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Old Mar 6, 2007, 1:25 PM   #1
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I borrowed my friends Canon 20D and rented the Canon EF 300mm f4 IS USM with a Canon EF 1.4x II Extender. Here are some shots. These shots were taken at the Bolsa Chica Wildlife Refuge and the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Red shouldered hawk.



Great tailed Grackle.



Black necked stilt.



Swallow.



Snowyegret landing.



Double breasted Cormorant.



American Kestrel.



Snowy Egret.



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Old Mar 6, 2007, 2:06 PM   #2
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You NAILED them. A beautiful series. Youd did gooood.

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Nice shots of a great assortment of birds.
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Old Mar 6, 2007, 4:45 PM   #4
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Nice selection - I really like the last one.

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Old Mar 6, 2007, 6:44 PM   #5
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Very nice series! My favorite would be the Kestrel. BTW... the landing Egret is also a Snowy.
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Old Mar 6, 2007, 6:46 PM   #6
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Doh! Silly me. Thank you for catching that.

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Old Mar 6, 2007, 9:10 PM   #7
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Nice series Royce! The Kestrel and flared Snowy are wonderful!
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Old Mar 6, 2007, 9:27 PM   #8
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Great series! How did you like that lens? I have the converter and thought about buying the lens...Donna
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Old Mar 7, 2007, 12:02 AM   #9
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Hello Donna,

I only had the lens for 2 days (rental), so I don't really have alot of experience with it over all. I definitely don't think that I got the most out of it as far as image quality. I've seen some great pics from other users and I don't think that I was able to produce the same results with the limited time I had with the lens. Also on one of the days, it was quite overcast and poor lighting conditions which doesn't help. I'm new to Canon so I'm still trying to learn their metering system. The lens + extender had a good solid weight to it, but it was still hand holdable for shots, even birds in flighting. Catching birds in flight with a fixed focal length lens of 420mm definitely has a learning curve to it. I previously used a sigma 70-300 which allowed me to zoom out when I lost track of the bird. Not so with a prime lens. The image stabilization was nice as well has the HSM. I didn't try the lens without the extender so I don't know if the extender effects autofocus speed or image quality. All of these shots were taken wide open, so I don't know if it would have been sharper if I had stopped down. I am also going to rent the Canon EF 400mm f5.6 and try that out before I settle on which to buy. I've heard great things about that lens as it is especially effective for bird in flight shots, which I try to capture. However that lens does not have image stabilization.

Here are a few more shots from the weekend with this lens.



Here's the Kestrel eating a lizard. I watched as he ate the whole thing, claws, tail and all.


A willet coming in for a landing.


A white faced ibis posing and singing to a another passing ibis.


A great egret flying over the marshes.


An american avocet.

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Good shooting royce
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