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

Started Apr 29, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP GeorgianBay1939 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,044
Re: More 100-300, including a few using ext. tubes ...

sb123 wrote:

You live in an area rich with wildlife possibilities. I like the Pileated since I see them oh so rarely here.

Yes, the Pileated are not common here either.  I had a place on the Bay when I retired here 18 years ago and had a family of Pileated rearing their young every year, withing 20m, of my cottage.  I've moved to a farm since and now have to drive about two miles to another nest.

The GX7 will be much, much better for BIF than the GH2. Set it on AFC, and use short taps and short bursts. With the newest Panny cameras, like GX7 and GM1, AFC gives considerably more accurate focus than bursts of AFS. You can use ISO 800 or 1600 freely with the GX7 for BIF. You want a high shutter speed such as 1/2000. If there is enough light go to f7.1 or f8, but high shutter speed is more important than stopping down. For BIF use the wide pattern AF. For stationary birds the small central focus box will be best. Again the GX7 will be better with its pinpoint focus option.

I will try that with my GX7.   It sounds like you are shooting from the LCD instead of the EVF. I looked at your wonderful work with the FZ-70, GM1 and the GX7.   I'll try to get at least a few like those!  Very motivational work at

It looks like I'll  have to reverse the use of the two cameras.  Up til now I've put the long lens on the GH2 and the 14-140 on the GX7 for general shooting from the truck when I am on my travels.   I am going to try the long lens on the GX7 for a day or so and see how it works.  OR  I might generate a good reason to get a GH4  ....  for balance of the long lens of course!!!

As for the color, why are you using RAW if that's what you get? AWB and JPEG will be much better.

I think that  that pink output was sloppy work in LR5.3.  I will monitor my outputs a bit better.

I shot a few more in the rain earlier today and will post something a further in this thread.

Thanks a lot for your help.


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