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Old Jan 8, 2012, 1:23 PM   #1
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Default Backyard Birds Today

Zig's prior post got me off my butt to try to get some bird pics of my own.

I was shooting in the tree branches more than anywhere, and I tried some vignetting to try to bring the attention back to the bird and away from the busy/distracting backgrounds. I suck at post.

This year the Pine Siskins are all over the place. They were rare in prior years. Maybe its because I've trapped about 400 house sparrows since last spring.

D3s/600 VR/TC-14 at 850mm, f7.1, ISO400 and 1/800s



Same settings except I had enough light for ISO200



Another ISO200

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Default A nuthatch and a gold finch

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A goldfinch with a wacky hairdoo.

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Default Red Bellied Woodpeckers

These are a favored target for me.

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ISO200 and 1/500s



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Geez, Louise, Greg,

The feather detail, at that distance, is nothing short of amazing.

Are you still using the same gimbal and tripod setup?

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Great shots fldspringer- I especially like the Nuthatch....
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Geez, Louise, Greg,

The feather detail, at that distance, is nothing short of amazing.

Are you still using the same gimbal and tripod setup?

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Still using the Fiesol 3372 tripod and the Jobu BW lightweight II gimbal I had with the Oly 300 f2.8.

The Jobu head is a side mount (ie lightweight) and it seems to handle the big lens very well. The only thing that makes me pause has more to do with wondering if the lens collar will handle it over the long term. The setup seems rock solid as far as I can tell.
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Still using the Fiesol 3372 tripod and the Jobu BW lightweight II gimbal I had with the Oly 300 f2.8.

The Jobu head is a side mount (ie lightweight) and it seems to handle the big lens very well. The only thing that makes me pause has more to do with wondering if the lens collar will handle it over the long term. The setup seems rock solid as far as I can tell.

Thanks for responding, Greg. Reason I asked is that I need to upgrade the old tripod I've got to at least a carbon fibre. Then look at getting a more fluid (as well as lighter) gimbal head than the 393 Bogen Gimbal. My current rig weighs about 15lbs. Then you add the D7000+ 70-200mm lens and at the end of the day, I'm shot.

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Thanks for responding, Greg. Reason I asked is that I need to upgrade the old tripod I've got to at least a carbon fibre. Then look at getting a more fluid (as well as lighter) gimbal head than the 393 Bogen Gimbal. My current rig weighs about 15lbs. Then you add the D7000+ 70-200mm lens and at the end of the day, I'm shot.

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Its not the most accurate method of weighing things, but my bathroom scale said 240.5 lbs with just me, and 246 lbs with me and the tripod/head combo. 5.5 lbs total + or - half a pound.

The tripod might be heavier duty than you need, but I've never desired anything differently than what this Fiesol has supplied. It will be with me for a long time to come. If the Jobu LW can handle the 600 f4, it will handle just about everything. It is a side mount, so keep that in mind. The big tuna and the 600 VR both rotate on the collar and that makes it easy. The collar was removed from my 70-200 the day I got it, so I can't say how it would work with that.
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