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*comparison time*

Dust is to sperm as wristband is to condoms.

Here's where it can be useful.
Holy....

I got it "clearly".

Thanks
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My wife has been into birding for several years now, and she asked me to try and photograph some of the migrating species as they come through our area. No problem said I. Guess what, big problem. These little suckers are fast, and very timid. I have an 80-400 VR Nikkor which is mechanical or "D" type autofocus and is much too slow to be helpful. Further, there's usually some sort of brush or twig between me and the bird which usually completely fools auto focus anyway, so it's manual focus that's worked the best.

Below is a cedar waxwing taken at 400mm with a D300 (1.5x) and a Kenko pro DG 1.4x teleconverter (which allows me to keep AF and VR) so the effective focal length is ~840mm. I also use a Manfroto monopod which alot of wildlife photographers say is a no no with VR and all. but I'd be lost without one. having to steady 800mm while standing is really a pain. I usually shoot a burst of 5-8 shots and a few will be in focus.



The blur you see covering the left side of the bird is underbrush which is out of focus. As soon as I moved to the right to get a clear shot, the bird was gone.

The warblers are just starting to come through, and theyre even smaller.

I'm thinking of renting a 600mm VR and a 2x TC from a local Calumet photo for the month of May. We'll see.
    
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Just got a 17-35mm f/2.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR... Gonna try to sell them after a week.
Why would you just get them, and then sell them after 1 week?
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Fans, i love them







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Why would you just get them, and then sell them after 1 week?
To try and make money?
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To try and make money?
You're going to sell a used lens for more than the cost of a new one?
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What do you guys think of these? This was my first time actually trying to take pictures of birds and its not as easy as I thought












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Those look pretty good! I tried shooting pics of some birds (ducks, red-winged blackbirds, buzzards) the other day when I went hiking, but it was tricky. Camera was having a hard time focusing, and I had to spray and pray for the buzzards as they were flying.
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What do you guys think of these? This was my first time actually trying to take pictures of birds and its not as easy as I thought
I've had the best results with spot metering and spot focusing (if you have a clear shot with no twigs in your way to confuse your af), otherwise spot metering and manual focus and I usually overexpose the critter 1-2 stops. This blows out the background, but unless you have the sun directly on your target it's what you have to put up with.

A monopod and image stabilization also help. They're fast little critters, and a real challenge to photograph, (usually from a distance).
    
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http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/cano...k-ii/for-canon

*watch the video*

Never expected that kind of recording quality.
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