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    Default Howto Take Close Pics of Flying Birds

    Was at Upper Pierce this morning and saw the Swift flying around.
    Sometimes they fly real close by.
    Would really like to take close pics of them.
    Is it technically possible at all?

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    possible. u need powerful zoom lens like at least 300mm and above? on FF bodies, i think u need at least 500mm.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    possible. u need powerful zoom lens like at least 300mm and above? on FF bodies, i think u need at least 500mm.

    May i asked, if we dun have FF body, we cannot take such shot? between I am using 60D

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    Quote Originally Posted by klim66 View Post
    May i asked, if we dun have FF body, we cannot take such shot? between I am using 60D
    not cannot. recommended to have a fast telephoto lens and a body with more fps.
    a good example of a crop body capturing fast action is Canon's 7D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by klim66 View Post
    May i asked, if we dun have FF body, we cannot take such shot? between I am using 60D
    why not? i never say u can't.

    if on crop bodies, u can use a 300mm (which equates to 480mm).

    that's why i say, if u using FF bodies, u need a minimum 500mm, else 300mm may not be enough.

    and like Alpina say, u may need a cam body with faster fps like 7D or even 1d/1ds (this is for hardcores).

    this is one advantage crop bodies had over FF bodies. the crop factor gives this edge over FF... birding and macro wise, crop bodies is better in this sense over FF bodies.
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    mirror lens, those 600-1200mm one should do the trick under bright daylight or prepare to jack ur iso to 12800 on dusk
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    Quote Originally Posted by willdoang View Post
    mirror lens, those 600-1200mm one should do the trick under bright daylight or prepare to jack ur iso to 12800 on dusk
    Mirroe lenses are manual focus... TS wants to shoot swift in flight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardg View Post
    Was at Upper Pierce this morning and saw the Swift flying around.
    Sometimes they fly real close by.
    Would really like to take close pics of them.
    Is it technically possible at all?
    It is possible, but maybe you like to take BIF shooting progressively... by shooting larger/slower BIF.

    Many adv long lenses... while it's true if you are really serious into BIF, you also need to take note that jumping to a long lens... you might not be able to spot the BIF through the cam VF, much less track it.
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    thanks.. the issue is how to keep them in view and then how to focus...
    cannot pan since dunno which direction they flying leh..

    am i missing something?


    Quote Originally Posted by willdoang View Post
    mirror lens, those 600-1200mm one should do the trick under bright daylight or prepare to jack ur iso to 12800 on dusk

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardg View Post
    thanks.. the issue is how to keep them in view and then how to focus...
    cannot pan since dunno which direction they flying leh..

    am i missing something?
    then u can consider getting a FF body... and use the crop method since FF bodies retains very good details of the photo... even when you crop... these details are not lost. Just a thought.

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    Getting a good shot is not easy, especially if it involves movement. Panning is difficult with birds or other fast moving objects.
    I believe many photographers took hundreds of pictures and just a small percentage that is "good" or have that "perfect shot" look..
    So keep shooting, the more u shoot, the more experience and who knows u might be lucky and get that perfect shot.

    Cheers

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    Thanks.
    Guess its like trying to shoot down a plane taking evasive manoeuvre.
    Hmm.. a wide angle view with image processing to track the moving swifts and then shuttering a tethered EOS seems the only way to go.
    One of those.. "when free" projects then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agnesfaussi View Post
    Getting a good shot is not easy, especially if it involves movement. Panning is difficult with birds or other fast moving objects.
    I believe many photographers took hundreds of pictures and just a small percentage that is "good" or have that "perfect shot" look..
    So keep shooting, the more u shoot, the more experience and who knows u might be lucky and get that perfect shot.

    Cheers

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    if u r using a crop body, minimum 300-500mm... mount on a fairly solid ball-head tripod will do the trick... tried shooting BIF with a fellow CSer's bigma once... feels like an anti-aircraft gunner
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardg View Post
    thanks.. the issue is how to keep them in view and then how to focus...
    cannot pan since dunno which direction they flying leh..

    am i missing something?
    You need to practice 2 things:

    1. Shoot with both eyes open - this way you can better predict the movement.
    2. Panning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardg View Post
    Hmm.. a wide angle view with image processing to track the moving swifts and then shuttering a tethered EOS seems the only way to go.
    One of those.. "when free" projects then.
    Cheers
    That would be an expensive and time-wasting approach. Birders have not used this method to capture all their great shots. Just practice more.
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    Just try it out, it can be fun. You probably need a 300mm or at least 200mm lens for this.

    Use burst mode, use shutter-priority try 1/500 to 1/2000. You will need good lighting conditions.
    You can try panning method with AI-servo.
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    Mount camera on Tripod, aim at a spot with high frequency of the bird landing. Use manual focus. When you anticipate the bird hitting the spot soon. Continuous burst !

    Good luck and have fun !

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    Ai servo focus on Canon. Nikon have focus track I think. Try to see the flight pattern. Shoot lot of shots. Activate all the focus point and choose a clean bg so that yr focus don't get distracted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zenix84 View Post
    Just try it out, it can be fun. You probably need a 300mm or at least 200mm lens for this.

    Use burst mode, use shutter-priority try 1/500 to 1/2000. You will need good lighting conditions.
    You can try panning method with AI-servo.
    or
    Mount camera on Tripod, aim at a spot with high frequency of the bird landing. Use manual focus. When you anticipate the bird hitting the spot soon. Continuous burst !

    Good luck and have fun !

    Disclaimer: I have never succeeded myself.

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    not necessary you need 500mm for this kind of BIF or full frame camera. All you need is a fast lens and a camera with high FPS.

    As what deswitch suggested, analyse the birds flight pattern and burst lot of shots. Activate all the focus point and choose a clean background so that your camera focusing do not get distracted. Not easy, need a lot of practise. Good luck

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    Frankly, I have a tele lens but for bird shooting, one needs to be patient n also one needs to be lucky.
    Until now, I do not have a shot of a bird yet.

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