In May 2016, Phil Hall, the former technical editor at Amateur Photographer, came to visit us at ProHides to test Nikon’s new lens offering, seemingly a great option for hide photography – the AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. Where better then than our Little Owl hide, offering both a fast moving target and something that sat nice and still for portraits. Phil had the evening session to test the lowlight capabilities of both the Nikon D5 and D500. You can read the full article in the 2nd July issue out now. An excerpt from the article is below…
The Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 is undoubtedly a lens that’s going to appeal to wildlife photographers, so when award-winning nature photographers Elliott Neep and Richard Peters invited me to Eastbrook Farm in Wiltshire – the 1,400-acre home of Helen Browning Organic – to try out one of their professional wildlife photography hides, I jumped at the chance. Nestled among staggeringly picturesque countryside, the farm teems with wildlife of all shapes and sizes, inspiring Elliott to launch ProHides (www.prohides.com). Offering custom-built and comfortable photographic hides that can be positioned around the farm, ProHides offers photographers the chance to shoot a range of species all year round, both day and night.
“The AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR could hit the sweet spot for many photographers” (Phil Hall, Amateur Photographer Magazine, 2nd July 2016)
I’d be setting up camp in the PhotoHut Mini hide that’s located outside a derelict farmhouse and perfectly positioned to capture the little owls that visit. Numerous perches are positioned in front of the hide and have been set up for perfect photo opportunities suitable for focal lengths from 400mm to 600mm – and that’s not forgetting the photogenic old farmhouse, too. I wanted to put the lens through its paces on both DX and FX-format cameras, so with the D500 arriving in the office the day before and the D5 having been tested, I was lucky enough to have both these fabulous cameras at my disposal.