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    Posted: 23 March 2020 at 12:30
Social distancing is the current catchphrase in the UK, so I am very fortunate to have empty fields opposite my home in which I can walk and my canine companion, Oscar, can run. If we go into further lockdown, which seems ever more likely, I am hoping to be able to continue to use this space on my doorstep through our April Foolishness - though I fear I will find the photo opportunities a bit limited!

Yesterday I decided to take my Min AF 500mm mirror along, not my usual choice as a walkaround lens.

1. Power line.


2. Scots pine.


3. Teasles


4. May blossom
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 March 2020 at 12:38
Nice to see these, and I really like #1.
I quite like using this lens - light, portable, long reach, and pretty good IQ.
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I've never owned this lens but it's one that has always intrigued me, these are very pleasant images to look at, especially the last one, which "shows off" the lens's funky bokeh, but not overdoing it. Be careful with processing on the first image though, I can see rings for where it looks like it was processed from a jpeg, not the original raw file.
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I am considering my Canon 400/5.6L for April Foolishness - so, these are interesting just for that. It gives a completely different view of the world. TFS.

Oh, btw, you have a spot on your sensor, it shows in #2 and #3.
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Thanks for the comments.

Originally posted by brian33 brian33 wrote:

... Be careful with processing on the first image though, I can see rings for where it looks like it was processed from a jpeg, not the original raw file.


I see what you mean - the processed RAW image is fine, the rings are from the export (LR) to jpg. I'll play with the settings and see if I can get rind of them.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I am considering my Canon 400/5.6L for April Foolishness - so, these are interesting just for that. It gives a completely different view of the world. TFS.

Oh, btw, you have a spot on your sensor, it shows in #2 and #3.


I did take the 500 out with April Foolishness in mind, but I don't think I could cope for a whole month!

The spot is interesting in that it is a ring rather than the normal blob - presumably an artifact of the mirror lens? But I'm not sure how the lens has this effect on a speck on the sensor.

 



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Photos aren't showing. Would like to see them, owned the AF 500 / 8 for a while.
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I never became real friends with this lens and sold mine after a while, but this shows the capabilities in good hands. A very nice diverse set with the 500mm.
TFS.
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Originally posted by Kilkry Kilkry wrote:

Photos aren't showing. Would like to see them, owned the AF 500 / 8 for a while.


They're there - come up for me and others. The host is not https - which might mean your browser is blocking them as insecure. If so, sorry, I haven't seen the need for the expense of a security certificate for my websites.

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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

I never became real friends with this lens and sold mine after a while, but this shows the capabilities in good hands. A very nice diverse set with the 500mm.
TFS.


It's not easy, it never gets really sharp/crisp and DOF is tight. But it's light for a 500 and the AF is not bad- it's an interesting walk around! Not sure about 'good hands' - there were plenty of rejects.
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A couple more:

5. Ragweed


6. Railing

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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Originally posted by Kilkry Kilkry wrote:

Photos aren't showing. Would like to see them, owned the AF 500 / 8 for a while.


They're there - come up for me and others. The host is not https - which might mean your browser is blocking them as insecure. If so, sorry, I haven't seen the need for the expense of a security certificate for my websites.



Hi, yep, that was the issue. Works in Chromium by default. Up until now I had only seen the warning triangle- http wasn't blocked.

I like Ragweed and May blossom : )
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Looks like the idea 'social distancing' lens
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Same field, same camera (A99ii), same focal length (500mm), different lens (Sigma 170-500mm), different bokeh.

7. Same pole, different angle.


8. Trailer.


8. Blackthorn blossom (yes I was wrong, may is not out yet).


9. More ragwort.


10. Pussy willow.


Edited by Phil Wood - 24 March 2020 at 20:37
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