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   Old Thread  #2452 19 May 2020 at 7.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wow

Amazing that spider picture, you can see all the eyes
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   Old Thread  #2451 19 May 2020 at 1.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Mk4 Snoot - best yet - lovely wide dispersion.
Crinkled foil lined and double layer of Polystyrene foam sheet on the front.






Downy Jumper - on the bathroom window sill, narrowly escaped the hoover!

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   Old Thread  #2450 3 May 2020 at 6.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've seen those mushroom images before, they do look great, I might have a go with light painting flowers this week

I don't really do photo forums, there's a few sites I visit for inspiration but photographers seem a pretty argumentative bunch

I have been trying a few things this week on a sort of dramatic, emotive level, a kind of cathartic release, but I can't quite get them right and they're probably a bit 'dark' to share on here.
I might check out that forum for some constructive criticism if I can get them closer to the original vision
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   Old Thread  #2449 3 May 2020 at 6.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A couple of good people to watch on YouTube
Stewart Wood for macro
Jordi Koalitic has some fantastic creative ideas
And take a look at some mushroom light photography, amazing stuff.

Also not sure if you are a member but Talk photography is a fantastic forum, lots of stuff their to discuss.
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   Old Thread  #2448 3 May 2020 at 6.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That nikon has been the lens that keeps cropping up in my research, but I don't have an adaptor for nikon glass and focus and V.R are pretty sketchy with the available adaptors by most accounts.
Lots of rumours that some of my favourite olympus lenses are made by sigma, plus being relatively new to photography compared to yourself, I've only really known sigma to make excellent, affordable but huge lenses.
I've ordered a new body so I'll have a play with it, see how it copes with c-af with the Canon glass I have, and if its use able I'll see what's cheapest if there isn't much between them.

Ken, macro is great for finding something interesting while confined, there's only so many times I could walk round the same garden though. I'm playing with flash a lot this week, studio portrait type stuff, water splashes etc, it'll give my flowers a chance to bloom and look very different in a fortnight

Keebs mentioned some of the projects in magazines being good, I picked up a copy of digital camera, seems to be mostly photoshop projects and adverts I think if I wasn't still working I might use this time to get my head around photoshop, but I just don't enjoy the bit between pressing the shutter and the finished image

Thanks for the help guys
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   Old Thread  #2447 3 May 2020 at 2.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Likewise, I didn't go off-brand until recently. The tsunamis, and what they did to production over there, meant that some firms are rumoured to have outsourced some production to Sigma and Tamron. Whether that is what has improved the quality of their own products I don't know but certainly the lenses those two are banging out now are great quality as well as great value.
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   Old Thread  #2446 3 May 2020 at 1.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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F4.5 at 900mm, if you get some good shots at that it would be good to see.
I don't have any Tamron lenses but going back a few years there was a noticeable difference in lens quality between the two but I think now they are both on par with each other. My favourite Sigma lens is the 105mm macro but that's probably due to the lockdown and when that ends I will be out photographing birds and landscapes so the macro will be consigned to my bag again.
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   Old Thread  #2445 3 May 2020 at 12.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That 60-600mm is a bit daft. I borrowed one a while back and while I can see the appeal of having the shorter end when shooting sports and stuff, I wasn't that impressed. I tested the Sigmas, Tamron and the Nikon 200-500mm.

TLDR version, the Tamron with the 1.4x is lighter so rated that highest. Real world sharpness is fine for all of them. I have to admit I really like the Nikon, I did a head to head with an old 500mm f4 and it did great but against the others I'd buy the Tamron on a value for money basis.
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   Old Thread  #2444 3 May 2020 at 12.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I can see the 2x would be a last resort, f13 when you want shutterspeeds in the thousands must be a problem. That's why I hope it plays nicely with the speed booster, 900mm ish equivalent at f4. 5ish sounds pretty good to me.
Google started giving me ads and reviews for the 60-600, that looks a serious lens!
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   Old Thread  #2443 3 May 2020 at 11.57am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use the sigma 150mm 600mm contemporary lens.
With the X2 Tele converter Image degregation is quite noticeable with the X2 converter the best f stop you can get is f13, you loose a couple of stops of light and I would recommend manual focus as auto is very slow with the X2 on.
When I photograph birds I use AF-C and the X2 is not good enough for that
The lens without any converter seems at its best around 500mm
Have a friend with the sport version and really the only difference I could see was the weight of the sport was much more, the price and maybe a fraction faster in focusing.
I would think the 1.4 converter would be better with the 600mm and would be better with a crop sensor
Also I only used the converter with a heavy tripod as hand held at full stretch there was too much hand shake for me.
I must say the Sigma 150mm to 600mm is a fantastic investment, I wouldn't pay the extra for the sports version though.
Although my mate loves his.
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   Old Thread  #2442 3 May 2020 at 8.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Which lens is that Ken? I have been looking at the 2 sigma options and the tamron, I think the sigma s looks to be the one to get, I don't plan on keeping it long so the extra cost isn't such an issue.
How were you evaluating the sharpness? At that sort of range and losing two stops of light I expect it to amplify any flaws in technique, but then mounting one on my mft body is much like using a 2x on your camera. If it is a bit soft I still have the speedbooster to fall back on and still have a lot more reach than I've got now

When I got my 75-300 I thought it was dog sit at the long end, but when I tried it with a tripod and lit only by flash I found it was only a bit sit
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   Old Thread  #2441 2 May 2020 at 8.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use a 150mm - 600mm on my Nikon D810 full frame and had a X2 converter, to be honest as soon as I used it at anything over 400mm I wished I had a 1.4 converter. Image quality was not good enough for my liking.
Sold the X2 but not yet replaced it with a 1.4 but will one day probably later in the year now.
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   Old Thread  #2440 1 May 2020 at 6.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That sounds promising
The dof calculator app on my phone says the diagonal field of view will be 4.5 m with 1000mm at 105m. Will be a bit closer at 1200, might be OK for a shot of the family group but I'll still be hoping for them to fly in my direction. Even in a fairly steep dive they will quickly be at 75-80m
I'll be hoping for a chance with the speedbooster which will get me to just under 900mm but gaining a stop of light, and a fair bit sharper judging by other lenses I've used with it.

I'd probably start off with a ball head on a tripod, I've already got a cupboard full of heads and mounts I've bought for macro stuff I never use, I don't want to add another
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   Old Thread  #2439 1 May 2020 at 4.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It depends. There's heat haze, mist and pollution to think about. Early morning to avoid the heat and you may get mist, early afternoon gives you the opposite. How much you are willing to put up with is another thing. We all have a line that we don't want to cross (like with ISO). I've got away with a 1.4x converter on a 150-600mm whilst using a crop body and have been reasonably happy with the result. On a bright, clear day I wouldn't hesitate to shoot at the equivalent of 800mm if that helps.

If your subject is 100m away, 1000mm is still going to require a lot of cropping for a bird. Magnification from a 1000mm will give you full height of a person at 100m (ish).

It is usually movement that ruins long lens photographs, use a monopod. I'd use a gimbal with that sort of focal length as well, if you can get hold of one.

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   Old Thread  #2438 1 May 2020 at 4.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A question for those with some experience with super tele lenses, how long can you go before atmospherics destroy image quality?
I'm thinking of getting a used 150-600 in Canon mount as I have an adaptor and a speedbooster, but since the pylon the peregrines use is around 100m to the lower tier from my garden, I'm not sure it's gonna be possible to get anything decent at 1000-1200mm equivalent.
Even without the lock down there isn't really a better vantage point, I can get higher but further away, or closer, but beneath them. Short of feeding the pigeons and setting up a hide to try and tempt them I can see a lot of fruitless hours trying to get a shot
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