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... and nicely captured, Chris.
I visited the New Forest twice in the last two seasons and saw Golden-rings but only as they whizzed past me. I never did see one settled there. :(
In France, we literally stumbled across our first, a female, settled with her wings trembling. Later the same trip, we found a male patrolling his territory and taking occasional rests.
We don't get them in my neck of the woods (Hertfordshire). What camera /lens did you use, Chris?
They are my favourite species without a doubt.
I use my trusty Nikon D300 and a Nikon VR 105 mm macro lens.
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I use a similar set up, only Canon: a 7D, with an F2.8 100mm L IS USM macro lens for close up stuff. Though in an emergency I've stood back and used my F4 500mm on occasion; usually when I fear something's going to fly off, and I haven't got time to change lenses! The results aren't bad. Can't get closer than 4.5 metres though. What I'd REALLY like is to carry two cameras, one with the macro lens, the other with the 500mm. But with the tripod, that's enough gear to carry around as it is - it isn't light, by any means... I toyed with the idea of buying a donkey, but my wife wouldn't let me keep it in the garden (joke).
Hi Simon, two cameras would be useful; however as you know with this type of photography you end up lying down, kneeling and in other awkward positions and a 500mm lens would be 1) too heavy and cumbersome 2) would get in the way I think.
I have tried a 300mm lens for longer work but you cannot beat getting up close with the 100 - 105mm macro lens, the results seem to be better in my opinion. Regards Chris
I'm a Canon user, too, and my main weaponry is the 100-400 L IS lens, usually at the 400 end, of course. The glass isn't as big as your 500 beast but I use a close-focus ring to bring it's closest focussing distance down to about 1.5m (from it's "natural" 1.8m). I picked that tip up from a guy who was using a Sigma 500mm lens and thought I'd give it a try. Not really necessary for dragons but certainly helps me with Damsels. Depth of field sucks, of course. :))
I also use a monopod which I find helps greatly and is much more manoeuvrable than a tripod.
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