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Old Feb 26, 2005, 5:24 AM   #1
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Well, I finally did it! Went down to the local camera shop and emptied my
bank account and got myself a 20D!!! These are some of my first shots
with it. I welcome any suggestions as far as do's and don'ts when using
this camera when shooting birds and wildlife.

Anyway, took my new toy out yesterday afternoon and went to one of my
standard birding spots. As I was driving down the road, this Mockingbird
hopped out in the open. I pulled over and immediately started shooting.
This is a guy I have been trying to get in this location for quite some time
and he finally came out of the bushes.

These are all 50% crops of full frame.

Camera 20D, 100-400L @ 400 mm, ISO 200, Av mode

1/500 sec, f/8


1/500 sec, f/8


1/500 sec, f/8


Then there was this cardinal. I focused, then fired, and then he was gone.
didn't notice until I got home, that his head was in a shadow.

1/500 sec, f/8
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Old Feb 26, 2005, 7:37 AM   #2
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I thought you already had this camera:!:
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Old Feb 26, 2005, 9:39 PM   #3
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I must say I was really supprised that you got the 20D. Didn't even know that you were in the market for one.:GAnd I'm really happy for you. And these first pics with it are just fantastic, all of them. My favorite is the 2nd one with the berries in his mouth and the sun in his eye. Very, Very good.

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Old Feb 27, 2005, 9:54 PM   #4
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Real nice ones Woodmeister, and congratulations on the new camera. How do you like it so far and what would you consider to be it's major attributes?

PS - nice job on the eyes on these ones, the glassy look is evident.
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Beauties Woodmeister, beauties. Have fun with your new toy. I dream of owning a setup like you and Normcar have. Looks like you know all the ins and outs of it already. Cheers.........thekman.
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Old Feb 28, 2005, 4:31 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the comments. I had been tormenting myself for several
months on whether to get this guy or not. My main reason for getting this
was the lower noise @ high ISO, although haven't had conditions yet where
I really needed it.

First impressions and attributes:
1. Even at ISO 200 it appears to have noticably less noise than my DRebel.

2. Spot metering mode!!!! A big plus when taking photos of birds and and smaller
critters.

3. The ability to do EC w/o having to press a button and then turning a dial.

4. Fast, fast, fast turn on from sleep mode.

I'm sure this list will grow as I use it.
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