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Nat_WA

EOS 7D mk.II
Aug 15, 2017
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Very nice shot Cog! Is it a Curlew or a Whimbrel, with my limited skills identification is failing...
Btw. long time since you were here before but you're back with a whole set of excellent pic's (both Bird portraits & BiF...)!
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Cog

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Very nice shot Cog! Is it a Curlew or a Whimbrel, with my limited skills identification is failing...
Btw. long time since you were here before but you're back with a whole set of excellent pic's (both Bird portraits & BiF...)!
W.
Thank you, Nat_WA! It's a curlew (to the best of my knowledge). And yes, it's been a long hiatus for various personal reasons. But I plan to do some bird photography in the spring.
 

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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Beautiful series, GMCPhotographics. I really like the second one.
+1 Some nice angles.

And since I'm contemplating buying an R and in some situations using it with the 70-200 II, I've wondered how it would be with X1.4 and X2. Because I previously owned the 300 2.8 II, I have never tried those combinations out but if I am using the 1DX2 with my 400 and one converter my daughter could be using my 70-200 with the other converter on the R (we'll be on holiday together).

So if you have any thoughts about your use scenario I'd be pleased to hear them.

Jack
 
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+1 Some nice angles.

And since I'm contemplating buying an R and in some situations using it with the 70-200 II, I've wondered how it would be with X1.4 and X2. Because I previously owned the 300 2.8 II, I have never tried those combinations out but if I am using the 1DX2 with my 400 and one converter my daughter could be using my 70-200 with the other converter on the R (we'll be on holiday together).

So if you have any thoughts about your use scenario I'd be pleased to hear them.

Jack
I can't comment on the Eos R with a 70-200 2.8 LIS II as I've not tried that combo. But I can comment on the lens. It's simply an amazing optic. It takes a 1.4x tc very well. So well that it's nearly as sharp wide open and the native lens. It takes a 2x but not quite as sharp (no surprise) and the AF is a little slower. It becomes quite a large lens to handle with a 2x and the balance is off too. If you drop a 1/3 stop to f6.3 it seems to sharpen up really well and takes up any IQ slack. As a combo (2x) it's not quite as good as a native 100-400 II but it's not far behind optically and mechanically.
 
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Jack Douglas

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I can't comment on the Eos R with a 70-200 2.8 LIS II as I've not tried that combo. But I can comment on the lens. It's simply an amazing optic. It takes a 1.4x tc very well. So well that it's nearly as sharp wide open and the native lens. It takes a 2x but not quite as sharp (no surprise) and the AF is a little slower. It becomes quite a large lens to handle with a 2x and the balance is off too. If you drop a 1/3 stop to f6.3 it seems to sharpen up really well and takes up any IQ slack. As a combo (2x) it's not quite as good as a native 100-400 II but it's not far behind optically and mechanically.
Thanks for this. Comments I remember about 70-200 X2 were quite negative but stopped down it sounds decent. My use of it was typically when I needed closer focus than the 300 2.8 II would give in a blind. Now, I'm even worse off with the 400 DO II not having close focus. The 300 was much better for butterflies etc., but I couldn't justify owning both so sold it.

Jack
 
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Thank you, Nat_WA! It's a curlew (to the best of my knowledge). And yes, it's been a long hiatus for various personal reasons. But I plan to do some bird photography in the spring.
Nice shot Cog! I also think it's the Eurasian Curlew: lacking the clearer supercillum and eye-strip of the Whimbrel. The Far Eastern Curlew has more buffy underparts and no white rump, otherwise very similar.
 
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ERHP

EOS RP
May 9, 2013
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Between the rain storms and marathons/bike races/etc, the local island near me that is usually good for some raptors hasn't been as accessible this month, at least not during most of the mornings. Still, the sun is still low enough in the southern sky not to be excessively harsh and enabling me to get some flight shots(primarily takeoff/landing) of the American Kestrels that seem to call it home. Here is one that I misjudged the takeoff direction and ended up loping off a wing, but I really like the straight on, in your face approach so I cropped accordingly.

1DX MK II 600 f/4L II w/ 1.4X 1/2500 : f/7.1 : ISO 1000