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AlanF

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The downside for me is my penchant for dragonflies, and the minimum focal distance of the lens is 6m, nearly 20ft. However, I can still get decent images. I'll post one of a 4-Spotted Chaser here to show a characteristic of the lens: some terrible bokeh for out-of-focus specular highlights that diffractive optics can give with a series of concentric rings. I have never seen this with my 400mm DO II or Nikon 500mm f/5.6 PF. Canon has cut corners in its design here.

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Jack Douglas

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usern4cr

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Lovely series. I especially like the second picture. Nicely done, usern4cr.
Lovely shots John! I couldn't resist buying a used RF 800/11 at a ridiculously low price, and it arrived today. It's an interesting lens, with pros and cons. I'll post a few piccies next.
Thanks, Click & AlanF - I really like your Dragonfly photos. I haven't noticed the ringed bokeh with the 800 f11, but I don't think I've had any bright point-source backgrounds to see them if they're there. I'll have to try to get some specular backgrounds and see what it looks like. The 800 f11 is really lightweight and sharp for such an inexpensive lens, but it is only for things pretty far away. I do miss the close focus ability a lot with it.
 

macrunning

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The downside for me is my penchant for dragonflies, and the minimum focal distance of the lens is 6m, nearly 20ft. However, I can still get decent images. I'll post one of a 4-Spotted Chaser here to show a characteristic of the lens: some terrible bokeh for out-of-focus specular highlights that diffractive optics can give with a series of concentric rings. I have never seen this with my 400mm DO II or Nikon 500mm f/5.6 PF. Canon has cut corners in its design here.

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I actually enjoy the bokeh. Helps give the image some character. It's not terribly distracting. It can always be toned back in post processing. Great Shot! What was the f-stop?
 

macrunning

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I can tell it's June...I had a full contingent of mosquitoes and other bugs following me around on my walk. Only managed one loop before I had to run for my car and avoid being eaten alive!

Here's a couple of birds I've not seen out there until this weekend...

Tufted Titmouse
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This brown thrasher was mostly hiding, but I stuck around just long enough for it to come out and pose in the open View attachment 198167
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And the ubiquitous Great Blue Heron overseeing his domain...or just eyeballing me as I intruded. I noticed the missing toe only during processing in DxO.
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Beautiful birds and shots!
 

macrunning

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Today was really hard day for me: hot, humid (a lot of wind but not helping!). Insects where somewhere else. The birds - almost the same!
The only thing I got there was a juveniles of the Japanese White-Eye (family): not rare siting (not at all!) but when there is something more interesting you simply don't shoot them and I think these are my best (? still have to go into the folder to compare:sleep:). Anyway - these are only my photos from today and I will try to show why some visitors are reporting an Amakihi on totally unbelievable spots here (like near the beach :ROFLMAO::cry:).
On the first two photos you can see the white-ring just developing . The second bird (third photo) was significantly forward (same nest!). And the last photo is an adult - this is an old photo...
There are several things that separate the Japanese White-eye from the Amakihi but in some light (and if you have no experience!) it may not be that easy. Many people are just looking at the white ring around the eyes! No ring (bad photo or very young bird!) - "must be" Amakihi!!! View attachment 198137 View attachment 198138 View attachment 198140 View attachment 198141
The tones in that 3rd image are gorgeous!
 

macrunning

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This is the end of the better redbud photos I took with the R5 & RF 800 lens.
I was very happy with the image quality from this long yet light & affordable lens (relatively speaking since it is a RF lens).
(After the next 2 photos I decided to try the same experiment by adding the RF 1.4TC to the RF 800mm f11 lens and I'll continue with some of those photos below)


White throated sparrow:
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With help from Dockland (thanks!), I think this is an American Tree Sparrow:
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Now I'll start with more redbud photos with the R5 and RF 800mm f11 with RF 1.4TC added.
I was curious what IQ you could get with it. I'm still on my back porch at a distance close to the 6m MFD of the 800mm lens.
Often times, this distance was a bit too close for some of the larger birds (EG doves), but that's also part of the test.

In post, one thing I'd like to mention is that I've found DXO PL4 gets really slow when you open up a file of a thousand or so images to grade and work on. So slow that I was forced to look for alternatives to grade them down to a reasonable number of just the best ones to use PL4 on. I chose FastRaw Viewer for this purpose, and am extremely happy with how well & fast it can view the raw files and also grade them to parse them down to just the best. It costs almost nothing and is amazingly configurable to taste, so if you ever want faster raw viewing/grading I highly recommend it.

These are still with PL4 with cropping to taste, +1 lens sharpness and deep prime output, with little to no other adjustments done.

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With help from AlanF (thanks!), a Starling:
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Carolina Chickadee:
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Cheers.
Great set of photos!
 
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macrunning

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Question for DxO users: Is the DeepPrime in DxO PhotoLab the same as the DxO PureRaw? I'm trying to justify the $129 price tag on DxO PureRaw after using the 30 day trial. I thought it was a great tool to reduce noise and provide a much more clear image in Lightroom. It seems you get a lot more with PhotoLab but if the DeepPrime denoise tools are available in PhotoLab I don't understand why one would spend the same amount of money on PureRaw.
 

AlanF

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I actually enjoy the bokeh. Helps give the image some character. It's not terribly distracting. It can always be toned back in post processing. Great Shot! What was the f-stop?
It’s a fixed aperture f/11 on the bare lens. So, with the 1.4xTC it’s f/16.
 

usern4cr

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Great set of photos!
Thanks, macrunning.
The 800 f11 turned out to be a really nice lightweight super-tele lens for distant (>6m) birding, especially if you only want to hand-carry a single lens & body for it.
I haven't tested it for bright specular blown-up background bokeh quality, which might have less IQ from the DO front element.
 

usern4cr

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The second image of the Starling is fantastic! (And great shots overall of course).
Thanks, Dockland. Sometimes I never know which photos are going to resonate with others. I've taken so many, and don't want to show too many (well, I'm probably still too guilty of that already :rolleyes:), that it gets hard to know which ones to show and which ones to not show or else discard. The R5 animal eye AF is so accurate that I can just take thousands of photos and have at least half of them in sharp enough focus that it becomes a chore to sift through them. I used to use electronic shutter (20 FPS only allowed with it) to be silent, but it took too many shots while I held the shutter button. Now I use EFCS at the slowest FPS so I have much less to go through later. I might miss that 1 unexpected great shot, but I just can't deal with that many photos anymore in post.
 
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usern4cr

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White-breasted Nuthatch
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Beautiful sharp photo & smooth blurred background, Click. I enjoy seeing birds in unusual poses (like upside down), since it's different from what I usually see. I'm in the process of putting out a bunch of new feeders in my backyard, and one is for GoldFinches since they like to feed upside down.
 
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