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Old Oct 20, 2009, 6:19 AM   #1
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I recently posted a few test shots of big birds with the new/old 135-600 zoom (http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...rain-fall.html).

Yesterday I tried it out in my yard with some little birds. Here are a few samples - first some Carolina Chicadees.
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Old Oct 20, 2009, 6:20 AM   #2
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And some Tufted Titmice too.
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Old Oct 20, 2009, 6:21 AM   #3
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This lens seems to work best in bright sun, and stopped down to at least F11.
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Fantastic!

Wonderful detail on the feathers and nice sharp photos. Good color and eye light as well.

Were you at full 600mm extension?

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Mole-

As Lou said, you got wonderful detail and sharpness with that big lens.

Have a great day.

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This lens is great in the nearfield - much better at "closeoups" than the distant shots that require more enlargement (cropping).

According to many reviews I have read, it seems that many telezooms are weakest at the long end, where they are most needed.
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Hi mole,

These are excellent!!!

I love the feather detail. Most think that long teles are for shooting things a half mile away. I much prefer using them to shoot small subjects at relatively short distances.

My favorite is the last Titmouse -- wish we had more of them around here, but it's probably more a matter of me not being able to find them. I don't have a single shot of one.

Very nice work.

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Looks to me like you got a handle on this lens Mole.
Great job!
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Great shots Mole. Any contrast or sharpness enhancement needed with this lens camera combo?
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Thanks for all the kind comments!

Lou - These were taken at about 500-550 mm. I had to move the feeder from its usual spot to get more sunshine. The first (shaded) photos were rather dingy.

Sarah - thanks! I was pleasantly surprised with these shots, especially compared to the first rather soft ones...

Penolta - My initial testing with this lens agrees with your diagnosis. Wonder which lens would work for those very distant waterbirds and such?

Scott - Yeah, I was hoping to use this lens for more distant work too, but it sure does seem to do better for closer subjects. By the way, Titmice are one of our commonest visitors to the feeder, and in the young woodlands in winter we see many mixed flocks of chicadees, titmice, nuthatches and d woodpeckers.

GW - thanks! My wife & I had a great time sitting in the yard watching these guys (we keep a feeder or two full nearly all year long, but don't take enough time to enjoy watching the birds!)

Bigdawg - these are pretty much straight from the camera shots. A little denoising of background on some, and some minor cropping. This lens has some nice color and contrast, as long as it's stopped down a bit, and out in the sunshine. (KEH still has the screwmount version of this lens for about $600 - you know you want it!!)
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