My a1 Review For Wildlife Photographers

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dtibbals

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What lens will you use? I am debating renting the 600 f:4 for my workshop with him in December.
I a taking an a1 gripped with my 600f4 and a second a1 gripped with my 200-600. I will also be taking both the 1.4 and 2x tele. Not taking a tripod as I am flying but taking a monopod with Wimberly head in the event I need one but plan on hand holding. Shooting with him on a Monday, flying in on Saturday afternoon, shooting Merit island on Sunday, Mark on Monday, depending on how that goes I may return to the area to shoot on my own Tuesday than heading up to Tampa for the RV show for a couple days of shopping and than to keep my spouse happy ending with 2 days on the beach.
 

FB101

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I a taking an a1 gripped with my 600f4 and a second a1 gripped with my 200-600. I will also be taking both the 1.4 and 2x tele. Not taking a tripod as I am flying but taking a monopod with Wimberly head in the event I need one but plan on hand holding. Shooting with him on a Monday, flying in on Saturday afternoon, shooting Merit island on Sunday, Mark on Monday, depending on how that goes I may return to the area to shoot on my own Tuesday than heading up to Tampa for the RV show for a couple days of shopping and than to keep my spouse happy ending with 2 days on the beach.
Nice program. Will you do the Blackpoint Wildlife drive?

I am thinking Blackpoint wildlife drive Sunday, shooting with mark monday and tuesday (well that's booked) - I'll probably hit Circle B Bar from Tampa to Merit Island if I don't get to go the week before.

I'll have the monopod and Wimberley monopod head for sure - I'll probably rent the 600 f:4 before I decide to buy one.
 

dtibbals

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Nice program. Will you do the Blackpoint Wildlife drive?

I am thinking Blackpoint wildlife drive Sunday, shooting with mark monday and tuesday (well that's booked) - I'll probably hit Circle B Bar from Tampa to Merit Island if I don't get to go the week before.

I'll have the monopod and Wimberley monopod head for sure - I'll probably rent the 600 f:4 before I decide to buy one.
Yup I will hit black point drive. I was down there in March for work and had a good time. I haven't been to Circle B Bar before. Tell me more!

If you can afford the 600F4 just buy one and save your money renting one. It is freaking awesome!!!!! If you start looking now you can probably get one before your trip. It took me 3 weeks from point of order to delivery. I am sure if calling around some dealers have them on the shelf as Sony just received over 70 of them in the USA a couple weeks ago. One thing that shocked me with the 600F4 is how easy it is to hand hold. The 200-600 is as well but it is front heavy and I actually find the 600 more comfortable to hold. I would take a 1.4 with you as well. Please report back on what your trip and how the shoot went with Mark. $100 an hour to shoot is pretty expensive but figured some tips and a good place to go is worth the investment.
 

Hut2

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Yup I will hit black point drive. I was down there in March for work and had a good time. I haven't been to Circle B Bar before. Tell me more!

If you can afford the 600F4 just buy one and save your money renting one. It is freaking awesome!!!!! If you start looking now you can probably get one before your trip. It took me 3 weeks from point of order to delivery. I am sure if calling around some dealers have them on the shelf as Sony just received over 70 of them in the USA a couple weeks ago. One thing that shocked me with the 600F4 is how easy it is to hand hold. The 200-600 is as well but it is front heavy and I actually find the 600 more comfortable to hold. I would take a 1.4 with you as well. Please report back on what your trip and how the shoot went with Mark. $100 an hour to shoot is pretty expensive but figured some tips and a good place to go is worth the investment.
Seems like a pretty good deal 👍
 

Ltgk20

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What lens will you use? I am debating renting the 600 f:4 for my workshop with him in December.
Mark will likely have his 600f4 on, likely with a 1.4tc, handheld. I used my 200-600 when I went out with him. For me, I'm not experienced enough shooting long primes to be confident I can get what I want in the viewfinder quickly.
 

dtibbals

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Mark will likely have his 600f4 on, likely with a 1.4tc, handheld. I used my 200-600 when I went out with him. For me, I'm not experienced enough shooting long primes to be confident I can get what I want in the viewfinder quickly.
Did you shoot ospreys with him? What did you think? Did you come away with any good images?
 

Ltgk20

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I did shoot osprey. The conditions were just ok (the wind was only partially cooperative), but I did get some decent action sequences. I need a bit more practice at not overshooting the bird at the end of a dive when it hits the water.
 

Venkatesh VT

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I shot number of Brahminy kites that were diving for worms ( in a silk worm farm) & in one of the series I shot 157 frames & all the shots seemed ok though some of the focus points were not on the bird.I stopped when my hands got tired.I shot in medium speed @1/2000.I was around 30 to 40 ft when i started shooting & must have been 200 to 300 ft at the farthest
It had no issue picking up the focus when the bird emergerd from behind an obstacle
I was really blown over by its stickly bird eye AF & really gained confidence that it delivers.I am yet to see my other series shot over past 3 days
 

uday592

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Like to know if remote radio controlled flash can be used with A1. I am new to Sony so what is a good flash and my intent is to use it for fill.
 

Steve

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As a new a1 owner and now totally addicted to Steve’s YouTube channel and now reading his books I’m so looking forward to a a1 setup guide. Coming from a simple a6400 to a1 is for sure a handful.
I am planning on a setup guide. I'm going to have a video and plan on a for-sale PDF with more detailed info. I reconfigured my a1 on this last trip to Africa and I really think it's dialed in now for wildlife. The setup allows me to be really fast and, as far as I know, I'm the only one using the camera this way :) (At least I haven't seen any setup videos even close to the way I have it setup.) Can't wait to share it!
 

Hut2

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I am planning on a setup guide. I'm going to have a video and plan on a for-sale PDF with more detailed info. I reconfigured my a1 on this last trip to Africa and I really think it's dialed in now for wildlife. The setup allows me to be really fast and, as far as I know, I'm the only one using the camera this way :) (At least I haven't seen any setup videos even close to the way I have it setup.) Can't wait to share it!
This sounds interesting. :cool:👍
 

lablover27

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I am planning on a setup guide. I'm going to have a video and plan on a for-sale PDF with more detailed info. I reconfigured my a1 on this last trip to Africa and I really think it's dialed in now for wildlife. The setup allows me to be really fast and, as far as I know, I'm the only one using the camera this way :) (At least I haven't seen any setup videos even close to the way I have it setup.) Can't wait to share it!
Woooohooooooo. Thanks Steve. Your BIF book is epic. Sooooo much to learn
 

dtibbals

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I am planning on a setup guide. I'm going to have a video and plan on a for-sale PDF with more detailed info. I reconfigured my a1 on this last trip to Africa and I really think it's dialed in now for wildlife. The setup allows me to be really fast and, as far as I know, I'm the only one using the camera this way :) (At least I haven't seen any setup videos even close to the way I have it setup.) Can't wait to share it!
Sign me up! I’ve been tweaking my settings as well and I’m sure I’m a long way from maximizing its speed.
 

Venkatesh VT

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I am planning on a setup guide. I'm going to have a video and plan on a for-sale PDF with more detailed info. I reconfigured my a1 on this last trip to Africa and I really think it's dialed in now for wildlife. The setup allows me to be really fast and, as far as I know, I'm the only one using the camera this way :) (At least I haven't seen any setup videos even close to the way I have it setup.) Can't wait to share it!
Looking forward to it I did buy one from others.How ever I am not too happy with their set up.
I am booking my copy :cool:
 

lablover27

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I am planning on a setup guide. I'm going to have a video and plan on a for-sale PDF with more detailed info. I reconfigured my a1 on this last trip to Africa and I really think it's dialed in now for wildlife. The setup allows me to be really fast and, as far as I know, I'm the only one using the camera this way :) (At least I haven't seen any setup videos even close to the way I have it setup.) Can't wait to share it!
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shut up and take my money!!!!!
 
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