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Old Aug 23, 2010, 5:56 AM   #1
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Default [pics] Common Bronzewing & Laughing Kookaburra

A late evening walk through the grounds of one of the local schools produced this Common Bronzewing. I love the iridescent coloured feathers through the wings of this bird.

Olympus E620
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focal length: 300mm
ISO: 800
shutter speed: 1/125sec
aperture: f5.6

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Another bird I found on my late evening walk through the grounds of one of the local schools. By this time (approx 8pm) the sun had almost set, which resulted in the high ISO & very slow shutter speed. This was one of the rare occasions I had a tripod with me, an el cheapo plastic one I had borrowed from a friend. Glad I did, as the end result wasn't too bad considering the available light.

Olympus E620
Zuiko 70-300mm lens
focal length: 215mm
ISO: 800
shutter speed: 1/50sec
aperture: f5.1

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Hi Adam,
You're definitely having fun with your E-620 + 70-300mm set up. And these images are really very very good.

Do you ever use your 50-200mm with the EC-14? Even with the telecon, I find the output sharper than the 300mm and probably a better low light set up.

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Do you ever use your 50-200mm with the EC-14? Even with the telecon, I find the output sharper than the 300mm and probably a better low light set up.
Since I bought the 50-200mm SWD & EC-14 combo, I've been using it exclusively. The images I'm posting are the ones I've finally got around to post processing, have a bit of a back log

I LOVE the 50-200 SWD & EC-14 combo, the shots are amazing.
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Hi, Adam

I'm enjoying your photos.

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This was one of the rare occasions I had a tripod with me, an el cheapo plastic one I had borrowed from a friend. Glad I did, as the end result wasn't too bad considering the available light.

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Have you tried using a monopod? Easier to carry and lighter than a tripod but still helpful to get maximum sharpness when the light is failing.

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I'm enjoying your photos.

Have you tried using a monopod? Easier to carry and lighter than a tripod but still helpful to get maximum sharpness when the light is failing.
Thanks Ted.

I haven't tried one as such, but am thinking I might need to invest in one as I have certainly noticed a difference shooting with the larger 50-200 SWD lens.. it is quite heavy and the arms tire a bit quicker, think a monopod would certainly help with this.
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Thanks Ted.

I haven't tried one as such, but am thinking I might need to invest in one as I have certainly noticed a difference shooting with the larger 50-200 SWD lens.. it is quite heavy and the arms tire a bit quicker, think a monopod would certainly help with this.
None of the pro photographers I know, would shoot at 200 to 400mm (eq.) without a monopod. It's not so much an issue of the weight of the lens, as much as that telephoto lenses magnify distance and in doing so they magnify motion. Pro togs feel they need support to keep such photos sharp, regardless of IS technology.

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None of the pro photographers I know, would shoot at 200 to 400mm (eq.) without a monopod. It's not so much an issue of the weight of the lens, as much as that telephoto lenses magnify distance and in doing so they magnify motion. Pro togs feel they need support to keep such photos sharp, regardless of IS technology.
I hardly consider myself a pro photographer, but I understand what you're getting at

It's more about convenience and portability.. sometimes carrying a monopod around can be a real hassle, and get in the way of an opportunity to capture a shot. Usually I find a good tree/post/something to lean against, or rest the camera on/against, which generally serves me well.

But a monopod would certainly help in low light, no doubt.

Having said all that, I ordered this & this last night
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Am I reading this correctly - the weight of that Manfroto is .33 kg? That's less than a pound in US terms - very lightweight. That should be easy to carry around, and the quick release on the head should make it easy to set up quickly.

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Am I reading this correctly - the weight of that Manfroto is .33 kg? That's less than a pound in US terms - very lightweight. That should be easy to carry around, and the quick release on the head should make it easy to set up quickly.
Yup, should make a great lightweight combo.. just like the Oly gear!
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