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Jan 02, 2014 17:02 |  #4426

You just need to be in a spot where the "locals" are very people friendly. The Lorikeets on the east coast make very easy (and colourful) photo targets, like 70-200 territory.

Here's a couple of ones with the Sigma 120-300 OS. The first one is the full sized frame of this posted crop.

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Rainbow Lorikeet juvenile (external link) by duffohyeah (external link), on Flickr

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Rainbow Lorikeet (external link) by duffohyeah (external link), on Flickr

(not that the Sigma was a must for these photos hehe)

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Jan 02, 2014 18:28 |  #4427

Cool shots. :)


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Jan 02, 2014 21:01 |  #4428

a few photos from the snowstorm. Unfortunately (and understandably) I had to take these through glass, my living room window (that even had some snow flakes on it).

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Winter Female Junco (external link) by gabebalazs (external link), on Flickr

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Winter Female Cardinal 2 (external link) by gabebalazs (external link), on Flickr

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Winter Female Junco 2 (external link) by gabebalazs (external link), on Flickr

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Winter Female Cardinal 3 (external link) by gabebalazs (external link), on Flickr

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Male Winter Junco (external link) by gabebalazs (external link), on Flickr

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Jan 04, 2014 22:28 |  #4429

I took my 7D and Sigma w/ 1.4x TC out for a break outing and again I seem to get noticeably more hazey results over water, which really doesn't make sense considering the amount of water shots gabe does; granted I'm probably not as close. Although it wasn't sunny or hot so any sort of heat and vapour haze should have been minimal.


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Jan 05, 2014 08:26 |  #4430

My over-the-water shots are relatively short distance (unless I catch a really unique bird or something). I realized that over the last few years the more I shoot birds the more I try to fill my frame with my subjects which often eliminates subjects that are farther. OK a swan is big enough to shoot from 100 yards but nowadays I usually don't bother with a duck or similar sized water fowl in that distance. My "within range" distance these days are roughly 30-40 yards in general for birds that I shoot over water. However, there are exceptions; the splashing pelican photo I posted a few days ago was taken from a distance of at least 100 yards (but it was such a cool action shot :) )


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Jan 05, 2014 10:01 as a reply to  @ gabebalazs's post |  #4431

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Gabe great advise, Im finding same distance results as well. Size of the bird will determine how close your going to need to get


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Jan 05, 2014 10:07 |  #4432

gabebalazs wrote in post #16579063 (external link)
My over-the-water shots are relatively short distance (unless I catch a really unique bird or something). I realized that over the last few years the more I shoot birds the more I try to fill my frame with my subjects which often eliminates subjects that are farther. OK a swan is big enough to shoot from 100 yards but nowadays I usually don't bother with a duck or similar sized water fowl in that distance. My "within range" distance these days are roughly 30-40 yards in general for birds that I shoot over water. However, there are exceptions; the splashing pelican photo I posted a few days ago was taken from a distance of at least 100 yards (but it was such a cool action shot :) )

Thanks for the tips Gabe.

So when you shoot at 30-40 yards…is your fame filled? Or is there still some cropping needed? At that distance are you talking about 600mm?


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Jan 05, 2014 10:55 |  #4433

ptcanon3ti wrote in post #16579311 (external link)
Thanks for the tips Gabe.

So when you shoot at 30-40 yards…is your fame filled? Or is there still some cropping needed? At that distance are you talking about 600mm?

Well, this was just a rough number and obviously I'd have to define what bird I'm shooting to actually get the distance to fill the frame :)

For 600mm, a normal mallard fills my frame at about 25-30 yards I'd say but I may be wrong. Larger birds like herons can obviously be farther away and still fill the frame.
As for cropping I almost always crop a little bit just to help the composition. When I say "fill the frame" I mean more like fill at least 80% of the frame and go from there. I don't like to actually fill the frame from edge to edge because the margin for error is small (end up cutting off parts of my subject.) So I'd say there's an optimal amount of how much the frame should be filled and it is about 80-90%. But of course there are countless situations where the environment, the background adds to the photo and you actually do want it in the picture. And that's where our ZOOM comes very handy :)


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Jan 05, 2014 10:58 |  #4434

So for example, here is one where I consider the bird the most important part of the image:

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Ruddy Turnstone 13 (external link) by gabebalazs (external link), on Flickr


But in this next one, I really liked the seaweed and thought it would add to the photo:

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Ruddy Turnstone 11 (external link) by gabebalazs (external link), on Flickr

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Jan 06, 2014 05:08 |  #4435

Hey guys! I am just about to send my sigma in to have auto focus repaired again.. I just have a quick question. When you have your lens in manual focus, can you move through the entire focus range without the focus "slipping"? And can you do it at 120 and 300mm zoom range?

I seem to have to wake mine lens up when I use auto focus, by going through the zoom range until it focuses for a second and then have to move through the zoom range again for another second of auto focus... Is it user error or the lens?


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Jan 06, 2014 10:31 |  #4436

Hi everyone. Just bought this lens on Sunday with the USB Dock for my 5D II. It's a love and hate relationship - love the new toys to be on the sports ground with my kids; hate the fact of it's so versatile for AF micro-adjustment. Has anyone has hands-on experience on how to perform the AF micro-adjustment?

For traditional in-camera AFMA, I just do it by try and error:

a. 1st shot without any adjustment
b. 2nd shot with +5
c. 3rd shot with -5

find the best result one and repeat or narrow the gap in adjustment

However, for USB Dock AFMA it has 16 value need to be set (4x focal length by 4x focus distance) just for the lens on itself. I have to replace the camera with USB Dock on the lens every time I make an adjustment. Not to mention I have 1.4xTC and 2.0xTC as well.

It will take me years to perform all those AFMA. Anyone has better idea how I can perform the process?

Thank you very much for your advise.

Regards,
Felix

P.S. Not sure whether it's appropriate to ask this question at this thread / forum or not. If not, please direct me to the right place, thanks. :)




  
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Jan 08, 2014 05:10 |  #4437

North Shore locals


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Jan 08, 2014 06:42 |  #4438

Great job again!


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Jan 09, 2014 12:35 |  #4439

Can't help with the dock Felix but there should be some here who can. I got out briefly on Monday during a break in the rain to capture this Carolina Wren with the 2x sig tc on and wide open at F5.6

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Tuesday dawned cold and clear with a temp of 9 degrees F. I scattered out the morning seed and suet and waited to see who would show.
600mm Carolina Chickadee
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402mm Northern Cardinal
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There was another non-feathered visitor to show up as well to share in the bounty on such a cold day.
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Jan 09, 2014 13:38 |  #4440

felixshmak wrote in post #16582184 (external link)
Hi everyone. Just bought this lens on Sunday with the USB Dock for my 5D II. It's a love and hate relationship - love the new toys to be on the sports ground with my kids; hate the fact of it's so versatile for AF micro-adjustment. Has anyone has hands-on experience on how to perform the AF micro-adjustment?

For traditional in-camera AFMA, I just do it by try and error:

a. 1st shot without any adjustment
b. 2nd shot with +5
c. 3rd shot with -5

find the best result one and repeat or narrow the gap in adjustment

However, for USB Dock AFMA it has 16 value need to be set (4x focal length by 4x focus distance) just for the lens on itself. I have to replace the camera with USB Dock on the lens every time I make an adjustment. Not to mention I have 1.4xTC and 2.0xTC as well.

It will take me years to perform all those AFMA. Anyone has better idea how I can perform the process?

Thank you very much for your advise.

Regards,
Felix

P.S. Not sure whether it's appropriate to ask this question at this thread / forum or not. If not, please direct me to the right place, thanks. :)

Er no :rolleyes: Everytime I plug in the dock and star the program it checks for firmware... 2mins later I can adjust... then disconnect and do it again... pain...


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