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Dec 18, 2011 06:54 |  #451

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Dec 18, 2011 07:54 |  #452

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Dec 21, 2011 04:34 |  #453

Finally found time to take the lens down to the harbour after work...shot some yachts at the start of the Wednesday Night races, and a few gulls just for practice. Nothing of great note, but it was great to set the lens up and use it. I have to say I really like the way it handles, though it's front focussing a little and I need to do some adjusting.
Can anyone advise on the proper distance to do the tests, please? I have a Lens Align tool that has worked well for my other lenses.

This the only gull shot that was interesting enough to post....


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Dec 21, 2011 04:36 |  #454

I think Canon says to set up for MFA at 5X the focal length...

Someone correct me on this if I'm not correct on the distance. :oops:


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Dec 21, 2011 04:38 |  #455

And here's one of the yachts...they were having a Santa celebration it seems!


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Dec 21, 2011 04:39 |  #456

Carbon Fiber sail?


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Dec 21, 2011 05:02 |  #457

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #13577865 (external link)
I think Canon says to set up for MFA at 5X the focal length...

Someone correct me on this if I'm not correct on the distance. :oops:

Thanks, Jay. I'll give that a try.

As a matter if interest I have been hanging out for a 500mm lens but they're like gold here in NZ and no-one seems to want to sell one, then this 600 came up at a pretty good price. So now I'm doing a bit of extra gym work!

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Carbon Fiber sail?

Yes, with Kevlar patches on the clew and tack...and it looks like a hand-me-down I think. A bit of that goes on with the Wednesday Racing crowd...they're very keen but mostly not very wealthy!


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Dec 21, 2011 08:28 as a reply to  @ Ricardo222's post |  #458

Congrats Ricardo! Glad to see you out enjoying this thing! what setup are you using for tripod/head out of curiosity?

Also, FlyingPhotog, I honestly don't know yay or nay about the MFA at that distance but doing some quick math, according to what you say, the test would be at 3000mm, 300cm, 120in, or 10ft. That's below the MFD on this sucker, so I dunno if that would work with this lens. I could be totally misunderstanding you though, haha.


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Dec 21, 2011 11:56 |  #459

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Dec 21, 2011 11:58 |  #460

Correction on the Lens -> Target distance for MFA

That should be 50X the focal length and not five times. I knew there was a five in there somewhere! :lol:


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Dec 21, 2011 12:27 as a reply to  @ FlyingPhotog's post |  #461

That's more like it, haha. Thanks, I never knew that recommendation. Luckily my 600, if it needs any adjustment at all MAY back focus just a tick, but even at 100 feet its not that evident. Thank goodness for MA on cameras now days huh? A real life (and time and money) saver!


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Dec 21, 2011 12:33 |  #462

Goincarcrazy wrote in post #13579549 (external link)
That's more like it, haha. Thanks, I never knew that recommendation. Luckily my 600, if it needs any adjustment at all MAY back focus just a tick, but even at 100 feet its not that evident. Thank goodness for MA on cameras now days huh? A real life (and time and money) saver!

I've actually never tweaked a single lens I own.

It's probably because I don't spend a great deal of time shooting wide open at MFD but even when I do, I get acceptable results.

Good to know it's available if needed though.


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Dec 21, 2011 13:52 |  #463

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #13579445 (external link)
Correction on the Lens -> Target distance for MFA

That should be 50X the focal length and not five times. I knew there was a five in there somewhere! :lol:

Thanks Jay...yes, on reflection the lens wouldn't focus at 5x FL!:confused:


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Dec 21, 2011 14:11 |  #464

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Congrats Ricardo! Glad to see you out enjoying this thing! what setup are you using for tripod/head out of curiosity?

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Thanks, NC. I appreciate your encouragement.

Regarding the set-up....as a boat designer with aluminium boatbuilders at my disposal I figured that I could design and build a decent setup myself. I did it years ago at our base in Antarctica...I built a gimbal mount for my 300mm lens that fit on an old surveyors tripod, and because with a little friction on the moving parts it could easily be used with heavy gloves, it was perfect for temperatures to -40 degrees.

I looked at the Wimberly and similar gimbal mounts and they truly do look fantastic, but I figured that a two sided gimbal would be easier to construct, and would work just as well, if a little less conveniently.

Then I saw the Manfrotto 393 and thought WTF and ordered one from Adorama. It arrived two days ago, and it works superbly! (Needs a couple of mods which I will do during my Christmas break, but mostly it's excellent.) I have mounted it on some robust CF legs and the whole thing is very stable. The QR plate is very secure and easy to operate, which is a bonus.

Now I just have to practice and practice....it's one thing to have the gear...and another to develop the eye and mind to make the most of it.


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Dec 21, 2011 20:46 as a reply to  @ Ricardo222's post |  #465

oh so true about developing and eye for this thing. I found one thing that helps me a LOT is using a the precision matte focus screen. It lets me see the DOF a LOT easier.

As I've mentioned before, I've totally given up on using a tripod. I feel so limited as to my range of motion but yes, this lens will give you a good workout! I can't wait to see a new contributor to the group! Especially in yet another beautiful place with amazing wildlife. You and commonjunks have my green with envy. I thought Florida was good for birds...phuey!


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