fullwells wrote:haha,new hardware,I've got shitloads of useless images,sorry folks.
Ok, these are retarded good, so I'm gonna ask... What are ya using for gear? I took a peak at your exif data, so I know what camera, focal lengt, etc you are using. I am assuming you are using the "EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L", or just the 400mm f5.6. I guess the lense doesn't really matter.
...I more want to know if you are using a Polarizing filter, or have tried one. I just bought a Bigma, and at that focal length and 86mm thread, I'm gonna have to drop some serious coin (not that the lense was cheap) on a good one that is perfectly flat. More importantly, is if its worth losing the ~2 stops of light. both for the shutter speed, and AF. You are getting a pretty fast shutter speed, so I'm assuming you aren't using a filter. Do you look for specific light conditions, or just shoot whenever? I have a polarizer for my other lenses, but i've never tried it at extreme focal lengths and large apertures, where precise focus is critical. Its crazy how well the polarizing filters work. Fishing glasses only help so much, but looking through my viewfinder... when you turn that filter so that its at the correct angle, its like fuckin x-ray vision. I keep joking with my brother that I should make a pair of fishing glasses out of some small filters. haha.
How close are you getting/how much are you cropping your shots? I'm running Nikon stuff with 1.5 crop sensor, so with the 500mm, I'll have a bit more reach than your 400mm x 1.3crop... But its not size that matters, its how you use it
Also, do you prefer to buy tapered leaders, or to tie your own?
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The Drake... all the shity advice you can handle.