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Just now, Connor Cochrane said:

I use the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens.

I want to get a new lens for mine.  The Tamron I have is too heavy.  It's great on a tripod at my window, but not so much when traipsing through the woods or desert.  I read somewhere that 400mm is the "sweet spot" as far as focal length for bird pics.   Would you agree?

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1 minute ago, floraphile said:

I want to get a new lens for mine.  The Tamron I have is too heavy.  It's great on a tripod at my window, but not so much when traipsing through the woods or desert.  I read somewhere that 400mm is the "sweet spot" as far as focal length for bird pics.   Would you agree?

I would agree that 400mm is a good 'sweet spot'. Also, If your camera is a crop body (like the 7dm2) it means your actual shooting at 540, and if you throw an extender on you can get closer to 900mm. I would say the 400mm with a crop body is good enough for good photos most of the time. 

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59 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

Whenever I just want to look at some 5-star quality bird photos I do this (no kidding!):

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Wow, dude, I didn’t know that was a thing 😁 Thanks! Maybe you can tell shorebirds are my favorite to photograph, haha.

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Red-masked Parakeet-actually the best photo of trip to south Florida for a few days. Not a life bird as we had seen them on previous trips south. Weather thus lighting made for rough photography most of the trip.

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14 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

Whenever I just want to look at some 5-star quality bird photos I do this (no kidding!):

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And there’s 5 star photos for like 10 pages on his ebird page! 

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15 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

Whenever I just want to look at some 5-star quality bird photos I do this (no kidding!):

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Speaking of which, there’s a pretty awesome photographer from the area of CO I’m going to this September (kinda hope I’ll run into him while I’m birding out there 😉). Check him out!

https://ebird.org/media/catalog?mediaType=p&sort=rating_rank_desc&region=Colorado, United States (US)&regionCode=US-CO&userId=USER731615&user=Jim Merritt

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Here's a photo of an Oak Titmouse at my feeders that I just took with the R5. While I didn't think I'd have an opportunity to try the camera out for another month, I had the chance to try it out today. What I found most interesting was this was taken at 5000 ISO, and you can barely notice any grain.

Note: I left the camera info on this time so you can see what I shot at.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/352009781

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31 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Here's a photo of an Oak Titmouse at my feeders that I just took with the R5. While I didn't think I'd have an opportunity to try the camera out for another month, I had the chance to try it out today. What I found most interesting was this was taken at 5000 ISO, and you can barely notice any grain.

Note: I left the camera info on this time so you can see what I shot at.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/352009781

2400?__hstc=264660688.8c01dac64b377f41cb

And you shot that at pretty high shutter speed as well. Very nice. I can’t go above 1000 for stationary birds with my camera before it starts to get soft.

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