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Old Nov 13, 2007, 1:58 AM   #11
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That last shot looks much better Jim.
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Old Nov 13, 2007, 8:44 AM   #12
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In case you are still following this thread, I've attached a house sparrow I shot at F11 at approximately the same distance of the feeder.
Yeap - at close distances the DOF tend to bite you, but remember it also depends a lot on lighting since you don't want to buy this superb lens just to shoot @ f/10 and above!

-> On my 1st two shots, one @ 500mm f/4, and the other one with the 1.4x TC @ 700mm f/7.1, the images are still relatively sharp when wide opened and this has a lot to do with the bright sunshine: The higher contrast ususally boosts the MTF curve hence the apparence of sharpness as well (The DOF is already enough to cover your subject).

Ditto - A lot of folks complained about the 50mm f/1.4 (or the 85 f/1.2) not sharp, but if you tried the same lens(es) outdoor @ wide open it's actually quite good IMO. It's really indoor with low-light hence low contrast that the apparence lack of sharpness really comes into play...
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Old Nov 22, 2007, 12:21 PM   #13
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Not to hijack the thread but...
NHL, those are great bird shots.
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Old Nov 23, 2007, 7:03 AM   #14
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Thank You - The lens has a lot to with it!

-> With such a well controlled DOF at almost any aperture it's hard not to get a buttery bokeh... which really helps to bring out the subject

Palm Tanager on a palm leaf 1/500s, f/8 @ dawn:



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Old Dec 13, 2007, 5:11 AM   #15
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Nice photos, nice lens.

Me like.
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Old Dec 13, 2007, 7:12 AM   #16
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Palm Tanager on a palm leaf 1/500s, f/8 @ dawn:
I can't find the @dawn setting on my camera or lens?

Is that something you only get with 1D cameras or L lenses????




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That was a joke right (you didn't have any smileys)? lol

The Dawn setting is next to the Dusk setting. But, there is some controversy over whether or not separate settings for both of are really needed. :-)

He meant that he took the photo at Dawn.

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IMO a Dawn or Dusk settings is not very useful - Wouldn't everyone rather have the daylight balance to be fixed to capture the yellow cast of the low morning sun and shadows?

-> I tend to have particular problem getting the reddish cast at dusk though as the sun tends to set too fast while the wildlife are still active... :lol::-):G
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