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Sample gallery: Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

Announced just in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL VR has a built in 1.4x teleconverter – when engaged it provides a 252-560mm focal range with an F5.6 max aperture. Similar in design to Canon’s EF 200-400mm F4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, we expect this $12,000 lens to mostly find its way into the hands of working sports, action and wildlife photographers.

Though we at DPReview are none of the above, we also weren’t going to pass up an opportunity to give it a try. An exhibition soccer (football) match between two local Seattle colleges provided the perfect chance to shoot with it mounted on the Nikon D5.

Set up at the midfield line, the 180-400mm range was enough to effectively cover most game play. But the extra bit of reached provided by the teleconverter allowed me to occasionally punch in on the action when I felt comfortable. And engaging the teleconverter is as simple as flipping a switch near its base – a satisfying quiet ‘thunk’ sound lets you know it’s in place. By halftime, I’d mastered the art of flipping it on and off with my eye to the finder.

Weighing about 9 pounds, a monopod is a must when using this lens.
ISO 560 | 1/1000 sec | F4 | 180mm

As you might hope from a camera and lens combination costing almost $20,000, the autofocus hit-rate from the soccer match was nearly perfect. A majority of the images were shot with the camera set to its Auto area mode, which for the most part locked on to my intended subject.

Once back in the office, with the images up on a computer, I was impressed by the lens’s sharpness, even with the → continue…

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Nikon dominates World Press Photo 2018 camera breakdown

Photo by chuttersnap

Last week, the prestigious photojournalism contest World Press Photo announced its 2018 winning photos, and most of those winners included information about the gear used to capture their images. Taking advantage of this fact, Spanish photography website Photolari pulled that public data and created a series of graphs breaking down the equipment used by participating photojournalists.

Of the 129 winning images, 97 included gear details; though the graphs don’t represent the models were used by all participants, they do cover the majority. And the short version of the results goes something like this: Nikon dominated the brands, and the DSLR continues to dominate over mirrorless.

According to the breakdown, the Nikon D5, Nikon D810, and Canon EOS 5D Mark III tied for first place, with 11 winning photos each. Coming in second is the Nikon D800E and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with seven units each. Finally, both the Nikon D4S and Nikon D700 tied for third place with six units each.

Nikon is the overall winner among gear use, representing a total of 51.5% versus Canon’s second place 29.9%. Other makers represented far smaller pieces of the pie, with Fujifilm taking 6.2%, Sony taking 5.1%, and both Pentax and DJI taking 2.1% each. Not represented in the percentage graph are three Leica models, two of them the M10 and the other a Leica SL.

Further revealing the type of gear used is another category: types of cameras. That breakdown reveals DSLRs comprised the majority of participants’ gear at 83.5%, with mirrorless taking second place at 11.3%, and other unspecified types representing a total of 5.2%.

This isn’t Photolari’s first breakdown of World Press Photo winner gear. Last year, the site → continue…

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