Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
brandrx Forum Pro • Posts: 28,337
Re: Second field trip with 500mm lens, & lessons


I suggest you try turning off SR (if you havn't already), set aperture to f5.6, and increase your speed slightly. Also, for the time being try shooting in AF-S. I would also not shoot in continuous shooting for the time being. That way the camera will not even fire unless you are in focus. Track the bird and try for a single bird in the frame and in focus. After a period of time of practicing tracking birds in the viewfinder then switch back to AF-C and Continuous High and try for a series of shots.

Good luck and have fun.


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