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Feb 20, 2020 06:57 |  #2356

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Love the snakes!

I've heard of extension tubes for macro, but I don't understand how they would help in this situation. Could you explain?

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Since any amount of extension reduces the minimum focusing distance, had I used one in this case I could have stood right up to the glass. Without it, even at the minimum focusing distance of the 100-400LII I had to stand back a bit too far from the glass which allowed people to crowd in on both sides causing reflections that I had to shoot through.

And because of the closer working distance, extension tubes also provide more magnification. My 300mm has a tube on it 50%~70% of the time. It's a great combo in the field. I also use it sometimes with my 500mm when I switch from shooting birds to shooting insects. I usually have a tube in my pocket - beats carrying my 100mm macro (unless a trip is specifically going to be for macros).


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Feb 20, 2020 08:26 |  #2357

What mm tube fo you use? Or does it not matter?


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Feb 20, 2020 09:39 |  #2358

Gotta love the flexibility of this lens, going from long distance birds to cacti.. Lets hope this new 100-500 RF has the same MFD, and I wonder where it crosses over to slower than F5.6?


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Feb 20, 2020 12:43 |  #2359

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Those are great.


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Feb 20, 2020 20:29 |  #2360

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What mm tube fo you use? Or does it not matter?

I have a cheap set of 3 tubes that come in 12mm, 20mm, and 36mm sizes. This set has lasted me over 15 years resulting in tens of thousands of images.

With the 300mm lens, I usually use the 20mm tube. If I want to get really tight on a butterfly, I'll add the 36mm for a total extension of 56mm.

With the 500mm lens, I start with the 36mm tube and add the 20mm if I need it. This is a great option when a hummingbird or butterfly lands too close and I don't want to walk backwards and risk startling it.


But keep in mind that the minimum focusing distance with the 300mm and 500mm lenses are 5' and 15', respectively. So I wouldn't need so much extension with the 100-400mm since it already focuses so much closer (3') with a higher magnification.


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Feb 24, 2020 15:04 |  #2364

Just got my copy of this lens. Even without any adjustment to the MFA, I'm blown away! This thing hits damn near perfect! Granted I've only shot easy subjects currently. Just to get a feel for this lens. I cannot wait to get out and shoot some motorsports with this lens! Over a month to go yet. UGH, gonna be a long, long month...
The zoo also opens in a month. There again, long wait!

Glad I pulled the trigger on this. 1.4 TC on the way, I'll MFA both at the same time.

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Feb 27, 2020 00:34 |  #2365

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Mar 01, 2020 02:30 |  #2366

Went to the zoo yesterday and was able to scratch off two birds of my bucket list ( they where flying in the wild of course :-P )


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Mar 01, 2020 06:13 |  #2367

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Both very cute little birds and very well photographed, but I have no idea what either of them are.


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Mar 01, 2020 08:37 as a reply to  @ Pippan's post |  #2368

Thank you, the first one is a common firecrest and the second a long tailed tit.


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