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Old Feb 7, 2009, 1:59 AM   #1
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Hi All,

First sunny day in the 30's in a few months, so I took a ride over to the River Trails Nature Center to see if there were any birds to try the FA* 300/2.8. In 10 seconds there I saw more birds than I have in about the last 3 months, so I set up the tripod near the feeders. I had to stand because all of the snow, so I had to set up farther away than I'd have liked.

I still have to get used to turning the focus ring the opposite way, but the lens handles very nicely once I don't have to deal with the weight.

All these were shot in jpeg***,14MP. The Downy WP is a vertical crop of a landscape shot, but all the rest are full frame or very close, resized with local sharpening of the subject. Exif should be available for those who want to see exposure particulars -- I tried a lot of different settings.

White Breasted Nuthatch from @ 25 ft


Female Northern Cardinal from @ 30 ft


Male Northern Cardinal from @ 40 ft


Another Female Cardinal from @ 25 ft


Male House Sparrow from @ 10 ft


White Breasted Nuthatch from @8 ft


Male Downy Woodpecker from @ 30 ft (shot landscape, cropped to vertical)


I think this'll work. . .:-):crazy:8)

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Old Feb 7, 2009, 6:33 AM   #2
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not bad at all Scott.
You wouldn't know there was snow around with those shots
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Old Feb 7, 2009, 9:29 AM   #3
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very nice, that lense is the bees knees
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Old Feb 7, 2009, 10:01 AM   #4
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Scott, those are fantastic. Clear as a bell and excellent exposure. Really nice.

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Old Feb 7, 2009, 10:12 AM   #5
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Recession...DA*300...Recession...DA*300...Recessio n...DA*300...aaarrrgh
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Old Feb 7, 2009, 11:09 AM   #6
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Nice shots, but then for 2K, I would expect it to be good. A friend has one and he can't get it to focus properly with his K20D, but yours seems to work just fine.

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Old Feb 7, 2009, 12:30 PM   #7
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Gorgeous photos and sharp as a tack. Well....Do ya think this is worth it? See... LBA can bring good things into your life. These go well to explode the "TC's can't give you sharp photos" theory. And double stacked at that. Was the focus hard to get a lock? I see you went to f/9 on one. To me #6 is the sharpest at f/4.5. Were you closer on that one? And how much crop was in these?

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Awesome shots! They are so sharp, and with stacked TC. What a lens!
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Old Feb 7, 2009, 10:25 PM   #9
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Fantastic shots!
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not bad at all Scott.
You wouldn't know there was snow around with those shots
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Hi GW,

Thanks!

It was in the 40's today, and the 1.5-2 ft covering that was everywhere is gone now -- only the plow piles remain. I almost thought it was Spring, but then remembered that all the local groundhogs said 6 more weeks. . .

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