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Old Thursday 29th December 2016, 14:25   #26
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Here's a few examples showing what can be done to pierce vegetation.

Key to getting sharp photos was selecting small image size, and zooming in all the way to 2400mm and autofocusing on the approximate distance, and then using manual zoom to fine-tune the focus on the bird itself.

All this was critical as this was either HK's second Booted or third Sykes's Warbler and images are essential to inform the identification so this was an important test for the RX10iii as a birding camera.

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Here's a few examples showing what can be done to pierce vegetation.

Key to getting sharp photos was selecting small image size, and zooming in all the way to 2400mm and autofocusing on the approximate distance, and then using manual zoom to fine-tune the focus on the bird itself.

All this was critical as this was either HK's second Booted or third Sykes's Warbler and images are essential to inform the identification so this was an important test for the RX10iii as a birding camera.

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Very impressive performance!
Getting good focus beyond some interfering vegetation is a weakness in amateur cameras such as I use. Your skill with the Sony's flexibility has eliminated that.
Now if only they could make it smaller....
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If only it were smaller AND lighter!

I was impressed too, but the technique (which is really an adaptation of John's approach) does depend on the patience of the bird!

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Here's a few shots of waders taken on the same day as the Booted Warbler. I was able to get pretty close in rather bright light so I had to stop down to avoid wash-out of the whites. I've also played about in iPhoto to darken and sharpen and may have overdone it.

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I got this camera based in part on this BF thread and took it on a six-week trip to Colombia. In short, I was very impressed with its performance, it really felt like having a DSLR instead of a bridge and I am quite pleased with image quality. Here is an example, a Black-faced Antbird: https://ebird.org/media/catalog?incl...&region=&user=
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Here's some more experimental images from my recent trip to the Po Delta in Italy plus a BIF shot of Oystercatchers.

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I got this camera based in part on this BF thread and took it on a six-week trip to Colombia. In short, I was very impressed with its performance, it really felt like having a DSLR instead of a bridge and I am quite pleased with image quality. Here is an example, a Black-faced Antbird: https://ebird.org/media/catalog?incl...&region=&user=
It would be great to see some of your shots - unfortunately i couldn't see anything on the link.

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Looks like a great option for some who wants to stick to a compact camera. How fast is the autofocus?
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It would be great to see some of your shots - unfortunately i couldn't see anything on the link.

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Try this Mike.

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Thanks nikonmike

Not sure how to assess speed of autofocus I'm afraid, but the BiF shots in post 31 above provide some indication. Not sure I'd call it a compact as it weighs in at a hefty 1kg and is big, even for a bridge camera!

Just posted a few more shots on my local patch thread here:

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread....249410&page=14http://www.birdforum.net/showthread....249410&page=14

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I got this camera based in part on this BF thread and took it on a six-week trip to Colombia. In short, I was very impressed with its performance, it really felt like having a DSLR instead of a bridge and I am quite pleased with image quality. Here is an example, a Black-faced Antbird: https://ebird.org/media/catalog?incl...&region=&user=
This link is showing all photos of Black-faced Antbirds submitted by eBird users. There is no way to find out which ones are yours or which ones were recorded with an RX10III.
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I bought this camera to take on a recent trip to Taiwan. Still quite a high ratio of discards to keepers and the weather wasn't too kind but nevertheless I was pleased with the results.

Here are a few sample images but the file sizes have been drastically reduced to conform with BirdForum requirements.
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And a few more... exposure problems against the light
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And a last few... always an annoying twig in the way.
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Some great shots here Sharpbill. I love the atmospheric shot of the Taiwan Barbet, while the raptor (I think its Grey-faced Buzzard), the barwing and the robin give a good idea of the image quality.

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Apologies, I should have captioned these. The raptor is actually a rain-soaked Crested Goshawk.

1/2 Swinhoe's Pheasant
3/4 Mikado Pheasant
5 Taiwan Bamboo Partridge

6 Taiwan Whistling Dove
7 Crested Goshawk
8 Island Thrush
9 Taiwan Barbet
10 Naumann's Thrush

11 Taiwan Barwing
12 Taiwan Yuhina
13 White-eared Sibia
14 Collared Bush-robin
15 Collared Finchbill
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Forgot to mention - A pretty good spread of Taiwan endemics there!
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Here's a few shots from an inshore boat trip in Hong Kong's Southern Waters.The Lesser Frigatebird was the highlight, but I loved this superb female Red-necked Phalarope.

Other good birds which are not widely known to occur in Hong Kong included Aleutian Tern, Arctic Skua and Short-tailed Shearwater, but occur as regular migrants.

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A drizzly morning at Pui O was shattered by the blasting music of an informal (to be polite) dance music venue (only in Hong Kong!) warming up for a gig this evening. Despite that there were a few signs of migration, with an early Yellow Bittern raising my hopes in a good time of the year for bittern passage.

Unfortunately that was it for bitterns, but I did enjoy the arrival of a flight of thirty-odd Cattle Egrets three of which were in glorious breeding plumage - complete with a purple tinge in the base of the bill.

The first shot demonstrates a clean catch with the auto focus, which I lost as the birds landed.

The next three shots show the quality of the capture with the full zoom.

The Monarchs were only perched for a couple of seconds, but allowed a fine demonstration of the macro on full zoom.

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This link is showing all photos of Black-faced Antbirds submitted by eBird users. There is no way to find out which ones are yours or which ones were recorded with an RX10III.
Oops, sorry, I hadn't revisited this thread and did not realize the link was the wrong one. This should be OK: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/49837341

And a couple more: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/58129011
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/58129291

The antbird and woodcreeper are pretty heavily cropped
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Nice woodcreeper shot!
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A few more shots from last weekend at Pui O Marsh.

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Here's a couple of a cracking sunlit Magpie (I was surprised too!) showing the real quality of the Zeiss lens on the RX10iii.

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Thanks Ottavio! Great shots, impressive given the difficulty of getting such good shots in tropical forests.

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