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Old May 7, 2012, 7:56 AM   #1
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Default D300 + 300mm f4 + TC1.7 BIF

It is the first time I'm using this camera/lens combo and the 300mm f4 is very responsive. I noticed it hunts when the light is poor but when it catch focus on the subject never loose it.

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My panning skills are not the best but practice will make it better.

Any suggestions and advice is very welcome.

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Old May 7, 2012, 11:59 AM   #2
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Marcello, Nice action sequence. However, images look a bit soft on my monitor. I can't tell if it is a focus issue or camera motion.

I find panning to be a very difficult skill--especially with a long telephoto lens.

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Hi Jehan,

I don't blame AF of this camera, it is my first day using this combo and definitely it is my lack of panning skills and settings used.

Thank you for your feedback and I'll post more of my pictures today.

Have a great day.

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Marcello, I ran the one image through an Unsharp Mask Filter and I like the way it turned out...hope you do not mind the edit.

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Not a problem and thank you for the suggestion.

Actually I use unsharp mask but in low levels to avoid noise and a grainy finish.

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The hardware combination showsvery nice results Marcelo and your practice will make great results.
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Great 1st series using the 300m + 1.7 Telecon combo.
I noticed that you used a shutter speed of 1/800sec. and an aperture setting of f9 on these shots.

if I could make a suggestion, my own experience is to keep the shutter speed at a minimum of 1/1000 or better yet 1/1250sec. on BIF even with panning. The birds wings move so quickly that you inevitably get motion blur with a setting below 1/1250sec.

FWIW, my settings typically for this type of shooting is:

1- high ISO setting ON: with a range from ISO160 to ISO 800
2- minimum shutter speed set to 1/1000sec.
3- single point AF-C
4- VR ON for hand held shooting
5- shutter release set to S-CH
6 Aperture set to wide open then up to 2stops from wide open (varies with the teleconverter used).
7 Mode: Manual


Not trying to highjack your post but wanted to show how using a faster shutter will make a huge difference in freezing the wings and reduce motion blur.
a couple of results:





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Thank you Bob, practice and passion are the best ingredients for success.


[QUOTE=zig-123;1300002]Great 1st series using the 300m + 1.7 Telecon combo.
I noticed that you used a shutter speed of 1/800sec. and an aperture setting of f9 on these shots.

if I could make a suggestion, my own experience is to keep the shutter speed at a minimum of 1/1000 or better yet 1/1250sec. on BIF even with panning. The birds wings move so quickly that you inevitably get motion blur with a setting below 1/1250sec.

FWIW, my settings typically for this type of shooting is:

1- high ISO setting ON: with a range from ISO160 to ISO 800
2- minimum shutter speed set to 1/1000sec.
3- single point AF-C
4- VR ON for hand held shooting
5- shutter release set to S-CH
6 Aperture set to wide open then up to 2stops from wide open (varies with the teleconverter used).
7 Mode: Manual]


Hi Zig,

Thank you so much for the advice, I need to try different settings and your detailed settings advice will be very helpful for me.


Everything looks good but I'm not sure about the step 5 "shutter release set to S-CH", I have to check my camera and if I have questions about how to set it I will let you know.


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