Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/05/02

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Subject: [Leica] IMG: One Last Goldfinch
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Fri May 2 18:02:48 2008
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I agree that the field of view is equivalent to an 800mm lens, but that is 
just because the image is cropped.  From a camera motion point of view, it 
is still a 400mm combination.  The two stop loss and deep shade caused the 
shutter speed to drop to 1/60 at ISO 400, and that is just too slow for the 
long lens.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
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Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 7:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] IMG: One Last Goldfinch

> Jim Nichols <> wrote:
>> As I continue to experiment with bird photos in my backyard, I am 
>> learning
>> that the shoulder stock and other conveniences used by Doug Herr and 
>> others
>> are necessities if one is to get sharp images. This shot, using a 200mm 
>> plus
>> 2X TC was made with more "reach" but, on an overcast day, the shutter 
>> speed
>> is too slow for a sharp handheld exposure.
> I agree, some sort of additional support will help.  Remember that with 
> the 2x TC on the 200mm lens on the 4/3 body the field of view (and hence 
> the sensitivity to camera motion) is like that of an 800mm lens on a 35mm 
> film camera.
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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