Oh, if only I had a 400mm lens...

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Stan, May 27, 2004.

  1. Stan

    Stan Guest

    There are probably a lot of little things in there that you can't see,
    but the herons are patient hunters. He wouldn't be there if he wasn't
    making a profit.

    As for the lens, you might be a bit happier with a 500mm or 600mm, if
    you really want to photograph birds and wildlife (and you will probably
    still want to add a 1.5x or 2x TC to get even closer).

    It depends upon how much money you care to invest.

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    Stan, May 27, 2004
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  2. ....I'd be able to snap some pictures of the Great Blue Heron hanging out
    at the stream behind my house. Actually, I don't know what he thinks
    he's doing, there aren't any fish big enough to warrant his trouble in
    the creek. If he keeps coming back, maybe I'll brave the ticks and
    setup a blind.
     
    Brian C. Baird, May 27, 2004
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    Chris Guest

    400mm? You have a rather large backyard. Of course, with a Heron, you
    don't need a blind, as they are largely so, themselves. ;-)

    Just keep low, and to the brush, and you can get to atleast 100 feet or so,
    I think.
     
    Chris, May 27, 2004
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  4. Well, technically it isn't my backyard but a strip of grass before the
    wetlands. It's like a backyard, but I don't have to mow it!

    And I just want 400mm. If you have to go big, go big!
    He's about 120 feet from my window as we speak. I could try sneaking up
    on him more, but I don't want to spook him just yet.
     
    Brian C. Baird, May 27, 2004
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  5. *Our* Great Blues just hang out at any local pond or stream and we can
    get within 20 feet of them.
    Wow, do we have some great shots of them and the whites in their full
    breeding plummage.

    I think they are schills and get a cut of photo sales...

    LT

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    Linda Terrell, May 27, 2004
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  6. There is a blue that hangs out at a local park that has allowed me
    within about 20 feet of him, as long as I didn't move too much he didn't
    mind. I have some decent pictures of him stalking fish (he didn't get
    any). One of these days I'll have to get a pbase account setup so I can
    share them.
     
    Brian C. Baird, May 27, 2004
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    They like frogs, crawdads and snakes too. Anything they can get down their
    throats.

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    dadiOH, May 27, 2004
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  8. Stan

    Lurker Guest

    Hey,
    why bother with the lens, goto the Zoo and photoshop it ;)
    -tom
     
    Lurker, May 27, 2004
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  9. I haven't seen any frogs there, they tend to hang out at a runoff
    retention pond about a 1/10 of a mile away. Actually, I haven't seen
    him actually go into the stream yet. He seems to prefer this spot for
    grooming his plumage.
     
    Brian C. Baird, May 27, 2004
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  10. Well, he's doing something, that's for sure!
    Well, my budget dictates that I'll probably get a less expensive zoom
    lens (probably the Canon 70-200 f/4 L) and a 2x TC. The crop on my 10D
    will make the lens a *grabs calculator* 112-320 mm equivalent out of the
    box, a 2x will double the reach at the expensive of one stop and
    autofocus capability. This should give me a good bit of flexibility for
    under a grand.
     
    Brian C. Baird, May 27, 2004
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