Originally Posted by nikonmike
I think you are expecting too much if ime honest, when i had my D500 cropping was good but not as good as i needed, every thing else was the best.
I reworked your images but still too noisy, as said lowest iso as possible and correct exposure.
Agree that there is just so much you can expect with this setup
While the D500 is an excellent camera for this type of photography, it is already a cropped sensor.
300mm is a good compromise lens for handheld ( no tripod ) but it would be nice to have the longer reach of at least a 500mm or 600mm - thus eliminating the need for extreme cropping.
Sure is fun to spend $8,000 of somebody else's money