It’s winter. It’s slow. We get bored. We have lots of stuff to play with. Too much stuff and too much time leads to all kinds of trouble. I mean experimenting to find combinations of equipment that might benefit our customers. So anyway, Joey decided it would be a superb idea to take a tiny little Nikon V1 mirrorless camera with it’s 2.7 crop factor and put it on the back of a Nikon 600mm f4 VR with a 2X teleconverter. I mean, who doesn’t need a 3250mm equivalent lens, right?
It was kind of overcast and gray and there’s not a lot of scenery behind our building (this is the view shot at 35mm). Joey’s telephoto test target is the cell phone tower on the right, the smaller one.
To avoid getting you too disoriented, this is the top of the cell phone tower, shot with a 600mm f4 VR on a Nikon D3x.
The white pole in the center is where we focus (it’s kind of lost in the gray sky, but if you look down from the top antenna you’ll see a black bird sitting on top of it. And here’s the view with the V1 at 3250mm.
Of course, the image above is compressed down to 800 pixels wide to fit in this blog post. Below is a crop at 100% of the area along the green wire, lower right 1/3 of the image.
Yeah, it’s a little grainy and noisy, that small sensor is no D700. But scroll back up to the first image, the one shot at 35mm. It’s a rather impressive bit of magnification, isn’t it?
For another example (because we believe anything worth doing is worth doing to excess), here’s the view looking the other way from the loading dock, again a 35mm image on a full frame camera. Notice the two doors above the metal stairs in the center of the image.
Zoom in with a 600mm lens on a regular camera and you can tell the door number. Oooh-aaah.
But slap the V1-2X-600mm combination on there and you can read the alarm company’s phone number. All of you would-be Paparazzi should be thinking “cellulite-celebrity-on-the-beach-pictures from half a mile away”.
Of course, we could get nearly as much magnification by cropping the images from a D3X shot at 1200mm. But this was way more fun.