Hummingbird Photography with Sony 90mm f\2.8 Macro lens on Sony A7 III

Photographing hummingbirds is a truly exasperating practice.  The combination of short exposure time (a thousandth of a second or less), difficult autofocus target and flighty behavior means you may be waiting for hours for a shot that will only last for seconds.  Anyway I had some success with the Sony 90mm macro.  When I buy this lens soon I’ll do some more and try to develop some technique.

Sony A7 III with Sony FE 90mm f\2.8 macro lens
Sony A7 III with Sony FE 90mm f\2.8 macro lens
Sony A7 III with Sony FE 90mm f\2.8 macro lens
Sony A7 III with Sony FE 90mm f\2.8 macro lens
Sony A7 III with Sony FE 90mm f\2.8 macro lens
Sony A7 III with Sony FE 90mm f\2.8 macro lens

2 thoughts on “Hummingbird Photography with Sony 90mm f\2.8 Macro lens on Sony A7 III

  • August 11, 2018 at 4:32 pm
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    My wife has the patience to go after shots like these, I lack it. Looks like you had a pretty good hit rate though. If any camera has the autofocus capabilities, it’s the Sony.

    Could you imaging the frustration to try these back in the day of manual focus?

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    • August 11, 2018 at 5:50 pm
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      I think for the most part they trap focused on the spot where they expect the bird will hover. I did some of that a couple of years ago with the 200mm f\4. But I think I was using 1/200th of a second so the wings were just a blur. When the weather cools down a little it won’t be so bad. But sitting there for an hour or two is pretty grueling.

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