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First Shots with the RF 200-800

Tronhard
Elite
Elite

I got it the day before yesterday and went out yesterday to test it at my 'happy place'.

Here is a selection of images, shot on the Canon R6MkII, hand-held, available light, seriously downsized in PS to post, with default lens corrections and some cropping.

Red Panda @10m: R5, 600mm, f/9, 1/500sec, ISO-6400Red Panda @10m: R5, 600mm, f/9, 1/500sec, ISO-6400 Emu: 481mm, f/8, 1/500sec, ISO-2500Emu: 481mm, f/8, 1/500sec, ISO-2500 Emu: 300mm, f/7.1, 1/320sec, ISO-800Emu: 300mm, f/7.1, 1/320sec, ISO-800 2xStick Insects: 200mm, f/7.1, 1/160sec, ISO-64002xStick Insects: 200mm, f/7.1, 1/160sec, ISO-6400 Stick Insect: 200mm, f/7.1, 1/40sec, ISO-6400Stick Insect: 200mm, f/7.1, 1/40sec, ISO-6400 Gouldian Finch: 570mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO-6400Gouldian Finch: 570mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO-6400 Cockatoo: 570mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO-6400Cockatoo: 570mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO-6400  Cotton Top Tamarin: 800mm, f/9, 1/500sec, ISO-6400Cotton Top Tamarin: 800mm, f/9, 1/500sec, ISO-6400  Kakariki: 570mm, f/8, 1/400sec, ISO-6400Kakariki: 570mm, f/8, 1/400sec, ISO-6400
Takahe: 570mm, f/8, 1/640sec, ISO-400Takahe: 570mm, f/8, 1/640sec, ISO-400   Ring Tailed Lemur: 227mm, f/9, 1/250sec, ISO-2000Ring Tailed Lemur: 227mm, f/9, 1/250sec, ISO-2000 Brolga: 277mm, f/7.1, 1/320sec, ISO-500Brolga: 277mm, f/7.1, 1/320sec, ISO-500 
Serval: 800mm, f/9, 1/500sec, ISO-6400Serval: 800mm, f/9, 1/500sec, ISO-6400  Serval: 311mm, f/8, 1/400sec, ISO-5000Serval: 311mm, f/8, 1/400sec, ISO-5000 Serval: 250mm, f/8, 1/320sec, ISO-2000Serval: 250mm, f/8, 1/320sec, ISO-2000

I was particularly pleased to get three shots of the Serval (the cat).  It is reclusive in any case, but  because it has incredibly good hearing - it can hear a mouse underground- it is inclined to face away from humanity because we make so much noise.

Overall, I was very impressed with the performance of this lens.


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
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ccanada
Community Manager
Community Manager

You have quite an eye. These are AMAZING! I especially like the image of the lemur. The detail in the eyes is striking.

Thank you for sharing Trevor.

Thank you, kind sir!  Also, thanks for adding the ref to the lens, it did not seem to come up when I tried myself. 
They are all amazing creatures.  Since NZ is a land of birds, to photograph anything else requires a trip to the zoo or overseas, but the former is cheaper, and I can be home for lunch!


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

ata
Enthusiast

Congratulations on the photos, Trevor. Different species and gorgeous colours. The lens gives amazing results. A perfect price-performance lens. Canon has done a great job.

Thank you.  I was trying to shoot a range of subjects at different focal lengths and shutter speeds to gauge the performance of the lens and give it a good workout.  I think it's a keeper.
I do have a Sigma 60-600s that I shall retain, because it also works with my DSLRs, and the focal range is amazing!  The 200-800 is another step up in FL though.  I might try shooting the moon as it gets bigger on my R5 and see how it  behaves on a 1.6 crop - that would be an Equivalent FoV of 320-1280mm, which is up there with super tele bridge cameras.


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

Thank you!   I think the lens fills a unique focal range slot.   Hitherto, I had been shooting with the RF 100-500 and Sigma 60-600s, both of which I keep but obviously offer different magnifications.   They have kept the price quite low and the weight down: the latter thanks to engineered plastics which seem to work fine.
The only drawbacks for me are:
- I wish the tripod mount was like that of the EF 100-400MkII, the foot itself being detachable from the ring around the lens.
- It s a shame that the tripod foot is not Swiss Arca plate compatible
- I really appreciate the inclusion of a lens hood with a non-L lens: that's a huge step forward, however if they were to make it less susceptible to showing scratches and marks - maybe include a rubber area around the open end to make it a bit more robust for when one is inclined to rest the lens nose-down on the lens hood, which is a pretty common thing to do - certainly the Sigma 60-600s has that feature. 

None of these are game-changers and don't in any way detract from the optical performance of the lens.


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

shadowsports
Legend
Legend

Trevor,

Well done as always.  I applaud you.  

~Rick
Bay Area - CA


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~CarePaks Are Worth It

Thank you so much Rick, that's extremely generous and much appreciated.


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

Tintype_18
Authority
Authority

One does not appreciate the variety of wildlife in other countries. Trevor, you have posted some outstanding photos. Thanks for sharing plus sharing the settings and equipment used.

John
Canon EOS T7; EF-S 18-55mm IS; EF 28-135mm IS; EF 75-300mm; Sigma 150-600mm DG

Thanks John.  I always do think EXIF data offers a little more context and value to these postings.


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
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