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Old Jan 16, 2008, 7:35 PM   #1
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D300 enabled me to catchthis hungry guy:

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Old Jan 16, 2008, 10:38 PM   #2
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I'm sure you're a great photographer, but IMO this lens does not do you justice:

It captures too much of the background, and also do not defocus enough of the detractions around your bird subject...
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Thank you for your kind words.

This is a major crop of the original image making the bird and the branches near him almost in the same plane of focus.

I agree with your DOF observation but don't have the $$$$ for any 2.8 or f4 tele prime.

This shot is the first one I have seen/captured that shows the Hawk's body shape and structure.

I posted it to show just how quick the D300 is in focus & capture.

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Old Jan 17, 2008, 9:12 AM   #4
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I agree with your DOF observation but don't have the $$$$ for any 2.8 or f4 tele prime.
No argument from me here
-> I'm pretty much in "sticker shock" checking Nikon glass vs their Canon counter part(plus their availability), but it does not have to be that way...

Since the D300 is pretty fast in AF IMO you don't really need AF-S and there's plenty of 3rd party lenses which can fill that void:
1. The Sigma 80-400 "OS" which has optical stabilization and the two lens with HSM (i.e. AF-S equivalent) below:
2. The Sigma 100-300 f/4 which is as sharp as an equivalent f/4 prime
3. The Bigma 50-500mm
-> The reason I bring theses focal lenghts up is they'll all crop the birds with a narrower FOV and then compress and defocus the backgrounds for all around $1000 or less, which is not much more than your 18-200VR which are quite affordable in fact
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