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Old Feb 17, 2011, 3:52 PM   #1
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Default few birds on dull day

Only been a few bits of sun today, mostly pretty dull...So I tried a new approach to using the 70-300 with slow shutter speeds and a tripod... Looks like tripod is the way to go when the long lens unless its real sunny ..
So. I've been reading the weakness's of the 70-300. Most of which I agree with. Up until now I have been thinking the main , No1 rule with getting anything half decent is you need sunshine....

However I live in mid wales (not very sunny ) and was wondering about getting the faster 50-200mm, anyway today was very dull and I couldn't get the shutter speed past 1/200 so used the tripod and a cable release . What a difference. Also these pics are at 300mm f5.6
something thats meant to be a bit soft...
I'm not going to be waiting for bright sun so much now...

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Old Feb 17, 2011, 6:04 PM   #2
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Hi Alex,

glad you posted these as they are really quite good. I like the framing, composition, and colors. It's good to see some bird shots taken with the 70-300mm as I tend to overlook it these days.
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Old Feb 17, 2011, 7:25 PM   #3
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The 70-300mm is my long glass. I just picked up a EC20 and I'm anxious to give it a try with both of my lenses. The 70-300mm is a light eater alone. Combined with the EC20 it should be like a black hole! heheheh

Really nice shots from cloudy Wales!
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Old Feb 18, 2011, 9:16 AM   #4
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Those are very nice. I love my 70 300 but when I add the EC14 I need to make sure it's between 8 and 4, not a good sunrise, sunset combo. I still find it hard to believe the impressive IQ from a 70 300mm lens under 300 dollars.
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