DIANA'S BLOG



Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples, Florida

Nikon put together a great marketing package when it bundled the Nikon D500 with its 200-500mm lens and battery pack. I couldn’t resist this combination and wanted to give it a try as a possible alternative kit to my Nikon D5 and 600mm for my upcoming Africa trip. It is difficult to transport the heavy 600mm on small planes in Africa and I wanted to try to lighten my load. The kit arrived yesterday so I immediately drove down to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida to give it a try. I was immediately pleased to be able to clamp it onto my Gitzo monopod and easily walk along the boardwalk without tiring my back and arms. My second moment of bliss came as I photographed a baby raccoon down in the swamp water digging for food. The shutter was amazingly quiet! I couldn’t believe the difference between the machine gun sound of my D5 and this! Animals and birds no longer fled in terror at the sound of my camera firing at them. This was going to change everything.

I spent several hours photographing in the swamp and got to see anhingas, wood storks, a red-shouldered hawk, pig frogs and night herons. I had to leave as it started to get dark but I was so pleased with the response of the Nikon D500. I never thought I would want to own a DX (non-fullframe) camera but the combination of the cropped sensor and the lens gave me an easy-to-hold range of 750mm. When I returned home and looked at the raw files I was pleased with the results. I’ll keep testing the kit but I think I have found my alternative to the heavy 600mm for my Africa trip! Thank you, Nikon!


Male Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples, Florida


Raccoon (Procyon lotor) at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples, Florida


Red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus) at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples, Florida


Pig frog (Rana grylio) at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples, Florida


Anhinga in tree at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples, Florida


Red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus) at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples, Florida

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