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kamputty Registered since 04th Jan 2007
Mon 16-Sep-13 02:00 AM

A good friend of mine showed up at my place yesterday with his wife and a bottle of wine for an evening of just hanging out. All was going well until he said, "oh, I got a new lens"...really I said, as he brought in his new 800mm f5.6(?) with 1.2 extender for a total of 1000mm/f7!

Holy heck! That is a big freaking lens!

So today we went out to a local wildlife area to photo birds, otters etc.

I connected the lens to my 800 and went shooting!

Things I learnt today.

- this is a heavy setup
- use a mono pod
- use a tripod even better
- use a ballhead to allow for movement/adjustment. I ended up taking a serious of pelican photos going straight to diagonal as the monopod would not "move"
- use the fasted shutter you can use, I ended up using 1/4000+ for sharper images.
- shallow dof.
- beautiful photos, clear, sharp, crisp, really nice
- focus speed on the 800e was good at f7.1

Truth be told, I was underwhelmed with the end photo in regards to sharpness. But that I 100% attribute to shake due to to slow a shutter as the best we had was a monopod.

So the next time I take this bad boy out, it's going to be on a tripod with my rss bh-55 ballhead. That should really help. Also use the fastest shutter/ISO combo. But no matter what, use a solid tripod etc. to dampen shake as much as possible. At 1000mm, every movement shakes the lens.

Oh, I forgot to mention, it's so large with the hood on, that when the wind blew, it acted like a sail and moved me! Its a large long heavy lens.

But what a range! How cool that I have access to a $18,000 (!!!!!!!) lens!

Woot woot!


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