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Sep 07, 2016 09:58 |  #1

The Sony a6300 + Canon 100-400L lens make a great combo for me to shoot hummingbirds with. Focus is fast using the Metabones IV adapter. I used AF-C mode and wide AF.

Because of the 1.5 crop factor using this camera, the effective focal length with this combination is 600mm with no minimum aperture penalty and the 24.2mp sensor is larger than my Canon 5D3 (22.3mp).

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Sep 07, 2016 10:12 |  #2

sweet rig- good luck with it and please send more shots


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Sep 07, 2016 17:42 |  #3

Great setup, never realized you could attach a small camera like that to a zoom lense. Cool.




  
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Sep 07, 2016 18:06 |  #4

Excellent IQ. I'm impressed.


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Sep 07, 2016 19:44 |  #5

CaptBob wrote in post #18119903 (external link)
sweet rig- good luck with it and please send more shots


JTF wrote in post #18120273 (external link)
Great setup, never realized you could attach a small camera like that to a zoom lense. Cool.


Greg_8 wrote in post #18120292 (external link)
Excellent IQ. I'm impressed.

Thanks very much. Here are a couple more that were taken with this same setup at an earlier date.

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Sep 07, 2016 20:10 |  #6

Looks great. Can you MFA with this rig? What are the advantages over using a Canon crop body? Is it the noise/high ISO performance?


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Sep 07, 2016 21:21 |  #7

Archibald wrote in post #18120392 (external link)
Looks great. Can you MFA with this rig? What are the advantages over using a Canon crop body? Is it the noise/high ISO performance?

I'm not sure what you mean by MFA but besides the fact that I own the Sony and no longer have a Canon 7D, I love this camera's size, the dynamic range of the sensor and clean high iso files. The last two above were shot at an iso of 5000 for example. The camera has 425 focus point spread over most of the sensor and this helps track moving subjects which it can shoot at 11fps.


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Sep 07, 2016 21:38 |  #8

navydoc wrote in post #18120465 (external link)
I'm not sure what you mean by MFA

That might answer my question ... :-) ... MFA = micro focus adjust.


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Sep 07, 2016 21:49 |  #9

Archibald wrote in post #18120483 (external link)
That might answer my question ... :-) ... MFA = micro focus adjust.

Ah yes, with a mirrorless camera, there is no need to MFA. :-)


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Sep 07, 2016 22:12 |  #10

Useful info. I need to check into this a bit more!


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Sep 07, 2016 22:28 |  #11

You are getting great results! Congrats! :)


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Sep 08, 2016 09:51 |  #12

These are very nice. Do you have any shots without a feeder?


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Sep 08, 2016 10:14 |  #13

TedEllis wrote in post #18120970 (external link)
These are very nice. Do you have any shots without a feeder?

I do but not with this camera/lens combination. I need to get back into taking bird photographs again. Here is a link to an album of images I've taken of Costas hummingbirds in my yard over time. Many of them are of the same bird who was very much a ham for the camera.

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Sep 08, 2016 12:38 as a reply to  @ navydoc's post |  #14

Thank you. Your male hummers are lookers.


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Sep 09, 2016 13:58 |  #15

This Costas hummingbird was checking me out. Question was, who'd blink first? The pattern in the background is caused by a decorative design in my cinderblock wall and sunburned bush at the bottom of the frame.

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