Birds in flight with the Nikon D300

First published on: Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Mikew started an interesting thread asking for tips on Nikon D300 camera settings for shooting birds in flight (BIF).

A summary of the discussion follows:

  1. AmatureMike’s D300 settings for BIF: Mike lists a total of seven settings

  2. Leonard Shepherd’s additional settings: Leonard suggests some additional AF (autofocus) and ISO settings and also recommends shooting RAW and processing the files in the free Nikon ViewNX software.

  3. Chris_B1 shares three BIF photos shot with the Nikon D300, Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR lens ( has a nice Nikon 300mm VR review) and a Nikon 1.7X TC (teleconverter).

  4. Nikon D300 vs Canon 1D Mark III: MikeW reports back about his experience shooting birds at Gatorland (Gatorland tips for photographers) with both cameras. The Nikon D300 was paired with an AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED while a Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM lens was used on the 1D Mark 3. The D300 focus performance compared favorably against the much more expensive 1D3.

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