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Recent content by Owen Krout

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    Macro extension tubes for Canon with good build quality?

    To be Captain Obvious - Canon sells extension tubes specifically for their own EOS lens/camera mount. Not the cheapest, but will fit up and work properly and cheaper than a lens repair. Should be available on the used market and short of outright abuse there is little to go wrong with a used one.
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    Stuck on what to hire.

    I'm not sure than I can contribute any useful help, as I have been wavering back and forth between the same choices myself. The biggest point holding me back from going with the Canon R is not the camera itself, but the cost of switching over to the glass to go with it. However, I hope that...
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    Flycatchers - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    Thanks, Grahame. Good info to keep in mind as one thing that keeps birding Panjin interesting is that in the past there was very little reporting and hence I'm constantly getting photo evidence of things that the range charts say shouldn't be here. Hence I might pickup a RBF yet someday...
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    Flycatchers - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    Further consideration and deeper digging on the internet and I now think you are correct, Taiga is the most probable. The gray on the face below the eye and the eye-ring was making me think R-b, but looking at more photos online and rechecking Tom Beeke's "The Birds of Dalian", I am now inclined...
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    Flycatchers - Panjin, Liaoning, China

    It seems that the Flycatchers are in the peak of migration right now as I caught some new similar looking ones today and would like some confirmation since new to me. First is one I first thought to be a Taiga Flycatcher, but on closer viewing seemed to look more like a Red-breasted F...
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    Will this lens+extender AF on this camera body?

    No, I wasn't using the Extender at that time. I wasn't clear enough about that. Even without it the autofocus was finicky. Nothing like the 7Dii that I upgraded to.
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    Will this lens+extender AF on this camera body?

    I had to look it up myself, but Canon sells the entry level DSLR cameras under the "Rebel" designation in the USA. What I originally had was a 500d to the rest of the world. Long before the 7D first came out. I do remember that it was slow to autofocus but sometimes just wouldn't, but in...
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    Canon EF Camera Recommendations?

    I'll give a thumbs up to Frank's advice! I have stuck to the 7D II, mostly just because in my mind I can't justify the cost of upgrading to mirrorless body and lenses and usually use it with the Canon 300mm f4, which I bought used very reasonably, with the Canon 1.4 extender and get excellent...
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    Spot AF vs Zone AF with animal tracking

    I'm taking a bit of a guess here as I don't have the newest Canon tech, but it sounds to me like "Face Detect" is referring to human face detecting. Hence it gets confused when it can't find a human face. The "Eye Detect" however looks for just that, an eye to focus on, including either human...
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    An update on the feeder project here in Panjin. Yesterday we had the pair of O. Magpie back. One was eating the cracked corn we put out and sampling the peanut butter while the other stole some of the neighbor's dog's food and carried it over to our feeder. It had a piece of meat or maybe...
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Hi Mike, The Ural Owl was from early on in my birding, but I feel more certain of the ID now, with more spotting experience, than I did then. I was investigating what the O. Magpie were so loudly upset about and had walked back into a wooded area. Not seeing anything except really pissed off...
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    I got enough of a look that I am fairly confident in ruling out Eagle Owl or Long-eared due to the neck/head shape and their being no discernible "ear" tufts. Ural seems most likely from the coloration of the undersides and that I have recorded one here maybe six or seven years ago. But, on...
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    Hong-Kong - Peregrine Falcon just on my windows !

    Great stuff and thanks for sharing with us!
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Since I can't get out to do the migration exploration that I am aching to be doing right now, a few little gems from out the backdoor. Our long term experimenting with a feeder are continuing to slowly improve and at least provide a little bit of distraction while stuck at home. After trying...
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    Canon Powershot sx50

    Yeah, I agree about it being a handy walk-about kit. I currently have an SX-70 that I use for days I don't expect to really need the bigger 7D kit. Just to address the obvious, are you sure your battery is up to snuff? The Powershot line does tend to use up batteries quickly and I have seen...