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Old Jan 28, 2005, 6:29 AM   #1
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It was finally a bright, sunny day albeit a bit chilly (5F when I started out, and
13F by the end of the day). So, I found it to be a great chance to try out
a Tamron 2X converter. Autofocus? Won't autofocus in single point mode,
will work in multipoint mode, but more often than not will chose one of the
outer points. Conclusion, manual focus only was way to go. As far as the
results, judge for yourself from these photos.

Anyone who has tried to photograph these guys know, that seeing them in
the open is a rare event. But, this guy was pretty much unconcerned that
I was around and let me get really close, so I had to get some photos. So,
sorry about all the branches but it was a test on this combo.

Supposed to be bright and sunny again today, will try shots @ full 400 zoom.
Hopefully I'll find something to photograph.

Settings for all photos: ISO 400, Av mode, f/6.3 (add a couple stops for the
converter), 100-400 set @ 300mm (600 mm w/converter), all hand held.

Processing on all: 1.0, 75% USM w/ 40-50% luminosity fade followed by
0.3,100% USM w/40-50% luminosity fade, then resize and save for web for
100k file size. 75% crops of full frame to center subject. For some reason
I was setting my attention on the eyes, maybe he was hypnotizing me!

Photo # 1 , 1/500 sec


Photo # 2 a 50% crop of #1 to illustrate more detail


Photo # 3 , 1/500 sec


Photo # 4 , 1/400 sec
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Old Jan 28, 2005, 9:21 PM   #2
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Hi Wodmeister. Looks like you have a winner with the 2x. The eyes in the first 3 are crystal clear, #4 looks a little soft but I don't know how you got them as good as you did with all those branches. I ordered a tamron 1.4 today. I'm assuming it will autofocus with the zigma 135-400 and also with the canon 100-400L when I get it. You have the 1.4x also don't you.
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Old Jan 28, 2005, 10:46 PM   #3
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Looks like a good combination to me, I'm impressed with that Tamron so far. Love those catbirds, their meow is special, not to mention the other sounds that come from it.
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Old Jan 29, 2005, 1:15 AM   #4
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very nice and sharp, why are they called cat birds, a meal for cats or what????
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Old Jan 30, 2005, 10:03 PM   #5
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Nice shots woodmiester. The 100x400 seems to work well for you. I have been think about getting one, do you recommend it for my 20d. Been using a 70x200 with a 1.4 but need more tele.

Any thoughts would be most helpful.
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Old Jan 31, 2005, 4:44 AM   #6
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Thanks for the comments! The 2X did soften things a bit and had to sharpen
a little more than usual, but was not nearly as bad as I thought it would have
been.

Golfer, I am really pleased with the 100-400L. The IS has been a big help
in getting more of the shooting from the hip shots than I was able to get
before. It is slower than other L-glass offerings, but it is a relative "bargain"
compared to them.
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Nice detail considering it is 2x on 100-400L.

Aladyforty - I think they call it 'catbird' asthis birdsounds like a cat.
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I am impressed. They look very nice and sharp.
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