But you can’t hide.
Well, maybe you can hide a little bit.
I kinda hate this camera. I bought it for its long reach. It extends to 539mm, but with a 1.66 sensor (7.7 diagonal) it calculates to a whopping 3000mm on a full frame! What nature photographer doesn’t like that!!!
Unfortunately, what Nikon fails to tell you in the small print is this: The camera is significantly front-heavy at full extension. That means that even on a tripod it tends to dip a bit. . .so much so that the camera shakes to the point that it misses the target. At best the results are soft images. Really soft.
And since the focus points are contrast-only, don’t even try to take a photo of a mostly brown eagle sitting in its fairly brown nest on an 18% gray day. With full extension, the results you get could be captioned, “Guess what I took a picture of today. No, really, you have to guess.” Because by looking at the brown blob in the middle of a drab sky, it’s anybody’s guess as to what it really is.
But as you can see, at mid extension the camera performs quite well, even when taking a chance photo with one hand through a (dirty) car window. While driving! Which is why I’ve gone ahead and ordered a few things from B and H, to see if I can somehow stabilize the p1000 at full extension and get the awesome photos that Nikon tells me I can.
More later, once the B&H package arrives and I’ve had a chance to play with the toys.
P.S. Isn’t today’s date a dyslexic’s nightmare???