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My first nikon (1 Viewer)

John_spraggett

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Hi all , I am getting back into bird photography after a bit of a break. I have decided to get a Nikon D7200 and a tamron 150-600mm g2 .

This is my first time owning a Nikon and I’m looking for some ideas when it comes to the settings.

I used to have a canon and had one custom mode setup for general bird photography and another custom mode setup for birds in flight .

I would appreciate any help or ideas/suggestions for settings
Thanks in advance John
 

MalR

Well-known member
When I had a D7200, I used back button autofocus (assigned to the AEL button), manual exposure with auto ISO, matrix metering and continuous autofocus with (usually) the centre group of 9 focus points selected.

A lot of it will come down to your own preferences and, of course, settings sometimes need to be tweaked depending on the circumstances.

Here is a link to the You Tube channnel of a very experienced Nikon wildlife shooter. I'm not sure if there is a video specifically for the D7200, but there is a ton of useful information about using Nikons in general.

https://www.youtube.com/user/backcountrygallery/search?query=D7200

Malcolm
 
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Andrea Collins

Beside the Duddon Estuary, Cumbria
England
I don't have any experience with the lens you have, but you have an excellent camera in the D7200. Many of the videos in the link provided by MalR are relevant to your D7200. I thought I was thoroughly acquainted with my Nikons but I learnt a few useful tips when looking through those videos recently.
 

Chosun Juan

Given to Fly
Australia - Aboriginal
Have a look at this thread:
https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=371415

I find auto ISO simplifies things a lot.

Also, I nearly always shoot in 1.3x in-camera crop mode. This yields an extra fps taking it up to 7.

Also, buy the fastest card you can.

The other thing to do is fully set up the Tap-in dock with your preferences and do an AF fine tune with your particular camera + lens combination.

Familiarizing yourself with the dof at various f stops you will use and shooting distance helps a lot too.

Even though there is a lot of reach with this setup, best results come from getting the lighting aspect right and getting as close as practicable without disturbing the birds.





Chosun :gh:
 

John_spraggett

Active member
Have a look at this thread:
https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=371415

I find auto ISO simplifies things a lot.

Also, I nearly always shoot in 1.3x in-camera crop mode. This yields an extra fps taking it up to 7.

Also, buy the fastest card you can.

The other thing to do is fully set up the Tap-in dock with your preferences and do an AF fine tune with your particular camera + lens combination.

Familiarizing yourself with the dof at various f stops you will use and shooting distance helps a lot too.

Even though there is a lot of reach with this setup, best results come from getting the lighting aspect right and getting as close as practicable without disturbing the birds.





Chosun :gh:

Thanks for the advice, after watching the videos in the above link I have decided I will definitely be using auto iso. Hopefully the camera will arrive tomorrow and I can have a mess around with the settings
 

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