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10 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

Low shutter speed and Kinglets are like oil and water...but man, I found a friendly (And very cute) trio of Ruby-crowneds this morning! Foraging in the open for the most part for at least a minute.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/374772471

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Amazing shots!  Especially for such a low shutter speed.  I'm wondering if my lens is defective because I struggle to get photos that are focused so well like that even in good lighting with relatively still birds.

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14 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Amazing shots!  Especially for such a low shutter speed.  I'm wondering if my lens is defective because I struggle to get photos that are focused so well like that even in good lighting with relatively still birds.

Thank you! I'm sorry to hear that your lens is giving you a hard time. I'm afraid I don't know too much about what would cause that.  And that was the only photo in good focus out of 10 or so where he was on the same branch haha. Sometimes when I'm trying to photograph small passerines like warblers or kinglets, I'll focus on a branch or something in the general area they're in, in anticipation of their movements so the auto focus is already close to the desired depth and takes less time to acquire. Otherwise my lens can be a little sluggish, but really not that bad. Maybe there's a camera shop or something you could take it to to get tested? Google is not being very helpful with its suggestions either...

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1 minute ago, Birding Boy said:

Thank you! I'm sorry to hear that your lens is giving you a hard time. I'm afraid I don't know too much about what would cause that.  And that was the only photo in good focus out of 10 or so where he was on the same branch haha. Sometimes when I'm trying to photograph small passerines like warblers or kinglets, I'll focus on a branch or something in the general area they're in, in anticipation of their movements so the auto focus is already close to the desired depth and takes less time to acquire. Otherwise my lens can be a little sluggish, but really not that bad. Maybe there's a camera shop or something you could take it to to get tested? Google is not being very helpful with its suggestions either...

Thanks.  That makes me feel a little better.  I have heard it's normal to get soft shots, but it seems too many of mine are turning out soft.  I always take short bursts and refocus in between as long as the bird is still there.  Good tip about the branch.  I do try to do that when I can, but it's like my lens can't see the difference in distance between the branch and the bird's head.

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34 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

 I do try to do that when I can, but it's like my lens can't see the difference in distance between the branch and the bird's head.

Oh man, yeah that doesn't sound entirely right. Even my 3rd party lens is usually pretty good about that. 

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40 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

Oh man, yeah that doesn't sound entirely right. Even my 3rd party lens is usually pretty good about that. 

It could totally be that I am overestimating my lens's capabilities and not realizing that my technique is bad.  I just don't have anything to compare it to.  I do get some crisp shots, so I know it is able to focus properly.  And it seems to focus well on larger things, like my dogs. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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11 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

It could totally be that I am overestimating my lens's capabilities and not realizing that my technique is bad.  I just don't have anything to compare it to.  I do get some crisp shots, so I know it is able to focus properly.  And it seems to focus well on larger things, like my dogs. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Yeah, same, that could be. The only other camera I've owned is a point and shoot, so I have no idea what a super fast lens/camera setup would be like 😅

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27 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

It could totally be that I am overestimating my lens's capabilities and not realizing that my technique is bad.  I just don't have anything to compare it to.  I do get some crisp shots, so I know it is able to focus properly.  And it seems to focus well on larger things, like my dogs. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

IIRC, you have the same camera + lens combo as I do (Nikon D7500 + Nikkor 200-500mm). I feel like I still struggle quite a bit to get the autofocus to work as well as I'd like. Lots of soft and straight up blurry shots I have to sift through to find the few good ones.

I've found that Steve Perry has a few good youtube videos specific to Nikon autofocus which helped me some. He also has an e-book about it, but I haven't checked that out yet.

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Just now, neilpa said:

IIRC, you have the same camera + lens combo as I do (Nikon D7500 + Nikkor 200-500mm). I feel like I still struggle quite a bit to get the autofocus to work as well as I'd like. Lots of soft and straight up blurry shots I have to sift through to find the few good ones. One thing too check out is that Steve Perry has a few good youtube videos specific to Nikon autofocus. He he also has an e-book about it as well, but I haven't checked that out yet.

Thanks so much!  I had forgotten you have the same setup.

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8 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Amazing shots!  Especially for such a low shutter speed.  I'm wondering if my lens is defective because I struggle to get photos that are focused so well like that even in good lighting with relatively still birds.

Have you adjust the camera for your eye sight using the little dial on the side of the eye piece?

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2 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

Dang, jealous of the Raven! I can only ever find them when they’re in flight half a mile away or something. 

The closest I've ever been to a raven before yesterday probably would have been fairly similar, they're always soaring high up in the thermals. 

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20 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

It could totally be that I am overestimating my lens's capabilities and not realizing that my technique is bad.  I just don't have anything to compare it to.  I do get some crisp shots, so I know it is able to focus properly.  And it seems to focus well on larger things, like my dogs. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Out of curiosity, what is your aperture set to?

 

22 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

Low shutter speed and Kinglets are like oil and water...but man, I found a friendly (And very cute) trio of Ruby-crowneds this morning! Foraging in the open for the most part for at least a minute.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/374772471

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Can I see the EXIF data on that one? Great shot!

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