After my recent trip to Phu Khieo, I decided I could not take the drive home in one go. So I decided to take a detour and stay off in Nakorn Sawan and have a quick visit to Bueng Boraphet before heading into Bangkok. The weather was threatening heavy rain BUT the sun kept stealing through and I got a couple of hours to test "hernia" (see the Phu Khieo post) some more, and with the 1.4 convertor.
I am very pleased with the results so far even though its easy to find stuff and nothing exotic. I still have a lot to learn but its a start and with the decent weather about to hit us in a month or so I am going to have lots to keep me busy/practicing.
onflipflops wrote: Any Siamese Crocodiles around? I've heard they can be seen there.
You really got into bird photography? Or do you actually have other plans in mind with your monster lens?
I didn't known that (Siamese Crocs), I was just in the "experimental fish section" so did not go over to the park side. As it was Saturday I thought there would be lots of people at the park - I really don't like crowds. Crowds and public speaking - my two ideas of hell.
Am I becoming a birder? "Nay, nay, thrice nay sir". Thats given me a chuckle. The "hernia" is for mammals but its a lens that requires "technique" so birds are the easiest for me to practice on to get the technique right. But, I have to say it has been very enjoyable so far :+) I am beginning to see what the pull is for bird photographers.
For me birds are to fill up the time between reptile and mammal sightings ;)
Indeed great subjects to practise on. I guess I have mostly learned to aim fast by shooting birds in flight.
And getting a great shot of any animal, rare or common, is always fun. It really does not matter if it has feathers, scales, or fur.
It surely needs some practise to handle a long telephoto, especially if following action, but in the end I think these are the easiest lenses to get good results.
Simply because of the narrow angle of view the camera will much easier get the right exposure when metering the light, the subject will be larger in the frame so that makes accurate focusing easier, the narrow depth of field that comes naturally with these lenses adds to that and makes it easy to get aesthetically pleasing results.
So as soon as you get used to the aiming, the results are almost guaranteed to be great.
Of course there are disadvantages, the weight, manoeuvrability and the high magnification doesn't go well with shaky hands.
Can't wait to get to see your future mammal shots!
My set up is a 300mm 2.8 with a 1.5x adapter. I have rigged a way with climbing gear for me to carry it hanging on the front of my 5.11 back pack as its an absolute beast to carry. Being on the front allows me to shoot rapidly during walks and also gives some balance by having weight in the pack on my back and in the front.
I will someday add a 500 or 600mm but thus far bought too many toys for this year
My lens is mostly suited for mammals and what some suggest is the highest level of lens you can get while shooting without a tripod. Whenever I can I do try to shoot with monopod or tripod
I do enjoy shooting birds, but they have to be fairly close and ideally without the adapter to allow a full f/2.8 which gives stunning results
And the body you use, Jontahan, is that full frame or a 1.6 crop factor body? If the latter, that should give you quite a long focal length at a usable f-stop!
When I was thinking of a new camera, I first thought the most ideal would be to have a crop-factor body (1.5x in my case for Nikon) with a telephoto lens, and a second body fullframe for wide-angle stuff. But then I saw 'the light'. With the easy accessible in-camera settings to switch between frame size plus the high resolution of the D810 that would give me both cameras in one. Saved me some money ;)
After playing a bit with the camera settings i have simply set one of the function buttons to switch between full-frame and the 1.5x-crop. While one finger holds the function button and the other turns the wheel it switches between these two frame sizes. With the 36mp body it still leaves about 15mp in crop-frame which I consider plenty (up until last month I only had 12mp fullframe and have made large prints with these).
A 300mm 2.8 is indeed very cool! But too heavy for me, and more importantly, too expensive, haha.
The ultra-light new Nikon 300mm f/4 E PF VR is great, especially at the price it sells here in Thailand. And I am quite happy with the results when coupled with the 1.4x converter. But surely the extra stop of light that the f2.8 lens would give makes quite a difference! Not to mention the tougher built quality.
A fixed 500mm or 600mm is still a long way away for me, haha.
Something got lost, but I guess you mean the 5D mark II ;)
I guess the mark IV won't come now they have the high res 5Ds (R).
Surely that 5Ds could do exactly what I do with the NIkon D810; Crop to half frame size and still keep more than enough resolution.
Some might say you could crop back home, which is true, though cropping in-camera means more speed (the D810 can shoot 6fps in crop mode, instead of 5fps in full frame (apparently even 7fps with batterygrip which I don't have)), less memory use because of smaller files and therefore also faster workflow at home.
The latter is not unimportant, at least at the moment my 'old' laptop runs quite slow if playing with these big files in image editing software.