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Turdus merula by Lupinicious Turdus merula by Lupinicious
Okay, that's the first bird photo I upload - I know it's not spectacular, but it is really just a test photo, because my new toy arrived today, a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM. And this merl was the only bird to show up in the one hour I've been waiting for something interesting to happen :D Wish I would live out in the countryside instead...

I decided to make a few test shots in the garden to see how well the EF 1.4x III teleconverter works together with the lens in a real-life situation. I have tested the combo before at the Canon Roadshow and was quite impressed because it seemed as if the teleconverter didn't degrade the (visible) sharpness and resolution of the lens at all!

Indeed, this shot looks like it really works well. I stopped the aperture down from f/4 to f/5.6. I would rate the sharpness 90%, but I don't know if the AF is not 100% accurate or if it's due to the TC.

Tomorrow, I'll spend the day shooting wolves (with the camera, of course! ;)) to test the new equipment. Up to now, I have only used the 70-200 to take photos, and in the beginning I used the 28-300. So the 400mm (or 560mm, using the TC) will be a big improvement, and I'm quite excited to see what's possible.

It will definitely take some time to get used to shooting with a prime lens, that's a completely different way of photography. No zooming at all - so either the wolves are far away and you can fit them in the frame, or you have to take portraits :D Either way, I had a lot of fun trying out the 600mm f/4 a few months back, so I think it will be great :-)

Sorry to upload a test photo, but I thought some of the technically interested folks would be interested to see how the 400mm/1.4x combo works out.

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Camera make: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Lens: EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM with EF 1.4x TC
Focal length: 560.0mm
Tv (Shutter speed): 1/800 s
Av (Aperture): 5.6
ISO: 250
Flash: Off
AF-Mode: AI Servo AF
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey, I was wondering if I could use this as a background image on a poster about the Common Blackbird I have to produce at uni?
Thanks :)
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013   Photographer
Sure!
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RadishStick Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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Andres-Cadena Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful photo! Vivid colors, nice contrast and composition!
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ShinoXIII Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Even if it is a test photo, it looks beautiful. And thank´s for the intresting information ^^
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GoldRushRunning Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Photographer
Love the contrast!
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JadedIce147 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really impressive!
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LauriNicole Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It amazes me how people (including you ;) ) manage to get such nice close ups of birds. All I end up with is blurry grainy photos. :P
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Photographer
Huge lenses is the answer :D
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hach ja. *seuuufzer* Wenn man sich so ein Equipment leisten könnte ... Setzt du das von den Steuern ab? :XD:
Aber sieht echt super gut und scharf aus, auch für ein Testfoto. :D
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