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Old Mar 5, 2011, 1:49 PM   #1
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Default Some birds with FZ40/45 and TCON-17

First wildlife shots with my new TCON-17.

Please regard the fish at the claw of the little egret, flying over the water in the left corner.

The cormorants I had to shoot against the sun.

It seems that the geese are on a picnic.

I hope you will enjoy the pix.

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Nice shots with the new TCON. #2 and #3 my favorites.
How far away are these pictures taken?

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Really nice photos. So what do you think of the TCon after your first go?? Were the photos hand held or tripod??
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Really nice photos. So what do you think of the TCon after your first go?? Were the photos hand held or tripod??

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I am really satisfied with the TCON, the only negative thing is, that it is not possible to add filters or a lens hood to the TCON.

The pix are taken with a tripod, except the one with the flying little egrets.

At the moment for me it is really difficult to make good shots from flying birds and with the TCON it seems to be a little bit more difficult.

I think, without backlight the pic of the cormorants would be also much better than it is.

The geese where in perfect light.

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Cool, certainly makes me want to give in to temptation. The geese on the ground has come out really well. Look forward to seeing more from you with the Tcon.
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I am really satisfied with the TCON, the only negative thing is, that it is not possible to add filters or a lens hood to the TCON.

The pix are taken with a tripod, except the one with the flying little egrets.

At the moment for me it is really difficult to make good shots from flying birds and with the TCON it seems to be a little bit more difficult.

I think, without backlight the pic of the cormorants would be also much better than it is.

The geese where in perfect light.

Cheers,

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Stefan - I am sorry, but to me all the pics look out of focus, even the geese. TCON being heavy, you should use either use a tripod or rest the camera on a solid support. The more you zoom, the more blur you get if your camera is not steady.
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I purchased the T-Con 1.7, but have only tested it. I just really in my workflow never find much need to get beyond the 24X the FZ40 offers. I was hoping to have better image quality.

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#2 looks very good. The colors seem off in the others. What camera setting did you use?
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Good first go with this lens Stafan. I look forward to seeing more.
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Stefan - I am sorry, but to me all the pics look out of focus, even the geese. TCON being heavy, you should use either use a tripod or rest the camera on a solid support. The more you zoom, the more blur you get if your camera is not steady.
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Raghu,

thanks a lot for your judicial comments.
For #1, #2 and #4 I used a tripod, #3 was handheld to catch the little egrats in flight. For the shot of the cormorants I had only the chance to shot more or less against the sun. For me the geese looks in focus, but I could be wrong.

The distance to the birds I can hardly estimate, but all shots, except the little egrets were taken with full focal distance.

Settings were:

Aperture Priority
Spot Metering
AF-Tracking
Pre-AF: Q-AF
White Balance: AWB
Sensitivity: Auto
ISO Limit Set: 200
Contrast: +1
Sharpness: +1
Saturation: +1
Noise Reduction: -1
Stabilizer Mode 2

A little PP with GIMP and G'MIC:

Sharpening
Anisotropic smoothing
Dynamic Range increase
Cropping

If I could improve the IQ with other Settings, please let me know.

Cheers,

Stefan

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