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Some excellent images, Richard. All nice but I really like the overall images of the wattlebird and honey eater. Very well done.

...Another thing I have noticed is how close many of the birds are using this lens. I'm guessing the 200-500mm suffers from focus breathing.
According to Tom Hogan's review of the 200-500 it does breath significantly. He claims the effective FL at minimum focus distance is more like 400mm. However, regardless of that the specified max reproduction ratio is slightly higher on the 200-500 at .22x versus .18x on the 500 PF.
...The lens would be close to min focus for this shot. Which would make the focus freeze if I was to try and refocus the next shot on a subject in the distance. Refocusing wasn't an issue if the next shot was still in the general vicinity.
I've not noticed this behavior but then again I rarely shoot at minimum focus range. I'll drag mine out and give it a test today when I get a few minutes. The only body I have with me is the D850.
 
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Some excellent images, Richard. All nice but I really like the overall images of the wattlebird and honey eater. Very well done.

Thank you

According to Tom Hogan's review of the 200-500 it does breath significantly. He claims the effective FL at minimum focus distance is more like 400mm. However, regardless of that the specified max reproduction ratio is slightly higher on the 200-500 at .22x versus .18x on the 500 PF.

Thanks for the information. The birds do appear to be closer, particularly when near minimum focus

I've not noticed this behavior but then again I rarely shoot at minimum focus range. I'll drag mine out and give it a test today when I get a few minutes. The only body I have with me is the D850.

It could be my camera, it might need a firmware update.
The same issue occurs if the focus is at the far end, and the next shot is close by.
 
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I ran a quick test today with my 500 PF mounted on a D850. Could not replicate the behavior described. The only issue I was able to create was occasionally if I tried to focus at something closer than minimum focus range and then something just slightly beyond minimum focus. In those cases maybe one out of five times the lens either did nothing or "chattered" making minute changes back and forth. In every case releasing the AF-On button(I use BBF) momentarily and pressing it again corrected the problem. No issues at all going from long range to minimum focus range or the reverse. As stated in your last post I'd make sure the firmware is up to date and give it another test. Hope you get it worked out.
 
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Its the last day of Summer today downunder, my birding outings will be minimal over the next few months, at least I’ll be ready for Spring.
What will you be too busy shoveling snow soon? :rolleyes: :D

Speaking of spring, we hope you folks get covid taken care of down there. Yesterday we booked a flight to Sydney for mid November. Hopefully we won't have to cancel this time.
 
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We here are impatiently waiting for Spring....... ;)

I can only imagine what some of you experience during winter. We have had a mild summer, which is great as we didn’t get the devastating bushfires like we had last season. I guess we could be in for a cold winter.


What will you be too busy shoveling snow soon? :rolleyes: :D

Speaking of spring, we hope you folks get covid taken care of down there. Yesterday we booked a flight to Sydney for mid November. Hopefully we won't have to cancel this time.

Luckily no snow where we live. We do have a beautiful autumn, hopefully we can get out and experience it this year.

I also hope we, like the rest of the world can get on top of COVID. Not only for international travel, but to get some normality back into our lives. The constant lockdowns, closing borders, and rule changes gets tiring real quick, let alone the health risks of COVID.

Fingers crossed your trip doesn’t get cancelled 🤞
 
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Oh I forgot to mention that when I tested the lens I did so with single point, group focus, and auto. No noticeable difference in either case.

Thank you so much for doing these tests for me, very much appreciated.

I did a bit of testing at home and couldn’t replicate it either. Not sure if it was to do with low contrast backdrops as it was with birding. I’ll try it again in the field next weekend.
 
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Thank you Lance


Another thing I have noticed is how close many of the birds are using this lens. I'm guessing the 200-500mm suffers from focus breathing.

Eastern Yellow Robin's are quite small, approx. 160mm or 6in. This is a full frame (no cropping), there is not a lot of area left around the bird. The lens would be close to min focus for this shot. Which would make the focus freeze if I was to try and refocus the next shot on a subject in the distance. Refocusing wasn't an issue if the next shot was still in the general vicinity.

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I think you have all the wildlife in Australia trained to sit for you. Wonderful series - again!
 
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I think you have all the wildlife in Australia trained to sit for you. Wonderful series - again!

LOL, I wish. I tend to go to reserves and gardens with youngish trees, as they are not so high. Even then the birds are not always willing to show themselves in the open, let alone stay still long enough to get some photos, particularly when they hear the shutter.

Thank you for your kind comments
 
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Beautiful shots, this thread could get me into birds! Where do you go to see such a variety of birds?

PS I don’t think #14 is a bird.
 
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Beautiful shots, this thread could get me into birds! Where do you go to see such a variety of birds?

PS I don’t think #14 is a bird.

Thank you!

The majority of my images come from local gardens and reserves.

One of my favorite gardens is the Australian Gardens in Cranbourne which is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens

This is one of the images from their site which I have linked above.
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Many of the birds are used to having people around, although running and screaming children usually do the trick of scaring the birds :(

The gardens extend into the bushland out the back and also to the left of this image. With a large variety of trees, plus good water supplies within the gardens and bushland, they do attract plenty of birds.

And yes, the Southern Brown Bandicoot is not a bird :D

Besides snakes, spiders, fungi, and native orchids, you can also see Australian Swamp Rats within the gardens
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A few images from the weekend

#1 Eastern Spinebill
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#2 Fan-tailed Cuckoo
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#3 Grey Fantail
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#4 Little Pied Cormorant
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#5 New Holland Honeyeater
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It was raining this morning, so the lens and body got tested in the wet.

#1 Eastern Yellow Robin
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#2 Welcome Swallow
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#3 New Holland Honeyeater
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#4 Little Wattlebird
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#5 White-browed Scrubwren
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#6 Superb Fairy-wren
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#7 One from yesterday, Scarlet Robin
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A trip to the Dandenong Ranges this morning

I'm enjoying using this lens, particularly with the new longer foot.

#1 Rose Robin (Male)
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#2 Rose Robin (Female)
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#3 King-Parrot
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A couple more images of the Rose Robin

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#2 Nice to see some autumn colours appearing
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It was cold and wet over the weekend. I managed to get a few photos in between showers, although I did get wet.

#1 Dusky Woodswallow
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#2 Spotted Pardalote
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#3 Eastern Yellow Robin
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#4 Superb Fairy-wren (Male)
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#5 Superb Fairy-wren (Female)
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#6 New Holland Honeyeater
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#7 Brown Thornbill
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#8 Silvereye
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#9 White-browed Scrubwren
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#10 Purple Swamphen
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