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Thanks. Yes, 100% manual. As for 'quick focus' ... I PRE-focus. There is also an adjustable focus lock to return to a preset. The bird feeder is at right. The birds are somewhat predictable. Patience. I also use the FD 500mm on the A6000, thus delivering 750mm, plus 2x when I seldom need it. The key is the flash. For FF I also use these legacy lenses (or an auto Sony 70-200mm) on the A7R2.

 

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The 1984 300mm f2.8 is my favorite longer lens on any mirrorless Sony ... Here's a shot wide open of a rubythroat hummer triggered remotely to an A6000 plus a single off-camera flash. ede6ff69e3feed5c18db7191eacdefeb.jpg

 

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Here's another image with the same 300mm, f2.8, but much further distance at 60 feet, cropped and sharpened - with A6000 of downy woodpecker, 6" -- note the thin margin of DOF. 480d05ea3a92e12d2ad21c0a421c214a.jpg

 

 

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Thanks. Yes, 100% manual. As for 'quick focus' ... I PRE-focus. There is also an adjustable focus lock to return to a preset. The bird feeder is at right. The birds are somewhat predictable. Patience. I also use the FD 500mm on the A6000, thus delivering 750mm, plus 2x when I seldom need it. The key is the flash. For FF I also use these legacy lenses (or an auto Sony 70-200mm) on the A7R2.

 

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Very cool, even with a prefocus even a 1-2cm off means no catch lights in the eye. Is the second shot manually focussed on the fly? Love your stuff, do post more pictures

 

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Thx Izzi ... I hate to admit it, but I never saw a fly, nor any ants on that tree bark. But clearly that was her meal. At my age I'm just glad to see the bird. Some days I'd rather be lucky than good.

 

 

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You seem to be both... Good and very very lucky.

 

I still struggle to get the focus right without zooming in. Which makes it useless for fast moving things like birds

 

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I use the FD 500mm f/4.5 L frequently.

 

 

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The lens requires some correction for lateral chromatic aberration for optimum image quality but C1 does this with a click of a check box. All photos made using either a7II or a7rII.

 

 

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These are super!! Nicely done. I tend to use my 300mm FD more than the 500, but maybe you've convinced me to give the 500 more time on the A7RII. Excellent glass.

 

 

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Here's the 500mm FD f4.5 L with a 25 extension tube to close the gap to about 9 feet, and a slight in-camera 1.4x telex; plus a small light bump with a 500w video lite, not flash. Used 'silent' on the A7RII. We only get Ruby here, but didn't turn my way for color. ISO 800 at 1/4000, f6.5. 7e8d15f46c409e11e35cf5fa0a7550bc.jpg

 

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I have owned a Canon FD 400mm F4.5 for just a couple of months and shot some softball and football with it. The DOF is fairly shallow even at F8. I bought it in mint condition and love it.

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