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HenryL

EOS R5
CR Pro
Apr 1, 2020
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A Longtailed Tit appeared in our garden in the evening sun after a very rainy day. I had the 100-500mm + 2x extender with the light behind me, and got a level of detail at 9m from the bird I had never achieved before. The AF is a bit sluggish for BIF but for static birds the eyeAF just latches on at 1000mm f/14. DxO oversharpens this combination at its standard settings with the the lens at 600-1000mm, and I dial down the sharpening otherwise it looks unnatural for my taste.


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C'mon guys...just stop, okay? I'm trying to save up for an R3 or maybe a possible R5s and you're just pushing me to buy that 2x TC! Seriously folks, great examples of what is possible with the 100-500 + 2x TC combo. I've got a rental coming in time for this weekend so I can test drive it. Also renting the RF 800mm which I'm going to take for a quick spin, but mostly my son is interested in that one. Of course I'll play for a little too. :)
 
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macrunning

Enjoying the Ride
Feb 12, 2021
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WA
Just got back from a trip to Kauai and it didn't take long to find several different birds right off our porch. My favorite was the Red Crested Cardinal. Such a beautiful bird. Taken with R5 RF24-105 at 105mm 1/6400th F7.1 ISO 1600. I know it's a fast shutter speed for a bird sitting still but I was trying to capture them in flight and wouldn't have been able to switch back and forth quick enough. It was mid day in Hawaii so I knew the ISO wouldn't be unreasonable.
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macrunning

Enjoying the Ride
Feb 12, 2021
83
210
WA
I agree...I had written off the 2x and f/14 as a non-starter. Until very recently, I've struggled a bit with the 100-500 + 1.4x and f/10. To me, f/14 seemed like it would be unusable. With much persistence and the right tools, I'm now getting good results with this combo and thinking (thanks to Alan) that f/14 may not be unreasonable.

Ugh...I hear my B&H card calling me from the desk drawer. :)

One from this past weekend, ISO 5000 + DxO DeepPRIME
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ISO 12800 + DeepPRIME
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Nice shots! I just recently started using DxO DeepPrime and love it. It basically renders the ISO so well I'm not afraid of seeing 25000 ISO because I know DeepPrime will take care of it.
 

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Sep 9, 2015
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C'mon guys...just stop, okay? I'm trying to save up for an R3 or maybe a possible R5s and you're just pushing me to buy that 2x TC! Seriously folks, great examples of what is possible with the 100-500 + 2x TC combo. I've got a rental coming in time for this weekend so I can test drive it. Also renting the RF 800mm which I'm going to take for a quick spin, but mostly my son is interested in that one. Of course I'll play for a little too. :)
I am just trying to use 2.x TC before the rental ends and I should let it go. It is rather expensive for the TC and I already have RF 800 and RF 100-500. For me, the min focus distance being less than RF 800mm lens is a big plus. For subjects about 3 meters away, I can fill the whole sensor with the scene and then reduce noise/resize in post. Picture below of today is an example.
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AlanF

Stay at home
CR Pro
Aug 16, 2012
8,057
9,654
R5 - RF 100-500 (can't wait for my RF 400mm...)

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I think it's a female Tree Bunting. I've used the 400mm DO II a lot on the R5 and I got better results with the the 100-500mm at 500mm than the bare 400mm at the same distance. The 400+2xTC was better than the 100-500mm at 700mm with the 1.4x, but with the RF 2x, the 100-500mm at a 1000mm has the edge in reasonable light. If an RF 400 with an RF 2x outperforms the 600-1000mm combo, I could be tempted.
 
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Dockland

EOS 90D
Nov 14, 2019
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Sweden
I think it's a female Tree Bunting. I've used the 400mm DO II a lot on the R5 and I got better results with the the 100-500mm at 500mm than the bare 400mm at the same distance. The 400+2xTC was better than the 100-500mm at 700mm with the 1.4x, but with the RF 2x, the 100-500mm at a 1000mm has the edge in reasonable light. If an RF 400 with an RF 2x outperforms the 600-1000mm combo, I could be tempted.

I will buy the 1,4 tele converter to the 400 and try that combo out for a bit 560mm reach with f/4 seems good.
 

AlanF

Stay at home
CR Pro
Aug 16, 2012
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9,654
I will buy the 1,4 tele converter to the 400 and try that combo out for a bit 560mm reach with f/4 seems good.
The EF 1.4xTC on the 400mm DO was a killer combination, really sharp. The EF 2xTCIII wasn't that good on a high resolution sensor but this RF 2x is working really well so it could make the RF 400mm DO into a very sharp 800mm.
 
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Del Paso

M3 Singlestroke
Aug 9, 2018
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jprusa

EOS RP
CR Pro
Apr 29, 2013
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macrunning

Enjoying the Ride
Feb 12, 2021
83
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WA
Vicious-looking example of an aggressive species.
I didn't find them as aggressive as the house sparrow! They just look mean but I enjoyed watching them. I think the Roosters on Kauai are probably more aggressive and annoying at 5am!
 

usern4cr

R5
CR Pro
Sep 2, 2018
1,085
1,716
Kentucky, USA
The leaf out on our trees is roughly two weeks early this year. Usually the majority of warblers pass through before the apple trees blossom, but not this year! They sure make for a stunning background if you can catch it right or are fast enough.

Jeremy

Black-throated Blue Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Northern Parula

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Beautiful birds and flowers both, jmeyer!
 
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