I’m going to say right up front, this is not going to be a technical, this camera does this, that and the other post. This is my humble opinion, and my comparison of the Nikon D850 VS D500 in side by side shooting. But if your not a photographer, this may not be the most interesting post for you.
I have owned a D500 for 3 years, and it’s my exclusive camera. I have always liked it for wildlife, which is mostly what I shoot. But, knowing the limitations on this camera compared to the 45 MP D850 has had me wanting to upgrade. I was lucky a couple weeks ago to have a new friend loan me his D850. Knowing we were headed to Whitewater to photograph the cranes, he offered and I happily accepted the opportunity to borrow his camera. My very first time shooting the D850 though, was at Madera canyon. We were lucky enough to find the elegant trogan, and it was a good first time out with the camera.
This was shot at 380mm with my Tamron 150-600 G2. This image is seriously cropped.
This is the original.
Both of these are right out of the camera. The detail at such a heavy crop is amazing, and one reason I like the D850.
A few years ago, someone told us about an area in southern Arizona that was good for birds, and more specifically, sandhill cranes. This is a winter roosting spot for them, and this year there are about 30,000. Don’t ask me how they know that, because I couldn’t count them.
Whitewater draw in southeast Arizona was purchased from a farmer by the Arizona game and fish dept. several years ago. The sandhill cranes have increased in population since the 1950’s, and it’s due to the fact that there is so much land nearby were they can feed.
I had no idea there was such a variety of birds in southeast Arizona. I’m not a birder by any means, I prefer to think of myself as a wildlifer. Any and all wildlife are what I like to see, and photograph. This part of Arizona is pretty well known for all the different areas were birds hang out though. Generally it’s higher elevation were you can find these places, and they are sometimes referred to as sky islands. The places we have gone are also noted bird conservation areas, and areas of importance for the birds.
Vermillion Flycatcher. Can’t miss these little guys, so bright and colorful.
We went to a birding area near Patagonia Lake. I’m sure that more towards spring we would have seen a lot more birds. But, we did get to see a few of the year round residents.