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Old Mar 20, 2012, 7:20 PM   #31
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I did not rule out old glass at all. I have plenty of it and most are capable of producing excellent images. I ruled out the MF 300mm lenses as most will produce soft images and washed out colors. I'm not saying all old 300mm are bad but what I'm saying is that they under perform all 4/3 and m4/3 300mm ones.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 11:33 AM   #32
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Finally got the Nikon adapter so here are a few shots from this grey morning using the nikon 300mm f4.5 AI-S tripod mounted, iAuto mode, f5.6, IBIS off.


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Old Mar 24, 2012, 11:42 AM   #33
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Much better detail but why the iAuto mode? Shutter priority at around 1/600 may have yielded even sharper results. Were you shooting through glass?
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Much better detail but why the iAuto mode? Shutter priority at around 1/600 may have yielded even sharper results. Were you shooting through glass?
Yes shooting through glass. I forgot to put it in shutter priority at first. When i did switch over the few shots i took were not as good subject wise with the birds hanging off the front edge and just oof. As you can see the tree is putting out leaves now, this means there is more food in the forest and less visitors to the feeder,
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Might want to pick of one of those inexpensive wireless remote shutter release gadgets. You can find them pretty cheap on Ebay. When I had my Canon DSLR I bought one and it worked very good. Mine had a range of about 300 feet and I see this one is much farther.

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Old Mar 24, 2012, 12:50 PM   #36
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another lens I recently grabbed is the sigma super wide II 24mm f2.8

Really liking this focal length, confirms that I definitely need to start saving my pennies for the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Leica



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a few more - still grey but birds are coming in so I grabbed the big Nikon and shot wide open with 1/500 shutter and 1600 ISO. All these shots are w/o PP and they were also shot handheld. The bird is a red-bellied woodpecker and this is the first time he has stuck around long enough to be captured.


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Handheld thru glass these are about what i would expect from an old 300mm lens. Is there anyway for you to shoot the birds w/o the glass in between? Tullio is right about older 300mm and softness unless you can go for the 2.8 ones. I have found the sharpest 300mm lens I have is a Tamron SP 80-200/2.8 with a Kenko 1.5 TC. Can get razor sharp images with it. Your Nikon should be capable or more so I think the image quality you have now can be improved. Better light and no glass will help. Thing is to enjoy the glass and make the most of it. I shoot almost nothing but old Adaptal SP glass and love it.

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Handheld thru glass these are about what i would expect from an old 300mm lens. Is there anyway for you to shoot the birds w/o the glass in between? Tullio is right about older 300mm and softness unless you can go for the 2.8 ones. I have found the sharpest 300mm lens I have is a Tamron SP 80-200/2.8 with a Kenko 1.5 TC. Can get razor sharp images with it. Your Nikon should be capable or more so I think the image quality you have now can be improved. Better light and no glass will help. Thing is to enjoy the glass and make the most of it. I shoot almost nothing but old Adaptal SP glass and love it.

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Honestly I am quite pleased with the shots from today given the lack of light and the window in between.

As for opening the window maybe when the weather is warmer I will try - last time I had it open the birds wouldn't come in.

For the price of your Tamron SP 80-200/2.8 plus Kenko 1.5TC I think I'd opt for the 70-300mm Olympus FT lens plus adapter.
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 5:23 PM   #40
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This lens is w/o a doubt an improvement over the others. Colors are more saturated and there's more contrast. I also agree that the IQ has room for improvement. I'd not spend a lot of money on any MF lens. I have many old glasses, including the Sigma super wide II (mine is a 28mm, not 24). It's also a macro lens and produces some good images. I have the Leica 25mm and like it particularly as a low light lens.
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