Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
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NancyP Veteran Member • Posts: 5,329
It takes time to get the hang of it

Is this lens easy for you to hold? If not, start pumping iron in excess of the lens plus camera weight. Go to someplace with lots of seagulls, or starlings if you are short of seagulls, and practice your acquisition and panning. I use the left eye to get within a few degrees of the bird and then track through viewfinder. It took me tons of crappy shots to get to the point where I got keepers more often than not.

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