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Old 10-09-2006, 16:50   #261
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love the starling, superb colours!
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Old 10-09-2006, 19:15   #263
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Andy - that is stunning! I've only ever managed to get one shot of a dragonfly and it was a bit naff. This one is beautiful - the focusing and depth of field are spot on, the light is just right, the pose is great and the background is simple and helps the insect stand out.

Brilliant.


Edit: good birdy shots too John.

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cheers Mr Fozzy

I posted a different take on that one in the macro thread too! not sure if this is macro or not, the 300mm f/4 AF-S focuses very close, especially when manually focused..

I love my 300mm f/4 AF-S
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A nice couple from you John I've only just realized how beautiful a starlings plumage can be Before I started taking pictures of them they were just birds that came into the garden
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Old 10-09-2006, 19:42   #266
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cheers Mr Fozzy

I posted a different take on that one in the macro thread too! not sure if this is macro or not, the 300mm f/4 AF-S focuses very close, especially when manually focused..

I love my 300mm f/4 AF-S
your not tempted by the F/2.8 version then
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Some great bird shots here. This one was taken yesterday

Egyptian Goose
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:01   #268
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your not tempted by the F/2.8 version then
I'd love one, "bought" one on Ebay the other day, but it didn't work out.

The f/2.8 version doesn't focus as close-though, so when I get an f/2.8 I'll still keep the f/4 version as its about 1/3 of the weight!

One thing I'm conscious of is a lenses close-focusing ability, you can have a 500mm lens for example, but if it only focuses at 3 meters or more, in many ways a 300mm that focuses at 1.3 meters will give larger images.

You look like you are enjoying your 300mm as well
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Nice Goose there ifijay is that with the 50-500
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Nice Goose there ifijay is that with the 50-500
No, taken with the 18-70. That goose was so tame I could just about stroke it!
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Test shot from yesterday. (new lens try-out)

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Any verdict yet Andy is it actually worth spending the extra money on a 2.8 as the image dosn't look any different to the f/4 lens
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Any verdict yet Andy is it actually worth spending the extra money on a 2.8 as the image dosn't look any different to the f/4 lens
The jury is still out on that!

I'm not expecting the f/2.8 to be any sharper than the 300mm f/4 I already have, and I wouldn't really expect to see any difference in image quality - its more to do with using teleconverters at 500mm - that extra stop allows me to shoot 500mm at f/4.8 rather than f/6.7 with the 1.7x which in rubbish morning light is ideal and allows enough shutter speed to freeze motion. Or 600mm f/5.6 which is nice too

What I really want is a nice fast 500mm lens ideally, and I'm hoping this gets me close.. but I'm not sure yet! I've not used the lens at 300mm at all yet
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Another test shot this morning:

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I'll wait for your report on this one as I'm interested to see if you keep the 300mm 2.8 or go for a 500mm f4
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I might well end up with a 500mm, quite fancy that Sigma 500 f/4.5 you had, as an alternative to the Nikkor. I do like to shoot long, and no matter how much length I have its just never enough - I just seem to add teleconverters to everything

I can certainly shoot 500mm sharper with this lens, than the 300mm f/4, and also I think 600mm with my new 2x is going to be better than the 600mm I got out of my Sigma 120-300mm. Of course, teleconverters are no substitute for real length and as I shoot over the River Cam often in poor light, I might need to think about a real 500 or 600mm at some point! But as you know, even 500mm can seem short with small birds...
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Went to West Midlands Safari Park yesterday. Took these shots with the tamron 70-300mm lens thats Ł99.99 with any SLR at Jessops at the moment. Thinking I'll probably take it back though and go for the nikon 70-300 VR lens if that gets good reviews when it comes out. I was pleased with the shots, but couldve done with the VR as I had to junk quite a few due to camera shake.

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Safari Park

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Safari Park

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Safari Park

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Safari Park

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Safari Park

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Safari Park

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Safari Park

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Safari Park - Wolf

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Safari Park

(more on my flickr account when you click one of the photos above!)

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Old 15-09-2006, 21:10   #278
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Nice! I really like that lion shot (4th botton)
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Old 15-09-2006, 21:38   #279
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Superb shots Tomfoolery! Number 7 stands out particularly for me as it's a great pose and the background is nice and plain, but they're all good.
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had a trip to a national park near bangalore, here are a the first few i've converted from raw...





i have lions and tigers, but my gf is calling!
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