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Canon 800 F5.6 IS – B&H Photo Video

Canon 800 F5.6 IS  –  B&H Photo Video

Grey Heron

Grey Heron – Canon 800mm F5.6 IS – Courtesy of Canon & B&H Photo Video Sandton

A few weeks ago I was approached by Rick Nieuwoudt of B&H Photo Video in Sandton to test the Canon fixed telephoto 800mm F5.6 IS.
With the courtesy of Canon and accompanied by Ian Van Niekerk (Area Sales Executive – Canon), Rick Nieuwoud  (B&H Video) and a few other photographers, we decided to meet at a nearby Nature Reserve, early Saturday morning.

Excited and over keen, we all met at the entrance a few minutes before sunrise to ensure we are setup properly when the “golden hour” arrives.

After a cup of coffee we drove to the bird hide.

As we could expect from a early winter morning, the dam was covered with mist and it was very cold inside the bird hide.

We quickly setup the lens on a tripod, only to find that the small gaps (windows) made it very difficult to maneuver the lens on the tripod. We decided to use a bean bag, which happened to be just the answer.

Hundreds of White-breasted Cormorants were breeding at the opposite side of the dam (approximately 200 to 300 meter from the hide. I thought this to be the ideal spot to test the “800 fixed telephoto lens”.

It took about 2 hours for the light to be acceptable for the purpose of our mission.

At first it took a bit of shuffling and adjusting to get used to the lens, but it was surprisingly easy to handle. A bit frustrating was the fact that I could not get all the pictures of birds in flight, in the frame as they flew over and past us, being used to photograph with Canon 70 – 200 F2.8 IS and a 2x converter.

As I got used to the lens, I realized how amazing the sharpness and ease of handling really is. The lens enabled us take good quality pictures of birds that would normally be totally impossible because of the distance.

Unfortunately our time was limited as Ian had to leave just after 10h00 and we lost some time waiting for the sun to give us the light we needed.  For all practical reasons, we had about an hour of shooting, but got a good feel and a few pictures (published on www.birdwatcher.co.za/photo).

I would like to thank Ian Van Niekerk  ( Canon)  and Rick Nieuwoudt (B&H Photo/Video – Sandton)  for the extra mile they are prepared to go to proof their commitment to customers and confidence in their product.

Contact details for them can be found on our website www.birdwatcher.co.za

WWW.BIRDWATCHER.CO.ZA will have these excursions on a regular basis. Interesting photographers and birders can contact myself on 0825558122 or email me at ben@birdwatcher.co.za

Ben Fouche

Courtesy of Canon and (B&H Video)

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