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Old Sep 3, 2007, 7:44 PM   #11
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Thanks guys. Yeah, it's a whole new beast. Ergonomically, I'm not used to it. Shouldn't be too big a deal. The k10d was probably a little easier for setting changes, as it is very user friendly. Tracking B'sIF and AF seems better to me than the k10d. IQ is better at highISO on the 30d, but at lower ISO, it's a wash. I also bought a used 300L IS f/4 lens, and using it in stabilized mode is very easyfor tracking birds in flight. But I have a lot to learn.......cheers...Don
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Old Sep 3, 2007, 9:34 PM   #12
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Good choice Don - I'm confident you will be pleased with the new combination. I use it all the time with the 1.4 extender and haven't been disappointed.

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Old Sep 3, 2007, 10:59 PM   #13
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Congrats Don! and some fine shooting on the first outing with the new setup.I use the Nikon 300mm F4 with the 1.4tc and am very happy with the results. A great economical wildlife setup at 420mm- F5.6.

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Thanks Jim, Kent. Hope to be able to make it work for me. Cheers....Don
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Old Sep 4, 2007, 1:33 AM   #15
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Hey Don. These are some great initial pics. That osprey shot is fantastic. ISO 1600 !!!
Wow. Not much noise considering how high you went. How do you like the 5 frames per second?! I think this set up is gonna work out great for you! Keep those pics coming. I expect more BIF shots too. Heheheh.

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Thanks Hung. Yes, the BIF shots seem a lot easier than my last setup. Can't believe how well the AF tracks. Nice treat!...cheers....Don
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Old Sep 5, 2007, 3:56 PM   #17
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nice work with the 30d...I love mine!
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Old Sep 5, 2007, 10:14 PM   #18
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Nice shots Don, what are you going to do with the FA* 300 now? I find that Canon works faster for BIF shots than the K10D, but I like the film like look of the Pentax at low ISO.

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Nice shots Don, what are you going to do with the FA* 300 now? I find that Canon works faster for BIF shots than the K10D, but I like the film like look of the Pentax at low ISO.

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Hi Tom. The FA*300 is now in the Netherlands. Ebayed everything and it's all gone. The 300L IS is a fine replacement, and I'd put it on par with the FA*300 optically. Plus, the IS for BIF shots like you mentioned is really nice. I'm gettng shots with that lens and the 30d that I don't think I could get with the Pentax. For short focal lengths, I think it's a wash, the Pentax and Canon are both good, as are probably all the DSLRs out there, but for birding, after using the 30d for only a week, I'd have to say it wins the AF derby by quite a bit........cheers.........Don

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