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Old May 23, 2011, 10:55 PM   #1
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Before I sent the 70-300 to the fixit shop I took a walk in the garden to work with manual focus. Well to keep it short, I sucked! With about a 10-1 dump ratio. Now I understand what you were going though Zig, when you started with MF. Not only is it hard to see, even with the split screen. but the lens doesn't lend itself or make it easy to MF.
You focus, touch more, touch more...zap... to much. It's frustrating.

Anyway here are a couple I kept and like I said with Gregs shots, I need to use the tripod more with smaller apertures and longer exposures.

1/ Taurus Rhodie, Sharon planted it for my birthday 15 years back.
2/ Pink Rhodie budding
3/ The Taurus again
4/ Cherry blossom
5/ Curly Willow by the pond
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Old May 23, 2011, 11:03 PM   #2
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And 5 more!

1/ Another "Pink Rhodie?"
2/ These little guys have showed up in the one patch of lawn for about 5 years now. Don't know what they are so I always mow around them and give them their space.
3/ Early spring at the pond
4/ Tried a fun shot on the shed?
5/ Couple of ducks caught at the pond looking embarrassed.
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Oh, if I had a yard like that I would be walking a lot. Your 70-300 photos are very nice Ken, I enjoy seeing your pretty & interesting yard.

I am using my 70-300 more often when I do get out & usually wish I had a tripod for when I do use the lens. I'm finding it more difficult to hold it steady anymore, must be that last birthday.
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Not only is it hard to see, even with the split screen. but the lens doesn't lend itself or make it easy to MF.
Ken I'm surprised that you don't think a split screen helps to focus. For me, like Bob said, the problem with closeups is holding the camera steady. You don't have much DOF and it's hard to keep the distance between the camera and the spot you're focusing on, constant.

Nevertheless I also enjoyed seeing your yard.

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Nice shots, nice flowers, nice yard.

You must have a really big back yard: you could probably spend hours just photographing all the interesting things there. When your 70-300 comes back from the shop, you should re-take the shots and post them to compare.
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"Ken I'm surprised that you don't think a split screen helps to focus."
Not what I meant Ted. The low light with the e500 view finder and the magnification from the 70-300.... makes it hard to see, "even with" the split screen. It'd be a lot harder without it.

When your 70-300 comes back from the shop, you should re-take the shots and post them to compare.
Thanks and yes, I'll do that Steve.

I'm finding it more difficult to hold it steady anymore, must be that last birthday. Yesterday 8:03 PM
"I'm finding it more difficult to hold it steady anymore, must be that last birthday.
"Birthday party" you mean Bob..
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