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Wild grizzly bear, Glacier National Park

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Jackson_Bill:
Definitely a great shot. Nice light and the claws show very well

Jackson_Bill:
7D, 500mm f/4 L

westr70:
Nice shot.  Terribly jealous.............. of the lens.   I've put off buying one of these (used) because of the cost and depth of field issues that I've heard about.  Any opinions you'd care to share?

Jackson_Bill:

--- Quote from: westr70 on November 09, 2012, 06:51:10 PM ---Nice shot.  Terribly jealous.............. of the lens.   I've put off buying one of these (used) because of the cost and depth of field issues that I've heard about.  Any opinions you'd care to share?

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I'm not sure if you're asking me or Mike but here are my thoughts:
Overall, I'm happy with my 500mm (IS, older version) and I'm glad I bought it.  Time and time again I've been impressed with the sharpness of that lens. Yes, if you're relatively close the DOF is very shallow but that's the nature of the beast, I think. The negatives are the AF is slow and it has a tendency to hunt. And, it is heavy.

MichaelHodges:

--- Quote from: Greatland on November 09, 2012, 05:22:07 PM ---Hey, tell us a little about the equipment used to take the picture....please?

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Hey everyone, thanks for the kind words.

The photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a 300 F4 L IS + Canon 1.4x II TC. Here are some stats:

spot metering
iso 400
420mm
1/800
F10
AI Servo + AF expansion center cluster
+5 micro focus adjust

I agree that the key is to get the claws nice and sharp in the image. I was pleased with the image out of camera (bears are elusive, so this is a rare thing). Very little processing was applied.



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