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Apr 25, 2018 08:21:47   #
joer (a regular here)
 
ROYAL DOG 1 wrote:
Do most people use tripods for taking pictures of birds


I use a tripod or monopod for birds most of the time. The exception would be BIF.

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Apr 25, 2018 08:22:48   #
ROYAL DOG 1
 
Thank you

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Apr 25, 2018 08:36:12   #
leftj
 
bobmcculloch wrote:
Personally, I'd use a camera, VBG


Yeah - never could get a tripod to focus.

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Apr 25, 2018 08:37:22   #
leftj
 
ROYAL DOG 1 wrote:
Thank you every time I take a picture of a bird 95% of them are out of focus


Sounds like something Yogi Berra would have said.

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Apr 25, 2018 09:10:07   #
jwn
 
yes, but monpod if it's a hike to get to them. But handheld for birds in flight

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Apr 25, 2018 09:37:53   #
Steve Perry
 
I normally use a tripod for all of my bird work. I do hand-hold occasionally, but 90% of my work id done from a tripod.

A properly setup tripod / monopod is nearly as fast as hand-holding for me and you don't get fatigued holding a large lens over the course of a long shoot. Frankly, I've been in the field more than a few times with people hand-holding who were forced to take a break because their arms were getting too shaky. I just kept on shooting.

I just did a video about my tripod setups:

https://backcountrygallery.com/my-tripods-for-wildlife-and-landscape-photography/

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Apr 25, 2018 09:45:08   #
ROYAL DOG 1
 
awesome photos of I'm going to give a tripod a try thank you

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Apr 25, 2018 09:58:21   #
Hsch39
 
If the bird is not moving use spot focusing on the eye with tripod or without.

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Apr 25, 2018 10:02:28   #
tnste
 
WTH does VBG mean?

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Apr 25, 2018 10:11:41   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
Hsch39 wrote:
If the bird is not moving use spot focusing on the eye with tripod or without.


That's why my back button on my D500 is programmed for single spot focusing. For sitting birds and birds in the bush, the single spot gets them. I use Group Auto Focus as my default, then single spot focus is just a push button away.

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Apr 25, 2018 10:16:20   #
MTG44
 
Anytime you can you will get better results if use a tripod.

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Apr 25, 2018 10:22:34   #
ROYAL DOG 1
 
thank you I'll give it a try

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Apr 25, 2018 10:25:28   #
agillot (a regular here)
 
it depend of the lens , i use a older 800 mm nikkor , cannot be hand held , very heavy , and focusing ring is near camera , large lens at end are too heavy .on other types , i hand hold .

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Apr 25, 2018 10:27:34   #
ROYAL DOG 1
 
Thanks

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Apr 25, 2018 10:36:18   #
leftj
 
Steve Perry wrote:
I normally use a tripod for all of my bird work. I do hand-hold occasionally, but 90% of my work id done from a tripod.

A properly setup tripod / monopod is nearly as fast as hand-holding for me and you don't get fatigued holding a large lens over the course of a long shoot. Frankly, I've been in the field more than a few times with people hand-holding who were forced to take a break because their arms were getting too shaky. I just kept on shooting.

I just did a video about my tripod setups:

https://backcountrygallery.com/my-tripods-for-wildlife-and-landscape-photography/

Also, some examples...
I normally use a tripod for all of my bird work. I... (show quote)


Hey Steve - I watched your video on tripod setups. Very informative except I think you forgot to mention one thing. You must have a bird wisperer assistant to get those fantastic poses.

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