Bird photography is a genre that requires long focal lengths, wide apertures, and fast shutter speeds, making it a nightmare scenario for consumer zooms. So, can you still get good photos in challenging low-light situations? This great video takes a look.
Coming to you from Jan Wegener, this interesting video examines shooting birds in low light with a narrow aperture, namely using the Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM. Consumer zoom lenses have come a long way in the last five years or so. It used to be that if you wanted professional-level sharpness, you needed to opt for a top-shelf supertelephoto prime lens, which typically runs over $10,000. While you can now get incredible image quality out of consumer zooms like the aforementioned Canon model, there is no getting around the physics of apertures, and unless you fork out top dollar for one of those supertelephoto primes, you will be stuck with a relatively narrow maximum aperture. Thankfully, along with the image quality improvements of the last few years, autofocus and high-ISO performance have also come a long way, and it is now possible to get great photos in more situations than ever. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Wegener.