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Old Mar 22, 2013, 12:44 AM   #1
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Default Flying Great Blue Heron at Quarry Lake

I have bumped into a few GBHs recently. I was lucky enough to snap a few pictures of this GBH flying around noon time at Quarry Lake today.
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Old Mar 23, 2013, 11:31 AM   #2
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Default Same GBH on the ground

Here is a couple pictures of this GBH on the ground.
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Nice GBH series.
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Old Mar 23, 2013, 9:23 PM   #4
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Thanks, Mugmar!
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hi can i ask what distance were you from the subject. thinking of this lens for myself but torn between that and the canon 100-400L great shots
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The lens was mounted on my Canon 5D MKII and the pictures were taken hand-held without a tripod, The first still pictures was about70 ft and the second still pictures was about40 ft. The flying ones, I couldn't say how far because he took of so fast and the lens takes a couple seconds to lock in, but it wasn't that far away.

If you have an APS-C sensor DSLR, you have to use a monopod for support because your DSLR is shooting at 800mm equivalent instead of 500mm on a full frame, unless you have a pair of really steady hands.

I would say the performance is probably better on the Canon 100-400mm L, I am still trying to figure out which mode of focusing is better. The above pictures were taken with mode 1.
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