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Old Jan 2, 2005, 5:37 AM   #1
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I know you guys up north don't want to hear this, but it was 55F and
sunny here yesterday. I thought there would be all kinds of activity in
the woods, both bird and critter. But NO!!! I cruised the backwoods here
for about 5 hours and saw and heard NOTHING! Maybe they were all
hungover from New Years eve parties. Anyway, stopped at this little pond
on the way home and heard a bunch of these guys in the bushes. This
was the only guy that popped out for any length of time. The rest just
jumped from one bush and dove into another. One was so close, I could
have reached into the bush and grabbed it. Anyway, here's what I got.
Unfortunately he kept his head in the shade and wouldn't poke it out in
the sun. Oh well, guess it was just that sort of day!!

ISO 200, f/11, 1/250 sec 400mm
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Old Jan 2, 2005, 5:52 AM   #2
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Wow, great shot.

Love the autumnal colours.

What 400 lens do you have?
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Old Jan 2, 2005, 5:56 AM   #3
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nice shot,

just wondering, Since you seem to get nice clear shots is your lens a USM or have IS. Im am getting more confused all the time about different lenses and what I should aim for. Right now I shoot all wildlife with a 90-300 non USM lens and my Drebel. I have a chance of getting a 75-300 USM lens, not sure yet if it has IS or not. Do you have any Idea of the difference between this cheap lens Ive got and this.???? I have read so many different reviews that my head is spinning.:roll:
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Old Jan 2, 2005, 8:34 AM   #4
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Sorry, I usually put in that info. I guess it's leftover from New Years Eve.
Anyway, All my wiildlife shooting is with the Drebel and the
EF 100-400L IS USM lens.

Aladyforty, yeah it could be very confusing. I'm not sure about the exact
lenses your talking about. I did start out with the EF 75-300 USM III lens.
I found it to be an adequate lens. Apparently though, this particular lens
seems to have a lot of variability from one to the other. Without IS, you
need a tripod or monopod, or shoot at very high shutter speeds. I opted
to get IS because my hands aren't all that steady and I would lose alot
of those "catch it now or else" shoot from the hip pics. Is IS a cureall/
saveall? No it isn't but it does help a lot of times. In reality, there is no
real substitute for a tripod, monopod, or a good solid tree branch.
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Old Jan 2, 2005, 8:19 PM   #5
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Thanks, I have very steady hands and never use a tripod in most of my wildlife shots, mainly because Ive found it difficult to get into the right positions to get the shots in the first place. I have a chance to get the 75-300 IS USM cheap so Im thinking about it, I was just wondering if it would be an improvement over the 90-300 lens I use, no USM or IS. I guess I can only give it a try with another lens and time will tell.
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Old Jan 2, 2005, 8:20 PM   #6
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By the way, I'd love to get that lens you are using:-)
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Old Jan 3, 2005, 3:41 AM   #7
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Aladyforty,
If you can try out the lens before buying, do it and see what results you get.
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Old Jan 3, 2005, 4:36 AM   #8
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no not in the position to try it out.
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