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Old Sep 27, 2011, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default handheld Herons ? at 600mm

No I wasn't holding a heron in my hand ...
I've been playing around a bit with my sigma 100-300 f4, and 2x tc.
and since I got myself a Cullman Cruizer (what can be used as a shoulderpod) I've been having more luck getting pictures at this focal length.
(all manual settings)

I'm also having some problems with my eyes so if the images are over sharpened please tell.

first set at
Exposure Time: 1/1500
F Number: 4.5 * 2
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 300 * 2


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#3

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#4 - this one was a bit of focus, but at this size it doesn't show.
Exposure Time: 1/750
F Number: 4 * 2
ISO Speed Ratings: 560
Focal Length: 300 * 2


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Exposure Time: 1/1000
F Number: 4 * 2
ISO Speed Ratings: 560
Focal Length: 300 * 2



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Very nice, Ronny.
At 600mm with a T/C you can't get much better!
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You got some fine shots of one of my favorite subjects, not an easy bird to shoot

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Old Sep 27, 2011, 1:30 PM   #4
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Very nice, Ronny.
At 600mm with a T/C you can't get much better!
Thanks GW,

don't think I'm gonna get something in the 600mm range without tc.
I'm sure I would be sleeping with it in front of the house
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 1:32 PM   #5
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You got some fine shots of one of my favorite subjects, not an easy bird to shoot

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Thanks Hans,

this fall Herons are appearing again, normally we have them the whole year, but this year was strange. Even stranger for the cormorants, normally we have 10 to 15 hanging around this pound, now I'm lucky to find one.

Really don't know what happened.
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Ronny - so sorry to hear about the eye problems - will keep you in my prayers for a quick and complete recovery!

These look very nice - great color and composition, fine action. But they do seem just a little lacking in detail - is that an effect of the TC? Just wondering, have never used one myself...
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They don't look over-sharpened on my monitor, they look pretty good. The first one looks a bit flat (literally, not as in color/tone flat) to me - probably the angle/lack of shadow or something, don't know why. It's not a criticism as it doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the photo, just a comment about the picture.

My only experience with a 2X TC was dreadful, your results here are really good. Perhaps I'm too quick to dismiss all 2X TC's as being too compromising to bother with.
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Ronny - so sorry to hear about the eye problems - will keep you in my prayers for a quick and complete recovery!

These look very nice - great color and composition, fine action. But they do seem just a little lacking in detail - is that an effect of the TC? Just wondering, have never used one myself...
Thanks Mole,

I don't know if the missing detail is the result of the tc or me overdoing the post processing, and with removing the small bit of noise removing the detail.

I know the tc has a slight blurring effect, but I haven't noticed it.

Gonna try to see where I or the tc went wrong.
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They don't look over-sharpened on my monitor, they look pretty good. The first one looks a bit flat (literally, not as in color/tone flat) to me - probably the angle/lack of shadow or something, don't know why. It's not a criticism as it doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the photo, just a comment about the picture.

My only experience with a 2X TC was dreadful, your results here are really good. Perhaps I'm too quick to dismiss all 2X TC's as being too compromising to bother with.
Thanks Harriet,

I had the same feeling about tc's before I got the k5. When you add a 1.4 or 2tc you are loosing light, and doubling the focal length. What would mean you have to turn your iso 4x up to get the same exposure with double the shutterspeed.

With the k20 I didn't wanted to go above iso400. Got some great shots above it but I never felt good.
Now with the k5 the 1600 (and above) is usable... what is already 4x higher.

If you still have the 2x you might give it another chance.

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Very nice shots. Really like the first one.
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