illogical combination of speed booster and 2x teleconverter, turning the lens into a marginally usable (not because it's not sharp but because it's so extremely hard to get any subject in perfect focus) 700 mm f/5.6.
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    And who said you need autofocus to do BIF? :)
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    Cropped a lot, but still decent.
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  5. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 16, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    Maybe I should add that I don't see much point in getting the TC-300/TC-301 2x teleconverter. While it is possible to actually get keepers at 700 or even 1000 mm, most shots will just be disappointing. Both nailing focus and keeping everything reasonably stable will be challenges. Set focus, wait for the thing to stop vibrating and hope your subject is still in focus when everything has settled, and fire the camera remotely is the way to go.

    Here's a keeper at 1000 mm f/8.
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  6. ttomino1980

    ttomino1980 Mu-43 Regular

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    Slovakia
    those herons are perfect ...great contrast against green background!

    can you show how this lens looks on body ?... do you use some hardcore tripod ?
     
  7. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    660
    Nov 16, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sure. Here it is, mounted on a ballhead that very quickly revealed itself to be totally inadequate for this kind of lens. I now have a Benro G3 ballhead that is a lot more stable, but I believe that there is room for improvement. Legs are a Benro C458M8 carbon fiber tripod. Gi-mongous and pretty stable.
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    However, most of the time I use my long lenses on a naturescapes.net ground pod. Perfect for low angles and usually good stability. I also have a lenscoat, more to make the lens warmer to the touch during cold evenings than for actual camouflage.
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  8. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    This is what I use for my Canon FD 500mm f4.5......... smooth &
    balanced
     
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  9. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    Rasmus, how would you say the Canon 500mm f/4.5 and the Nikon 500mm f/4 compared to each other?
     
  10. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 16, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    Unfortunately, I have no Idea. There is a Canon FD 500/4.5 thread here, but it has only a few pictures in it. I would also like to compare my lens with some other copy, I suspect that mine could have some slight problems. I seem to get very sharp images near the closest focusing distance, but not as much when focusing on some more distant subject. I haven't investigated this thoroughly, though. It could just be user error.

    Currently I mostly use the Olympus ZD 300/2.8 and that is a lens that certainly outclasses the old Nikon.
     
  11. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    Thank you so much for posting Rasmus. Very nice stuff!

    The more I buy from ebay, the more I'm forming the opinion to add CLA costs to every lens. Might be worth it for your 500mm lens.
     
  12. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    Ah! I completely misread your initial post. You have the 400mm f/4.5. For some reason I accidentally saw that as 500mm f/4.5. My mistake.