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Sony RX10iii for birding/wildlife (1 Viewer)

Sharpbill

Well-known member
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
 

MKinHK

Mike Kilburn
Hong Kong
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.

Cheers
Mike
 

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MKinHK

Mike Kilburn
Hong Kong
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.

Cheers
Mike
 

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cajanuma

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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
 

MKinHK

Mike Kilburn
Hong Kong
A few more shots from last weekend at Pui O Marsh.

Cheers
Mike
 

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MKinHK

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

Cheers
Mike
 

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dacol

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

Dalcio
 

Patudo

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My brother (who has predominantly used point and shoots) got a RX10iii a few weeks back and has been having a lot of fun with it. Things he really likes thus far - great zoom range in a relatively compact package, pretty decent image quality. Main negative thus far is limited battery life. Still getting to grips with settings etc.

Here are a few shots - the Mandarin and coal tit were a park birds snapped at pretty close quarters, the goldfinches near a bird feeder outside a fourth storey apartment window, and the peregrine at the top of an approximately 20-storey building.
 

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Patudo

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Some photos from a visit to Singapore over the Christmas period. I've found the RX10iii a really useful device, with very good reach for its size, capable of delivering some very nice results in the right situation.
 

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MKinHK

Mike Kilburn
Hong Kong
Shocked to see that I've neglected this thread for well over a year.

Here's a few pix from my old patch at San Tin fishponds to prove I haven't been completely idle!

Cheers
Mike
 

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MKinHK

Mike Kilburn
Hong Kong
Here's a few more of Hong Kong's best bird for a while - the long-staying Japanese Night Heron from November/ December last year.

Cheers
Mike
 

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Mike Kilburn
Hong Kong
Here's a few more recent pix from a session with some very cooperative Chinese Pond Herons at Long Valley in Hong Kong
 

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tapaculo

Mildly Obsessed
when the RX10iii shines

I bought an M3 this year (to replace my Canon SX50 and the Nikon P900 that was destroyed when I fell in flooded forest), passing on the M4 because my camera store offered a used M3 for 60% off. I've had some gratifying results with it, sharpness I've never had before, showing the benefits of the larger sensor; a few below, even at slow speed and high ISO. All at full zoom and cropped, drastically reduced file size.

I've also had some disappointing and puzzling results I'll show in another response.
 

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MalR

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Those are very good images. However, I'll be interested to see the images that you consider disappointing/puzzling.

I've been debating for months about getting the RX10iv. I keep convincing myself it's what I need, but I always baulk at the price. In particular, I wonder if I could accept its limitations in poor light. There's no doubt that in good light it performs very well.

Anyway, I'll look forward to your future posts. Like you used to do, I curently use a Canon SX50.


Malcolm
 

Steve Babbs

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Those are very good images. However, I'll be interested to see the images that you consider disappointing/puzzling.

I've been debating for months about getting the RX10iv. I keep convincing myself it's what I need, but I always baulk at the price. In particular, I wonder if I could accept its limitations in poor light. There's no doubt that in good light it performs very well.

Anyway, I'll look forward to your future posts. Like you used to do, I curently use a Canon SX50.


Malcolm

You will find the performance in poor light much better than the Canon, although not up to a SLR. Compared to my 7d mark ii, I'd estimate ( I haven't done precise tests) it is stops worse. But as I used a f5.6 100- 400 for most of my bird/mammal photographs and the lens on the Sony is f4 that's effectively one stop worse.
 
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Patudo

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Which species of sunbird is this? Very nice shots, indeed.

Hi Robert - it's an olive-backed sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis. Singapore's most common sunbird, easily seen all over the island, including in most urban parks etc.

Best regards,
patudo
 

MalR

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You will find the performance in poor light much better than the Canon, although not up to a SLR. Compared to my 7d mark ii, I'd estimate ( I haven't done precise tests) it is stops worse. But as I used a f5.6 100- 400 for most of my bird/mammal photographs and the lens on the Sony is f4 that's effectively one stop worse.


Thanks for that, Steve. I must admit, I struggle to understand the correlation between F stops on these 1-inch sensor cameras versus the equivalent full frame. I get the focal length comparison, but in terms of F stop, is it the case that it lets in the same amount of light, but the performance in terms of field of view and depth of field will be very different?

Malcolm
 

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