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Old May 24, 2006, 7:32 PM   #1
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Came by the feeder while I was BBQing tonight. Stock lens (18-55), shot in RAW and converted in Pentax photolab. Then just cropped and made into a composite. These guys are hard to "catch" but great fun to watch :-) Hope to get a bit closer and more detail once my Sigma 24-135 gets back from the repair shop. Think a flash would help to show how beautiful they are. Anyone have other hints for making better pics of these guys?

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Old May 24, 2006, 7:38 PM   #2
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Hi

I am just A Novice at Bird pictures, But the advice Given me was to Use a tripod and the bigger the lense the better. I actually Got a 1.4x teleconverter to Use With My 70-300 Sigma.

I am sure So more experianced people will post shortly



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Old May 24, 2006, 7:44 PM   #3
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Sounds like great advice ... and a sure way to start down the path to LBA :-)

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Old May 24, 2006, 8:14 PM   #4
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I am just A Novice at Bird pictures, But the advice Given me was to Use a tripod and the bigger the lense the better. I actually Got a 1.4x teleconverter to Use With My 70-300 Sigma.
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which 1.4 ext.??? how well does it work w/the 70-300? i've a couple of of 2Xs and they are dogs using that lens or any lens really..
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oh, mike. a flash will help a lot. a high speed sync flash will do wonders..
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This was the best I could do the other day. They are fast and hard to track to get a good shot. I like your composite photo.


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Old May 25, 2006, 11:42 AM   #7
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We don't have humming birds here in Newfoundland, but for any bird pictures I use my 100-300mm f4.7-5.8 FA lens, usually at 300mm (the Sigma 24-135mm is just too short unless you can get really close). I have a 2X A-series teleconverter but it does not work well with the zoom, I may try it on the 200mm f3.5 screw mount lens later.

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I've tried my darndest to catch a pair of humming birds that visit my feeder; of course they are always visiting when my DL is not handy; and when I have my DL ready, they never show...go figure! All of the pictures posted are fantastic. I like ennacac's image which appears to have been shot with a faster shutter speed. The DOF effect (i.e. sharp foreground and blurred background) along with the color contrast make for a well composed picture. One of these days I hope to post a couple of my own!

BTW, ennacac: what lens were you using? Did you also use a flash?

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Old May 25, 2006, 9:34 PM   #9
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exif says a 200mm.. wow, i thought he only had that FA*300. of course i think he also has a *200mm f2.8 macro.. must be nice having glass that nice..lol, tom

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Roy,

I was actually my FA* 80-200mm 2.8 that I used for that shot since it was getting late in the day and I needed the extra f/stops.

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