Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens
In reply to Barry Pearson, May 29, 2013

With more magnification the panning speed can be slower due to distance, but then image scale is no longer your friend. Plus the reduced FOV makes it hard to keep the subject anywhere in the view screen, much less in the center. You get more keepers with a shorter FL and cropping. Take it from somone who shot motorsports for 40 years that even perfect panning won't help if you have the wrong lens scale. I have found over the years that my panning is more precise and smooth when it requires more speed. In essence being closer with less magnification.

Kent Gittings

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