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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Trying a Canon 500mm Lens at Brandon Marsh.

Mute Swan

Some of you will know that I have been contemplating purchasing a 500mm lens. Today, I had the chance to try a second hand Canon 500mm at Brandon Marsh. With my imminent retirement, I have no way of justifying a new lens, so it was nice to try a good used one, courtesy of Ady R. The day was rather challenging, dull and grey with only a few brief bright spells and what is more, the birds were distant! While waiting for Ady, a Goldfinch and Magpie took my attention.

Goldfinch (Canon 400mm 5.6)



Magpie (Canon 400mm 5.6)





Mute Swan (Canon 500mm 4.0)




Shoveler (Canon 500mm 4.0 with Kenko 1.4 converter)




Shelduck (Canon 500mm 4.0 with Kenko 1.4 converter)





Lapwing (Canon 500mm 4.0 with Kenko 1.4 converter)




Cormorant Courtship (Canon 500mm 4.0 with Kenko 1.4 converter)










Tufted Duck (Canon 500mm 4.0 with Kenko 1.4 converter)



Wigeon & Teal (Canon 500mm 4.0 with Kenko 1.4 converter)



Overall, well impressed! I need a lot more practice handling a large lens and perhaps some gym work to carry it any distance!

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