Just returned from an ideal birds in flight location. I was keen to test my new 3oomm F4 lens with TC-14 E-II on D7000 camera. Sitting target was no problem but birds in flight was something else. I tried AF-C with Dynamic 9pts, AF-A with Dynamic and Dynamic 3D. So what works for me. Nothing. Most of the images were out of focus regardless of the settings. I selected few that might pass. It is not as easy as it looks. Something just does not work. I used monopod for support.
D7000 300/f4,with TC-14E-II AF-C Dynamic 9point f/5.6 1/640s centre weighted metering ISO100 Monopod support
D7000 300/f4 with TC14E-II AF-A Dynamic f5.6, 1/1250s ISO180
D7000 300f4 with TC-14E-II AF-C Dynamic 9pts, 1/1600s ISO400
#1. "RE: My first BIF attempt" In response to Reply # 0
Those you posted aren't bad for first attempt. Are you sure the others are out of focus, not motion blur. 300 mm with 1.4 TC and your shutter speed doesn't give you much room. I would use ISO 400 and 1200 of sec for shutter. Your camera does fine at ISOs up to 800 no problem. BIF does take time to master, keep at like I said, if that's your first attempt you doing better than I did! Keep at it, practice practice and more practice.
#2. "RE: My first BIF attempt" In response to Reply # 1
>Those you posted aren't bad for first attempt. Are you >sure the others are out of focus, not motion blur. 300 mm >with 1.4 TC and your shutter speed doesn't give you much >room. I would use ISO 400 and 1200 of sec for shutter. >Your camera does fine at ISOs up to 800 no problem. BIF >does take time to master, keep at like I said, if that's your >first attempt you doing better than I did! Keep at it, >practice practice and more practice.
Thank You Tom. I did discover that at higher shutter speeds images were better. Also using monopod did not effect my captures. In fact I found hand holding was difficult to frame bird when screen is almost filled. I also had lot of trouble with focus shifting so far out that I had to turn the lens focus by hand before I could use it. This was happening when some clouds were about.
#5. "RE: My first BIF attempt" In response to Reply # 4
>I think you did well. It is a matter of practice. I remember >my first BIFs were terrible. I'm improving all the time. And >you will too, but I don't think what you've shown here are bad >at all.
Thank you Kathie. After examining my images I come to conclusion that it is only matter of practice. Focusing was good most of the time but shutter speed was set to slow and I had noticable motion. When I increased speed results were better. The main thing is that I am extrimely happy with my lens and with practice I can only improve.
#9. "RE: My first BIF attempt" In response to Reply # 6 Sat 13-Jul-13 09:44 AM by burchan
Can you ID #2?
Image 2 is Brahminy Kite or Sea Eagle. Quite common where I was shooting. It is in the coastal National Park and the headlands offers best opportunity because eagles frequently fly by in search for fish. Eagle is brown on top but mostly white under the wings. Attached are few more images of the eagle.I will try to do better next time.
birdied Destrehan, US Nikonian since 07th Sep 2009
Fri 12-Jul-13 04:20 PM
#7. "RE: My first BIF attempt" In response to Reply # 0
These are much better than any first attempt I did. Very nice set!
When I shoot with the exact same setup I find if I do the following that my images are sharper:
Turn off high Iso noise reduction Turn off dynamic lighting Shoot in af-c 9 or21 points Shutter min 1000 , but usually faster depending on lighting. Aperture with the 1.4 tc I use 6.3 . Find it a bit sharper than the 5.6 . Also increases dof just a bit .
This all assumes you are shooting in raw.
You might want to try auto Iso . I will do this if lighting is changing quickly. I will set the max Iso to 800 or 1000. You will need to determine the noise level.
#10. "RE: My first BIF attempt" In response to Reply # 8 Sat 13-Jul-13 09:46 AM by burchan
>These are very good! You will get better in time but flying >birds are always a challenge.
Thank you. Sometimes birds were to close and sometimes to far. Fly to fast. Can't find them in viewfinder, wrong lighting plus the wrong setting. It all adds up to quite challenge and lot of missed opportunity. But it was fun,