Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Arijit Banerjee
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Re: Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens
In reply to Barry Pearson, May 24, 2013

Hi Barry,

Congrats! That is a fine lens you have and with time it will make a birder of you.

Some fine advise already. Yes, as Ron says, 'pray'- prayers can do anything and I too feel the pod gets in the way. Here is my two pence. Leave the lens alone and start observing birds taking off, landing and in flight. Getting an idea of their behaviour will help - A LOT! The larger ones- Swans, Geese, Large raptors, Herons will be easier. The smaller ones will be a pain- all the time. For a few days watch them and then start tracking them in the viewfinder.. Remeber you will need some contrast for the AF sensor to act. If the 500mm has a manual overide- prefocussing to infinity (if the birds are distant) might reduce hunting.. Yes AF C, all the metering points.

The fun is in the learning and all the best.

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