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Advice on New 2.8 Telephoto Lens

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Mike OConnell, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Scott Merryfield

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    I get that same feeling when I visit Yellowstone N.P., Sam. My 100-400L seems so small next to all those 500mm and 600mm primes. If we lived closer to that park, I'd have to figure out a way to fund one of those puppies.
     
  2. andrew markworthy

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    Sam - out of curiosity, what were the guys in the photograph taking pictures of? Are they what we in the UK call 'twitchers' - i.e. bird watchers?
    Honestly and truly, I have seen guys using lenses that size, handheld, trying to photograph birds 200+ yards away. The first time I saw the phenomenon, I thought it was a one off but I've seen it several times since. I wonder if these guys ever put two and two together that some of their distance shots are a bit blurry?
     
  3. Mike Frezon

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    Heh-heh. Sam goes to take photos...and gets gas.
     
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    Bald Eagles.
    For reference, this is about as good as I can get with a D300 and a 70-300:
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    10-ConowingoBaldEagles-8723 by Kadath, on Flickr
    This is what the guys with 400s and up can get:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Conowingo-Bald-Eagles/266756446716728?ref=stream
     
  6. andrew markworthy

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    Nice photo - if that is without tripod then that is really really impressive.
     
  7. andrew markworthy

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    P.S. Don't you have any large birds in the USA? That's about the size of a British robin. ;)
     
  8. Scott Merryfield

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    Is this big enough for you, Andrew? :)
     
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    Yes, all handheld, cropped to taste.
    But I know there is a lot of muddled detail on there lost by using a consumer grade lens and not an exotic tele... Looking at what the pro lenses are able to resolve on the conowingo FB page and Flickr is very revealing...
     
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    Not really - looks like a rather drabber version of the British starling:
    ;)
    [Apologies for the picture quality - I have a much better composed version in higher res but couldn't find it].
     
  11. Scott Merryfield

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    Those things are tacky lawn decorations here in the States, Andrew. :)
     
  12. schan1269

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    Those things are based on a real bird????
    KIDDING...
     

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