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Old Feb 20, 2007, 9:35 PM   #1
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Today, during the lunch break, I took DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 for a spin with my favorite local subjects: Canadian geese and squirrels.

A bit of cropping on this one. They are quite docile.





And they were definitely thirsty:


I wish I had the Tamron TC 1.4x so I would not have to do so much cropping:


This guy was really hungry:


And this is the area where they live:


Overall, I am pretty happy with the lens. I definitely get more keepers than with the A 70-210mm F4 that it replaces.

Now, show me yours!

P.S. All shot in jpeg with no post-processing (too lazy for that).

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Old Feb 20, 2007, 10:46 PM   #2
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These are really nice - AF is rather nice for regular day-to-day use. I don't mind manual focusing for some things, but prefer to have AF for walk-around stuff. I'm still not totally happy with mine, but use it all the time. I'm tentatively planning on replacing it with one of the DA * lenses coming out later this year.

Here are two pictures - this first one (taken Sunday morning)isn't very good. I was rather asking a lot of the camera and lens - it was a very cloudy day with a bit ofmistand before the sun was up (just before dawn). Everything was very grey and hadn't bothered to set the white balance (was shooting raw). I got frustrated with trying to get white balance right.

I've included it because I wanted to provide some contrast with the second picture. That one was taken Monday morning (still yesterday for me), where I did set the white balance.

Early Sunday morning, beach north of Monterey, K10 with DA 50-200:
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 10:47 PM   #3
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Here's one I shot a couple of years ago with my itsDS and the 50-200.....cheers...Don
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 10:49 PM   #4
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Those are nice shots. I really like the squirrel shots. Very sharp and great detail. The 4th shot in particular is an interesting pose. It's just unique how you can see his 2 hind legs like that. Looks like he's standing up. Well done.
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 10:51 PM   #5
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Early Monday morning (24 hours later), still cloudy, Frazier Park. I set a custom white balance and this picture is straight out of the camera, full frame, resized with a little USM because of resizing (I finally installed PS6 on my hubby's computer - CS2 won't run on it). Both of these were converted from raw using PhotoLab, both were taken as PEF files.

K10, DA 50-200:
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 2:27 AM   #6
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she was looking for a handout (Picnic lunch). 200mm - 1/200 - f5.6 ISO 200. About as close as she could get walking (waddling?) toward me. There were two of them - but she was the always came up close. Shot with my *ist Ds on the day of my 25th Wedding Anniversary.

Location - Botanical Gardens Christchurch, New Zealand.

She is a bit fuzzy - but nice just the same as long as you do not pixel peep.

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Now that spring is thinking about coming around. A tulip shot from last year. (Cloudy, raining - 35mph wind left to right - hiding behind a telephone pole) 50-200mm DA at 160mm 1/60 f:8 ISO 200 - no tripod, monopod or shake reduction - just hide behind the pole hold your breath and lean into the pole - no cropping.

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