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AlanF

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I took the 100-500L out for a spin, and I was thoroughly impressed. The f/7.1 max aperture at 500mm was not an issue at all. It was great and amazing having this much flexibility in such a small package.

Is this really a birds-only forum? Here's a bonus, a Gulf Fritillary, which is a gorgeous butterfly from the underside.
We are a broad-minded bunch here. There is a specialist thread if you are interested for butterflies https://www.canonrumors.com/forum/threads/butterflies-moths-and-assorted-insects.31073/
How did you focus on the butterfly? I am intrigued whether the eyeAF works on insects as I photo dragonflies and butterflies when birds aren't around.
 
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Billybob

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We are a broad-minded bunch here. There is a specialist thread if you are interested for butterflies https://www.canonrumors.com/forum/threads/butterflies-moths-and-assorted-insects.31073/
How did you focus on the butterfly? I am intrigued whether the eyeAF works on insects as I photo dragonflies and butterflies when birds aren't around.
Thanks for the link! Is there one for wildlife in general? No need to respond, I found the "Reptiles and Amphibians" thread. I had a nice shot of a young gator, but I didn't want to push the envelop by including it.

The eye-focus didn't work on the butterfly--I think the eyes are either too small or too alien. Instead, the camera picked out the image in the center of the frame and put a box around it. That worked fine when the the butterfly was stationary but was not very effective when the butterfly was in flight. I only got one semi-decent shot of the butterfly in flight (this image is a little soft).
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AlanF

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Thanks for the link! Is there one for wildlife in general? No need to respond, I found the "Reptiles and Amphibians" thread. I had a nice shot of a young gator, but I didn't want to push the envelop by including it.

The eye-focus didn't work on the butterfly--I think the eyes are either too small or too alien. Instead, the camera picked out the image in the center of the frame and put a box around it. That worked fine when the the butterfly was stationary but was not very effective when the butterfly was in flight. I only got one semi-decent shot of the butterfly in flight (this image is a little soft).
Butterflies in flight are very, very difficult to photo - congratulations. Did the camera just pick it up as it was flying? When you can’t use AF can you simply focus a small spot on the head, which is what I do on the DSLR?
 

Billybob

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Butterflies in flight are very, very difficult to photo - congratulations. Did the camera just pick it up as it was flying? When you can’t use AF can you simply focus a small spot on the head, which is what I do on the DSLR?
I generally rely on having a lot of megapixels, shooting from a distance, then cropping as much as needed. I try to focus on the body--the head is too small-- when it is at rest on the plant and then anticipate its movement when it leaves. I was better at it with the DSLR. I'd appreciate any tips you have, but perhaps it's time to move to the butterfly thread.
 

AlanF

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Aug 16, 2012
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I generally rely on having a lot of megapixels, shooting from a distance, then cropping as much as needed. I try to focus on the body--the head is too small-- when it is at rest on the plant and then anticipate its movement when it leaves. I was better at it with the DSLR. I'd appreciate any tips you have, but perhaps it's time to move to the butterfly thread.
I usually shoot from 3m with 400/560mm on a 5DSR or equivalent and focus on the head. If I remember, I throttle back to f/11.
 
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