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... and very good it is too :-)

Thanks for the correction Howard. I have changed the title.

I bet they still rake in enough cash from the unwary doing 55mph

The auto focus system in the Nikon D7100 is pretty good , but when I'm photographing flying insects the success rate isn't very high just high enough to get a few in focus before my patience runs out. Flying birds present a larger target so the success rate is much higher. The majority of failures are due to bad technique on my part.

Thanks for the generous comment.

I do often use flash for my insect photos. I find it's sometimes the only way to get fast shutter speeds and small apertures without resorting to ridiculously high ISO. The downside is unwanted highlights on glossy or wet surfaces.

Some photographers get round the problem by freezing their subjects so fast shutter speeds aren't required and natural light can be used. I refuse to do that as I believe it is unethical to harm anything , even insects , for the sake of a photo.

I was very lucky to get any usable shots at all. The bird never came closer than 500 yards. I don't have a full frame camera and one of those £££'s lenses.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davesbirds/

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