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Old Jul 30, 2007, 11:20 PM   #41
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Oups, my bad! I thought travel/vacation/cities that time of year :-)

Might want to try a monopod, takes a while to get used to using them too though. Held properly you become part of the camera support. They can be quite effective when used properly.

If you have a flash, a Better Beamer can be used to throw the light farther so it can be used with a 300mm or longer lens. Luminous-Landscape has a good write up on using them http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...r_beamer.shtml

They can be bought from Auther Morris site for 44$us http://www.birdsasart.com/accs.html#BEAMER

Right now I'd spend a lot of time practising with the new gear! So using it becomes second nature and you don't fumble aroundwith thecontrols when you see something good.
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Old Aug 1, 2007, 2:34 PM   #42
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Oups, my bad! I thought travel/vacation/cities that time of year :-)

Might want to try a monopod, takes a while to get used to using them too though. Held properly you become part of the camera support. They can be quite effective when used properly.

If you have a flash, a Better Beamer can be used to throw the light farther so it can be used with a 300mm or longer lens. Luminous-Landscape has a good write up on using them http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...r_beamer.shtml

They can be bought from Auther Morris site for 44$us http://www.birdsasart.com/accs.html#BEAMER

Right now I'd spend a lot of time practising with the new gear! So using it becomes second nature and you don't fumble aroundwith thecontrols when you see something good.
Well I am going to definitely need a tripod for this thing. But I do not think I can swing more then $150 for one. Is there one that you would recommend? I plan on getting the original one you recommend, but I really need one for Panama as this may be a once in a life time trip and or once in a life time photographing opportunity anyway.
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Old Aug 1, 2007, 7:06 PM   #43
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The lens does not have to be expensive to be sharp. Attached is a shot from my 876mmachromatic lens from Surplus Shed that cost $125. Lens was made by Jaegers perhaps about 1970. I tested it to Dawes resolution limit, which means it could not be any sharper even if it were and Apo. But, of course, sharpness is not everything.

Used tripod,E-300 camera at 45 feet. Is about 2/3 frame. Gene Smith
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Old Aug 1, 2007, 10:58 PM   #44
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I used to use a velbon tripod, it was not bad.
You can mix and match velbon legs like this 4 segment 51 inch one
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ipod_Legs.html

and a velbon large ball head
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Ballhead.html

It will carry about 6.5 pounds of weight, but does not have a quick release plate so you have to screw the camera on and off each time.
Total cost of the above items at b&H is around 140$us

Two things you are looking for are a comfortable height when setup, without using a center column for extension. The center column if used for added height will kill your stability.
And a general solid feel to the tripod when fully setup, no rattles, jiggles or shakiness :-)
Also usfull is how small it can be when trying to use it low the ground.

The legs of my old velbon after a few years started to self colapse and there was no way to adjust or tighten the leg clamps to stop it.
Only needed to see my camera heading for the ground once to decide it was time to replace it :lol:


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Well I am going to definitely need a tripod for this thing. But I do not think I can swing more then $150 for one. Is there one that you would recommend? I plan on getting the original one you recommend, but I really need one for Panama as this may be a once in a life time trip and or once in a life time photographing opportunity anyway.
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Old Aug 1, 2007, 11:28 PM   #45
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Smithhill good shot, what is the aperture?

Am suspecting you have a scope with a Jagers 102mm objective (or 83mm), they had a FL of876mm, thus an aperture of about f/8.6 or f/10.5 respectively.

If so in either case, yes you scored a good scope / manual lens for a very low cost :!:

(Amateur Astronomy is one of my hobbies:-) , if you have an eyepiece adapter and some eyepieces it should give you some very nice views of planets and other brighter stellar objects in the night skies:idea: )



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Old Aug 2, 2007, 12:47 AM   #46
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There are a couple of items I would like to add to the thread here....

1 - Pentax a few weeks ago announced the K100D Super, that features the improved shake reduction (or image stablization) system used on the K10D, so if you choose Pentax - go for the new super model at the same price as the original K100D.
WackyRoger
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=575107&forum_id=80
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=576023&forum_id=80
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=575326&forum_id=80
he can provide you with invaluable insight into using the Pentax on birds and just what SR can do at varying focal lengths.

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Old Aug 2, 2007, 7:52 AM   #47
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Hi interested_observer, yes that keeps happening to me too.
Posts seem to get chopped often whenever hiper links are included in a post.

I do believe WackyRoger is using a Bigma (sigma 50-500) which is quite a good lens!

Anyway the camera chosen by chupicabra30 (original thread starter) was the Canon DRebel XTi with a Sigma 135-400 lens.
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Old Aug 5, 2007, 3:27 PM   #48
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I used to use a velbon tripod, it was not bad.
You can mix and match velbon legs like this 4 segment 51 inch one
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Well I am going to definitely need a tripod for this thing. But I do not think I can swing more then $150 for one. Is there one that you would recommend? I plan on getting the original one you recommend, but I really need one for Panama as this may be a once in a life time trip and or once in a life time photographing opportunity anyway.
This could be a potential problem as I am 6' 5" would the recommended tripod still work? Thanks!
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Old Aug 5, 2007, 7:31 PM   #49
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I am 6 foot and had to bend down to use mine.
Guess you may need to go to the stores and see what they have that would be both comfortable for you and in an acceptable price range.
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I am 6 foot and had to bend down to use mine.
Guess you may need to go to the stores and see what they have that would be both comfortable for you and in an acceptable price range.
Yeah I would but I only have two camera stores and they have huge mark ups. They do not recognize internet pricing claiming all of the internet retellers are gray market goods sellers.

Oh well thanks anyways.
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