Z9 photo thread

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lukemeup

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A couple recent ones with the 500PF. The 2nd one is with precapture in jpg.
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gardnergreg1

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Some small birds with the Z9 + 500 f5.6 PF + 1.4x TCIII. This is where I need the 800 PF, but the 500 + 1.4x TCIII acquits itself very well!

Eastern Yellow Robin poked his head out from behind a tree and got the lovely afternoon sun.

Z9 + 500 f5.6 PF + 1.4x TCIII, 1/320s f/8.0 at 700.0mm iso220. Cropped about 15%

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Beautiful Firetail. A bird I have been after for quite a while. I do have shots of it, but these are the best I have so far.

Z9 + 500 f5.6 PF + 1.4x TCIII, 1/320s f/8.0 at 700.0mm iso800. Cropped about 30%

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Z9 + 500 f5.6 PF + 1.4x TCIII, 1/320s f/8.0 at 700.0mm iso900. Cropped about 30%

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Z9 + 500 f5.6 PF + 1.4x TCIII, 1/320s f/8.0 at 700.0mm iso2500. Cropped about 60%

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Exceptionally good rendition of the barred feather detail
 

marmotguy

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I was going to post this photo of a Brown Violetear in the Wildlife Presentation Section but I really wanted to comment about the Z9 as well. I was in Ecuador for a couple of months and returned several weeks ago. I typically go every 4 years and I have found that the Z9 has really upped my game in wildlife photography. Part of that could be that I've improved my skills somewhat, however, the Z9 certainly made a huge difference. Hummingbirds in flight are quite difficult with them zipping, seemingly randomly, all over the place. But the Z9 with 500PF was frequently able to grab focus on the eye and track it and at 20 fps I could just capture that right moment where the pose was perfect. With my D850, I might come away with 1 or 2 in flight photos that I would be proud of, but with the Z9 I could fill calendars full of just hummingbird photos.

I no longer have the D850, but I still use the Z7. It's still a great camera for macro and landscape. I might share some of those later.


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DGettisNC

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Well...after working on shooting swallows in-flight for a few hours yesterday morning, I look down and realize I had left the VR on my 500PF lens at normal from the previous evening shooting perched birds vs sport like I normally use for in-flight.
I was wondering why it seemed a bit harder to acquire focus 🤣 I was gutted when I saw that, just assuming that the normal VR wouldnt have worked out on some of the shots, especially when they were heading right at me, but was pleasantly surprised that a lot of them actually turned out ok.

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DGettisNC

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500PF + Z9
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BLev65

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From the beaver pond last weekend... hoping to hike in to catch a little action this weekend.
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lukemeup

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I used to never see beavers but recently wherever I go I have a random encounter with those big rodents. This one doing a tail slap at Cranberry Lake (Deception Pass State Park, WA) last weekend. :)
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