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1st Post with my new 300/f4

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Nikam, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. (and new 500D) Not the usual type of post with this lens, but I've been stuck at home with no vehicle and a back yard with no birds. I couldn't wait to try out the lens, so I put the new 500D on it to give it a go. The lighting was pretty harsh, but I'm quite pleased with this lens combo. The 1st one is at 1/20s and the 2nd at 1/25s, both stopped down to f22.

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  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl

    Thats just great..

    Beautiful Drgons...
  3. cknight


    May 2, 2005
    Madison, AL
    Cool shots. I don't see too many of these with that kind of DOF. I'm assuming you were using a tripod? Are these cropped at all?
    I'll probably be getting one of the 500Ds before too long to go with my 300F4.
  4. Really nice shots Dennis. The more I see of the 500D in combo with other lenses the more I wish I had one.
  5. Thanks Gale. I was lucky, it flew away a couple of times as I was setting up and came back and landed on the same seed pod each time.
  6. Thanks Chris,

    I was using a tripod with a remote and I also used mirror lock-up. The lens goes up to f32 and I shot these at f22, which I thought would maintain reasonable sharpness with good depth of field. The shots are uncropped and this isn't a large dragonfly - the seedpods are about three-quarter of an inch across for comparison.
  7. Very nice and something different.
  8. Thanks, Gordon.

    I needed some macro capability and this was a relatively cheap solution. I haven't tried it out with the 70-200 VR yet, but from what I've seen in other posts, that combination also does fine.
  9. Hmmmm 300/f4 & 500D..... ????

    Very sharp shots Dennis. I also like the hues in these pics. The glowing brown of the dragonfly against the darker background and the beige foreground~Nice!!
  10. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Good lens combo Dennis, and very nice shots. I can foresee more good images coming out of this set-up. :wink:
  11. Jim,

    Thanks. I really bought the lens to give me some more reach with the birdies when combined with the 1.7TC but I couldn't wait to try it out.
  12. Kevin,

    Thanks for the kind comments. Do I detect a smidgeon of LLD? :)  :)  You own the expensive part - the 300f/4. The 500D should also work well with your 80-200 zoom.
  13. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    Excellent. Now I have to get a 500D too :) 
    Thanks for great shots and spending my money :lol:
  14. Frank,

    Thanks. I did a few flowers around the yard earlier in the day, and on the first few I didn't have it stopped down enough to get a decent depth of field. Stopped down, it seems to have a pretty good depth of field.
  15. Very nice Dennis. I guess I should throw the 500d on my 300mm f4 and give it a try.
  16. Neat captures and well done Dennis!!!! As you know I luv dragons. You may have given me the urge to go play tomorrow if it stops raining!! Glad to see you finally got the 300mm, man that was a long time for them to find you one....congrats!
  17. Scott,

    Thanks. Do try it. Most posts I've seen with the 500D have been with the 70-200VR. However, it said it worked best with telephotos - so I thought I'd give it a try with the 300f/4 to see what it would do. It certainly gets you right in there.
  18. Keith,

    Thanks. I was beginning to think it would never show up but I phoned to check last week and one had just come in. Before they could ship it, the AC adapter that was also backordered came in too so I ordered a visible dust kit and finally have a clean sensor. The guy I bought the camera off had never cleaned it so it had a few spots.

    Sounds like you had a great trip last week. look forward to your posts.
  19. That combo, apart from beiing b*****y heavy and bulky, seem to give excellent results in sharpness ! These damselflies are nice to shoot as they usually stay where they are long enough for us to set the distance and shoot !
    Good job !!!
  20. Thanks Jean-Pierre. It is pretty bulky but these were just outside my back door so it wasn't a problem. This particular one took off twice, but came back to the same spot each time.
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