Scrumhalf wrote in post #16836254
Malveaux, great shots with your Tammy... are you handholding, and if so, how do you like handling the monster?
Some shots are handheld. Some are on a tripod. I feel more at home with the lens when on a tripod. Handheld, I have to use much higher shutter speeds, since VC really doesn't do much there other than help stabilize the view finder (which is a very nice thing mind). My main problem is inexperience with such a long lens for handheld and tracking something moving. I went through a flock of Ibis yesterday and it was great, but once home, I realized I missed focus on all of them, so they were not usable. I kept them in the viewfinder (which was a feat for a novice like me, at 600mm), but unfortunately I wasn't focusing right. I was using AI Servo and experimented between 9 points and center single point AF, but still haven't worked out what's best for it. It was able to track them, it just wasn't able to nail focus super sharply, but that is likely a limitation of my 650D since it's a toy in most people's eyes. I would like to have a 7D/70D to try that out with, but that may be a while away before I buy a new body since what I have works for most of what I do.
Anyhow, I like tripod/monopod a lot with the bigger lens. I go out for hours and hours and it really does take it's tole after a while of lugging it around and holding it up towards the sky a lot.
I'm not experimenting with the better beamer and flash. So far, it makes a world of difference in poor light. I get a lot of back-lighting when I go out since it's super bright here in Florida (when it's not taking a big wet poop, weather wise) and the birds here really come out in the bright sun, more than the evening when they hunker down for the night. My next run with will exclusively flash so I don't have to worry so much with spot metering and high ISO (not that I mind shooting ISO 3200, it works fine, some of those shots in this thread were ISO 1600~3200 on a 650D, and they don't look that noisy to me). But flash really helps things pop. So far, just experimenting, I can do a very well exposed flashed photo at 60 feet, at 600mm without having my flash at full power, it's really cool.