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Old Dec 16, 2006, 5:14 AM   #1
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I am becoming a regular to this zoo now. Went last Saturday after work. Got there about 2:00pm, already a dull, grey day.

As a self-imposed test, I only took manual lenses with me (faster than my zooms)

SMC Pentax-A 1:1.7 50mm
Super Travenar MC 1:2.8 135mm
Auto Chinon 1:3.5 200mm (screw-mount)

Wanted to see if I could still use the manual lenses and also with the faster lens, I hoped to get some good pics.

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The big cats are fed by putting a box of meat in their enclosure and letting them find it and op the box themselves.




The white tiger was more co-operative on this ocassion. Usually he is just pacing back and forth.




Fennac fox - my girlfriend wants one of these!

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Some of this are slight OOF, but not by much.


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Old Dec 16, 2006, 9:28 AM   #2
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some really good shots. all i can say , is , i'm glad i'm not the box!!!!
you're GF would probably change her mind inside a week.

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Dunno, so far she wants a unicorn, a penguin and the fox!!


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PS going again tomorrow - weather permitting. Will take the zooms this time plus the trusty 50mm (love this lens!)



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Nice shots. I have a tough time getting the right depth of field when I try to manually focus. Do you use a split screen? Most of these shots seemed well focussed.
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Thanks.

Yep - DL2 with an Ischi special. Split-screen with ground-glass collar. The only way I can even come close to getting it in focus, together with the focus beep.

Trouble is the speed (or lack of it). I often miss the shot due to slow focussing, but I am slowly improving.



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Looks like you had a good time, and came out with some nice pictures. The lion seems to be quite happy taking apart the box, an interesting way of feeding them.
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DL2 with an Ischi special. Split-screen with ground-glass collar
Where do you get these? I have read several places about people getting the focus screens from Ischi of China, but I can't seem to find them on the internet or on ebay? Have a link? Email address? Anything?

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To be honest it is just luck when these come up. He seems to do a batch then nothing for a while.


The idea with the lion/tiger feeding is to try and keep them interested in feeding. They hide food for most of the other animals as well.


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