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Usually I haul a bag full of lenses around when I go wandering, but a photographic challenge I enjoy is limiting myself to just a prime lens or two for an outing. Depending on the lens, it forces me to look for certain details and compositions, and to zoom with my feet.

So when I went to check out the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery down in Charles City, I thought it would be a good opportunity to challenge myself–and also to see what I could do with a combination I hadn’t played with before, the Canon RF 800mm f/11 IS STM lens and the RF 1.4x Teleconverter. The result is an 1120mm f/16 lens, which sounds daunting in a number of ways. Would it even be usable? Come along and see how things turned out!

(Most images below are with the 800mm + 1.4x combo–exposure details are in the video above. All edited with Adobe Lightroom, some also with Skylum Luminar AI.)

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