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Feb 03, 2018 22:37 |  #3031

Got to cross off one of my bucket list to do's last week. Went out whale watching in Newport Beach. I've always wanted to see whales in the wild. While the images aren't anything to write home about the experience was incredible. Spent about an an hour an a half with 3 fin whales:

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Feb 04, 2018 12:07 |  #3032

Received mine and went out to test shoot the lens yesterday. I sold my Canon 100-400L for this after some extensive research on the lens and reviewing hundreds of photo samples, but I still had some nagging doubts about it. But I really needed the reach, and i hate using those extender lenses, so.... Adorama offered the lens with the USB dock for free, so I was prepared to use the dock for calibration should it not be tack sharp out of the box. However, I think the verdict is that I don't need the dock. These were shot with Canon 5DIII around f/11, 1/800sec-1/100sec, ISO 1000 and @600mm.

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Feb 04, 2018 12:13 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #3033

Welcome to the club - some fine shooting. Looks like you got a good copy, mine needed focus calibration.

Hope you keep the dock - use it for lens FW updates and many of us prefer the Dynamic OS option it gives.


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Feb 04, 2018 12:20 |  #3034

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Welcome to the club - some fine shooting. Looks like you got a good copy, mine needed focus calibration.

Hope you keep the dock - use it for lens FW updates and many of us prefer the Dynamic OS option it gives.

Thanks. I did use the dock to see if I needed the latest firmware, but the lens came with the latest. From what you're saying, it seems "Dynamic OS" is something I need to use the dock to achieve? I only used the physical button setting modes on the camera itself.



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Feb 05, 2018 03:49 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #3035

May I ask your post processing workflow? The images are incredibly sharp.


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Feb 05, 2018 08:49 |  #3036

First outing yesterday with this lens! - Love it so far!


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Feb 05, 2018 08:50 |  #3037

awesome pics.

fabulous cows.


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Feb 05, 2018 08:52 |  #3039

Jethr0 wrote in post #18556725 (external link)
awesome pics.

fabulous cows.

Thank you!


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Feb 05, 2018 11:21 |  #3040

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May I ask your post processing workflow? The images are incredibly sharp.

I edit my photos in LR, then finish off in Photoshop with some minor touches, such as cloning, a bit sharpening, perhaps some level, etc. but only when needed. I finish off in PS primarily for resizing the images for web postings and saving. In the LR is where I work on the image the most from top down, i.e., cropping (lots of it for small birds!), white balancing and exposure when needed (when I do need, it's typically very very tiny bit of adjustment), contrast, highlights and shadow when needed, a bit of tone curve, and finally a bit of sharpening and noise reduction. I never push any of these, unless I need to try to salvage a messed up image to begin with.

Everything I do in LR is just tiny adjustments, less as the in-camera exposure is spot on. Because these small bird images had to be cropped so much, I'm very mindful not to overdo any sharpening. I only apply a tiny bit. The key to me is to sharpen only enough for the viewers to not think, "oh, edited." I don't succeed at this all the time, but I try. :-) The lens turned out to be sharp even at 600mm, so just a tiny bit of post sharpening was all I needed. Because shooting at high ISO with 5DIII is amenable, I also do just a bit of noise reduction. Even during middle of a sunny day, I shot these with mostly ISO 1000 so I can capture the birds with faster shutter speed and at f/9 to f/11.



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Feb 05, 2018 11:23 |  #3041

@Martin -

Looks like you got a good copy, too. Enjoy the lens!



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Feb 05, 2018 12:39 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #3042

Thank you! Yes I think so, already hooked it up to the dock and tweaked the long end. Happy so far ߘ


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Feb 05, 2018 12:43 |  #3043

Your last cow photo @600mm looked good on my screen. Let me know if dock tweaking helped...



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Feb 05, 2018 18:44 |  #3044

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Feb 06, 2018 08:32 |  #3045

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Your last cow photo @600mm looked good on my screen. Let me know if dock tweaking helped...

The light wasn't on my side but at around 600 mm it was front focusing slightly - I've reset the lens this morning because I want to do a proper test and adjust all focal distances if needed! Had some good light today and managed to capture an image of a Hawfinch feeding off our bird feeder, super sharp.. Will post it later.


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