Selection of Philippine avian wildlife all captured in habitat, plus nature and miscellaneous images.

Gear and Technique

Here are some articles and user reviews on birding gear and technique I’ve written over the years.

1. The battle of good vs evil…. er…. actually a test comparing the IQ of these two popular medium-length birding lenses.

Canon 100-400 L IS vs Canon 400 5.6L

2. This article compares the sharpness of my sterling 100-400 IS to my birding workhorse the 500 f4 IS when both are shot at the same angle of view.

How sharp really is a good 100-400 L IS?

3. My Top 10 Tips on Moonshooting with Long DSLR Lenses (complete with samples).

Moonshooting with birding lenses

4. My user review of a low cost but effective gimbal head – Manfrotto 3421 (aka 393).

Manfrotto 3421 gimbal head

5. Comparing my previous Sigmonster (Sigma 300-800 DG) to my 500 f4 IS.

SHOOT-OUT: Sigmonster (Sigma 300-800 DG) VS. Canon500 f4 L IS

6. My impressions on the ultimate birds-in-flight DSLR – the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV – a mean BIF machine

7. Many are complaining in various photo forums about the 5D MII’s AF performance. Is it that bad? Can it catch birds in flight?

Trying the 5DM2 at Birds in Flight

8. The EF 400 2.8 L IS is perhaps Canon’s sharpest lens. How far can we torture it with teleconverters + tiny pixels and still gain addition detail?

400 2.8 IS – A lens that eats TCs and tiny pixels for breakfast

9. Do smaller pixels give us a longer reach when we are focal length limited?

Comparing the reach of the 7D vs. the 5D2


3 responses

  1. I saw in the philipine bird forum that you sell sigmonster. Is it because do you get better lens to substitute sigmonster. I am thinking of getting sigmonster and I cannot decide between prime and sigmonster. I camera is nikon.


    April 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  2. Hussain Nalwala

    Hi Romy,

    Have visited your website and you have taken some of the most amazing pictures I have seen. Loved them all… Thanks for giving the details in all the pictures for people like us to learn from them. (Most photographers don’t give the details so we jsut can see the pictures without know the setting while taking the picture> You have shown that in every picture…. GREAT learning experience.)

    About myself, I live in Dubai and am a hobby photographer and love bird and wild life photography.I use a Canon 60D and among the many lens that I have 1 is a Canon 70-200mm f2.8L USM IS with Canon 1.4TC. I have just purchased a used but in very good condition Canon EF500mm f4.5L USM (without IS) as it is a lighter lens.I would like to know if it is necessary for me to go for a Canon 48mm Drop in holder + Circular Polarizer filter. Is it usefull ??

    2. I do not have a Manfrotto Gimbal Head … Can I use a Benro tripod and a Ballhead to take flight pictures ??

    Please advice on the two issues for me to take some decent pictures.

    Looking forward to your quick reply.


    Hussain Nalwala

    April 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

    • Hi Hussain,

      Thanks for dropping by and the comments.

      1. I haven’t found a a need yet for a polarizer for my superteles as far as birding and wildlife photography are concerned.

      2. A birder-friend has a 500 f/4.5 and it is light enough to be hand held for birds in flight. For extended BIF shooting, you might need some support indeed. A gimbal head or a fluid head with pan/tilt resistance adjusments will be ideal. I used a gimbal head a lot previously, but now prefer a fluid head (Manfrotto 516) for all my shooting including BIFs. The 516 can act like a gimbal head, plus I can pan smoothly when filming birds.

      I wouldn’t recommend a ball head for big lenses because of the danger of lens flop.


      April 24, 2011 at 7:57 am

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