Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
miles green
miles green Veteran Member • Posts: 6,449
Re: Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens

KentG wrote:

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

That's an interesting observation! The way you put it, it makes sense.

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