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      05-22-2018, 09:08 AM   #11551
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      05-22-2018, 01:22 PM   #11552
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For BIF there is never enough lens
A very unfortunate but true statement! I have been holding off on a longer lens to see what Sony or third party vendors bring to the show. A new Sony 400mm f2.8 is on the way, but will certainly be outside of what I'm willing to pay for a lens until I have more time to spend on photograph (currently a weekend hobby). I may trade in my 70-200MM for the Sony 100-400mm to hold me over until something better comes along. I know Dave gets fantastic results with his set-up.


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That's a pretty bird.
First you get more lens then you figure out you need a better body so you can actually focus on it.
Then you realize you need the better quality longer lens.
A slippery slope.
I have progressed past stages 1 and 2 (Sony NEX 6 -> A6000 -> A6300 (still own) -> A7RIII (absolutely love!)

Stage 3 seems to be the steepest slope! As you can see from my discussion above, it's a much more difficult decision for me. For my long lens needs (more of a want than a need ), I'm still holding out for native Sony mount lenses even though most of the adapted Canon long lenses work relatively well on the A7RII. Nikon lens don't work well on the Sony which is unfortunate since they have some of the best and most innovative long lenses.

The slope is steep, but my wife agrees - - - there are worse vices in life!
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The 400 2.8 is aimed at sports sideline shooters. They are normally too big and heavy to use for BIF. Sony really needs a 500 f4 for their system, but I haven't read anything about one in development. I also use the Sony 100-400 with very good results, and with the 1.4 TC you get a 560mm f8 lens, which works very well.

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I tried to make my own Black&Bleu salad at home. Even though I overcooked the tri tip a bit, it came out pretty good.

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Picked up the feisty little Western Forest Scorpion just out side of Glen Ellen California yesterday.
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Picked up the feisty little Western Forest Scorpion just out side of Glen Ellen California yesterday.
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The 400 2.8 is aimed at sports sideline shooters. They are normally too big and heavy to use for BIF. Sony really needs a 500 f4 for their system, but I haven't read anything about one in development. I also use the Sony 100-400 with very good results, and with the 1.4 TC you get a 560mm f8 lens, which works very well.


IME, there's almost no drawback to using the FE 1.4x teleconverter on either the a8 or a7RIII, with the FE 100-400mm GM attached. Subbing the 2.0x for the 1.4x on the a7RIII yields some stunning results, but then fails to AF precisely in situations where the 1.4x has no issues at all. With the 2.0x, you've got 200-800mm, at good resolution, but you're at f/11!!! It works surprisingly well, but not near the keeper rate for BIF. Still, in good light, the results can be stunning:

Hummer Enjoy Currant Nectar by David Stephens, on Flickr

Note that DOF is really shallow, even at f/11, because I'm pretty near this hummer. Look at the flowers for focus.

For static subjects, the AF works very, very well, with a keeper rate near 100% at f/11.

As for the expected 400/f2.8, I'll need to see how heavy it is. I may just stay with my EF 500/f4. AF isn't ideal with the Canon lens, but it's the right weight and works very well as a 700mm, with the 1.4x TC-III attached.
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Nice catch on the Osprey. Is this Alameda, Mare Island or a secret location?
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As for the expected 400/f2.8, I'll need to see how heavy it is. I may just stay with my EF 500/f4. AF isn't ideal with the Canon lens, but it's the right weight and works very well as a 700mm, with the 1.4x TC-III attached.
Sony may soon have us covered with more options:
https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/new-...t-lens-design/

I've been using the Sony 70-200MM f2.8 with the 1.4X with good results. Here is a hummingbird photo (it is hummingbird week isn't it?) from this past weekend while experimenting with HSS flash. I failed with HSS since I should have been at a higher shutter speed, but still a pleasant photo.
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Nice catch on the Osprey. Is this Alameda, Mare Island or a secret location?
Thanks! It's at Mare Island. There are dozens of nests out there.
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I will be taking the A9 with the 100-400 to Sonoma Raceway this weekend for the Historic's to see how good I can pan with it. From my 1D4, 6 years ago:

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So I went to the practice session at Sonoma Raceway today (which will always be Sears Point to me), and figured this would be an appropriate shot for this board. FWIW, both the RX10 and A9 worked very well for panning. Too dang good cuz I have like 2500 shot to cull.
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Sony may soon have us covered with more options:
https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/new-...t-lens-design/

I've been using the Sony 70-200MM f2.8 with the 1.4X with good results. Here is a hummingbird photo (it is hummingbird week isn't it?) from this past weekend while experimenting with HSS flash. I failed with HSS since I should have been at a higher shutter speed, but still a pleasant photo.
Great hummer shot.

I'm suspecting that the 500/f4 and 600/f4 are 2019 events.

Oh, I wish that I had one now. The EF 500/f4 can be a battle for AF and the same is true with the 100-400mm plus 2.0x, which yields f/11. Even in great light, I still battle AF for BIF, compared to no problemo with the 100-400mm plus 1.4x or bare. I think that the 400/f2.8 is going to be too heavy for me to handhold, but we'll see. A nice 800/f5.6 should be fast.
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