Featured: 'Nikon V3 and 70-300cx excels at Surf Photography' by The Smoking Camera

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by The Smoking Camera, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera Regular

    Oct 20, 2013
    Joe Marquez
    The Nikon V3 and 70-300cx lens may be the ultimate lightweight surf photography combo.
    This combo gets me to 800mm without a tripod or monopod.
    Works best in good light, but does OK under less than ideal conditions.
    Today I took a few photos at the Billabong Pipe Masters on the north shore of Oahu.
    This is the final leg of the Vans Triple Crown surf competition in Hawaii.
    Started off cloudy but as the day progressed the sun came out and the waves become larger and larger.
    Waves become so large and wind picked up so competition was suspended.
    Lots of broken surfboards but surfers unharmed.
    Here are a few photos from round 2.










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  2. Well done, nice work.

    Were you using a tripod or all handheld?
  3. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera Regular

    Oct 20, 2013
    Joe Marquez
    Thanks Dave. Handheld. This allowed me to walk along the beach and get a variety of angles.
  4. Still well done, a few of them even worthy of publication.

    The further out shots could use a tripod for a bit more clarity, but the closer in ones are very nice. :smile:
  5. RT Panther

    RT Panther All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Always great stuff!
    On a side note, I need to change my residence...:smile:
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  6. BillN

    BillN Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    This lens seems to be in short supply in the UK?
  7. Livnius

    Livnius Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Excellent, really like these. The framing and compression in the second shot works really well in pulling the ocean background right in, but those action shots, 1 and 7 in particular are fantastic. Mad waves...and looks like a great offshore to hold 'em up too.

    Really great to see super tele focal lengths in action in this way...I'm off on a 2 week surfing trip this summer and have purchased the Panasonic 100-300mm (200-600mm eqv) to pair up with my Pana GX7 specifically for surf photography.
  8. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    so is the sun with surf that good
  9. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera Regular

    Oct 20, 2013
    Joe Marquez
    Very appreciative to receive your comments. Didn't realize the lens is still in short supply. Bad Nikon. However, I am aware of the short supply of sun and surf in the UK. Livinius, 200 to 600 is a nice zoom range for surf. The waves were so large at Pipeline I had too pull back from 800mm most of the day. RT Panter, definitely blessed to live in Hawaii. Dave CT01, I suppose a tripod would help, but I don't think very much. My shutter speeds were typically 1/1000 or faster and I was panning for the most part. The most difficult issue regarding IQ IMHO is shooting through mist and spray. The closer to the beach the worse the problem. Overall, a very fun experience shooting surf with the V3 and 70-300cx.
  10. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Great work, Joe! I really do think that the 1" sensor has a bright future and that money spent on lenses like the 70-300CX will pay off with improvements in the V4, V5, etc…

    Keeping my fingers crossed.
  11. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Very nice as usual Joe. Man, that's a LOT of reach in a small package. Seems pretty nice combined with the Nikon 1's great focus tracking...

  12. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I love the colours!

    Even no there's no surfing happening the second image is my favourite of the set with the big breakers in the background.
  13. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera Regular

    Oct 20, 2013
    Joe Marquez
    John, I hope you are right about the future of Nikon 1. Would love Nikon to produce a fast super telephoto prime like a 400, 500 or 600 (1080, 1350 or 1620mm equivalent). Would really shake up the bird, wildlife and sports photography world. If they can make a 70-300 native lens this sharp I am certain they can produce a great prime. The Nikon 32/1.2 is a good example. Thanks Ray. Pretty amusing seeing everyone's bazooka lenses on tripods and my little rig hanging around my neck. Thanks Nic. Those big breakers in the background look awesome. Very happy with the second image as well.
  14. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera Regular

    Oct 20, 2013
    Joe Marquez
    Just before sunset had a moment before a ballet shoot so stopped off at a surf spot in Honolulu.
    Here are a couple of tight shots just for fun.
    About 700-800mm equivalent, handheld.


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  15. Keeps getting better and better.

    Love 'em.
  16. Dammit, Joe, I had just got to the point where I was deciding to sell my Nikon 1 stuff and you go and post these amazing shots. Super impressive. Now, I must have that gear. Sighhhhh.

    Just lovely shots!
  17. emptysensor

    emptysensor Regular

    Nov 11, 2014
    Wow, great stuff. What an excellent ad for the Nikon 1. Makes me wonder why they don't apply all the same technology to a DX version.
  18. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Beautiful colors. And super telephoto work. Back in the old film days you would need a lens that weighed a ton on a heavy tripod to get shots like that.
  19. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera Regular

    Oct 20, 2013
    Joe Marquez
    Thanks everyone. Very honored to have this post featured. Sorry Sue for throwing a wrench in your plans. These photos are a good example of the sweet spot of the Nikon 1 system. Unfortunately, I missed the finals of the Pipeline Masters (I'm shooting ballet at the moment). However, if a big swell comes in I may take and post a few more photos with this combo. Thanks again.
  20. Petach

    Petach Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer