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Cheetah Yawning Cheetah yawning in the early morning.  Acinonyx jubatus,Cheetah,Geotagged,Namibia Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Cheetah Yawning

Cheetah yawning in the early morning.

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  1. 600mm huh...which lens is that exactly? :) Posted 8 years ago
    1. It's actually a 300mm f2.8 with a 2x teleconverter attached (both Nikon). Hence my camera thinking that I was shooting with a 600mm lens. Posted 8 years ago
      1. Thanks for explaining! I'm considering buying an extender for my 80-400mm but I'm in doubt in chosing between 1.4, 1.7, and 2.0. Given that it's not as sensitive as 2.8, I think 1.7 is the maximum I can get away with. Any thoughts? Posted 8 years ago
        1. What is your lowest f-stop at 400mm? I find that I rarely use my 1.5x, because the difference between 300mm and 450mm isn't so drastic, so when looking for wildlife I usually go armed with the 2x attached (and then frantically rip it off if an animal is too close). Also, it probably depends on what sort of wildlife you are trying to shoot. I often find that even 600mm isn't close enough for birds, while it can be too close for some animal shots. But, as you noted, it may ultimately come down to shutter speed. Posted 8 years ago
          1. F4.5 is my lowest stop, 5.6 the highest. I typically use that lens for bird photography and mammals (anything, really), often abroad during travel. It's on a full frame camera. Next to that I have a 500mm (lower quality) on APS-C, effectively 750mm, but I prefer my 400mm lens. Posted 8 years ago
  2. Hmmm, the 1.7 vs. 2.0 teleconverter is tricky. On the one hand, going much above f8 isn't ideal in low light, but on the other hand, the extra reach from the 2x teleconverter could be pretty useful. Maybe the tiebreaker would be your camera body? I shoot on a relative dinosaur (purchased in 2006), so things get pretty noisy above ISO 400-500. But if you have a newer camera that can produce better quality high ISO shots, it may be worth getting the 2x and just dialing up your ISO to compensate for the slower shutter speed. Good luck with the decision! Posted 8 years ago
  3. Great shot with wonderful warm colors and a great pose. Posted 8 years ago

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The cheetah is a large-sized feline inhabiting most of Africa and parts of the Middle East.The cheetah achieves by far the fastest land speed of any living animal—between 112 and 120 km/h in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m, and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to over 100 km/h in three seconds.

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Uploaded Jul 2, 2014. Captured Jun 21, 2014 15:02 in D2483, Namibia.
  • NIKON D200
  • f/5.6
  • 1/200s
  • ISO500
  • 600mm