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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4980 on: March 26, 2014, 07:53:09 PM »
Focal length = 450mm, f/6.3, iso 1250, 1/1250 s
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4981 on: March 26, 2014, 07:55:58 PM »
The last was a Zebra dove, and this may be a Java sparrow.

Focal length = 600mm, f/6.3, iso 1250, 1/160 s
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4982 on: March 26, 2014, 07:58:44 PM »
This is a Java sparrow
Focal length = 428mm, f/6.3, iso 1250, 1/250 s
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4983 on: March 26, 2014, 08:01:46 PM »
Focal length = 300mm, f/5.6, iso 125, 1/250 s

This is at the sweet spot of the lens
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4984 on: March 26, 2014, 08:08:17 PM »
Finally

Focal length = 191mm, f/5, iso 1250, 1/160 s

I am very happy with the lens. The conditions were relatively dark and I had to use iso 1250 for most and relatively low shutter speeds. My 300mm f/2.8 II would have been better, but the Tammy was good enough, and pretty stunning on occasions, and I put it through most of its focal length range.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4985 on: March 27, 2014, 01:14:09 AM »
More snow - ugh.  So depressing I started looking at last August's hummers and thought I'd post a different pose.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4986 on: March 27, 2014, 02:54:51 AM »
Nice work Alan and Jack!

Alan, the zebra dove is the most impressive from the standpoint of resolution combined with long focal length.  The 600mm shot below that post, is the weakest example of resolution...it's quite soft.  The lens can possibly do better I suppose, but how much better at 600mm? 

It seems to me the lens is the most impressive below 450mm, which is not unusual.

I forgot to notice, were all of these hand-held, or was it a tripod, monopod, or other support?

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4987 on: March 27, 2014, 03:14:10 AM »
All hand held. The 600mm shots were at 1/40 - 1/250 s, which is on the slow side. An f/2.8 would have given extra edge.
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« Reply #4988 on: March 27, 2014, 03:23:51 AM »
All hand held. The 600mm shots were at 1/40 - 1/250 s, which is on the slow side. An f/2.8 would have given extra edge.

Hmm, I think the slow shutter speed might be a big factor in that shot at 600mm, even with IS.  If you want razor sharpness at the pixel level hand-held at 600mm, you ideally need over 1/1250, held very steady (say on a monopod) with IS switched off...in my opinion (at least on a stationary subject...on moving subjects it's always best to have IS on and in panning mode for every shot regardless of shutter speed).  No I've not used this lens, but it's been true of all telephoto lenses I've owned or used.  At 300mm, or especially shorter than that, you can easily achieve maximum sharpness at shutter speeds 1/250 and even slower hand held, with the IS on.  But not at longer than 400, or especially 600mm.  All IS systems, even the best ones, produce a bit of vibration that adds anywhere from a very subtle blur, to a noticeable one...when viewing at 100%.  If viewing at 50%, then the effect can't be seen at all.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4989 on: March 27, 2014, 05:11:00 AM »
Agreed that higher speeds are desirable. However, here is one example from two days ago at 600mm, 1/25 s, iso 640, hand held - again reduced to 1200px for uploading and a 100% crop.
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« Reply #4990 on: March 27, 2014, 05:55:11 AM »
Agreed that higher speeds are desirable. However, here is one example from two days ago at 600mm, 1/25 s, iso 640, hand held - again reduced to 1200px for uploading and a 100% crop.

Beautiful colored bird.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4991 on: March 27, 2014, 05:56:01 AM »
Hi Menace.
Wow, lovely shot, a face only a mother could love!  ;D

Cheers Graham.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4992 on: March 27, 2014, 07:04:18 AM »
Hi Menace.
Wow, lovely shot, a face only a mother could love!  ;D

Cheers Graham.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4993 on: March 27, 2014, 08:51:31 AM »
Focal length = 300mm, f/5.6, iso 125, 1/250 s

This is at the sweet spot of the lens

Lots of nice pictures Alan!  I especially like this one.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4994 on: March 27, 2014, 01:58:26 PM »
Agreed that higher speeds are desirable. However, here is one example from two days ago at 600mm, 1/25 s, iso 640, hand held - again reduced to 1200px for uploading and a 100% crop.
Superb colorful bird
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