I'm doing more experiments with my 2x converter. So sorry if this is a bird you've already seen, but I wanted to see how much quality I could squeeze out of the combo.
This guy has brilliant feathers!
5 Jan 2011 5:04am
I shoot with a 2x on my 300 2,8 Canon Lens almost permanently when in a game reserve or doing birds and I still very seldom go higher than 400 ISO and get great quality. On a beanbag or tripod most of the time though.
5 Jan 2011 5:34am
@Loretta: The problem I've got, particularly at this time of year, is lack of light, hence the high ISO. I'm thinking of getting the combo that you are talking about as the extra light gathering power of the 2.8 would give me a couple of extra stops, so I could reduce the ISO.
Great result! Colours and texture of the feathers are clear and crisp.
5 Jan 2011 6:17am
I didn't realise you were using a converter for these images - a new xmas pressie. I think you are getting great use out of the new toy!
5 Jan 2011 6:57am
il est " chou " avec sa tete rouge !
5 Jan 2011 7:05am
Only remember seeing one of these once or twice on the farm. So very beautiful.
5 Jan 2011 7:11am
Fantastic. And a beautiful bokeh.
5 Jan 2011 7:26am
Beautiful bird, beautifully photographed!
5 Jan 2011 8:02am
Beautiful experiment....Perfect colors...
5 Jan 2011 8:06am
Like the texture and colour.. well done.
5 Jan 2011 8:55am
The bird is great photographed, but I don't like the noise !! ;-(
5 Jan 2011 9:01am
@mayoline: Neither do I. But that's part of the experiment....
Absolute stunning work!! Very beautiful colors.
5 Jan 2011 9:02am
Oh so cute and what close up really great.))))))
5 Jan 2011 9:43am
très jolis couleurs ! peace !
5 Jan 2011 10:01am
as my dear old Dad used to say, "a blind man would be very happy with this",..... but no cigar.....also for me it's much too big in the frame.
5 Jan 2011 10:15am
@CATCHLIGHT: Gotta say I'm not overjoyed with it....
un très bel oiseau en vérité. pour le bruit, qui est très présent, effectivement tu dois pouvoir le réduire.
ne sachant pas dans quelles conditions tu as pris ton cliché ( luminosité, distance, sous abri...etc), je ne n'avancerai pas de conseils. mais je trouve que cela donne sur cette image un petit coté crayon de couleur que j'aime bien !!:)
5 Jan 2011 10:26am
That's terrific. Beautiful colour
5 Jan 2011 10:49am
Very clear considering.
5 Jan 2011 10:53am
If you can get rid of the noise, it's perfect! Beautiful colored bird!
5 Jan 2011 11:17am
He´s a little riot of colour !! Nice shot.
5 Jan 2011 11:23am
bye bye birdy
5 Jan 2011 11:46am
Beautiful bird and wonderful colours. Great shot :)
5 Jan 2011 11:52am
The bird is great, the background has a fair amount of noise because of the high iso speed. You'll be looking forward to the days when the light is so much better and brighter.
5 Jan 2011 12:09pm
Lovely face & colors.
5 Jan 2011 12:19pm
This is a beautiful bird! I guess he was near the teasel, you captured once..?;-)
Since you are experimenting I won't mention anything about the unwanted artefacts (perhaps denoiseware would help, during the not so very bright season?;-))
5 Jan 2011 12:34pm
5 Jan 2011 12:41pm
I would love to see this original image and compare with this .... Get a link to this one, please ;)
5 Jan 2011 1:05pm
Beautiful bird for an excellent shot!
5 Jan 2011 1:16pm
This is a beautiful finch with such distinctive colors and patterns. I think your combo did a fine job of getting the color and detail of this pretty bird.
5 Jan 2011 1:24pm
5 Jan 2011 1:41pm
It's ready to sing! I love that bird with its smooth feathers.
1000 mm... impressive, but great caprure!
Have a nice day, Chris.
5 Jan 2011 1:44pm
Beautiful bird! excellent composition.
5 Jan 2011 1:58pm
5 Jan 2011 2:13pm
I hadn't seen this bird before...what a gorgeous mask on his face...not at all like our Canadian goldfinches.
I am always interested in the reults of your photo experiments...always something to learn!
5 Jan 2011 3:10pm
Lovely goldfinch bird, its colors are very beautiful and your close up is splendid. Good day.
5 Jan 2011 3:17pm
5 Jan 2011 3:38pm
what a beautiful red face!
5 Jan 2011 4:00pm
Une magnifique prise de vue animalière, un joli "trophée", félicitations pour ce travail !!!
5 Jan 2011 4:23pm
Lovely goldfinch bird friend! Best regards, Adela
5 Jan 2011 4:53pm
A nice photo – unfortunately, are high the ISO and thus it rushes a little bit.
5 Jan 2011 5:54pm
He must have heard you call his name.
5 Jan 2011 6:56pm
hi mr. goldfinch! i like your colours so much that i don't even mind the noise so much ... ;-))
5 Jan 2011 7:02pm
We all learn from experimenting Chris. And yes these dark dreary days are depressing. we have finally had some nice sunny days here thankfully. I always keep not so good shot until i get a better one, especially If its the first time I've seen a particular bird. Very pretty bird.
5 Jan 2011 7:40pm
I think you've shot sharper?
5 Jan 2011 7:55pm
great close up!!
5 Jan 2011 8:10pm
he's a lovely colour, good old british dull days makes it such hard work
5 Jan 2011 8:16pm
3200/1000,can it be much higher! great effect!
5 Jan 2011 8:30pm
De beaux coloris pour le plumage de ce superbe oiseau ... félicitations pour ce magnifique cliché
5 Jan 2011 10:07pm
The texture in it's feathers and the background make a great and very interesting contrast ^^
5 Jan 2011 11:21pm
So lovely we don't often see birds like this here.
6 Jan 2011 12:21am
Very successful with the high ISO - well done.
6 Jan 2011 8:49am
Stunning image - the high ISO has introduced a bit of noise but it doesn't detract from the end result. Well done.
6 Jan 2011 6:27pm
This is a handsome bird. Do you lose AF with the 2X?
7 Jan 2011 1:34am
@Julie Brown: Yep, it's all manual focus down a very dark viewfinder. Tricky! I believe that if I had canon converters on a canon L lens, everything would be good. But a Sigma lens, sigma converter, Canon body doesn't work fully.
Yes, the L lenses are great performers, and the matching converters do make a difference. My favorite is one of Canon's best-the 300mm f2.8L IS, which I rent and put my 2X on it for 600mm.
7 Jan 2011 10:29am
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