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Old Apr 20, 2011, 12:10 PM   #11
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I think that first one of the second set must have been taken with a microscope!! Very impressive detail. Great shot of a Titmouse.

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Old Apr 20, 2011, 12:24 PM   #12
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More great stuff Ziggy. Your bird shots, no all your shots have done you proud this last year. Do you feel that lens makes the difference. (Other than your setup, composition, choice of angles and setting up your bird feeders for the most advantage??????? )

Asking because my 70-300 has just about turned up it's toes. Almost impossible to get it to fine tune focus in MF and just continues to stutter in AF then when it does shoot the focus is hit and miss.
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Old Apr 20, 2011, 3:08 PM   #13
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Hi Ken,

Your comments are very high praise indeed. They are much appreciated.
Ouch, my hat is starting to feel tight around my skull

As to your question, I've always believed that the best camera and lens combination is the one that's in your hands, because that's what you have to work with. Like most people, I'd like to have a better camera - a better lens, and so on, blah blah blah. I'm guilty of wanting more.


Having said that, I really think that the key ingredient in the mix, here, is the 50-200mm lens. As much as I like the 70-300mm-and I do- the 50-200mm is just in another league entirely. I know that Greg has done some wonderful work with the 70-300mm as has Eric recently in his posts, but I find myself hardly ever grabbing anything other than the 50-200mm. And, mine is the original version, not the SWD which is supposed to be better still. Currently, the only other ZD lens in my kit bag is the 12-60mm SWD.

With these two lenses, and the EC14 and EC20, it's really a pretty fair kit.

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Old Apr 20, 2011, 3:17 PM   #14
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zig, you prove that a good chief makes a great meal rather he is cooking with a wood stove, or a fancy modern electric range.
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Old Apr 20, 2011, 7:11 PM   #15
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Well said Zig, I debated taking the 70-300 yesterday and actually did but it never came out of the pack. I've been in love with the 50-200 for so long now that it is first to be mounted. But, it had been 10-months since last use and it seemed heavier than I remembered.
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Sorry to chime in late, but, great shots!!
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I wish we had those tit mice here
what a cracking set of pictures, Shows what a good lens it is but folks remember the lens didn't take the pictures
plus, how close did you have to get!! good work
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Old Apr 21, 2011, 1:45 PM   #18
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hi Bob, Dan, Al,

Thanks guys.

Al, you are right on target, as the distance to subject is key in getting the feather detail that I'm hoping for. In this case, the lens is about 3ft away and taking the shot through a storm window.

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I would bet the E5 would not resolve much more, if any more at all, than what you're getting in these E510 shots. Other body features might make it easier to get more shots with the E5, but these images you've posted look awful darn good.
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I would love to try my hand at these shots using the E5 and the 50-200mm to be able to view the differences.

I don't know if this helps or not.

E-3 vs. E-5

E-3/300 f2.8/EC-14 at 1/400 f8



And the E-5/300 f2.8/EC-14 at 1/320 f7.1




Your photos show great detail. The difference with the lighter AA filter shows more of its stuff when there is more real estate from the subject and cropping becomes necessary.
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