I branched out from my own Canon gear that includes the $3,300 5D Mark IV, a high-end "full-frame" SLR popular among pros and enthusiasts. I also own Canon's $2,200 EF 100-400mm f4.5-6.3/L IS II telephoto zoom lens and a 1.4x teleconverter that brings my telephoto reach to 560mm. CNET reporter Stephen Shankland photographing birds on San Francisco Bay with a Canon 5D Mark IV camera, Canon EF 1.4x III teleconverter, Canon EF 600mm F4/L IS II lens, Gitzo tripod, and Wimberley WH200 tripod head. On top of that, I borrowed Canon's midrange $1,350 7D Mark II SLR and the stunning $11,500 EF 600mm f4/L IS II supertelephoto lens. The lens is more than 2 feet long, and everywhere I took it, people gawked.
I'm a serious photographer, but for years I've been frustrated by birds that are small, fast-moving and easily spooked, Even a 560mm telephoto doesn't get you much when you're 50 feet away from a 6-inch snowy plover, But 840mm — the 600mm lens and 1.4x extender — was a huge improvement, especially since the lens lets through more than twice as much light as my own to better freeze the action, It's almost olixar xtrio full cover iphone 7 case - rose gold reviews impossible to hold the 600mm lens steady even if you spend a lot of time at the gym, So I used a sturdy Gitzo G1325 Mark 2 carbon fiber tripod that could handle the lens' 8.6 pounds and the marvelous Wimberley WH-200 II gimbal tripod head, which puts the lens' center of gravity below the pivot point to make it easy to move around..
On an 8-hour boat trip from San Francisco to the Farallon Islands, I used a monopod since deck space was hard to come by — and a pitching deck undoes a tripod's stability advantage, anyway. The monopod was good, but I learned the limits of my photo skills: The longer the telephoto lens, the harder it is to frame a subject. The combination of moving boat and moving birds made sure that the vast majority of my shots were duds. A killdeer with a distinctive red-ringed eye stands reflected in the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto.
Canon's EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, still huge but more portable and less expensive than the 600mm, is a fixture among birders, Undeterred by its $9,000 price, dozens of photographers haul these around to capture those twitchy but beautiful warblers migrating through Ohio, Serious photographers still gravitate toward Canon and Nikon SLR cameras, They're bulky and expensive, but they offer better image quality than smaller alternatives, The ability to change lenses, which lets you adapt to different olixar xtrio full cover iphone 7 case - rose gold reviews shooting needs, is critical, Fast autofocus also helps tremendously..
Other options are attractive to birders, too — such as the more compact $2,000 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera paired with the company's $2,500 300mm f/4.0 IS Pro ED lens. Those with Canon or Nikon SLRs also can use Sigma's $2,000 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens, which has good telephoto reach for bird photos. In Ohio, I see quite a few Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lenses, a good competitor to Canon's 100-400mm lens for those who need something more portable than the biggest telephoto lenses.
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