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Old Jun 12, 2010, 3:16 PM   #1
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Darn close, about 4 ft away with the 55-300 set at 300mm.
While I was out getting the shot of the bird I posted yesterday, I also got a few shots of a co-operative dragonfly sitting on my chain-link fence. he'd fly off if I made the wrong move but, would come right back to see what I was doing. He kept looking at me and would periodically jerk his head up and then down again. I kept trying to time it so I could capture his head in the up position but, he was too fast for me. I did manage to get one shot where he cocked his head a little sideways like a dog will do when they have that curious look. I'll post it last as it didn't turn out as nice as the rest of them.

these were taken with shoe mounted 540 flash in manual mode, hi speed sync shutter at 1/250th f:8 ISO100.

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Number 4 is a crop of number 5.
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Here's my favorite pose, only wish it had turned out better.
I had to lighten it a lot in pp. the others had little if any pp.



I was pleasantly surprised how well they turned out with the 55-300mm set at 300mm and hand held, although I was braced with my elbow on the top of the doghouse.
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Old Jun 12, 2010, 3:23 PM   #2
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Great shots GW ! That last shot certainly does have a certain comedic quality !
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Old Jun 12, 2010, 3:24 PM   #3
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I see after posting these they look darker than I'd like.
If anyone wants to see them lighter, I'll be happy to re-post them.
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They look fine to me ... but I'm viewing on a Mac and there is no doubt the screen is much brighter than the households other Acer, Dell and DIY desktop.
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Great shot's, not macro ... not if you follow the old definition but for me this is great macro work.

Really like the nr4 crop

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Thank you very much Ronny, I'm glad to hear positive comments like that because I'm still not exactly comfortable with my cropping/composition skills. Its good to know others like it too.
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look fantastic - hard to beleive not taken with a macro lens - great shots!! - been eyeing up the tamron 70-200mm f2.8 but think i'm gonna have to have a look at the 55-300 as it looks like a fantasticly sharp lens and about a 3rd of the price
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Pure genius!! Well done
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look fantastic - hard to beleive not taken with a macro lens - great shots!! - been eyeing up the tamron 70-200mm f2.8 but think i'm gonna have to have a look at the 55-300 as it looks like a fantasticly sharp lens and about a 3rd of the price

Thanks JP,
I have owned the Sigma 70-200 HSM f:2.8 and its the best lens I've ever had.
after using it for a while I ended sending it back because it wont work with the matching 2X TC, on Pentax cameras. Anyway, when I went back to using the 55-300 it felt like a cheap junk lens in comparison. Don't get me wrong, its a great lens, and I use it a lot, its just the build quality feels so different and that's to be expected when you compare a Pro quality lens with a consumer lens. On the positive side, the IQ of the DA 55-300mm is top notch for this focal range and I've never heard a dissatisfied comment from any owners, with one exception and he got a bad copy. Pentax replaced it and now he's happy!
My point is, whichever lens you get, you will get you moneys worth and I predict you'll be happy with it.
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Thank you, Kool. I appreciate it.
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