An American Robin At The Celery Bog

The American Robin

There really is nothing rare about this bird around here. For the past few days the robins have been so thick at the Celery Bog that if you just pointed your camera and shot you would have one in the picture. On a day when I had little time out there though it was good luck that this robin found a nice perch for me to make a photo of. It is not a rare photo, but it is a nice photo from a fun walk.

The Doubler

The real reason that I wanted to make a photo was the fact that I bought a new Canon 2x teleconverter. When I owned my Sigma 300mm lens I had a 1.4x and 2x tele for it. Since I sold them as a set I have not had a doubler. With birds coming into focus (or out of focus most of the time) I decided to give the newest Canon doubler a try. I read a lot of bad things about it online how it was soft. Where I did not see that complaint though was from professional wildlife photographers. They use them all of the time with no problems. With something like this you quickly change your focal length. My 600mm lens suddenly becomes a 1200mm lens. That sounds great, but the f/4 lens also becomes an f/8 lens. Shooting on my 7D Mark II I have what I call an effective focal length of around 2000mm. Being that tight also seems to take your margin of error way down. The soft photos that some say may come from this tele could just be user error. From what I have seen so far that seems to be the case. The auto-focus was a big slower as well. A couple of times I just grabbed the focus ring and focused myself. That is not a bad skill to learn anyway. On a torrential rain or snow day that may just come in handy. Anyway look for more photos made with the doubler in the future. I may even try and find a way to work it into my sports work.

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