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Cedar Waxwing


Posted by Mako_Elite on Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:27 pm

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Here is another image from same day when I was testing D1h.

D1h, 500mm f/4 P ED IF (MF) + TC-301 (2.0X TC)
1/250, ISO-800mm f/16 on tripod

Please click on the image for uncompressed view, thank you.

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by Dan Kearl on Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:56 pm
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Large view comes to life.. Nice BG to go with the Waxwing.
 

by Gene Gwin on Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:15 am
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Really like the background. The simple perch helps to isolate the bird nicely. Curious how you find the image quality at f/16 versus about f/8?
 

by Mako_Elite on Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:17 am
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Gene Gwin wrote:
Really like the background.  The simple perch helps to isolate the bird nicely.  Curious how you find the image quality at f/16 versus about f/8?



Thank you for the kind comments. When shooting with TC-301 (2.0X TC) I loose 2 stops ..so paired with my 500mm f/4 lens wide open combo will be 1000mm f/8 and if I close aperture extra 2 stops it will be f/16 (sweet spot) for sharpness.
If I have to shoot 500mm f/4 wide open with TC-301 (1000mm f/8) it is still very sharp, but if I have the light and good background I stop one or two extra stops aperture on the lens. I even shot it with 3 extra stops down f/22 with great results.

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by david fletcher on Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:31 am
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Nicely done Ludo! Super bg!
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by Ron Day on Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:24 am
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A very nice pose with an ideal background, Ludo. A good-looking specimen as well.
 

by Karl Egressy on Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:52 pm
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Great colors and detail, Ludo.
 

by SantaFeJoe on Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:25 pm
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Really pops when clicked on. Detail is great. I never have been able to get any sharp images with the TC-301 at any aperture on the 500f4 P or any other lens. The 200-400 f4 MF is even worse. Yours must be an exceptional copy.

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by sirianul on Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:19 pm
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Very nice BG matching very well with the bird.

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by Mako_Elite on Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:52 pm
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SantaFeJoe wrote:
Really pops when clicked on. Detail is great. I never have been able to get any sharp images with the TC-301 at any aperture on the 500f4 P or any other lens. The 200-400 f4 MF is even worse. Yours must be an exceptional copy.

Joe


Thank you all for the kind words.

Joe, TC-301 is really tricky teleconverter. Sharpest 2.0X TC  I ever owned in any brand and make. Crazy sharp. The key is focus. Very narrow depth of field  with 500mm f/4. When I have time and subject is still I use zoom in live view, but mostly I  am relying on my eyes.

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by leigha on Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:59 am
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Very nice portrait. Still on my bucket list.
 

by Moby Dick on Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:56 pm
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Excellent pose and background. Interesting to see the darker orangey color compared to what I see down here in Olympia.
 

by Axel Hildebrandt on Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:01 am
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Great-looking Waxwing and eye contact.
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