I employed a tripod with gimbal head to hold the lens steady enough to eliminate camera shake. My WH-200 Wimberley gimbal head which has a 100 lbs load capacity weighs 3.15 lbs. My Nikon D850 camera weighs 2.2 lbs. Therefore the total tripod load is around 18 lbs. A handy rule of thump is, tripod load should minimally equal two times the actual load. In this case the actual load is 18 lbs, therefore 18 lbs x 2 = 36 lbs. My tripod’s load capacity of 88 lbs exceeds the rule of thumb by 52 lbs. The tripod in conjunction with the Wimberley gimbal head holds the 13 lbs lens steady.
Old, indestructible pro-level Nikon f mount lenses are quite relevant with newer camera bodies such as the Nikon D850 used in this photograph. As a case in point, I used the D850’s focus peeking feature to focus this photograph from over 100 yards.
Focus peeking is common in mirrorless cameras and micro photography. Nikon’s D850 is the first Nikon DSLR to natively offer focus peeking. With modern photographers shunning manual focus lenses for auto focus lenses, the telephoto application of focus peeking is rare. I’m using focus peeking to facilitate the use of a classic unwanted manual focus telephoto 600mm prime lens manufactured between 1982 and 1986 on arguably one of the best modern DSLR cameras to date.
By exploiting Nikon’s timeless backwardly compatible f mount lenses on a modern camera, I’m learning a great deal more about photography at a minuscule fraction of the cost of a modern auto focus nikkor 600mm prime lens