Today, at short notice, I met a friend at the London Wetland Centre; Hugh had offered to lend me his Nikon D70 with his Sigma 50-500 Lens (this doesn't have IS (Image Stabilisation)). My camera is a Canon D20 and, for birding, I use a 100-400 with IS. The loan was to enable me to compare differences. If I were to use the Canon lens with IS switched off, then my pictures aren't very good.
I've also been dissatisfied with my results recently - even with IS!!
Well - firstly the extra 100 focal length certainly makes a difference; secondly, the Nikon and lens are a little heavier but not much.
Getting used to having all the function buttons and menus programmes etc. in different places was quite challenging!
Outcome: I was very pleased with the results. Some pics were hand-held whilst others I had a fence rail or a shelf (in a hide) to take the weight of the camera. All those of the young Blackbird were hand-held but I have to admit it was only about 8ft away! This can't be a true comparison although some of the shots wouldn't have been quite so good with a shorter focal lens.
Herewith the fruits of my labours - some subjects I'm afraid are the same as Saturdays but not that many.
Tomorrow (hopefully) I'm going to try some comparative shots around the garden, using both cameras and taking the subjects with the same settings, focal length and without IS (on the Canon) - if I've got the patience that is!
If anyone notices any particular differences, please feel free to let me know - good or bad!
Something floral to start with
and the birdy pics...
Mr. House Sparrow was one of the first shots with the camera and
I hadn't really got the hang of this - the subject refused to face the camera though!
A return appearance of the young Grey Heron
A young blackbird cooling down - it was lovely to watch.
Collection bird (apologies - can't remember the name of it)
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