Wednesday, October 15, 2008

400mm lens experiment -- II

This is a continuation of yesterday's post; I was trying to determine whether I could hand-hold my Canon 400mm f/5.6 lens (which doesn't have image stabilization). As in yesterday's post, all photos were taken with the lens wide open at f/5.6, but at ISO 800. As indicated below, some of the shots were cropped. I continued to shoot repeating shots; the published photos were usually picked from a sequence of 4 to 8.

75% full-frame  1/1600 sec. -- the out-of-focus areas show considerable grain

full-frame  1/2000 sec.

1/6 full-frame  1/4000 sec.

1/5 full-frame  1/4000 sec.

80% full-frame  1/250 sec.

80% full-frame  1/250

full-frame  1/5000 sec.  I don't know why the contrast is so high even though I tried to reduce it in editing

2/3 full-frame  1/2000 sec.

Overall I'm pleased with the results, particularly the sharpness at 1/250 sec. I will post more pictures from the session later -- tomorrow I'm off to Crex Meadows if the weather is decent, as promised.