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    I have been active in photography for most of my adult life. I’ve often been asked what type of photography I do and until the past few years my general answer was that I did most anything, except wildlife and birds. Sure, I could take those images, but because I have fairly high (photographic) standards I knew that I needed both the understanding and more specialized gear, especially lenses, to get good bird and wildlife photos.
    Then a couple of things came along………
    Evolving from film to digital cameras has helped in one area. Unless you shoot full-frame, most DSLRs have at least a 1.5 factor so that what was a fairly long 300mm lens now becomes a 450mm, and so on.
    And I now am also retired (from engineering), which gives me a little(!) more time to devote to photography, and in particular birds.
    The forum here at WhatBird is a wonderful asset to me. I really enjoy my time ‘birding’ and can now shoot, and ask here after to help ID the bird!
    I bought a Canon 400L lens in 2011 and it has completed the trio; retirement-WhatBird-lens!
    As possible I like to be able to help by sharing.


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  1. Canon 7D mark ii vs. 80D

    I've been shooting (birds) with the 6D and a 400L (non-zoom) for over two years. I went from the Canon 550D and while the 80D (and 7D2) are 'newer', they still have the same basic crop sensor as my 550D had. Yes, the newer Canon crops are 'better' but just marginally so in real-life terms. I was concerned about losing the 1.6 crop factor, but that has been completely alleviated with the performance and RAW file potential of the 6D. I can crop past the 1.6 point and still have more detail, and quality. I use single point AF and I can still get excellent BIF images.
  2. Canon 7D: Good choice?

    The Canon 7D2 is a very good camera, and certainly an upgrade from your Rebel XS. And it is as good as most any other APSc DSLR from any manufacturer. For serious bird photography, that is, if you are after excellent results, the combination of good camera and lens is very important. I already had the Canon 400L lens when I upgraded to a full frame DSLR, the Canon 6D. I have processed RAW files from both my own previous APSc (the Canon T2i) as well as many from friend's 7D, 7D2 and the latest Canon 80D. The 6D files are significantly better and have much more processing potential. The loss of the 1.6 crop factor is made up by the increased image quality. Don't rush into your decision. Read up on reviews, etc.
  3. ABA YBOTY photos

    Huge congratulations, Elisa. This is an excellent body of work. What is truly amazing is that you are quite young and are working with relatively modest photographic gear. Well done :)
  4. need an ID please...........

    Thanks very much. The fact that I'm not here as much is because I am actually learning (a few) birds! Your input here really helps my bird photography experience!
  5. I haven't done this for a while, so it may not work!! I shot this in Cuba recently: IMG_3993-ID by Michael World, on Flickr
  6. Canon Lense Question/Recommendation

    In most camera and lens lines there are models which are of much greater value. In Canon, the 55-250mm lens is a very good value. Your camera is fairly modest compared to more recent cameras in any brand. I would suggest not getting too involved in expensive lenses, at least not right now, until you figure out your camera, and perhaps decide to upgrade sometime! Now, the lens. You can spend considerably more, but for under $800. you won't see significantly much better performance than from the Canon 55-250mm, and in particular in its newest version (STM), the EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 STM. It sells for about $300. I've had the Canon 70-300 (non-L) which is about $650. and it is really no better than the 55-250mm. On paper, the 300mm is a longer lens, but in reality it is not very good past about 250mm!
  7. Upgrading equipment

    No, unfortunately Nikon (and others) do not have a reasonably priced 400mm lens option such as Canon's 400mm lens. My experience with a Kenko 1.4TC is similar to yours, in that I was not satisfied with the results. And that was whether I used a tripod or not. I know some get good results with a TC, but it is never as good as without.
  8. you guys try this yet?

    Wow! I tried it on two birds and it got them right. This will be a good assistance for me.
  9. Hawk ID, please............

    They were mating........... madly and often!
  10. Hawk ID, please............

    Thanks very much, Parula.
  11. I shot this recently in Cuba. My guess is that it is a Sharp-Shinned Hawk.
  12. need an ID, please

    Thanks very much for the input. I'm not very good at narrowing down, but now with your help and reference to my 'Birds of Cuba' book I can see that it is the Yellow Throated Warbler. This was my first time in the north of Cuba (Jibacoa) but my 8th time in the country. I did fairly well with my IDs this time, only needing help here twice, I believe! https://www.flickr.com/photos/canuckphoto/ Michael
  13. need an ID, please

    I shot this in Cuba last month:
  14. Thank you so much. Michael
  15. I shot this in northern Cuba recently. I believe it is a West Indian Woodpecker. thanks for any input