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Nice shot, Colin. What did you take it with?
Thanks Simon just a 300mm a lot of patients plenty of bird food and a great deal of admiration. wish I had a 500 mm though Whooo Hooo think what you could do :-) Since I was made redundant it looks asif it wont happen for a long while
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Colin, sorry to here about your job. A cheap way to increase your magnification on the cheap may be to buy a good 1.5x or maybe a 2x converter. You do lose some resolution and you can only really use in bright conditions (you also lose an f stop) but you would increase your 300mm to a 450mm or 600mm lens. Gary
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Thanks Gary Thats a good suggestion
If it's any consolation, a 500mm prime lens is really heavy, and there are times when you pine for a nice 300mm! I use a Canon F4 500mm USM L IS, which weighs over 8.5lb, and I have to carry a tripod as well (even though I went for carbon fibre it isn't light, especially with a gimbal head attached). You CAN hand hold, but not for long.
I also use a 1.4x Canon Mk II extender from time to time. I've tried cheaper ones, and gave up on them. I also tried a 1.4x Mk I with the 100-400mm zoom I was using at the time, and the loss in image quality was unacceptable, so I sent it back.
With the current setup there's still some loss in quality, but it's acceptable if the light's good. On a dull day it's awful - better off just cropping, if you've got plenty of megapixels (I use a Canon 7D which is about 18mp). So if you're going to try the extender option, make sure you can take it back if it doesn't work out. I have a friend with a 70-300 zoom, and she got lousy results, and lost autofocus to boot (that's because you lose a stop on a 1.4x, and two stops on a 2x).
I've been made redundant in the past, and it's a nasty experience to say the least. I'm really sorry to hear you're having to go through that.
Thats a cracking set up Simon and very sound advice.
PS I would be quite happy to carry your lens for you :-) A most respectable beast capable of quite a growl. Have you got a site with some shots ?
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