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Old Nov 9, 2009, 7:45 PM   #1
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Default #1 New supertelephoto - some preliminary shots! (FA* 250-600/5.6)

So far, it's encouraging! I've been sidelined with a bad cold/flu for over a week. It was nice to get outside for even a little while, even though much of it was spent helping the neighbor install insulation in the crawl space of his home! I don't have the Gitzo yet, so I simply extended the first section on the Giottos tripod to keep it a bit more stable, since it was at it's max. load or slightly exceeded. The Wimberley WH-200 gimbal head really proved it's worth in the last image at such a low shutter speed.

I'm working on creating a birding environment in my recently changed back yard so I'm very happy to see activity on the feeder only within 30 seconds of setting it up!!

Carolina Wren:

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Exposure Time 0.0012s (1/800)
Aperture f/7.1
ISO 640
Focal Length 600mm (900mm in 35mm)
Photo Dimensions 2542 x 1994

Tufted Titmouse #1:


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Tufted Titmouse #2:

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Exposure Time 0.0012s (1/800)
Aperture f/10.0
ISO 640
Focal Length 600mm (900mm in 35mm)
Photo Dimensions 3872 x 2592

Tufted Titmouse #3:



Tufted Titmouse #3 - crop:

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Exposure Time 0.008s (1/125)
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 100
Focal Length 600mm (900mm in 35mm)
Photo Dimensions 2845 x 2265

The last two images show how nice the details are, yet at such a low shutter speed (1/125 sec.). This lens' sharpness is certainly not an issue wide open at 600mm!!

Hope you enjoyed these images!

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Old Nov 9, 2009, 7:57 PM   #2
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detail is amazing. congratulations. they look wonderful.
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These are outstanding Marc!
Nice work. glad to hear you're feeling better too.
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Old Nov 9, 2009, 8:26 PM   #4
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Default Actual image of the lens setup - to show it's scale

Taken with a little Kodak 4MP P&S:


It's mounted the the Wimberley WH-200 gimbal head. Of course, you attach the camera to the lens, not the other way around!!

Truth be told: I often hand hold the lens by the tripod collar so the lens is in the down position or horizontal position and attach the body to it that way = requires some technique.

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Now that's a lens and the pix are pin point clear.
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Whoa what a lens and what amazing shots.

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Definitely not something you want to take hiking, But what great results exceptional detail.

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Great shots! Impressive detail.
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Congrats on the new lens - looks to be worth every penny. That Wren shot is something special.
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Fantastic shots. Congratulations on what looks to be a very fine piece of glass!
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