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    Advice on 500mm

    Thank you for your reply. I realised after I posted I was asking a silly question so deleted the post, but clearly you had responded very quickly. I appreciate it and thank you for your comments on AF. I'm not experienced in lenses of this type so it's a new experience for me and I am getting...
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    Advice on 500mm

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    Just bought Canon 500mm f4L and need Support

    Hi. Thank you. Does anyone have experience of the Benro GH5C ? I like the look of it but I read these reviews about attaching problems https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1429472-REG/benro_gh5c_carbon_fiber_gimbal.html/reviews and it put me off a bit. Also the only review of it on WEX site...
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    Just bought Canon 500mm f4L and need Support

    Thank you. I noticed a Katana Junior Gimbal which I don't believe is CF bit it is light and goes for £530 here in the UK so I am tempted to look further into that.
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    Just bought Canon 500mm f4L and need Support

    Hi I know there’s already a few similar-ish questions on here about support for lenses and bullheads and gimbals but I wanted some advice specific to my lens and situation if possible so started this new thread. I’m awaiting delivery of a Canon 500mm f4L IS II lens which I believe weighs in...
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    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    The f11 thing is not really an issue for a lot of photography due to the IS/IBIS possibilities, and many people will be very pleased with all the advantages of weight,price etc the new lenses confer, but for twitchy, moving creatures it really does matter. I intend to use my 400 f5.6 with...
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    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    I will share. The only slight worry I have is whether the blackout for BIF might be an issue
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    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    I just ordered a R6 and traded in my 7D2 and 5dIV. I feel Canon finally hit it out of the park with these two (R5 and R6 ) cameras - at least for stills photography. Shame about the heating video if that's your thing but I don't do that. I'm not sure about the lenses. I love the weight and...
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    Advice on camera please

    Hi I hope I've posted this in the right place. Please guide me if I haven't. I've left this really late and I'm panicking now. I want to buy my wife a camera for watching birds in our garden. I would want the IQ to be good in colour for live watching wirelessly on her laptop or phone and the...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    I would be happy if Nikon would allow me, via and adaptor, to use Canon lenses on it's mount. I've always thought Canon had the lenses many people wanted and that was on of their greatest strengths. I remember some time ago feeling that if I could have adapted my ( then considerable number of )...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    |=)| Yes you're absolutely right about the production models and I did edit my post after I posted it to reflect what I meant to say. In the meantime for some reason our posts crossed. ( It's the downside of posting when you're lying in bed half awake. Apologies for my confusing post ) I...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    A lot of criticism of these cameras by some youtube reviewers. I know most new cameras get a bit of stick from some quarters but there does seem to be a number of genuine reservations being expressed by generally thoughtful people. Of course no-one will know until we have a proper look at...
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    Nikon FF (and DX) Mirrorless rumours/ announcements

    Is this useful for wildlife? The thing I wonder is with no telephoto appearing on the roadmap, will birders use one of these with F - mount lenses and converter? Is this a worthwhile idea? I'm not sure. Maybe the D850 will reign supreme for a while yet?
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    How close?

    I might make you laugh, but that's about it |:d|
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    How close?

    Hi Stephen. Yes I shoot RAW so all good there Justin, thanks for these examples. They are really useful illustrations of the type of distance I need to deal with for the results I want. I now realise that my distance was far too far away from the coots for an effective photograph. I will work...
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    How close?

    Well I'm planning on setting something up this weekend and will await results.
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    How close?

    Yes, you're probably a bit worse off than me that way, and being orginally from Glasgow, so it seems comparatively tropical here in the South East. |;| We're hardly like Colorado in Kent, mind you. I've bought a hide for the garden and a bit of camouflage netting for other places so will be...
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    I would love some advice on 8 x 32

    Well you could do worse. At any event, I hope you find a pair that suits you. Interestingly I was in Winchester today for lunch. Nice city
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    I would love some advice on 8 x 32

    Hi Stephen, I found them to be great and quite a bit better than I expected. I didn't feel I missed the higher magnification at all, which had been a concern of mine. They were bright, and they showed me as much detail when I compared them to my wife's 10x42. The Opticrons had much better image...
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    How close?

    Thanks, John. Looks like my 50-70yrds with the 400mm was way too ambitious. It explains why the lens seemed to perform well at home but not in the field! I also appreciate your encouragement. I'm envious of the US light mind you. We don't seem to be that well illuminated here in the UK for a...
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    How close?

    Hi nikonmike, thanks for that. I will post some images later in the week when I get back to my desktop. I know the ISO was pretty high. Yes the light wasn't great. The lens was already wide open and I was trying to keep my shutter speed up to at least 1/800 if I could. I had ISO on auto using...
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    How close?

    Hi Guys I'm a fairly old hand at photography ( weddings portraits etc ) but only recently trying to photograph birds. I'm struggling. I'm trying to adjust my expectations to coincide with reality and I'd appreciate some help. I have recently got my hands on a Canon 400f5.6 and also have a...
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    Lens choice 7d mk1 ( or maybe mk2 )

    Nice. Yes I usually use Lightroom too, but don't have it on the laptop I'm currently using hence the DPP
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    Lens choice 7d mk1 ( or maybe mk2 )

    Hi Peter Interestingly I was just viewing some test shots I did today in fairly dull and very wet weather here. I got up to 3200 nicely and 6400 seems good too. I was processing in DPP4 which I believe has a fairly strong noise reduction filter applied as standard but whatever, I've been really...
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    Lens choice 7d mk1 ( or maybe mk2 )

    Well guys the mk2 is bought as well as the Canon 400mm f5.6. I experimented a little last week and results were encouraging. I'm wondering how this combo will fare in the darker months here in the UK. Anyone with experience with this? I'm particularly wondering how far I can crank up the ISO in...
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