Big and little critters, and other stuff with the 100-300 mm

Started Apr 29, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP GeorgianBay1939 Senior Member • Posts: 3,926
Re: Big and little critters, and other stuff with the 100-300 mm

Michael J Davis wrote:

GeorgianBay1939 wrote:

I spent a nice couple of days riding around in the truck with the 100-300 mounted on the GH2. All hand-held, some propping. Here are results and observations.

I need some practice (and information) on how to capture these birds in flight. I am using SAF, getting a focus zone and try to lock it. But I lose lock whenever birds are in front of high contrast trees.

I usually select small square for focus, but should probably learn to use Pattern Focus with BIF?? I dunno.

I have a few others that might be of interest to long lens shooters (including some very small stuff that I used the extension tubes on). I'll add other images to this thread as (or if) it develops.

Good challenges with these guys! Advice?

Hi Tom! Nice shots.

I just wonder why you didn't use 1/500 at f5.6 for the more extreme shots. I think you are losing more in slight shake than in lens crispness. Why are the sandhill crane shots slightly pink?

I'm still trying to justify the purchase of a 300mm, but am getting nice shots with the 200mm + heavy cropping...


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Mike Davis
Photographing the public for over 50 years

Thanks Mike.  I think that you're referring to the shots at 1/320th.  I was experimenting with trying to get a group of birds in focus.   I think that you are right, though, and am losing lots in camera shake.

I don't know why those shots are pink.  I think that I am having some WB issues.  And I wasn't using my spectacles when processing.  Working too late at night, maybe.

FWIW, I really like the 100-300 lens.  Very versatile for narrow AOV imaging, especially when using those tubes.

I am hoping to see those birds again today, but it will be quite dim with some rain forecast.


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