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Aug 21, 2019 16:05 |  #19426

Outstanding Rob. Thanks for the wing motion. I prefer it to frozen wings for hummers.


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Aug 21, 2019 16:31 |  #19427

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I have been experiencing some soft focus BIF shots lately, started a couple of weeks ago and seems to be more frequently occurring. I have changed some case settings and MFA, with no luck. Out of desperation, I removed my 1.4 iii extender and shot some tests this morning. I have almost never used my 400 DO ii without an extender. What a revelation! My tracking skills have declined noticeably with age and keeping the bird in the viewfinder is far easier at 400 than at 560. Focus acquisition is also noticeably quicker. Most importantly, the intermittent soft images have vanished. These two examples are about 50% crops. I am wondering if any of you have had a similar experience with extenders. I did plan to send it in to Canon Repair, but now I am thinking of just continuing with the 400 DO ii, by itself. Any advice or shared knowledge will be appreciated. Thanks.

Mike...you are describing exactly what I'm going through!! I too use a 1.4TC on my 400 DO ii exclusively. Lately, many of my BIF images are suffering. I'm getting too many images which are a bit on the soft side, and just plain missing too many shots. It's bothered me so much, that I started shooting with just the 400 DO on my 1DXii. So now I'm able to find the birds quicker, and this allows me more time to get sharp focus on them. It's definitely helping my shooting. I know the softness problem is strictly my fault, because when I shoot static shots (using a rest or a tripod) with the 400 plus the TC, my images are fine. The problem is mostly with BIF, or hand held (no support) shots.
I have never really liked using TC's. I just don't get as good a results as so many others seem to get. I'm OK with the 1.4, but the 2.0 TC doesn't seem to like me very much. People like Shalu use 2.0 TC's...stack them and get incredible results. It leaves me baffled. Now I'm just rambling. All I have to say is, old age does not improve my photo shooting at all.:-x

By the way...these two shots of the Mississippi Kites look great to me.


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Aug 21, 2019 16:41 |  #19428

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Nice shot!

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Magnificent flight shot, Shalu!! The bird's position (pose) in flight is so cool.

Thank you very much, SYS and Mike!

Caspian tern shaking off water. 600mm f/4 + 2X = 1200mm


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Aug 21, 2019 17:13 |  #19429

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Thank you very much, SYS and Mike!

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Shalu...I don't know the words to accurately describe this shot...it is just so nicely done. How in the world can you get an image so sharp with so much detail using 1200mm equivalent magnification? How are you able to even find this image in your viewfinder?


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Aug 21, 2019 17:23 |  #19430

How do we get admin to add the 200-600 to the gear list?


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Aug 21, 2019 17:24 |  #19431

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Shalu...I don't know the words to accurately describe this shot...it is just so nicely done. How in the world can you get an image so sharp with so much detail using 1200mm equivalent magnification? How are you able to even find this image in your viewfinder?

Thank you very much, Mike! It is a different system. Sony 400/600 lenses and A9 combination handles 2X like nothing at all. You don't lose much AF speed or IQ, it is quite different from Canikon :lol: As for 1200mm BIF shots, you probably know my answer already. I DON'T use the view finder, I use a gadget called Dot Sight and shoot "blindly", so focal length has no effect on me as long as the bird can fit in the frame  :p


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Aug 21, 2019 17:39 |  #19432

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Really nice, Bill. I like the solid green background...it really makes the bird stand out nicely.

Shalu has the 600mm f/4 and his is not on the gear list either. I don't remember who it was, but someone here on the bird forums mentioned that it takes awhile to get these new lenses added. They said, "be patient, it will happen."


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Aug 21, 2019 17:42 as a reply to  @ shalu's post |  #19433

Ok, I hear ya, Shalu, but I'm still amazed!:eek:


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Aug 21, 2019 20:42 |  #19434

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Wow... That's one heckuva capture, Shalu!
Just, wow!


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Aug 21, 2019 20:48 |  #19435

mikeivan wrote in post #18913999 (external link)
MISSISSIPPI KITES

I have been experiencing some soft focus BIF shots lately, started a couple of weeks ago and seems to be more frequently occurring. I have changed some case settings and MFA, with no luck. Out of desperation, I removed my 1.4 iii extender and shot some tests this morning. I have almost never used my 400 DO ii without an extender. What a revelation! My tracking skills have declined noticeably with age and keeping the bird in the viewfinder is far easier at 400 than at 560. Focus acquisition is also noticeably quicker. Most importantly, the intermittent soft images have vanished. These two examples are about 50% crops. I am wondering if any of you have had a similar experience with extenders. I did plan to send it in to Canon Repair, but now I am thinking of just continuing with the 400 DO ii, by itself. Any advice or shared knowledge will be appreciated. Thanks.

Mike, there's another thing to keep in mind on this. I know that's it's finally started getting hella HOT up here in the Dallas area, and can only imagine the same is true down your way. As temps rise, so do heat waves and they can wreak havoc on focus and IQ. When you add a TC to the mix, you can actually magnify the heat waves and experience even more challenges.

While it's impossible to rule out a hardware problem, what you're describing could easily be explained in a way that is not hardware related.

I have experienced this in both my Canon & Nikon lives.


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Aug 21, 2019 20:50 |  #19436

shalu wrote in post #18914058 (external link)
Thank you very much, SYS and Mike!

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Dude.. Your shots are making me crazy!

Another OUTSTANDING capture.


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Aug 21, 2019 20:52 |  #19437

"Kite Launch"


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Aug 21, 2019 21:23 |  #19438

shalu wrote in post #18914058 (external link)
Thank you very much, SYS and Mike!

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Amazing!


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Aug 21, 2019 21:23 |  #19439

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Wow Bill! 10 star!


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Aug 21, 2019 21:24 |  #19440

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