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    600mm NikonVR f/4

    I had the opportunity to use a friends 600mm lens this evening. I took it out on the kayak and although there was not much activity on the lake I did see some birds. I am super impressed with this lens to say the least. These were shot hand held.
    The eagle was a long way away. Very big crop.

    600mm NikonVR f/4

    600mm NikonVR f/4

    600mm NikonVR f/4

    A friend in another kayak took this pic of me shooting the duck in flight above

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Wonderful images. The duck is my favorite. The pose is fantastic.

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    That lens is nearly half the size of the kayak!~!

    I would far too nervous to take it in a kayak even if it was mine!

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Quote Originally Posted by rawill View Post
    I would far too nervous to take it in a kayak even if it was mine!
    Yep, if the kayak capsized with that thing on board it would certainly test its weather-sealing properties.

    The image of the duck is superb.

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    Beautiful. Guess the price tag is justified.

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Very nice images.

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    It may be worth considering fitting some kayak outrigger stabilizers in case you get carried away panning with that lens

    Impressive results but there's something that makes the duck stand out for me !

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Wonderful images, Monte. And I also think the duck pops up as a brilliant shot!

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    That works out at more than £1/gram
    5kg and £6,800.

    Like Robin, I'd have been very nervous taking it out

    ... but I love the duck shot.

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Quote Originally Posted by rawill View Post
    That lens is nearly half the size of the kayak!~!

    I would far too nervous to take it in a kayak even if it was mine!
    bawhahaha my thoughts exactly! i almost thought it was suppose to be a joke (the size)

    but to the point, great images!

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Thanks everyone...what the hey...you only live once.

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Quote Originally Posted by BCrose View Post
    Thanks everyone...what the hey...you only live once.
    That's true, but to put that in perspective, the converse is that you also only die once.

    Great photos, and I agree that the duck is really distinctive...that and the photo of you.

    Did you make sure that the kayak is rated to float with the combined weight of you and the lens? Given that the weight of the lens is fixed, if it had been me, I fear that I would have had to have lost weight.

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    I love the running on water of the duck taking off. Beautiful.

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    All the shots are brilliant, but I would agree that your timing on the duck was superb. It looks like is is skating on the water, one foot down and the other at the end of the push-off.

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Something about this lens that really isolates the subject like no other lens I have used. Amazing.
    Here is the same duck at a different angle.

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Looks like you gave it a good workout. That is one amazing lens. I rented one for a week last year to take it to the fall eagle gathering in Chilkat. By the end of the trip I loved the lens but decided that the size made it impractical for the way I typically shoot.

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernFocus View Post
    Looks like you gave it a good workout. That is one amazing lens. I rented one for a week last year to take it to the fall eagle gathering in Chilkat. By the end of the trip I loved the lens but decided that the size made it impractical for the way I typically shoot.
    I totally agree. You don't carry this this around on a hike! Made for a tripod and Gimbal head.
    I would love to have it but would never buy it. The 200-400 will do me just fine.

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Monte,
    Fantastic pictures! The image of the duck taking off is very special!
    Please inform the camera you used and the EXIF ​​data of the photos.
    Antonio.

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    monte,
    fantastic pictures! The image of the duck taking off is very special!
    Please inform the camera you used and the exif ​​data of the photos.
    Antonio.
    d4
    1/1600
    f/4
    iso 800

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    Re: 600mm NikonVR f/4

    I always used to borrow both camera and lenses from any friend I could when I went out in a kayak, white water rafting or small sailboat. Very hard to find a friend nowadays.

    Absolutely stunning shot of the duck.

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