Critique First time with a long lens

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From my first outing with the 500PF at a wildlife safari park. Before today, I had never used a lens longer than 300. I was surprised how difficult it is to achieve accurate focus even at f/5.6 with the increased focal length. Although I'm quite pleased with the initial results, I have much to learn about using this focal length. Please comment with any suggestions for improvement.

1. Elk
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2. Rolling Bison
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3. Grazing Bison
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4. Sandhill Crane
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5. Wounded Eagle
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6. Pelicans
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Your first time?!! Outstanding photos. Beautiful colors and very sharp.
Thanks, Jim
Great series! I don’t see a problem with any of them. Jeff
Thanks, Jeff.
I see no problems! Keep at it, you'll just get better. LOVE #4!
Thanks! I have a soft spot for this particular species.
Nice set, that lens is so much fun
Good job. You will love the lens, especially those creatures that charge or run away.
Thanks, Randy and Allan. I'm glad to finally be in the club!
 
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These look pretty good. I have never shot with the 500pf, but in general at that length you would do even better with a faster shutter speed. Especially with the d6 give it some iso and let the shutter speed go up.
Enjoy the great glass. Nice pictures
Gary
 
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These look pretty good. I have never shot with the 500pf, but in general at that length you would do even better with a faster shutter speed. Especially with the d6 give it some iso and let the shutter speed go up.
Enjoy the great glass. Nice pictures
Gary
Thanks for that tip, Gary. I guess 1/50" is pretty slow even with VR!

Congrats, you've got a classic lens that the more you shoot with the more you'll love it. #5 is super.
Thanks, Louis! I actually felt I was too close.

Nice stuff. I don't shoot that lens but I've seen what it can do. Post some more! (What park was this?)
Will do, Bobby.

Nice set. Looks like you're off to a good start.
Thanks, Dan.
 
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Four more...

7. Headshot
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8. Head to Head
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9. An artsy manipulation
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10. Really?
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I hope it is not too late to ask this question as I only joined the forum in the last few days. Can you tell me what camera you use and what lens you were concerned about, as I have had a Sigma c 150-600 f5 6.3 for about a week and I am finding it hard to hand hold at anything above 450mm and at 600mm it is really hard to keep it steady.

So would really appreciate any advice you can give me. My preferred image of yours is number 9 and if you were concerned about handling the lens from these images I have no idea why.
 

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