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Old Monday 28th October 2013, 18:37   #1126
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I have recently bought this camera and am in the process of getting to grips with all of the functions.

Some thing that is puzzling me.

What is the difference between using Sports Mode and taking a "burst" of shots, and using SCN High Speed Burst?

Thanks in advance.

I am very very impressed with this camera.
SCN high speed burst takes the AF from the first frame only, the rest of the shots in the burst are taken with no regard to whether or not they are in focus - Also in SCN you are restricted to jpeg and a load of other auto settings.
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Old Tuesday 29th October 2013, 10:07   #1127
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Here's a pic that shows the SX50's amazing ability to pull a bird out of the clutter.

This Lanceolated Warbler was running around my feet among a tangle of branches, making it very difficult to get a clean shot. Even though the head is chopped off the fact that the camera focused on the bird instead on one of the many intervening and background branches is, to me at least, little short of miraculous.

The other shot is a full frame Daurian Redstart that seems to have appointed itself as chief show-off. Even with some processing (very simple stuff on iPhoto and my Mac's Preview function) it still looks a bit soft to me.

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Old Tuesday 29th October 2013, 13:57   #1128
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Looks fine to me Mike. I'd be very pleased with that redstart.

Took probably my best shot with the SX50 a couple of weeks ago in Jordan. Was able to get reasonably close to a party of Little Green Bee-eaters and this one was in the beautifully dappled shade of an acacia providing amazing light.

No doubt still "record shot" quality for some but I was pleased :)
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Old Tuesday 29th October 2013, 14:31   #1129
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Great shot Brian, can I ask how close you were ?
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Old Tuesday 29th October 2013, 15:01   #1130
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The other shot is a full frame Daurian Redstart that seems to have appointed itself as chief show-off. Even with some processing (very simple stuff on iPhoto and my Mac's Preview function) it still looks a bit soft to me.
Hi Mike and Brian, for what it's worth I think your Redstart and Bee eater pics are about as good as it gets with SX50... yes they a tad on the soft side but given all the other advantages that the camera offers they certainly are good enough for nice record shots. I'm getting similar quality pics so am now concentrating on developing my speed and skill at rapid deployment of the camera, getting the record shots in the bag to leave me free to enjoy and study the birds behaviour.

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Old Tuesday 29th October 2013, 15:59   #1131
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I'm still working on trying to get decent image quality.
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I'd certainly be happy with that shot. As good as some of my best that were at maximum zoom in the sunshine.
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Old Tuesday 29th October 2013, 19:32   #1132
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Great shot Brian, can I ask how close you were ?
Wouldn't like to say. Was pretty close though. <10m?
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Old Tuesday 29th October 2013, 20:47   #1133
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Don't get me wrong Brian, I am delighted with the Daurian Redstart shot.

However your Bee-eater, especially the detail in the feathering around the bill, and other pix on the thread shows that it is possible to get better definition.

If I can consistently nail shots like the redstart I'll be very happy Clive, but Brian's shot and many others on here provide a target beyond the capabilities of any kit I've used before and, in a good way, it niggles!

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Old Wednesday 30th October 2013, 11:59   #1134
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Kingfisher

Kingfisher, taken today in Poole Harbour. 1.5xTC used, about 15mtrs away.
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Old Wednesday 30th October 2013, 12:02   #1135
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Beautiful! (i.e. the kingfisher!)
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Old Wednesday 30th October 2013, 14:34   #1136
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This is the most interesting photo I have a a kingfisher so far. It's hovering before a plunge but then changed it's mind.

Taken with the SX50 at max optical zoom and 1.5X teleconverter.
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Old Wednesday 30th October 2013, 22:34   #1137
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Always a great read and some smashing shots with this little camera. A few shots from recent times, all taken in JPEG as I havnt got around to mastering RAW as yet.
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Old Thursday 31st October 2013, 15:53   #1138
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This morning several sparrows smashed into my glass door between my basement office and the driveway and this one was sitting on a cooler I have outside for several minutes getting over the shock before flying off. So I had the opportunity to get very close. It's there less than 3 feet away when I stand at the doorstep.

I've observed of the SX50 that when doing closeup at short distances it has a much easier time focusing when the 2x converter is on. Without changing the optical zoom if can frequently get a focus with the converter on and not get a focus when the converter is off. I can also use more optical zoom for a closeup with the 2x when it will not focus at all without it.

Here are two shots. I was able to get a closer photo with better focus using the 2x converter. I know that this isn't scientific but it's an example of a long time observation that the SX50 is better able to focus on close things with the 2x on.

It was also a very dark morning. Dark clouds/low light.
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Old Saturday 2nd November 2013, 08:23   #1139
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A couple from last week. 1.5 TC used on the CB.
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Old Saturday 2nd November 2013, 17:34   #1140
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Great flight shot Sir may I ask your settings for it
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Great flight shot Sir may I ask your settings for it
I was playing with the camera at the time Big. I think it was TV mode with the shutter speed at its fastest.

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Old Monday 4th November 2013, 21:36   #1142
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I want to thank all who have written in this thread. I buy the camera in march after reading two dozens pages of the thread. I have not been here since then. I was using the camera. My experience is very positive. I was taking photos with a skywatcher 600 ed in primary focus and a canon d5000. It was good for harens or ducks in a lagoon, but not so good for small birds in constant movement from a branch to other. Too slow. It is large easier walk and see birds now. I only have bad results still with flying birds of prey.
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Old Tuesday 5th November 2013, 07:21   #1143
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Old Wednesday 6th November 2013, 02:05   #1144
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Tele-converter

There has been some discussion on this thread about why the tele-converter works better than digital zoom. I have not seen this response so forgive me if it is a repeat. I just discovered this statement in the manual, (I'm sure you have all read every word of the manal:=),

"This can reduce camera shake because the shutter speed is faster than it would be if you zoomed out digitally to the same zoom factor." interesting.
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Old Wednesday 6th November 2013, 03:18   #1145
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Just a couple of pics

Since everyone else has posted some results, here are some of mine. Again, most are pretty soft but so much better than my previous digiscoping efforts that I am really happy with the SX50.
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Wonderful shots of the woodpeckers Don!

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A couple shots for the other day and today.

First what I believe is a cooper's hawk. It was in the shadows against a bright blue sky and I had to make large adjustments to brightness and contrast to be able to get the colors out. Not great but good enough for ID.

The other is a rare visitor to my yard. Eastern Towhee. They are not rare in my area but I have never seen one in my yard. This one appears to be getting ready to go south as they are listed as summer only residents of Massachusetts.
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A couple shots for the other day and today.

First what I believe is a cooper's hawk. It was in the shadows against a bright blue sky and I had to make large adjustments to brightness and contrast to be able to get the colors out. Not great but good enough for ID.

The other is a rare visitor to my yard. Eastern Towhee. They are not rare in my area but I have never seen one in my yard. This one appears to be getting ready to go south as they are listed as summer only residents of Massachusetts.
Cool stuff. Really like the sharpness on your Towhee shots. My SX50 should arrive tomorrow to replace my dreadful FUJI Finepix S2500HD (aka the AA battery drainer... argh).
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Keep trying various settings,but don't quite seem to be able to get the same sharpness as some other users.
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Old Sunday 10th November 2013, 19:19   #1150
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Keep trying various settings,but don't quite seem to be able to get the same sharpness as some other users.
Just out of interest how tight are you cropping your shots and are you going into the digital zoom? This will invariably affect them.

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