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Sep 08, 2017 09:33 |  #6616

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These all hand held?

Yes. Like I say, I was blessed by the light and those images are way up on what I normally experience in shutter speed as the bird was in a clearing and I am currently focusing on rainforest. TBH I currently have my tripods for sale on ebay. I have found that this lens can give me sharp images at full stretch (560mm) with as low as 1/30sec...............​although I wouldn't expect a very high success rate but as an example of this lens's IS ability, the following: I am not a lover of high ISO and limit myself to 3200 in extreme circumstance in order to get the shot. This shot was at iso 3200 220mm at 1/20sec............not perfect but it recorded a first for me and yes, I know that I was lucky that the bird didn't move

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And again...............a very rare bird with only 13000 known to be in existence. I exceeded my normal limits and went to 5000iso because I knew the bird's call, was following that call, and knew it would be in a dark place. As a pretty savvy member once told me when I first came to the forum me never having shot wildlife before, (I think it was Jeff/pondrader) "any shot is better than no shot" so I upped the iso beyond that which I am normally comfortable with and luckily, this lens came to my rescue...............a​gain, not a brilliant shot but at 400mm and that iso with a shutter speed of only 1/40 sec, what other lens could produce the goods?!!!! I just love this lens!!!!!!!!

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Sep 08, 2017 09:34 |  #6617

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Perfection!

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Sep 09, 2017 11:38 |  #6618

Today I shot welcome swallows. Miss focus more than 80% of the shots. I'm not really sure how to get the right settings, used zone AF and focus case 5, most of the time it just focused into water or the green background -? I've took about 500 photos to get these.


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Sep 09, 2017 11:42 |  #6619

zorroa3 wrote in post #18448058 (external link)
Today I shot welcome swallows. Miss focus more than 80% of the shots. I'm not really sure how to get the right settings, used zone AF and focus case 5, most of the time it just focused into water or the green background -? I've took about 500 photos to get these.
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Swallows are small fast birds, very hard to photograph in flight.


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Sep 10, 2017 10:34 |  #6622

zorroa3 wrote in post #18448058 (external link)
Today I shot welcome swallows. Miss focus more than 80% of the shots. I'm not really sure how to get the right settings, used zone AF and focus case 5, most of the time it just focused into water or the green background -? I've took about 500 photos to get these.
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This is doing well. Settings be damned, if you get one or two, you succeeded!


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Sep 10, 2017 11:35 |  #6623

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18448553 (external link)
This is doing well. Settings be damned, if you get one or two, you succeeded!

20% keepers shooting swallows in flight is pretty darned good IMO.


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Sep 10, 2017 16:23 |  #6624

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Sep 10, 2017 16:57 |  #6625

digital paradise wrote in post #18448596 (external link)
20% keepers shooting swallows in flight is pretty darned good IMO.

About 20% worse than me - I get 100% failures on Swallowsvmad


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Sep 11, 2017 10:19 |  #6626

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18448553 (external link)
This is doing well. Settings be damned, if you get one or two, you succeeded!

The issue here is I had many chances to shot them - when they were hovering above the water at close distance. That should be easy, and 20% keeper rate in that condition was low I think. Like this photo, the AF points are on the bird, but the image is completely blur. The bird was moving quite slowly.

Maybe it's the 7DII, sometimes it just doesn't want to cooperate. Or maybe I don't have the right setting, or it's just my technique :-(


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Sep 11, 2017 10:51 |  #6627

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The issue here is I had many chances to shot them - when they were hovering above the water at close distance. That should be easy, and 20% keeper rate in that condition was low I think. Like this photo, the AF points are on the bird, but the image is completely blur. The bird was moving quite slowly.

Maybe it's the 7DII, sometimes it just doesn't want to cooperate. Or maybe I don't have the right setting, or it's just my technique :-(
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Not much contrast within those two active AF points. I'm not surprised AF did not snap in.


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The issue here is I had many chances to shot them - when they were hovering above the water at close distance. That should be easy, and 20% keeper rate in that condition was low I think. Like this photo, the AF points are on the bird, but the image is completely blur. The bird was moving quite slowly.

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Harder if you have a background like the water and lily pads,. but I take your point. If I have hovering bird and nothing but sky I often to switch to large zone and the camera helps out a lot.


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Sep 11, 2017 11:28 |  #6630

zorroa3 wrote in post #18449306 (external link)
The issue here is I had many chances to shot them - when they were hovering above the water at close distance. That should be easy, and 20% keeper rate in that condition was low I think. Like this photo, the AF points are on the bird, but the image is completely blur. The bird was moving quite slowly.

Maybe it's the 7DII, sometimes it just doesn't want to cooperate. Or maybe I don't have the right setting, or it's just my technique :-(
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The distance between the bird and the background is the issue plus a center point only is going to be more precise, but this begins the exercise in futility+luck as that's just a FAST bird!

I've had better luck in these situations while panning left/right rather than the bird flying towards/away, and better luck where there is greater separation between the bird and whatever is behind it.

I've found a nice balance using those 9 points around the center on the 5dmkiv + 100-400ii +1.4xiii OR center point only if it's a faster moving bird.




  
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