800mm f/5.6...lighter than 600mm f/4....nice!

Started Jan 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
jamesdak Veteran Member • Posts: 4,827
Re: This is about high ISO photography

Telefoto wrote:

jamesdak wrote:

?? Think you may be a bit mistaken on this. I shoot with the old manual focus version of this and use in almost exclusively for wildlife. Rarely do I need to shoot at ISO 1000 with it. I mainly shoot at ISO 200 and 400. The key is stability for the lens as shooting at f 5/6 or f 8 gathers the same amount of light with this lens as it will with any other. So you are just combating other factors dealing mainly with the size and of course target acquisition with a 800 lens.

Lowlight shooting of wildlife is a challenge regardless of the lens...

Well depends on what you shoot I suppose. If you want to shoot something that is static, sure, it'll work. My interest is certainly in shooting action rather than only static portraits. Good luck shooting anything that moves at f/7.1 without cranking up the ISO.

You mean like this, LOL?

ISO 400 and manually focused

iso 400

or maybe one of this little buggers that stay still for like half a second:

ISO 400

Now these were a bit static, sort of:

ISO 400

Or while trailing this guy up a mountain slope in Wyoming while carrying this 12 lb beast.

iso 400

Or these guys fighting:

iso 400

So I think I'll stand by my statement.   Heck this lens with autofocus would be the bees knees for me.  I'd be all spoiled.  But in all fairness while I can do ok with it on the Wimberly it is nowhere near as portable as my lighter lenses.  But it can do anything any other f/5.6 lens can within the limitations of available light.  You just need to be prepared to wield the beast.

Oh and you can even shoot bird in flights handheld although I don't recommend it.

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