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Old Mar 20, 2005, 7:18 PM   #1
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The day was snowy, grey, overcast, and generally miserable for photography. However, some of the birds tried to make it more bearable, which was nice. Here's a White Breasted Nuthatch winking and smiling at me, perhaps trying to say, cheer up, it could be worse:

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NUTHATCH GREETING



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Old Mar 20, 2005, 7:28 PM   #2
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really nice Norm, specially like the second one , looks like hes sleeping

what is your setting???

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Old Mar 20, 2005, 7:33 PM   #3
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Great captures, Norm. Thanks for posting.
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Old Mar 20, 2005, 7:40 PM   #4
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Thanks for having a look Pierre and Mullen. Exif is here Pierre:

Exposure Time = 1/400"
F Number = F5.6
Exposure Program = Manual
ISO Speed Ratings = 400

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Old Mar 20, 2005, 9:23 PM   #5
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They're spectacular Norm. From the one winking at you to the one talking to you. They are sooooooo sharp.

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Old Mar 20, 2005, 10:04 PM   #6
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aaaaawesome stuff norm!

that's crazy stuff you've caught here!

watch the tails though dude! don't want to clip them!

great work here man!

when you get the 400 f5.6?

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Old Mar 20, 2005, 10:59 PM   #7
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Thanks Houston and Vito and hope ya had a great weekend with better weather than myself. Houston, how are those directions coming in how to fold up that blind? :G

Vito, I've had the lens for about a week and a half now, broke down and got one as I've been meaning to for quite some time. It seems to be doing a nice job so far.

By the way, great critiquing too, as I had about 5 shots of this particular bird from this same sequence and every one of them except this one had the tail cut off. I couldn't believe my ignorance in shooting wildly without taking the tail into consideration. Thankfully I had the whole tail (barely) in this shot. Cheers.
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Great shots of my favorite bird. Good catch on getting that wink. To me,
these guys just look happy all the time.
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Old Mar 21, 2005, 11:27 AM   #9
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Normcar...outstanding photos as usual. I'm sure you've already answered this question, but what lens are you using, and how the heck do you get such incredible action photos of Chickadees? I'm lucky to see one, let alone quick enough to capture a decent photo. I love photographing birds and use an ancient Tamron 80-200 2.8 MF on my D70. Nice lens, old eyes. I'm looking to purchase a new lens (auto focus of course) any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm researching the following lenses:



Sigma 100-300 4.0

Tamron 200-500

Sigma 50-500

Nikon 300 f4

Suggestions, ideas are welcome. It's a big decision. Thanks
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Old Mar 21, 2005, 1:39 PM   #10
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WM, I agree, they are super birds and extremely fun to watch. I should sit back and watch them more often rather than having a viewfinder at my eye all the time. It seems that the White Breasted is less skiddish than the Red Breasted, but both are more skiddish than the chickadees. Thanks for checking them out.


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I'm looking to purchase a new lens (auto focus of course) any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Woody, thanks for the kind words and checking out the photos. As for lens recommendations, I think it would depend on what your goals are, so I will make a recommendation assuming that your goals are the same or similar to mine, to photograph birds without going broke.

I'm unfamiliar with most of the lenses you list but have read up a bit on the Sigma 100-300 which has a good MTF rating. The 50-500 is a good lens and I used to own it. My preference would be the Canon 400/5.6 because of it's range and performance with the converters (sharpness is retained quite nicely). I also think the Canon 300/4L is an excellent lens (either IS or non).

After using zooms and primes I prefer primes to zooms when shooting wildlife.
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