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AlanF

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Thanks usern4cr! Well it's the first posted image with the new lens. I've certainly been practicing and failed on a lot of them. I've had the lens for a couple days now and it hasn't left my camera. Lot's to practice with this focal range for sure. Now debating on 1.4 or 2x extender to go with it at some point. I'm open to anyone's thoughts on adding/using extenders.
I have both the RF 1.4x and the RF 2x, and haven't used the 1.4 since buying the 2 - I either use the bare lens, mainly, and for extra length or resolution go straight to the 2x.
 

macrunning

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I have both the RF 1.4x and the RF 2x, and haven't used the 1.4 since buying the 2 - I either use the bare lens, mainly, and for extra length or resolution go straight to the 2x.
My only concern with the 2 is it limits you to basically taking photos in the middle of the day or your ISO will be pretty high. I know I can use Denoise/DxO/Photoshop but I'd like to try and find a way to use this lens when lighting conditions aren't perfect. The PNW is notorious for cloudy rainy days! And your images always impress AlanF!
 

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A female Violet-green Swallow taking a break from harassing a nesting White Breasted Nuthatch pair.
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R5 600 II w/1.4X 1/1000 : f/8 : ISO 800
 

usern4cr

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My only concern with the 2 is it limits you to basically taking photos in the middle of the day or your ISO will be pretty high. I know I can use Denoise/DxO/Photoshop but I'd like to try and find a way to use this lens when lighting conditions aren't perfect. The PNW is notorious for cloudy rainy days! And your images always impress AlanF!
My only reply to your concerns is that if it's good enough for AlanF, I know it'll be good enough for you if you give it a try! (really!!)
 

AlanF

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My only concern with the 2 is it limits you to basically taking photos in the middle of the day or your ISO will be pretty high. I know I can use Denoise/DxO/Photoshop but I'd like to try and find a way to use this lens when lighting conditions aren't perfect. The PNW is notorious for cloudy rainy days! And your images always impress AlanF!
The disadvantages of 2x or 1.4x are narrower fields of view and slower AF. Don’t worry about the iso - the higher noise is offset by the higher magnification - in bright light the narrower aperture has negligble effect, in dim light at the very worst you can downsize. One of these days I’ll post a thread on it. The RF 2x is optically much better than the EF 2x, at least for the pair I and the TDP use.
 

usern4cr

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No doubt! He takes some great photos and so do you.
Thanks, macrunning. From my own experience with the RF 100-500, RF 800 and RF 1.4x TC, this is what I would do if I was starting from scratch with RF super teles with a limited budget to spend:
* Get the RF 100-500 and RF 2x TC.
* Don't get the RF 800 or RF 1.4x TC. The RF 800 has a great IQ and value for the money, but only for things beyond 6m distance, which is very limiting. The 1.4x doesn't give me enough extra reach to justify the trouble, especially since AlanF has had such great results with the 100-500 & 2x combo, which gives further reason not to need the 800 and 1.4x TC.
* Wait to see what Canon comes out with in RF super teles in case they have one that's even better and affordable to you, or consider a used EF super tele that fills that need.

It's really a great time (for me, an enthusiast) to be a Canon FF photographer.
 
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macrunning

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Thanks, macrunning. From my own experience with the RF 100-500, RF 800 and RF 1.4x TC, this is what I would do if I was starting from scratch with RF super teles with a limited budget to spend:
* Get the RF 100-500 and RF 2x TC.
* Don't get the RF 800 or RF 1.4x TC. The RF 800 has a great IQ and value for the money, but only for things beyond 6m distance, which is very limiting. The 1.4x doesn't give me enough extra reach to justify the trouble, especially since AlanF has had such great results with the 100-500 & 2x combo, which gives further reason not to need the 800 and 1.4x TC.
* Wait to see what Canon comes out with in RF super teles in case they have one that's even better and affordable to you, or consider a used EF super tele that fills that need.

It's really a great time (for me, an enthusiast) to be a Canon FF photographer.
Thanks for your honest evaluation. From what you and AlanF have recommended I've decided to go with the 2x extender and just placed my order! :)
 
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AlanF

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The disadvantages of 2x or 1.4x are narrower fields of view and slower AF. Don’t worry about the iso - the higher noise is offset by the higher magnification - in bright light the narrower aperture has negligble effect, in dim light at the very worst you can downsize. One of these days I’ll post a thread on it. The RF 2x is optically much better than the EF 2x, at least for the pair I and the TDP use.
Just done it! https://www.canonrumors.com/forum/threads/extenders-and-high-iso-with-the-r5.40575/#post-898355
 
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ISv

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Thank You :)

But does every living bird have such a band? Can't recall seeing it before. Who does this? Anyone?
Not every bird but the birds in some research programs are getting it. And not only rings - the species of bird below is coming to the islands even more heavily equipped: many of them are "armed" with radio transmitter (actually in some flocks you have to look for one without antenna - just to take more "natural" shot. It's how it was proven they fly from Alaska to Hawaii (~4000 miles!) nonstop...
And since you already have that app - no need to write the name of the bird - that photo has everything needed for accurate ID (and it's easy!):)!

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