Aug 24

Nikon AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 11:25 AM

Since I am more and more interested in bird photography, so I got myself a new toy: Nikon AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR telephoto lens. Designed for the demands of professional sport, press and wildlife photography, this lens offers the fast focus system and the pristine image quality. The lens body is sealed to withstand dust and moisture. However, the lens is very heavy with camera and tripod set and it’s not easy to carry around.

The accessories includes Lens Hood HK-35, Heavy duty case CT-607, Dedicated filter holder, 52mm screw-in NC filter, Strap LN-1, and Monopod collar. The specifications of this bazooka as follow:

Focal length 600 mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 15 elements in 12 groups (with 3 ED glass elements and one Nano Crystal Coat) and one meniscus protective glass element
Picture angle 4°10’ (2°40’ with DX-format camera)
Closest focus distance 5.0 m/16.4 ft. (AF), 4.8 m/15.7 ft. (MF)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1/7.4
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size 52 mm
Focusing Internal Focusing (IF) system; autofocus with a built-in SWM and manual focus
Diameter x length Approx. 166 x 445 mm/6.5 x 17.5 in.
Weight approx. 5,060 g/11.2 lb.

Aug 09

Common Nighthawk

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 7:25 PM

A friend of mine took me to the site to visit these “invisible” birds. Why I said they are invisible because it is really hard to distinguish them from their habitat. Common Nighthawks usually lay two eggs directly on bare ground without nest. On the site there is only one chick visible and not sure it is still hatching another one.

Aug 05

Lunch Hour Lotus

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 7:23 PM

Purchased this lens for a while and just got it modified into Nikon mount few weeks ago. Finally I got a chance to test this Minolta Rokkor-X 250mm MD f:5.6 Reflex Lens. Why this lens so special because it is a Reflex Lens, which creates interesting bokeh. I took couple shots of lotus during my lunch break, which turned out quite good.

Aug 03

Morning at Harbourside Park

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 1:22 PM

Went to Harbourside Park this morning, and I was surprise there were so many activities there already. Male osprey was about taking off for the food seeking for his family when I just arrived. Seagull caught a crab as its breakfast, mother and daughter seals were taking the suntan on a floating wood, cormorants were diving around catching the fish…etc. Such a wonderful natural lesson.

Aug 02

American Goldfinch

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 1:43 PM

Summer definitely is not a good season for bird photographing. I went to Colony Farm this morning and there were not that many birds in sight. The only noticeable one is there were quite a few American Goldfinches flying around, but they were very sensitive and cannot get to close to them. After 9 AM when sun was hot enough, then all birds were gone.

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