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Old Jan 22, 2019, 9:25 PM   #1
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Got taken in by all the hype regarding the DA 55-300 PLM lens. Supposed to be "fast focusing" As you can tell -not a chance. Tried to correct using unsharp mask & the sharpening tool. This bird was not flying fast.
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Old Jan 23, 2019, 1:57 PM   #2
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G'day mate

Don't give up too soon !!! ~ and maybe Rocky can assist here with some direct ecperience as well. I have many "very similar" images from BIF and they all get deleted very quickly

The image strikes me as a) over exposed badly and b) slow on the shutter speed
So - A couple of things ...
1) the exif data is not available ... what s/speed particularly was used?
2) being a "very white bird", I would normally set EV to minus 0.7 before starting shooting
3) I would up the s/speed to about 1/2500 to 1/4000 with similar increase in ISO to maybe 800 or even higher!

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Thanks for your info-shutter speed was 1/500. ISO 800 shot in RAW/DNG. No exposure compensation. I don’t usually photo wildlife-especially BIF. Will definitely use your suggestions next time. Thanks
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G'day mate

I have tried for years to get some half-decent BIF pics - often using s/speeds similar to those use for racing cars .... 1/500 to 1/1000 and getting nowhere. I started to look at Rocky's wonderful bird pics to find his s/speeds were always better than 1/2000, sometimes 1/4000 ~ so started to 'up' my s/speeds as well. It also needed me to up the ISO as well

Here's links to two of my recent postings - each showing s/speed data

https://forums.steves-digicams.com/a...nsects-226493/

https://forums.steves-digicams.com/a...-today-226494/

Look 'em up and note the sort of settings I have needed for the subject and have another go yourself using something similar

Hope this helps
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That’s what I am looking for-surprised at the shutter speed-I have “frozen” hummingbird wings @ 1/4000. Definitely will adjust my settings next time
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I am quite happy with mine, I did pan for motion

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That's quite the photo!

I've got the original version of the 55-300 and haven't gotten along well with it. Is the PLM better optically as well as AF etc.?
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That's quite the photo!

I've got the original version of the 55-300 and haven't gotten along well with it. Is the PLM better optically as well as AF etc.?
Thanks, It is rated slightly better in IQ I have a good copy of the old 55-300 and found the PLM slightly better.
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G'day JJ

Now that you've had some extra time to play with your new toy - any better as to results?
Has a different shooting regime improved things?

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