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Old Feb 3, 2011, 9:53 AM   #1
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Default Why I just love the 50-200mm ED lens

I continue to marvel as to just how good this lens is when given a little bit of light to work with, it continues to deliver, IMHO, really fine images.
Woke up this morning to a clear sky and a little bit of light, as opposed to the previous few days. We've had a lot of visitors to the feeder this morning with a couple that I don't generally see:
All shot with the E-30 + 50-200mm ED lens. All images are pretty much as they came out of the camera. I did not crop - only reduced the file size to accommodate the web.





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Old Feb 3, 2011, 10:39 AM   #2
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Excellent! What a great pose on #2 with him holding the food in his beak.
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Those are superb!!
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You sure get a nice selection of birds at your feeder! The viewpoint is also quite excellent for those to have needed no cropping. I know how small a Blue Jay can look in the finder when back just a few yards/meters.
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Excellent! What a great pose on #2 with him holding the food in his beak.
Hi Steven,

That red bellied woodpecker could see me very clearly and he kept eyeing me just to see what I'd do. My lens is only about 3ft away from him with me behind the camera. It's just the storm window that separates us both.

I was hoping the suet feeder would keep him occupied so I could move the camera and tripod over to the right enough to get his entire body into the frame, but the suet is hard as concrete because of the cold and freezing rain we've had and he took off before I could get into position. It was the first red-bellied woodpecker I've photographed this year. In the end, I was pleased to get what I did.

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Those are superb!!
Thanks Dan,
much appreciated.
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You sure get a nice selection of birds at your feeder! The viewpoint is also quite excellent for those to have needed no cropping. I know how small a Blue Jay can look in the finder when back just a few yards/meters.
Hi Greg,

Getting birds I generally don't see at the feeder is great, but it's a sign of how little feed must be available to them with all the snow and ice that we've had. There's not a lot of bare ground or bushes not covered with ice and snow right now.

As for distance, regardless of how good the 50-200mm is, there is no denying that getting as close as possible to a small subject like a songbird is critical if you want any kind of resolution or feather detail. Until someone has actually tried shooting songbirds, they don't realize just how close you have to be. All of my bird shots from home are taken at a distance no greater than 4ft. from the subject and that's with the 50-200mm fully extended.


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Stunning images Zig, my full time lens the 50-200 SWD. It's an amazing piece of glass for the price.
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Thanks Adam/Bob,

for taking the time to comment.

I know I'm preaching to the choir when I state how much I love this lens as you already know how good it actually is.

At some point, while I can still operate a camera, I would love to put a 300mm f2.8 lens on my E-30 and go out and fun with it. In the meantime, I'll be quite happy using the 50-200mm.

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