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Mar 11, 2017 17:12 |  #1

I always like to test the limits of my camera gear and this morning was no different except that I actually looked at the exif data and was surprised at the distance I was sitting away from this eagle perched in it's nest tree.

The first image was at 1200mm using a Canon 600mm f/4L II with a 2XIII extender. The second image I added an older Kenko 1.5 non-reporting extender giving me a total of 1800mm focal length. I lost 2 stops of light but I was still able to autofocus and I was using my truck mirror to support the camera/lens.

These eagles are very skittish so I stay in my truck when I visit the nesting area. Not many people know about it's location and the ones that do don't bother visiting it because it's off the beaten path and it's a hard to reach nest with camera gear. There is also a limited view of the nest because of the trees surrounding the nest tree so there's not many opportunities for in-flights plus it's hard to swing a 600mm lens sitting inside a truck...lol.


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Mar 11, 2017 18:19 |  #2

Those are some incredible stats Duane. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. You also managed to get some very impressive pictures! Bravo!


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Mar 11, 2017 18:21 |  #3

Nice shots, Duane! These must have been taken early in the am. The seeing always seems to get bad for me as the day wears on and the refractive index of the air starts varying all over the place.


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Mar 11, 2017 18:27 |  #4

Excellent results with the extra extender Duane. I have the same camera/lens combo and use my 2XIII all the time. In the past I've added my 1.4X III into the mix with poor results in IQ.


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Mar 11, 2017 18:40 |  #5

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Those are some incredible stats Duane. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. You also managed to get some very impressive pictures! Bravo!

When I used my 500mm lens I would stack 2-Canon 1.4 extenders and the Kenko 1.5 onto it but I would have to use an extension tube between two of the extenders so they would work. It was hard to focus but it did slowly....the results were sub-par to say the least.


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Mar 11, 2017 18:42 |  #6

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Nice shots, Duane! These must have been taken early in the am. The seeing always seems to get bad for me as the day wears on and the refractive index of the air starts varying all over the place.

Yes...about 45 minutes after sunrise and we had a clear day today. I hate doing this and won't do anything with the images but with this nest and the distance I always try different things rather than trying to get closer...the eagles will tolerate joggers running by but once someone stops if one is sitting on a branch it leaves.


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Mar 11, 2017 18:44 |  #7

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Excellent results with the extra extender Duane. I have the same camera/lens combo and use my 2XIII all the time. In the past I've added my 1.4X III into the mix with poor results in IQ.

IQ with this setup is iffy to say the least...but sometimes the planets align and a few images are sharp enough to bother editing.


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Mar 12, 2017 08:55 |  #8

Now you're just showing off, buddy ;-)a Nice shots with all that hardware though, and kudos for not disturbing them.


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Mar 12, 2017 09:14 |  #9

Awesome shot!! Super stats!!!

Do you keep your lens in the car most of the time? I've missed a lot of opportunities being without my tele. I'd cry if I got it stolen!


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Mar 13, 2017 03:24 |  #10

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Now you're just showing off, buddy ;-)a Nice shots with all that hardware though, and kudos for not disturbing them.

Thanks Jeff. There are a few people around here that seem to forget a little word called ethics. Accidents happen but there are some that are accident prone or just dense...lol. I tend to stick by myself the last few years because it seems it's a reoccurring dream.


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Mar 13, 2017 03:25 |  #11

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Awesome shot!! Super stats!!!

Do you keep your lens in the car most of the time? I've missed a lot of opportunities being without my tele. I'd cry if I got it stolen!

No, my camera gear stays at home and is only allowed to go out and play with me supervising. :-) A decent insurance policy is a good way to protect you and your camera gear though just in case.


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Mar 13, 2017 05:14 |  #12

That's some nice photo's Duane considering the distance you were dealing with.




  
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Mar 13, 2017 05:24 |  #13

I'd say you and gear aced this test. And technically hand-held, too. We'll done, Duane!


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Mar 13, 2017 06:32 as a reply to  @ Duane N's post |  #14

Good thing you haven't taught your gear how to drive yet  :p Seriously though, a good homeowner/renters policy with a personal articles floater for the expensive gear is a must. There is also specialized photographer's insurance, but I've never looked into that.


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Mar 13, 2017 08:00 |  #15

Duane,

Excellent shots!


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