Canon FD 500/4.5L for wildlife

januarys_v

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Hi,
just wanted to share my first thoughts on using old manual focus FD 500/4.5L with EM1iii for birds. I bought EM1iii just a few weeks ago, no prior m43 experience, some limited Canon long tele experience. Took the lens out three times already and have some photos to share.
In short, it is possible to shoot handheld for a couple of hours if you can often find something to lean on, like a tree, for example. I get just a few keepers per one outing (couple of hours of walking in the woods) which is fine by me. I set my shutter speed at 1/500 or faster, aperture is wide open mostly, auto ISO, H low, IBIS auto. Focusing manually is a bit tricky of course, so far I do this: lean on a tree (when possible, I would swivel lens tripod mount towards a tree and kind of push it against a tree finding a stable position, then find a bird with a viewfinder and focus, then magnify the view to x3 (or x5, harder to use), fine tune the focus, shoot a short sequence, refocus, shoot, repeat, have some rest. The IBIS does the job well in this kind of shooting. If I have to shoot really handheld without leaning on something it gets harder to focus and IBIS is struggling to keep the image stable. I'm really thinking about a monopod, might be useful if I find one long enough for shooting when pointing up a bit.
And some birds, these are crops ranging from around 4Mpix to around 12Mpix. Converted from raw with DXO, very impressed overall and especially with highlight recovery and noise reduction tools.



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januarys_v

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A few more samples from recent walks

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Impressive results from a surprising combination. I'd be curious to see what the lens looks like on your camera. I used to get almost that reach with an inexpensive Nikon 70-300mm adapted to a Nikon 1 J5.
 
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januarys_v

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Thanks all for kind words and likes.
Here are some photos of the setup😊

It does look intimidating a bit... I show it on a tripod, but I shoot only handheld for now, although when shoulders start to hurt I start swearing I’ll get a monopod, and I will at some point, I am just not sure which one yet. I can buy a cheaper one and have the camera level at my eyes level or at least twice more expensive one and be able to shoot “upwards” a bit, if it makes sense.
And a bird from todays walk in a botanic garden.


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Roboticspro

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Very nice work with the FDn 500mm; I still have mine and a few other "Big Whites" in the FDn series. The 300mm f2.8L and 500mm f4.5L share the combination of both Ultra-low Dispersion and Fluorite elements that really help to control LoCA. Canon had more than a few tricks up their sleeves when these (and others) got designed.

Happy Shooting!

Regards,

Edd
 

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Good Afternoon,

Just an FYI how I normally use the FDn 500 if I'm not on a monopod with it. This is a cheap but study knock-off of the Whimbley or Jobu (mine supporting a EF 500 f4L in the background) which costs less than $100 USD.

Regards,

Edd


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Nice shots! I have a 500mm Tamron A-Mount that I've been meaning to try.

Bear in mind: A 500mm lens on an M4/3 body is 1000mm equivalent, so set your shutter speed accordingly. It will make you less dependent on the IBIS, and I'm betting your rate of keepers goes up.
 

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