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Old Apr 27, 2012, 9:38 PM   #1
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FZ150 and TCON-17. I don't usually bother with the tripod, but I saw some flycatcher shots recently taken with a fancy Canon DSLR and tripod, and they were so crisp, and I do own a tripod, so I dragged it out today.

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Old Apr 27, 2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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Superb images, do you turn off stabilization when using a tripod? I could never see the logic in it, but that's what they recommend.
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Superb images, do you turn off stabilization when using a tripod? I could never see the logic in it, but that's what they recommend.
I have on occasion turned it off when using the ten second timer and shooting the moon, but have never seen that it makes the slightest difference, and have forgotten to turn it on again and ruined some shots the next day. I would never turn it off for bird shots though as I am turning it and holding the handle as the camera is so front-heavy with the teleconverter on that it tilts slowly down and I don't want to over-tighten trying to hold it in place and ruin the threads. I did once on a previous tripod.
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Fantastic series again Steve, you are a master with these kind of shots!!
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Great shots Steve. Just goes to show I always thought a tripod was a pain to carry around. But with those kind of shots perhaps I'll start using mine more. Well done.
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I take my tripod everything i plan to shoot birds. Pays off here too Steve with there excellent shots. Crisp and beautifully detailed. #1 is my favourite. Well done!
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Thanks, Alex, John, Steve. #1 is my favorite too. And, I am glad I went and shot these yesterday as it is rainy and 45 degrees F here today. No fun.

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Nice clean shots with nice detail Steve, well done!

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Tripod has certainly paid off, Steve. All shots are sharp with good detail. May sound silly, but is it possible to try BIF with tripod? It may reduce handshake and jitter to some extent.
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Tripod has certainly paid off, Steve. All shots are sharp with good detail. May sound silly, but is it possible to try BIF with tripod? It may reduce handshake and jitter to some extent.

I suppose it is possible, but I probably won't do it as it would drastically limit my ability to track the birds. I could use it for gulls coming to bread but don't bother shooting them doing that as it is too easy.

What I do like about the FZ150 is it is the first one I have had since my FZ7 that will shoot 1/2000 second shots at full zoom. The last batch of terns I shot in flight were shot at betwen 1/1000 and 1/2000 second, and they were sharp enough for me.

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