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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by huntsman » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:23 pm

Thanks MxM -

That's very clear.. :thumbs_up:

One thing...should I be using the lens hood? I shoved it in my boot the day I bought the lens... :?
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by MxM » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:27 am

ALWAYS use the lens hood. Have yet to, other than for spatial constraints in a small car, heard any reason not to. It significantly prevents stray light messing up exposures and undesired sun spots. Also, I find that the hood works as an effective protector for the big front element; when driving in KNP or other not so dusty places, I do not even replace my lens cape between shots but rely on the lens hood, makes getting that first shot of a sighting much easier!
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by timbo » Mon May 26, 2014 3:42 pm

Hey Huntsman

Read your post and thought I would reply even though it is quite old.

Have to agree with what others have been saying, always use a lenscap, overexpose for BIF, if you are using AV, perhaps try using your exposure compensation in order to compensate.

Sounds like what is happening is the camera is reading the sky for the light and not the bird and because the sky is brighter then the bird, it compensates to let less light in (ie, higher shutter speeds) and your bird looks dark.

Hope that helps a little
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Dikkes » Thu May 21, 2015 3:01 pm

Good day. Please help! What settings must i use on my Nikon D5200 to photograph something that is behind a bush. When i photograph say a lion lying in the grass my camera only focuses on the grass in front and sometimes it will not take the picture at all. I hope someone will help me.

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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by JDW » Thu May 21, 2015 3:29 pm

Hi Dikkes
Focus using Centre Weighted and Spot Metering if the 5200 has the option - it will have Spot metering.
Using spot metering aim for the animals eye(s)
I would use the following settings
A - Aperture Priority
ISO - in daylight - 200-400
F stop - As low as you can get to f2.8
If the animal is not moving and you are shooting hand held you need a shutter speed of about 1/300 - this will eliminate camera shake.
If taken from a vehicle ensure that you turn the engine off - again this will stop camera shake.
If the animal is moving I would suggest a shutter speed of 1/500 or more - you may need in some light to increase the ISO to achieve it.
Avoid zooming as this will slow the shutter speed - get closer if you can without moving into the animals space.
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by PRWIN » Thu May 21, 2015 3:50 pm

Change your focus point to single, Center focus as JDW said, Multiple focus point area issue if there is grass in front as the camera focuses on the closest point to you. If you need help just say :)

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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by JimS » Thu May 21, 2015 4:20 pm


If the animal is stationary you could try switching off the lens AF and use manual focus for the animal. This will eliminate problems with grass and twigs in front of the animal, particularly if the wind is blowing. Your camera will also not refuse to take the picture in manual focus.


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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by craigsa » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:40 pm

Howzit Guys,
Not sure where to post this, but i am wondering if any one has any great wide angled pics of Nkumbe that i could possibly use to frame on a wall.
Happy to pay for it, but looking for something really great that captures the experience of been at Nkumbe lookout.
Pls PM me if you have anything.
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Re: Sigma Lens

Unread post by SamanthaSurtees » Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:09 pm

Good day all,

I have a sigma Lense that is 150-500mm F5-6.3 with optical stabilizer that I no longer need as I have upgraded from a Canon to a Nikon. I was wondering what the best way to sell it would be. Can anyone recommend any useful websites?

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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by wingman » Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:44 pm

try - classifieds section, you will also be able to get an idea of the going prices for the lens.
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