2018—Bee Best

This bee was being its best collecting pollen from  one of the chive flowers that has begun to develop seed pods.  His proboscis is plunged deeply into one of the remaining flowers and his cache of pollen is visible on his rear leg.

I took this image with my Nikon D5 and Nikkor 300mm f/4 PF lens with the 1.7X teleconverter attached.  I’m trying get a better understanding of focus limitations using my 1.7 and 2.0 teleconverters in anticipation of getting my new Nikon 500mm f/5.6mm PF lens that is rumored to be released any day now.  I’m considering using  these teleconverters with the new lens because I’ll be giving up 100mm by not using my 600mm lens.  However, the lens is much smaller and lighter than my 600mm lens, and not much bigger than my 300mm f/4 PF.  Plus, I’ll be able to use a lighter tripod with it making the entire rig, which I use primarily for wildlife photography, considerably lighter and easier to carry.  While the 1.4X teleconverter that I use all the time with both my 300mm and 600mm lenses allows the use of all of the camera’s autofocus options, the 1.7 and 2.0 teleconverters have limitations.  Today, I was able to use Dynamic Area AF fairly effectively while Group, and horizontal and vertical line group modes didn’t readily grab focus.

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