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Recent content by Matt Bell

  1. Matt Bell

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    One great advantage of an 800mm lens is being able to get optically close to birds while staying physically distant, as in the case of the pic of the Choughs above. So important not to disturb them, especially when they're nesting or have fledged young (as in the above)!
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    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    I should have mentioned: the above photos haven't been cropped at all.
  3. Matt Bell

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    Kestrels are very forgiving birds to photograph.
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    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    At long last the RF 800mm f11 has arrived. I have several thoughts about this lens. But before all that, here are a couple of pictures. These are from my first outing with the lens last Friday — a short hop from my patch to the cliffs just south of Land’s End.
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    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    I use animal eye detect to get focus on the eye. If it can't lock on (e.g. because object too distant/too small or markings are confusing the system), I use spot AF.
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    DSLR's Are Dead

    For me the two big advantages of going mirrorless have been the AF performance and the weight. The weight is really important because a lot of my bird shooting is done on long walks. The thing that initially made me switch to mirrorless was the AF performance of the Canon R5, which for me makes...
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    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    Thanks, Russ, all advice is welcome. I've set up three back buttons for AF: AF-ON = animal eye detect AF * = spot AF AF point selection = (revert to) zone AF This is working very well at the moment. Matt
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    Common Redstart a garden first, nr Bisley, Gloucs, UK

    Seen yesterday afternoon, this lovely male Redstart feeding in our garden.
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    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    This weekend was my first chance to get out and use the new kit. The R5 and RF 100-500 is a great walkabout rig — easy to carry, easy to use hand held. I’m pleased with the results so far, though I’ve still got loads to learn, especially about birds in flight, which are a novelty for me...
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    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    I’ve decided to switch over wholesale to RF lenses, mainly for the sake of portability. So much of the birding I do involves walking long distances over rough terrain (e.g. Cornwall coast) that my EF 500 just doesn’t get many outings. So goodbye to the EF 100-400 II and EF 500 f4 II, and hello...
  11. Matt Bell

    Slender lowland raptor from central Peru

    Some kind of kite? Ictinia plumbea? (A very uneducated guess.)
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    Gabar goshawk?, Etosha NP

    Thanks for the detail, Tom -- appreciated.
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    Gabar goshawk?, Etosha NP

    Could this not be a melanistic Gabar?
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    [England] What passerine?

    Looks like Meadow Pipit to me.
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    Poole harbour UK

    Northern Wheatear?
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