80-400 VR does Snow Geese

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Jim Strathearn, Sep 4, 2005.

  1. I'm trying to hone my skill with the 80-400 VR at 400mm on a monopod. Sometimes I think I can get that combo to work... Here are some Snow Geese. All at 400mm, f/7.1, 200 ISO:




    Tried the same technique with Canada Geese and didn't get the same results:


    Would you think that this is more of an issue of my panning technique or did the lens just not focus? I had the camera set to AF-C...

    Thanks for looking!

    P.S. Are these images too large?
  2. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005

    They all look pretty good to me. Maybe you didn't post the Canada goose shot that you meant to, because there's nothing wrong with this one. :wink:
  3. Thanks Frank, but when you look at the pic of the Canada Goose at full size, it's quite soft. Maybe I should post a crop...

    Here are two crops:
    Snow Goose:

    Canada Goose:

    Thanks for looking!
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  4. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005

    I forgot to answer your question. No, you images are not too large. Even a little bigger wouldn't be (except of course for the poor folks that are using dial-up).
  5. I was uploading images, please try again.
  6. I have never had good luck with a monopod but it seems you have done quite well. The first image is really nice and sharp. I do see what you mean about the Canadain goose being just a tad soft.
  7. Are there any telltale ways of distinguishing between motion blur and just plain OOF?
  8. jaminphoto


    Jul 7, 2005
    SF Bay area
    Usually I looked for object at different distances, if there is something sharp somewhere then its OOF. If its motion blur then nothing in the picture is sharp. In your example its easiest to see at the grass, you can see on your goose pic it sharp just at the same distance with the goose head/eye.

  9. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    1st very nice shots. I swear by my Monopod (till I get a decent tripod)
    As mentioned before motion blur means the entire frame is soft. OOF only particular area is soft. Hope that helps
  10. I think these are great!

    I really REally want a 80-400 VR. Of course, I want a 200-400 VR TOO!

    But, the 80-400 VR seems to produce some sharp images.

    Keep them coming.....
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