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Testing new lens on hummingbirds
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Jul 11, 2017 17:38:30   #
bajadreamer Loc: Baja California Sur
 
Just received a used Canon 500mm F/4 IS II lens. I attached it to a Canon 2X III Extender and a Canon 5D IV camera. Mounted everything on a Gitzo tripod and a Mongoose head. Birds were about 30' away. I cropped the shots about 40%. Shot with full zone AF at 1/1600 sec. and F/8.
I was impressed with how quickly the lens acquired focus on moving hummingbirds even at F/8 (because of the extender). These are either Rufous or Allen's Hummingbirds (cannot tell difference without actual feather measurements.


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Jul 11, 2017 17:55:32   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
You should be pleased!

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Jul 11, 2017 18:16:06   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
bajadreamer wrote:
Just received a used Canon 500mm F/4 IS II lens. I attached it to a Canon 2X III Extender and a Canon 5D IV camera. Mounted everything on a Gitzo tripod and a Mongoose head. Birds were about 30' away. I cropped the shots about 40%. Shot with full zone AF at 1/1600 sec. and F/8.
I was impressed with how quickly the lens acquired focus on moving hummingbirds even at F/8 (because of the extender). These are either Rufous or Allen's Hummingbirds (cannot tell difference without actual feather measurements.
Just received a used Canon 500mm F/4 IS II lens. ... (show quote)



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Jul 11, 2017 18:17:34   #
Dngallagher Loc: Wilmington De.
 
bajadreamer wrote:
Just received a used Canon 500mm F/4 IS II lens. I attached it to a Canon 2X III Extender and a Canon 5D IV camera. Mounted everything on a Gitzo tripod and a Mongoose head. Birds were about 30' away. I cropped the shots about 40%. Shot with full zone AF at 1/1600 sec. and F/8.
I was impressed with how quickly the lens acquired focus on moving hummingbirds even at F/8 (because of the extender). These are either Rufous or Allen's Hummingbirds (cannot tell difference without actual feather measurements.
Just received a used Canon 500mm F/4 IS II lens. ... (show quote)


That set up is definitely a keeper! Nice shots & detail!


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Jul 11, 2017 19:02:17   #
Regis Loc: Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
 
bajadreamer wrote:
Just received a used Canon 500mm F/4 IS II lens. I attached it to a Canon 2X III Extender and a Canon 5D IV camera. Mounted everything on a Gitzo tripod and a Mongoose head. Birds were about 30' away. I cropped the shots about 40%. Shot with full zone AF at 1/1600 sec. and F/8.
I was impressed with how quickly the lens acquired focus on moving hummingbirds even at F/8 (because of the extender). These are either Rufous or Allen's Hummingbirds (cannot tell difference without actual feather measurements.
Just received a used Canon 500mm F/4 IS II lens. ... (show quote)


Excellent shots.

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Jul 11, 2017 21:43:14   #
bajadreamer Loc: Baja California Sur
 
DaveO wrote:
You should be pleased!


I am. Just wanted to see how it would focus with and without extender. Intended to take 1.4X but had 2x by mistake. Still acquired focus quickly. I had the advantage of good light this AM. That always helps.

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Jul 11, 2017 21:44:35   #
bajadreamer Loc: Baja California Sur
 
robertjerl wrote:


Thank you. I am happy with it. I have an "old five", the version one of the 500 mm, and I was happy with that, but this version is much better (in my hands) at acquiring focus quickly.

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Jul 11, 2017 21:45:13   #
bajadreamer Loc: Baja California Sur
 
Dngallagher wrote:
That set up is definitely a keeper! Nice shots & detail!



Thank you. I am pleased. Especially for the first time using this combo.

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Jul 11, 2017 21:46:50   #
bajadreamer Loc: Baja California Sur
 
Regis wrote:
Excellent shots.

Thank you. Regis, coming from you, that is high praise. I debated about a 400 DO; I have been using an old 500 mm IS (the version I) and a 100-400 II, but wanted a prime and less weight. So far so good.

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Jul 11, 2017 22:14:21   #
Regis Loc: Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
 
bajadreamer wrote:
Thank you. Regis, coming from you, that is high praise. I debated about a 400 DO; I have been using an old 500 mm IS (the version I) and a 100-400 II, but wanted a prime and less weight. So far so good.


It's a great lens. I got the 400 DO f4 so I could hand hold my shots. I don't like tripods. To each his own.

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Jul 12, 2017 03:38:41   #
joehel2 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
 
Good advertisement for your setup.

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Jul 12, 2017 04:31:00   #
angler Loc: St Helens Lancashire England
 
Excellent shots.

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Jul 12, 2017 06:52:19   #
CLF Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
bajadreamer wrote:
Just received a used Canon 500mm F/4 IS II lens. I attached it to a Canon 2X III Extender and a Canon 5D IV camera. Mounted everything on a Gitzo tripod and a Mongoose head. Birds were about 30' away. I cropped the shots about 40%. Shot with full zone AF at 1/1600 sec. and F/8.
I was impressed with how quickly the lens acquired focus on moving hummingbirds even at F/8 (because of the extender). These are either Rufous or Allen's Hummingbirds (cannot tell difference without actual feather measurements.
Just received a used Canon 500mm F/4 IS II lens. ... (show quote)



Bajadreamer, excellent series.

Greg

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Jul 12, 2017 07:28:38   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Nice. Just goes to show that a 2X TC can be a practical accessory.

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Jul 12, 2017 08:02:21   #
bajadreamer Loc: Baja California Sur
 
joehel2 wrote:
Good advertisement for your setup.


Yes, I am sold so far. Fortunately I was able to obtain the lens and extender without having to pay full retail price. If I had not been able to do that, I would still have the lens on my "wish list" at B&H.

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