Getting a little closer to the wildlife

I somehow convinced myself to try out a telephoto lens with a max aperture of f5.6 for photographing wildlife and by the way so far photographing birds in our backyard. Once spring arrives I may venture out and make few trips to Cuyahoga Valley National Park and hopefully see some wildlife in their natural habitat.

My first impression of Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED is, it is heavy!!! I don’t have a full-frame camera so on my D7200, 200-500mm with DX crop factor acts like 400 to 700mm lens. That is a lot of telephoto range!! It is equipped with VR and so far gave me the best results in taking care of the tired hands in some cases.

I like the lens and the results but with f5.6 I had dial into 1/400 shutter speed with ISO between 100 to 400. The only problem I had noticed is, in the low light conditions focus seems to hunt for the subject. I’m yet to try some low light conditions with maxing on the ISO and try adjusting shutter speed but keep the f/5.6 throughout. Here are some pictures captured from behind the window glass (hence loss of clarity) but I’m really impressed with the quality of the picture.

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