Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens

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

phil_t wrote:

I purchased a shoe-mounted red dot sight from  Once sighted in, it works well in getting my Q1 + DA 60-260mm aligned (1200+mm equivalent at the long end).

Wildlife Photography with Tactical Four Reticle Sight Product Code: GGMIS001900


I didn't even know about such things, but it appears to be something I was groping towards. The Wikipedia page, although not about photography, keeps saying the right things, such as rapid acquisition and no worry about eye relief. I suspect it would place less stress on my eyes.

An obvious downside is lack of framing. But where the subject size in the frame is predictable, or not under control because of use of a prime lens, that is irrelevant. For example, I could zoom according to previous airplane fly-bys then center using such a sight. And for birds in flight, just getting them in frame at all would be a major leap forward!

To be investigated further!

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