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jmeyer

http://www.jmeyerphotography.net/
Dec 11, 2014
81
135
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Wisconsin
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I had a chance to get out last Sunday, before the extreme cold came through. It was still in the single digits, but better than -30 we had on Wednesday and Thursday. There was a beautiful male White-winged Scoter at the Port Washington power plant. He was extremely close and gave great views on that day. All taken with 7D mkii / EF500 F4 / 1.4xiii.

Jeremy

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jmeyer

http://www.jmeyerphotography.net/
Dec 11, 2014
81
135
39
Wisconsin
www.jmeyerphotography.net
Today, the birds were quite active, with temps in the mid 40's, almost 70 degrees warmer than three days ago! My suet and peanut feeders are in a pine tree, only about 25' from my door. I can usually stand right out there and they don't mind me. Today was one of those days. Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and White-breasted Nuthatch. Taken with 7d mkii / EF 500 F4 / 1.4xiii

Jeremy
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briangus

EOS M50
Apr 6, 2017
32
31
Singapore
+1 Super! Keep us posted on the R for bird photography and anything else. I'm especially curious about how it performs with big whites.

Jack
Thanks Jack, The R works flawlessly with my 200 F2.
With the 100-400 II there is a reticence sometimes for it to focus and it needs a bit of assistance getting there.
Once locked on it stays locked on
 
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AlanF

5DSR
Aug 16, 2012
4,646
1,152
Thanks Jack, The R works flawlessly with my 200 F2.
With the 100-400 II there is a reticence sometimes for it to focus and it needs a bit of assistance getting there.
Once locked on it stays locked on
I have read other accounts of difficulties of AF of the R with telephotos. When does AF need help to focus?
 

briangus

EOS M50
Apr 6, 2017
32
31
Singapore
I have read other accounts of difficulties of AF of the R with telephotos. When does AF need help to focus?
Usually happens when trying to focus on distant subjects like the bird in these photos and the
previous focus isn't in range.
The R was set to one shot with small FP but have experienced it using servo as well.
I was using the 28-70 prior to the 100-400 and when I switched to the 100-400 and tried to focus it just does nothing.
I had to manually focus the R whereas on the birds first visit I was using the 5D4 and it locked on straight away.
Once it was focused there were no further issues.
I had started setting the focus limiter switch on the lens to 3m - ∞ which seems to help but I had forgot I had full range set.
Only other lens I have had issues with was the 135 F2 in low light where it went a bit haywire when focusing, again setting the focus limiter helped.
Back up Sungei tomorrow so will give it more thought if it happens again
 
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AlanF

5DSR
Aug 16, 2012
4,646
1,152
Usually happens when trying to focus on distant subjects like the bird in these photos and the
previous focus isn't in range.
The R was set to one shot with small FP but have experienced it using servo as well.
I was using the 28-70 prior to the 100-400 and when I switched to the 100-400 and tried to focus it just does nothing.
I had to manually focus the R whereas on the birds first visit I was using the 5D4 and it locked on straight away.
Once it was focused there were no further issues.
I had started setting the focus limiter switch on the lens to 3m - ∞ which seems to help but I had forgot I had full range set.
Only other lens I have had issues with was the 135 F2 in low light where it went a bit haywire when focusing, again setting the focus limiter helped.
Back up Sungei tomorrow so will give it more thought if it happens again
There are many reports of the EOS R performing well for birds, but there have been some negatives here and this negative review https://www.holgercremer.org/single-post/2018/10/15/Why-the-EOS-R-is-useless-for-Wildlife-Photography
If I get an R series, ti will be from a store that allows no quibble return so I can test it well.
 

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
5,850
410
Alberta, Canada
There are many reports of the EOS R performing well for birds, but there have been some negatives here and this negative review https://www.holgercremer.org/single-post/2018/10/15/Why-the-EOS-R-is-useless-for-Wildlife-Photography
If I get an R series, ti will be from a store that allows no quibble return so I can test it well.
That was a pretty negative review I must say. Visually, it did look to be quite low light but ... I have seen so many superlatives relative to AF, I'm surprised.

Alan, I'm depending on you!! Get over there and buy the R and fill me in. I need it by around the middle of March and will not be thinking it will fully replace my 1DX2, rather it needs to be a great back-up.

However, it should be able to perform reasonably well with the 400 + - converters with spot servo AF. I believe as has been stated that many of the ergonomic complaints have work-arounds for those who are not a chronic complainers. Ethan Zentz has one on loan and he shot in a gym the other day with the 200 - 400 X1.4 at ISO 8000 I believe and wasn't overly critical - I'm waiting for more feedback from him. The ND adapter is a must for me.

Now, you wouldn't really want me to beat you to it would you?;) So get over to your trusty shop and buy it on condition!:giggle: ASAP

Jack
 

AlanF

5DSR
Aug 16, 2012
4,646
1,152
That was a pretty negative review I must say. Visually, it did look to be quite low light but ... I have seen so many superlatives relative to AF, I'm surprised.

Alan, I'm depending on you!! Get over there and buy the R and fill me in. I need it by around the middle of March and will not be thinking it will fully replace my 1DX2, rather it needs to be a great back-up.

However, it should be able to perform reasonably well with the 400 + - converters with spot servo AF. I believe as has been stated that many of the ergonomic complaints have work-arounds for those who are not a chronic complainers. Ethan Zentz has one on loan and he shot in a gym the other day with the 200 - 400 X1.4 at ISO 8000 I believe and wasn't overly critical - I'm waiting for more feedback from him. The ND adapter is a must for me.

Now, you wouldn't really want me to beat you to it would you?;) So get over to your trusty shop and buy it on condition!:giggle: ASAP

Jack
Jack
I am not buying the R, even for you. The R is a competent and fine camera but I am looking for the longer term when new models come out that satisfy my needs better. Why? Well, I have the 5DIV already, which is undoubtedly better than the R for bird photography ( Mt Spokane who uses both says the 5DIV is a better camera in general, and he is a dispassionate observer, unlike many). I prefer the 5DSR to the 5DIV because of the higher pixel density and lack of AA-filter, and will wait until there is an updated successor. I won't buy another Canon that has an AA-filter.