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#21 of 32 Scott Merryfield

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Posted December 12 2012 - 05:31 AM

Trust me, when I roll up on 40+ photographers each with $8k+ lenses my gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) goes into overdrive....

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.

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Posted December 12 2012 - 05:43 AM

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?

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Posted December 12 2012 - 05:54 AM

Originally Posted by Sam Posten 

Trust me, when I roll up on 40+ photographers each with $8k+ lenses my gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) goes into overdrive....


Heh-heh.  Sam goes to take photos...and gets gas.




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Posted December 12 2012 - 02:06 PM

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#25 of 32 Sam Posten

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Posted December 17 2012 - 02:22 AM

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?

Bald Eagles. For reference, this is about as good as I can get with a D300 and a 70-300: Posted Image 10-ConowingoBaldEagles-8723 by Kadath, on Flickr This is what the guys with 400s and up can get: http://www.facebook....6728?ref=stream

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#26 of 32 andrew markworthy

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Posted December 20 2012 - 05:25 AM

For reference, this is about as good as I can get with a D300 and a 70-300:

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

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Posted December 20 2012 - 05:27 AM

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

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Posted December 20 2012 - 10:52 AM

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

Is this big enough for you, Andrew? :) http://www.hometheat...e/61/id/172370/

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Posted December 22 2012 - 02:57 AM

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

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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Posted December 22 2012 - 07:24 AM

Is this big enough for you, Andrew?

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].

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Posted December 22 2012 - 07:45 AM

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

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Posted December 22 2012 - 08:12 AM

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




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