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Old Oct 14, 2009, 3:16 PM   #11
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Before I switched to the Mac, I used PFree, a freeware Windows only Photoshop PF reduction plugin that worked in PSE. There another plugin for GIMP, but I know nothing about it, and I don't know of any written for Macs.
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Looks like a great lens, have fun with it, I too love the gray squirrel.

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Thanks for all the excellent feedback!

Lou - the lens weighs about 9 pounds, so it definitely cannot be hand held in any steady manner (at least, not by me!). When I bought the used lens from KEH, I also bought a very used tripod, much sturdier (and heavier) than the one I usually use.

John - Thanks for the compliment and the advice. I too noticed the lack of detail, especially in the distant shots. Perhaps a combination of lens weakness and operator weakness! Will try again in brighter situations, where I can use faster shutter speeds, and also smaller F stop (most of these were at F8...) Will also try at 500mm or so, to see if the lens may be a bit sharper there than at 600.

Bock & Rodney - Glad you liked the squirrel! Me too! I think this was better because it was at a bit hgher light level, and was much closer than the birds - perhaps this lens does better when the subject is a bit closer, or perhaps my manual focusing does better at closer distances...

Harriet - thanks for the advice - I will keep practicing!

Scott - that does look better - thanks for the advice, detailed directions, and samples. I appreciate the time you took with this, and will try your technique with some more photos later.

Penolta - I too use mac, but have found that (using Darwine) you can run Irfanview on an intel mac. Irfanview allows use of PS plugins - but I have not found PFree yet. Have tried the PF and CA scripts written for Gimp, but they don't seem to work very well. Thanks!
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 12:23 PM   #14
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Penolta - I too use mac, but have found that (using Darwine) you can run Irfanview on an intel mac. Irfanview allows use of PS plugins - but I have not found PFree yet. Have tried the PF and CA scripts written for Gimp, but they don't seem to work very well. Thanks!
Here is a link for the download:

http://www.brothersoft.com/pfree-183596.html

(refresh the page to get rid of the popup if one appears)

Or use another download site:

http://wareseeker.com/Graphic-Apps/p....2.zip/3001616

I wasn't aware of Darwine (now changed to Wine) - thanks for that.
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