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Old Jan 24, 2017, 11:05 AM   #1
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On a recent trip to Busch Gardens a patient owl posed for a few shots.
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Nicely done. That 50-200mm lens continues to impress. About the only regret I have in converting to Nikon is in selling mine a few years ago. Especially, now that I bought the EM-1 for travelling.

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Nicely done. That 50-200mm lens continues to impress. About the only regret I have in converting to Nikon is in selling mine a few years ago. Especially, now that I bought the EM-1 for travelling.

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Thank you, Zig. I agree about the 50-200; even with a teleconverter it still provides outstanding images, even on my years old E-3.
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....I still have mine from late 2005; would not sell, trade or give!

Nicely done images Steven.
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....I still have mine from late 2005; would not sell, trade or give!

Nicely done images Steven.
Thank you Bob. And I definitely agree with you about the 50-200. Even if I ever decide to buy a new m4/3; I will buy an adapter for my lens.
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Beautiful shots as usual, Steve. I suspect that you have very good light conditions in Florida. I agree with the plaudits the 50-200 SWD is getting - a fantastic lens.
Here's a shot (cropped) of some Waxwings I took locally last week. I had to adjust it (in Lightroom) for heavy shadows caused by the low Winter sun. It was taken hand-held with the 50-200 SWD, wide open (f3.5), 1/2000 at ISO 200 and maximum zoom.
Waxwings are occasional Winter visitors to the UK from Scandinavia, usually when Scandinavian winters are severe.
I would have liked to take a few more shots (a bit closer), but they all flew off shortly after they arrived.
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Good catch on the waxwings; they are hard to photograph as they seem to be constantly moving. So wide open and at maximum zoom is probably the norm for that situation. You handled it well.
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Thanks Steven. I was fortunate to get such a fast shutter speed at ISO 200, as I'm sure the camera wasn't very still.
I don't use this lens as often as I should, possibly because of its weight, and as I take more landscape and larger subject shots, I tend to use the 12-60 SWD, another highly impressive lens.
Shots like yours, Steven, are encouraging me to do more with the bigger lens. Keep it up.
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