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I am a new Nikon D40 user and going to take pics of hummingbirds this weekend. Any suggestions as to what settings to use, or should I just use the sport setting?..

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Do you have a telephoto lens? Unless they are going to sit about two feet in front of you the kit lens isn't going to be long enough.Best wishesMike..

Comment #1

All depends on the weather too. If you use the sportsmode, you get the risk that when the weather is very good, your shutterspeed will be too fast. Resulting in frozen wings. Personally I like the hummingbirdshots better when you see the speed of the wings, thus at a slightly longer shutterspeed..

For example, if you shoot a propellor-airplane at high shutterspeed, the propeller will seem in-active. The picture is much better (imho) if you can see the movement. It's a matter of experimenting, but I think (never shot hummingbirds before) you should start at a shutterspeed of around 1/1000 or 1/2000..

And ofcourse, you need a pretty long lens to get close enough..

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Comment #2

1/2000 will definitely stop the wings. I normally use 1/2000 or 1/2500 to shot hummingbirds. I've always wanted to stop the wings; you can see the details in the wings which most people I've shown them to seem fascinated by. I've never tried longer times, but I will give it a try...

Comment #3

Thank you so much. I also have a long lens, so hope that will help as well.Judy..

Comment #4

Thanks. I do have a long lens and will start at 1/1000 and work my way up.Judy..

Comment #5

Good luck, and please, please post some of your pictures. I love hummingbirds, but we don't get them here in cold, wet holland..

Greetings,ErwinDon't blame me for just getting started....

Sony H2Sony A300.

My Pbase is finally online:http://www.pbase.com/ed197907/..

Comment #6

Here is where the 3 AF points of the D40 will start to fail you. As quickly as those little guys zip around, if you want an in-flight shot you will need a good AF system. Or prefocus, use a small aperture and hope for the best..

Even using a D300 and a 70-200 f2.8 VR lens it isnt easy.Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream..

Comment #7

Just keep trying till you have it  It's not that you are wasting any film....

Good luck! And more important: have fun!.

ChefZiggy wrote:.

Here is where the 3 AF points of the D40 will start to fail you. Asquickly as those little guys zip around, if you want an in-flightshot you will need a good AF system. Or prefocus, use a smallaperture and hope for the best..

Even using a D300 and a 70-200 f2.8 VR lens it isnt easy.Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream.

Don't blame me for just getting started....

Sony H2Sony A300.

My Pbase is finally online:http://www.pbase.com/ed197907/..

Comment #8

Rainbowjudy wrote:.

I am a new Nikon D40 user and going to take pics of hummingbirds thisweekend. Any suggestions as to what settings to use, or should Ijust use the sport setting?.

On the following wiki page you can see an amazing image of a hummingbird. If you scroll to the bottom of this page you can see the exact settings used to capture the image. I'm sure a little googling will turn up many images with shooting info that will help guide you..

(I know this ends with ".jpg" but it's a web page...it's a wiki thing.)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Colibri-thalassinus-001-edit.jpg..

Comment #9

Note the bit about 'lens focal length = 1000 mm'!!Best wishesMike..

Comment #10

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Here are three of my first hummingbird pics. I still have a lot to learn, but pleased with these on my first try. Thanks everyone for the help..

Judy..

Comment #11

Judy,.

Thank for posting. I really like that first one. For a first try shooting these quick little birdies you did good. Now keep trying to get that perfect shot..

Did you catch one in that last shot, or where you at some kind of hummingbird-breeder?.

Greetings,ErwinDon't blame me for just getting started....

Sony H2Sony A300.

My Pbase is finally online:http://www.pbase.com/ed197907/..

Comment #12

I've gotten good shots at 1/1200, seems a good compromise between frozen and action. I also use continuous mode quite a bit.Bill..

Comment #13

I was at a park where they were banding the hummingbirds. The guy doing it was holding the bird.Thanks for your encouragement.Judy..

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