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

DonSC wrote:

The fox and the woodpecker are nice catches.

For BIFs, you'll probably want to use a center point group and C-AF rather than S-AF. Don't use C-AF + Tracking because focus will jump to the trees (strong vertical). There is an option that keeps focus on the subject lock rather than jumping. You might want to look at that.

You want to get closer. Birds -- even the bigger ones -- are just really small.

Best to have them front lit if that's possible.

Have fun. You'll get the hang of it.

Thank you.  I have yet to try C-AF (without tracking).  I often use EXPOSURE LOCK but have never used FOCUS LOCK.  I will try that option.  Gonna have to read the manual!

Had one try for these Canadas who flew over the truck in the bush near dusk this evening. S-AF but clear of trees.  Center Square one size larger than minimum.

S-AF worked ok.  Underexposed a stop (brightened in Lighroom) to bring the speed up.  A long shot again.  But good practice.

Thanks for your encouragement.  Yes, it is lots of fun!


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