Monday, February 25, 2008

Stiching Panoramas together

Here is a very nice tutorial on the subject

Canon 100-400L in the field

After testing my new Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L I realized that it had potential for being a very sharp lens. Testing the 100-400L against my 70-200L near the close focus limits of both lenses showed the results to be equal (see prior post). Now, I wanted to see how the 100-400L behaved with subjects at distances greater than six feet.

Hooded Merganser (male)

One has to be careful when using long lenses. Vibration and shake are greatly magnified.

Buffelhead - in flight

In my case, I haul out the Bogen 3033/3057 setup and strap the long super zoom to the head. For stationary subjects I can clamp the controls down tight and either trigger the shutter using the 40D's 2 second delay, or use my new 2.5foot tethered trigger.

Lesser Scaup - a running start (4)

For birds in flight (BIF) I found that loosening the tripod head controls (horizontal and vertical) just enough to be able to move the camera setup is very usable. I realize it might be counter-intuitive, but using the tripod in this manner allows me to keep the focus point fairly steady on the subject. I have now shot thousands of images using this method and have better results than with trying to follow a BIF handheld (camera/lens off-tripod).

Buffelhead - on the race track

As for the lens being sharp? Oh yes, it most certainly is sharp. Much sharper than I anticipated, in fact. After reading all the mis-leading comments over on DPReview I had to steady myself and come back to reality. The 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L Canon lens is simply superb.