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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2175 on: August 06, 2013, 02:33:00 PM »
From a falconry display.

5D3 300mm f2.8 IS mk1 plus 1.4x Kenko TC.


The second one is awesome.

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The owl was only about 9 inches in height (coulda just stuck it in my pocket!) and was used for a quick display for small kids - flying from its perch onto the kids' outstretched arms. I took tons of shots but only got a couple that were sharp. I think the Kenko TC slowed down the focus speed/reaction time of the 5D3 and 300mm.

I was using the combo to help decide if I should get a 500mm mk2. Overall the 300mm on its own is terrific but with the TC I wasn't completely thrilled with the results from the afternoon; some good, many bad. I hired the 500mm for an airshow a couple of weeks back and was amazed at the quality. Clearly you wouldn't use the 500mm for falconry due to the proximity of the action but I wanted to see how snappy the 300+1.4x combo would be. Might be acceptable to some, not me. Sigh, that'll be more money on this hobby.... :D

The Kenko TC, while a good price, is definitely a drag on AF performance. I own the GDX 300, and enjoyed it before, but since purchasing the 600/4 II, it just doesn't perform as well as the EF 1.4x TC III. I use the latter exclusively now...just not worth the performance hassles and AF perf loss of the Kenko.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2175 on: August 06, 2013, 02:33:00 PM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2176 on: August 06, 2013, 02:55:57 PM »
Jrista,

Tried the Kenko 1.4x(DG Pro 300 "red dot") very briefly on the 500mm when I had it - whilst I didn't try any tracking shots, the static images were super sharp. At 700mm I couldn't find fault in the test shots I took. I know the Canon mk3 TCs should be better but assuming I buy the 500mm, the Kenko would do for a while if I needed more reach than 500mm.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2177 on: August 06, 2013, 04:13:19 PM »
Jrista,

Tried the Kenko 1.4x(DG Pro 300 "red dot") very briefly on the 500mm when I had it - whilst I didn't try any tracking shots, the static images were super sharp. At 700mm I couldn't find fault in the test shots I took. I know the Canon mk3 TCs should be better but assuming I buy the 500mm, the Kenko would do for a while if I needed more reach than 500mm.

Regards,

Guy.

I guess it depends on how much you are cropping. Once I started using the 600 on my 7D, especially with the 1.4x TCs, birds got really huge in the frame. Sometimes I have to move back with some shorebirds, waders, and waterfowl. With the Kenko, you notice the IQ falloff as you approach the corners. Even midframe, there is some noticeable softening, and in the edges and corners, definite CA. I don't see nearly as much of that with the EF 1.4x TC III. In the deep corners you see some CA, but for the most part, it seems to have a flatter field, and IQ overall is much nicer. AF performance is good...not all that much faster (Canon really seems to slow it down on the 7D), but definitely more consistent...the drive just seems to work better.

If birds are still only filling the center of the frame, then the IQ difference between the Kenko and Canon 1.4x TCs isn't really noticeable outside of some extreme pixel peeping.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2178 on: August 06, 2013, 06:32:40 PM »
From a falconry display.

5D3 300mm f2.8 IS mk1 plus 1.4x Kenko TC.


The second one is awesome.

Totally agree...my favorite too. They are all wonderful shots. :)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2179 on: August 06, 2013, 07:43:57 PM »
Back again..
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2180 on: August 07, 2013, 10:18:43 AM »
Chipping Sparrow -
60D + 100-400mm  ISO 125, 1/1000 f6.3

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2181 on: August 08, 2013, 03:26:53 PM »
200mm 2.8 + 2x
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2181 on: August 08, 2013, 03:26:53 PM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2182 on: August 08, 2013, 09:21:26 PM »
Chipping Sparrow -
60D + 100-400mm  ISO 125, 1/1000 f6.3
Both images of the Chipping Sparrow are excellent Jeff!   :)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2183 on: August 08, 2013, 09:22:30 PM »
Back again..
Went on a walk by the bay hauling around some gear.. first serious attempt at BIF
Great first attempt!  And welcome to the forum!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2184 on: August 08, 2013, 09:24:38 PM »
Hello,

Here's a capercaillie taken in north Finland.
50D with Sigma 120-400mm




Link: http://pva.kuvat.fi/kuvat/Birds/_MG_6410.jpg

Great shot....leaves me  wondering what his call sounds like.

+1...gorgeous photo. And he looks delicious ;D
That really is a beautiful image!  I love all the moss he/she's standing in as well.  Great composition, never seen one of these before! :)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2185 on: August 08, 2013, 09:26:28 PM »
Do these count?   :P
I like it!  Bird of Paradise are beautiful.  I would have liked to have seen some droplets on the rest of the plant behind the Bird, in the second image though...  Very nice!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2186 on: August 08, 2013, 09:31:24 PM »
From a falconry display.

5D3 300mm f2.8 IS mk1 plus 1.4x Kenko TC.
I really like the second one too!
Ken

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2187 on: August 09, 2013, 02:12:32 PM »
Hello,

Here's a capercaillie taken in north Finland.
50D with Sigma 120-400mm




Link: http://pva.kuvat.fi/kuvat/Birds/_MG_6410.jpg

Great shot....leaves me  wondering what his call sounds like.

+1...gorgeous photo. And he looks delicious ;D
That really is a beautiful image!  I love all the moss he/she's standing in as well.  Great composition, never seen one of these before! :)

Thanks for comments! 

Here couple more:
http://pva.kuvat.fi/kuvat/Birds/_MG_6407.jpg
http://pva.kuvat.fi/kuvat/Birds/_MG_3951.jpg
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2187 on: August 09, 2013, 02:12:32 PM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2188 on: August 09, 2013, 02:49:39 PM »
Beautiful Birds in my Yards
Enjoy
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2189 on: August 10, 2013, 02:00:35 AM »
Apparently someone put their pet Muscovy Duck out at one of the local parks in San Diego.  Really interesting looking duck and reminded me of a dog when it would come over and wag its tail feathers while speaking duckese to me(feed me?).  5D MK III w/ 100mm f/2.8L

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2189 on: August 10, 2013, 02:00:35 AM »