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Old Jun 9, 2013, 8:49 PM   #1
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I believe I photographed a swallow tail butterfly like this one on this same lilac last year... this time with the 70-300


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Old Jun 9, 2013, 10:50 PM   #2
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That is a beautiful Tiger, super nice imaging too, the 70-300 is perfect. I do remember you posting last year.

I see them, the swallowtails, occasionally at a distance but have never had but one chance to photograph one, it was a Giant Swallowtail in my Penta bead a few years ago. The wingspan was approx 4-5 inches, when it flexed its wings it would cover a Penta bloom head.... I've never had one back and the penta is planted every year.
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Great shots Ramce. That lens is sure a bargain for its capabilities.
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Bob - thanks, and that is a nice peta plant, and a good capture of your own, interesting that it is a very similar flower structure to my lilac. I am lucky to have caught it again, maybe it is the lilac that it cannot resist, the smell is very strong and permeates the area for the week or so it is in bloom every year. This year the blooms took a beating from the rain we had last weekend and I also think that because the rain had stopped on Sunday after two days this butterfly was hungry to makeup time lost. Either way I was lucky to be on the back deck enjoying an afternoon when it happened to the bush, the only thing I can take credit for is having the camera ready with the 70-300mm mounted and shutter priority mode selected.

This was the best of the bunch from last year with the 45-200mm. The Lilac bloom was much nicer but I think the 70-300mm renders much sharper details. Note: ISO and shutter were nearly identical and several of the shots above were likewise at 200mm.


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Comparing it side by side to the ones from this year I am happy in my choice to go with the 70-300 over the lumix 45-200 or a 100-300.


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Great shots Ramce. That lens is sure a bargain for its capabilities.
James it is my most used lens, even with the micro 75-300mm now at $550 I'd still opt for this lens because of it's macro like capabilities. Oh and Olympus has it on sale for $299 often enough that one need only wait till the next sale, or buy a used one as I did for about $200.


p.s. wanted to share this one more - talk about shallow DOF! one antenna is in sharp focus and the other is oof.


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