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Old Monday 10th April 2017, 09:40   #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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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.

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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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Old Friday 14th April 2017, 21:40   #855
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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, 01:02   #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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My sx50 is showing its age and the zoom of the p900 really does appeal. My summary is that whilst not perfect the p900 does a great job and whilst it won't reach the clarity of my DSLR set up it is more than adequate for personal use: I'm probably not submitting to National Geographic! The only concern I have is the suggestion in some reports that it can be slow 'hunting' for focus at longer zooms, how has anyone found that?
And have the software problems of 'locking up' reported after launch been resolved?
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They are nice photos. I struggle in vegetation, usually due to heavy shade. But the video can be really in good in such conditions, such as the Long-tailed tits in the link below..

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They are nice photos. I struggle in vegetation, usually due to heavy shade. But the video can be really in good in such conditions, such as the Long-tailed tits in the link below..

https://youtu.be/2-ixH2KWzKc
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My sx50 is showing its age and the zoom of the p900 really does appeal. My summary is that whilst not perfect the p900 does a great job and whilst it won't reach the clarity of my DSLR set up it is more than adequate for personal use: I'm probably not submitting to National Geographic! The only concern I have is the suggestion in some reports that it can be slow 'hunting' for focus at longer zooms, how has anyone found that?
And have the software problems of 'locking up' reported after launch been resolved?
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While i never noticed any focus time problems if they happen i would say its other things in the frame the focus can see but you cant,it does need good light for the results or you need to be close.

Never had the lock up problem,the only reason i dont have mine now is i wanted a second m4/3 body so swapped it.

The sample below was on a dull wet day @400iso,every time i do this i wish i still had mine
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While i never noticed any focus time problems if they happen i would say its other things in the frame the focus can see but you cant,it does need good light for the results or you need to be close.

Never had the lock up problem,the only reason i dont have mine now is i wanted a second m4/3 body so swapped it.

The sample below was on a dull wet day @400iso,every time i do this i wish i still had mine
Thanks, I think I'm persuaded to go for it. Every camera is a compromise and the perfect unit doesn't exist. It seems the p900 has enough positives for a pretty reasonable price. I hope I can reproduce the quality of your Redshank in tricky conditions!
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Sometimes but not very often.
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Hi guys

Had my P900 for 2 days and typical they have both been dismal and cloudy ... hoping the sun shines soon!

I've tried to copy my tried and trusty setting on my FZ150 to the 'equivalent' settings on the P900. On the FZ150 i had 2 custom settings for birding, one for birds in flight and one for general birding.

Any advice on the best settings for the p900 please?

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I think most of the time i had shutter priority and auto iso up to 400 possibly 800 with single point focus,BIF i only got a couple of big birds in the distance,i was trying the same settings but with some form of multi point focus.
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I think most of the time i had shutter priority and auto iso up to 400 possibly 800 with single point focus,BIF i only got a couple of big birds in the distance,i was trying the same settings but with some form of multi point focus.
Thanks Mike. Got some sunshine at last today, nice and bright but quickly realised that with a zoom this big, atmospheric turbulence is magnified too!
Anyway here are some shots from today, most of them at 1000-1500mm and all hand held. Hobby and Sandwich Tern 70m plus distant.
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Can anyone recommend a lens hood and/or screw on lens protector to fit on the front please?

I'd also like to try some kind of loupe or viewer over the LCD and use the LCD in place of the EVF which I find dull with poor eye relief ... I keep hitting the WiFi upload button (and other buttons) with my nose 😂

Anybody got recommendation on these ?
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Bought the P900 some days ago. Seems like it's a good camera but hard to handle for birds in flight. Pics were shot in bird-mode.

Anyone experienced a restriction of shutter speed in Bird Mode? Even with full light it's not exceeding 1/500.

Purple Heron was abt 40 meters away and shot during very harsh light conditions.
Yellowhammer was very close abt 5 meters but in low light conditions.
Red kite was shot at abt 80 (maybe more) meters and also during harsh light conditions.

(Some paint shop pro treatment to the pics)

Today i tried many shot of flying raptors with bird mode but as i told shutter speed was restricted to 1/500 even if there was not one cloud visible. Most pics got blurred.

All in all im not unhappy with this camera. Still have to work out the best settings for me.
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