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Old May 24, 2007, 10:16 AM   #11
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Don't get me wrong, I enjoy hiking and being able to handhold my shots also. but sometimes the reach would be good!!! I agree lugging that thing around would be a pain in the . . . back:G

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Old May 24, 2007, 6:08 PM   #12
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I guess it depends on what you are after. Those big gunsmay begreat for sitting ducks, but there is not much flexibility for BIF - if it is overhead or moving fast, forget it. They look like older lenses, too, probably bought for use with film, where the large apertures allow slower ISOs for finer grain. Many of those guys are (were?) slow to move to digital. I used toparticipate ina monthly slide show-and-tell with some of those(and others) who shot atBolsa Chica and Upper Newport Bay - they made good use of their photos, squirl033, selling, publishing, and entering contests. With my different objectives I never tried to compete with them, but I think I held my own with my autofocus Maxxums for a while, getting things they rarely did with their MF Canons and Nikons, but it didn't last . . . .
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Old May 24, 2007, 6:44 PM   #13
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Well today, I got a prime example of big vs. small and compact. While at a viewing area at the local sanctuary, these 2 swallows decided to perch on a branch about 10' away. One of the guys was there with his 1000 whatever lens. He was scrambling around trying get set up while I'm happily clicking away. Almost felt sorry for him. He never did get off a shot. Here's one I took......cheers....Don
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Old May 24, 2007, 7:26 PM   #14
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Hahaha. Nice shot Don. Just goes to show you. It's not always the longest lens that brings home the bacon. Btw is that a swallow?

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Ya, isn't that the truth. Yup, that's a swallow...a female violet green...D.

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Hahaha. Nice shot Don. Just goes to show you. It's not always the longest lens that brings home the bacon. Btw is that a swallow?

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