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    Yep...but it does help when the old gear includes a 500 f/4 II. That thing is a beauty.

    Just some more evidence....

    6S0A9543-SAI by kayaker72, on Flickr

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    Recent birds

    Today I got up courage to try some BIF shots. This is HARD!! (but I suppose everyone already knows that).
    Also got a few amusing shots of birds being birds. Whenever I try any bird shots, I get deeper appreciation for the quality of the work posted by the stalwarts in this forum.


    2G2A1723 by dfwatsoneuro, on Flickr

    Get off my branch! by dfwatsoneuro, on Flickr

    All right, will choose this branch! by dfwatsoneuro, on Flickr

    Spaghetti dinner by dfwatsoneuro, on Flickr

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    "Whenever I try any bird shots, I get deeper appreciation for the quality of the work posted by the stalwarts in this forum."

    I'm right there with you by the way... I have found it incredibly challenging. Based on the recent M6 posts, I'm thinking about moving my 400mm to my M100 for more reach.

    Great pose on the first Jays shot. Here's my latest attempt.

    Clark's Nutcrackers

    Snack Time by Patrick H, on Flickr
    Last edited by PatrickH; 07-19-2020 at 04:35 PM.

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    Love the nutcrackers!

    I catch focus on more birds compared to when I started, but I still miss many shots. Last night some barn swallows were easy to find near the house, but they did not care to come very close to any place I stood.

    2G2A1824 by dfwatsoneuro, on Flickr

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    Carolina Wren

    Near darkness but was anxious to try out new gear!

    I suspect image quality will be much better with good light.




    Canon R5
    RF 800mm f/11
    1/200 sec
    iso 12,800

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    Sample of images from R5 + 800mm f/11 RF lens @ ISO 6400












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    Sample images from R5 + EF adapter + 600mm f/4 @ ISO 1600








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    Sample images from R5 + 800mm f/11 in 1:6 crop mode @ iso 1600






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    Great shots!

    You are obviously giving up some bokeh/DOF with the f/11 lens, but it is still pretty pleasing bokeh (to my eye) and the partially blown out effect is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayaker72 View Post
    Great shots!

    You are obviously giving up some bokeh/DOF with the f/11 lens, but it is still pretty pleasing bokeh (to my eye) and the partially blown out effect is nice.
    Thanks!

    I agree the bokeh at f/11 is not as smooth but isn't bad if the background is distant enough.

    The sky was heavily overcast where I took the duck images and I was using spot metering.....so to get proper exposure on the bird the background was overexposed. It was only partially recoverable in processing.

    The 800mm f/11 is small and light, easy to handle but the image quality isn't close to the 600mm f/4. Of course it's only about 7% the cost. It's fun to use and would be very easy to travel with too but I suspect most professionals would not like it.

    I haven't decided if I am going to keep it.....I've been spoiled with the 500 and 600 f/4 lenses

    I would love to try the new 100-500mm zoom. 1.6 crop mode with this lens would give field of view equal to an 800mm lens.

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