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May 25, 2021 16:53 |  #856

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One more in the "not a bird" category that I came across today on my lunch and just had to share. This male carpenter bee hung around long enough for me to practice some up-close BIF (bee in flight  :p) shots with the more nimble 400L f/5.6 and a 36mm tube, before I swapped over to the decidedly more deliberate 500L on the same 7DII + tube setup.

Final shot here was at probably 7-10ft. 1/8000 on the shutter isn't enough to totally freeze his wings in flight! I do still enjoy the slight blur at the tips, with the wonderful blue-ish reflections, though.

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Jun 09, 2021 06:41 |  #857

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I love this shot!

Thanks! It was a fun challenge/departure from the feathered things I'm normally shooting with the 500L. I'll say, though, it sure felt absurd tracking this tiny thing just a few feet away with the big glass, rather than a macro setup :-).



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Jun 09, 2021 06:53 |  #858

Here's a couple more taken recently through the 500.

First, here's another type of warbler we got a good look at when at the Detroit River IWR (actually the same day as the Parula I previously posted). This time, it's a male Cape May Warbler. I would have prefered a slight rotation of his body toward me, to better show the green markings on his back, but I'm still happy with the result considering how high he was in the treetops.

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Second, a relatively scarce migrant to the Great Lakes region, a male Dickcissel. This shot was taken from the driver's seat of our F150, while cruising dirt roads in farmland near my house. This guy sang incessantly from the bushes and trees to claim his territory.

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Jul 08, 2021 14:15 |  #859

I would like to see more results @500mm-420mm with F/6.3 or F/7 if possible, i want birds results.


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Aug 24, 2021 00:49 |  #860

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Elegant terns courtship on the LA River in Long Beach.


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Dec 04, 2021 11:23 |  #861

Looks like this thread needs revitalising! Received my used 500mm MKII yesterday, first tests shooting garden birds seem good even with the inferior 1.4x MKII.

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Dec 07, 2021 15:02 |  #862

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May 16, 2022 01:28 |  #863

16000 ISO on the 7D2! Yikes.


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May 18, 2022 06:29 |  #864

Recently got back from a spring vacation that focused on some bird migration shooting here in Michigan. Not through everything yet, but here's a few of my favorites shot with the 500 this spring.

First a Sora, which I was lucky enough to have perch on top of the cattails, rather than within them. Stuck around long enough for me to take off the 1.4x TC, creep up, and snap this shot:

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Then, a Red-headed Woodpecker who was in some lovely morning light, really bringing out the colors of his head:

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And finally, a cute Piping Plover on the beach in the Sleeping Bear Dunes:

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Not long after taking this last shot, I got down in the sand to take some low-angle closeups, and the crazy things came so close I couldn't focus on them any more. :p I don't think the realize they are endangered!


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Jan 27, 2023 23:44 |  #865

Just received my R7 through the Amazon 10% off sale. I figured I probably wouldn't do much better in the refurb store, so why wait? Spent some time setting up the camera after watching a bunch of YouTube videos, especially the ones by a photographer whose channel is called Wild Alaska.

Anyhow, here are some backyard birding photos after the first couple of hours with the camera. The 500/4 II sings with it!

This guy has been visiting my backyard sporadically and feeding from the suet and tube feeders. The acorn business must be slow at the moment!

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Here is another relatively rare visitor to my backyard, although they are much more common elsewhere. This Townsend's warbler has been hanging around my backyard for the last few weeks.

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A couple more:

Always love photographing these guys. There are a thousand variations of color, and lately, I have had both a slate-colored and Cassiar subspecies in my backyard.


House finches also come in a million shades, ranging from yellow to a deep red.


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Jan 28, 2023 00:55 |  #866

Scrumhalf wrote in post #19472935 (external link)
Just received my R7 through the Amazon 10% off sale. I figured I probably wouldn't do much better in the refurb store, so why wait? Spent some time setting up the camera after watching a bunch of YouTube videos, especially the ones by a photographer whose channel is called Wild Alaska.

Anyhow, here are some backyard birding photos after the first couple of hours with the camera. The 500/4 II sings with it!

This guy has been visiting my backyard sporadically and feeding from the suet and tube feeders. The acorn business must be slow at the moment!


Here is another relatively rare visitor to my backyard, although they are much more common elsewhere. This Townsend's warbler has been hanging around my backyard for the last few weeks.


A couple more:

Always love photographing these guys. There are a thousand variations of color, and lately, I have had both a slate-colored and Cassiar subspecies in my backyard.


House finches also come in a million shades, ranging from yellow to a deep red.

Hmmm.... might have to reconsider the R7 to go with my 500/4II now seeing these....


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Jan 28, 2023 01:09 |  #867

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Hmmm.... might have to reconsider the R7 to go with my 500/4II now seeing these....

It sure makes the 500 mm sing. I am impressed with the eye AF - quite an improvement coming from the 7D II.


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Jan 28, 2023 09:40 |  #868

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Looks like this thread needs revitalising! Received my used 500mm MKII yesterday, first tests shooting garden birds seem good even with the inferior 1.4x MKII.

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Great shots. Are you shooting from a blind?


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Jan 28, 2023 19:12 |  #869

More backyard fun from day 1 with the camera!


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Jan 29, 2023 02:49 |  #870

Great to see the 500 goes well with the R7.

I’ve just got myself one yesterday to see if I prefer using it for wildlife with my 500 ii (and occasionally a colleague’s 400 DO ii) instead of my R5.

Slight off topic. But is there any certain AF settings you’re using? As I see a few are different to my R5…


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