© 2010 Am Ang Zhang
Small birds present a great challenge. Focusing is often a problem because surrounding leaves and branches will defeat even the best autofocus system of the modern camera. This photo was taken with an older Nikon DSLR using an old manual 180mm/2.8 ED lens that is effectively 250mm. This is just about the minimum focal length one needs for this kind of photography. Manual focusing overcomes the problem mentioned earlier, and it is often useful to take multiple shots, changing the focusing minimally for each shot.