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July 5th, 2012

Polar Bear with Piggy-back Cub, Svalbard

Posted By Kevin Schafer

Polar Bear with Piggy-back Cub, Svalbard


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  1. Antonio Mario Says:


    Great shot. What was the aperture (f/4?) & the shutter speed?

    The Canon 300/f2.8 is a similarly excellent lens as well. I’m debating which of the long ones (300/f2.8, 400/f2.8 or 500/f4) to get and portability and situations like this one you had come to mind. Could you have used a (carbon fiber) tripod or a monopod if you had one?

    I’m leaning towards the 500/f4, though the 400/f2.8 is a gem as well. Decisions, decisions… Any comments appreciated. I often do birding.



  2. Kevin Schafer Says:

    Antonio – I apologize for being slow to respond; I’ve been traveling all week. I was shooting the D800 with a 300mm f2.8 lens and the TC14 teleconverter. Exposure was 1/500 sec at f5.6. The fast shutter speed, of course, was because I was hand-holding – I tend to shoot in Shutter-priority so I made sure I had enough shutter speed. I couldn’t use a tripod, but a monopod would have been nice. Didn’t have one.

    As for lens choices, I don’t know the Canon 400mm – Nikon doesn’t make one. I find the 300mm f2.8 works well hand-held – the 500mm is just too much. Either one is great on a tripod or beanbag. And both (Nikon) are sharp, and work perfectly with the TC14 – an essential tool when I’m shooting any big glass. I can’t speak to the Canon gear, but I’m sure any of them would be comparable.

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