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Old Jun 12, 2010, 4:57 PM   #11
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Just such an awesome set of pics. Pure genuis mate. What camera?
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Old Jun 12, 2010, 5:01 PM   #12
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Awesome shots mate!

The detail on the first one in particular is brilliant. Not impressed with the dragonflies near here this year, they are like a bunch of college students during spring break, not siting still and covorting with the opposite sex constantly... no chance of taking photo's without at least a 500mm lens...
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 10:07 AM   #13
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Kool, I'm using the K20d.
Ash, they (all insects)have been pretty scarce around here this year.
I think it was our extended cold spell that threw things out of whack.
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 2:06 PM   #14
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Good ones, GW. And they look right on my Mac monitor, too. The 55-300 is a fine close-up lens, but does not get as close up as the Tamron 70-300 LD which is close to a true macro at 1:2, so I don't use it as much for close-ups, but it doesn't disappoint me when I do.
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 3:45 PM   #15
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Good ones, GW. And they look right on my Mac monitor, too. The 55-300 is a fine close-up lens, but does not get as close up as the Tamron 70-300 LD which is close to a true macro at 1:2, so I don't use it as much for close-ups, but it doesn't disappoint me when I do.

Thank you Pen. So far, nobody's complained they were too dark so I guess it just me.
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 11:37 PM   #16
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They look right to me on my Mac monitor, too.

The DA 55-300 is quite sharp and does nice things when used as a close-up. Granted, I think it only does 1:3.5, but that's plenty close for many things.

Do you know someone else besides me that went through a bad copy? I noted the "he" instead of "she" in your post. Seriously, the lens has a pretty good reputation. While I've heard of others who received defective copies, there haven't been very many so it doesn't seem plagued with problems. It can't do the low light stuff the Tammy 70-200 f2.8 can do though. But if you need the longer focal length and don't need f2.8, then it's a good choice.
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 7:56 PM   #17
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Sorry Harriet, I forgot you had a bad copy also.
I was thinking of bahadir, the gentleman in Turkey.
He wasn't too happy with his first copy but, the second one made him real happy.
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GW - Some really nice photos with plenty of detail, color & personality. Looks like a female Pondhawk to me...
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 8:28 PM   #19
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Thanks for the complement, Mole.
I'll have to take your word on it.
She sure seemed to have an crush on my fence!
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You are forgiven - we can't keep track of everything. Every lens manufacturer can have bad copies creep through, and I once had a bad lens that I suspected left the store in good order but didn't arrive that way. There was no obvious dings in the inner box or on the lens itself so I couldn't say for sure one way or the other.
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