Gulls and Terns on the beach in Florida gave me a chance to practice panning for birds in flight and I’m loving the Nikkor 500mm PF for this purpose. It’s light as a feather and even using it with the Nikon D5, it’s easy to hand hold. It is now my new favorite flight lens. It gets me closer than my other ‘birds in flight’ camera lens combo, the Nikon D500 and Nikkor 300mm PF lens, and if I turn on Nikon’s high speed crop feature, I have a 750mm reach without using a teleconverter so I still have the use of all of auto focus functions.
Here are a few of the birds I photographed Saturday afternoon.