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Old Monday 10th April 2017, 08:40   #851
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My Nikon refurbished unit is arriving later today. While I have a D90 and D7200 and a couple lenses, the P900 appeals for what it offers me - a chance to take reference shots of birds I can't identify in the field so that I can study their markings at leisure later at home. If I can take some decent images with it, so much the better. I have little interest in shooting video but I enjoy looking at the efforts of others.
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Old Tuesday 11th April 2017, 00:55   #852
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Got it. Not sure I'm gonna be a fan. Using the longer end of the zoom really will require a mount even with aggressive VR turned on. I might be happier with a smaller zoom range for my interest. I took a few bird photos out in the yard, most of which I tossed. I did keep this one to show. It's about 425mm, handheld. If you click on the image, it should show fullsize. I'm guessing the bird (Western Meadowlark) was a couple hundred feet away, maybe a little further.

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Got it. Not sure I'm gonna be a fan. Using the longer end of the zoom really will require a mount even with aggressive VR turned on. I might be happier with a smaller zoom range for my interest. I took a few bird photos out in the yard, most of which I tossed. I did keep this one to show. It's about 425mm, handheld. If you click on the image, it should show fullsize. I'm guessing the bird (Western Meadowlark) was a couple hundred feet away, maybe a little further.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/43341060@N04/33806408332/
I think you can lock it to a shorter zoom until you get used to it, i could hand hold mine at full zoom but a monopod is better.
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...........This is a video of the morning
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Referring to post #251: I think this is outstanding! But it took a while before I realized that you had the camera(s) combined with a superb Swarovski scope. So the capability of the camera alone is not clear here. Are the photos you posted also taken with the scope's help?
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Old Saturday 15th April 2017, 00:02   #856
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As fun as this camera is, I decided I would be ahead putting the money towards a 70-300 lens for my Nikon D7200. It's not a knock on the P900, just not the camera for me.

Plus, I just ordered a Kowa TSN-883 scope.
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To get or not to get?

I am considering getting a P900. I currently use a Panasonic Lumix FZ200, but yesterday I missed out on a lifer as the FZ200 just did not have enough reach (x24).

I am reading through the thread, but am only up to page 14. Huge amount to try and absorb on this thread. This post is the equivalent of me turning to the back of the book to see how it ends. So my question is, for the money that the P900 is now (<600), is this the bridge camera that is going to give me the best results, remembering that I am not a photographer; I just want to get some decent record shots at distance to allow later ID?

Now I'm away back to page 14 to see what happens when Crazy Fingers gets his replacement P900.
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I am considering getting a P900. I currently use a Panasonic Lumix FZ200, but yesterday I missed out on a lifer as the FZ200 just did not have enough reach (x24).

I am reading through the thread, but am only up to page 14. Huge amount to try and absorb on this thread. This post is the equivalent of me turning to the back of the book to see how it ends. So my question is, for the money that the P900 is now (<600), is this the bridge camera that is going to give me the best results, remembering that I am not a photographer; I just want to get some decent record shots at distance to allow later ID?

Now I'm away back to page 14 to see what happens when Crazy Fingers gets his replacement P900.
You could go through this group and look at the images and focal length

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You could go through this group and look at the images and focal length
Some great bird photos there, but I'm not seeing anything past 500mm focal length. I'm not sure exactly how the focal length relates to magnification, but I'm guessing these pictures are around about the x24 I'm shooting at with the FZ200. Would that be correct, or am I misunderstanding?

If I am correct, I would again guess that at 500mm focal length is where the pictures start to lose quality, and therefore they would not be first choice for Flickr. For my own use, that does not put me off, as what I am after is extra reach at distance, but I don't particularly mind too much if I lose a bit of quality to while getting out there, as my main aim is to identify the birds later.

One thing that really impressed me about some of the photos on the link though were shots through twigs and grass where the bird is what is focused. I've not managed that of the FZ200.
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Not sure how the lens is recorded on those, on my flickr it records the actual so full zoom is 387mm, some of those could include a digital zoom.
Most people who don't like it just can't use it,i have come across a few on other forums,the long zoom like any long lens will work better the closer you are to the subject,this is due to atmospheric conditions between the camera and subject and of course the possibility of camera shake,it would happen with any long zoom in the same conditions,even a hot clear day can cause heat distortion.

I have included some sample images i took at full zoom,you will notice the most degradation on the foxes,they where a long way off so the atmosphere has degraded the image.
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Last two,the P900 is a very versatile tool but you need to take the time to learn how to use it.
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Thanks NikonMike. Loving your example shots.
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