Digging deep, this Sandhill is going for maximum speed as he lifts off from the first morning feeding session.
For this fast action shot the D2x was set on Continuous Focus, with Dynamic AF set to include the center AF reticle and those directly around it. The tripod-mounted camera was cradled in a Wimberley Sidekick to permit smooth panning as the bird raced past.
Nikon has announced that a further refinement in the AF system will be included in a firmware upgrade in approximately September 2006. That same upgrade will contain nearly all of the features in the recently announced freshen-up model, the D2xs. The D2xs will have a larger image buffer to allow more continuous shooting, but I have never once filled the current buffer except while experimenting with the D2x.