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Old Jul 11, 2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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Visited the National Aviary while in Pittsburgh and captured the following. Used the DL and DA 50-200mm. Minimal PP (cropping, minor levels, but no sharpening applied). I continue to be awed by the DA 50-200mm lens in the mid zoom range.

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Taken during an outdoor demonstration of birds



Taken from behind glass



A very colorful subject



A species of Penguin (sorry was more intereted in taking the picture vs. listening to the guide!).




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Old Jul 11, 2008, 1:01 PM   #2
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I see what you mean about the lens. Great portraits.
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Old Jul 11, 2008, 1:54 PM   #3
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Hi Jay,

I've always wanted to go there, but unfortunately have limited travel capabilities. . .

This is very nice work -- I really like bird portraits (as you might have noticed:-) ). The DA 50-200 can obviously get the job done!

Not a criticism, and realize that this is coming from a certifiable "sharp" freak, but I think these could be a just a tad crisper, without going over the edge. One final pass of USM or High Pass Sharpening at moderate settings after resizing would give them even more of a WOW factor than they already have, IMO, but it's really a matter of personal taste. . .

I'd be interested in seeing more from this trip. . .

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Old Jul 11, 2008, 8:25 PM   #4
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great shots
looks like a very nice lens too!
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Old Jul 11, 2008, 8:48 PM   #5
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Very nice. I have always felt that this lens was underrated, even if I do not use mine as often as I should. I am going to disagree (at least partially) with Scott. IMO none of the shots need more sharpening. The Owl and parrot might not be hurt by more, but I would be careful about further sharpening for the eagle and especially the gull. Then again, I am a PP noob and, as Scott said, this is a very personal decision.

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Old Jul 11, 2008, 11:29 PM   #6
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These are beautiful birds! I really need to get my DA50-200 fixed, but I never remember it being this good when it was new. Love the pictures.
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Terrific Avian portrait shots.
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Old Jul 12, 2008, 9:56 AM   #8
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Thanks all...I can't tell you how pleased I have been with the DA 50-200 mm lens!

Re. sharpening...interesting debate.Similar to Scott, I'm a bit of a sharp freak myself. However, in these instances I thoughtI'd maintainanedge of softness in order to convey the texture of the feathers, especially in the Owl.

Thanks for the feedback. I'll be posting a third and final series fro Pittsburgh with images from my visit to Phipps Conservatory..stay tuned!

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Excellent shots Jay! Yes, the 50-200 does an exceptional job considering the price and size. In good light, it excells. Well done!.....cheers....Don
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These are fantastic, Jay.

I went by the Audubon Society today to check it out, but it was too muggy to go out on the trails and see the birds. Will go back later, though. They had a nice owl, but I'd left my camera in the car. And, it was in a closely wired cage. Not sure I could have gotten it.

Good job!

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