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Old Jan 4, 2006, 5:22 PM   #1
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Old Jan 4, 2006, 9:08 PM   #2
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Just checked out all of your recent strings, NHL, excellent presentations, and very unique birds, some not seen very often at all. You must live in a zoo :lol:
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Old Jan 5, 2006, 1:14 PM   #3
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Thank Norm - it's a living zoo alright:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=11
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Awesome!
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NHL, I have been following your tele shots on this site and must say they are spectacular.* I like to take wildlife shots at a local refuge.* *Mostly migrating waterfowl but, there are any number of other raptors, mammals etc to shoot.* I just purchased a Nikon D70s to replace my current digtial cam.(a non DSLR camera)* Do you mind if I ask your opinion on a good wildlife tele. lens? *I have been driving myself nuts comparing one against the other.* My philosophy is from the old 35mm film school, which is get a lens that will let in lots of light and has good glass.* Two lenses that I have been pondering are the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D-AF VR and the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF HSM.* The later will, I am afraid, require a second mortgage but it's probably my 1st choice.* Any other thoughts, or lenses you might care to recommend, would be greatly appreciated.* Both you and Normcar ( along with many others on this forum) are constantly posting the most amazing quality shots. Thanks in advance for any advice.* *Steve
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Old Jan 5, 2006, 8:54 PM   #6
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My philosophy is to buy what you can afford...
-> I shoot with both the Canon 100-400L IS (which is equivalent to Nikkor 80-400mm VR) and the 120-300 f/2.8 EX. They both have their pluses (and minuses):

o The 80-400 VR will be lighter of course
o The 120-300 f/2.8 is extremely fast in AF and IMO is the only '600mm' (with a 2X) that you can still handhold



I believe either lens will accomplish what you need - Also notice that most of my shots are with flash (even in daylight). The key IMO is in the control of light and everything else is secondary! :-)

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Thank you for the reply.* I appreciate your input.* One last question.* Do you know anything about the Sigma 100-300 f/4 reviewed at this site? * **http://www.naturephotographers.net/je1001-2.html* * *Thanks again and happy shoooting,*SteveI have been reviewing the other posts on this topic and I think I know what I am going to do.* Thank you for your help but I can see that this topic has been rehashed multiply times.* No need to waste yours or others time over this any more.* I hope to post some shorts in the next few weeks.* Steve
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Old Jan 6, 2006, 4:01 AM   #8
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One last question. Do you know anything about the Sigma 100-300 f/4 reviewed at this site? http://www.naturephotographers.net/je1001-2.html
IMO it's a very affordable lens, quite fast and practically a prime according to it's MTF curve... a big saving over the 120-300 f/2.8 EX too

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Beautiful shot of a lovely bird.
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NHL when you say you use a flash, what kind of flash? Kind of clever. Thanks for sharing.
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