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Skywatcher
13-02-2010, 11:45 AM
Just had to play 1st thing this morning as my lovely new 100-400mm lens arrived - it is awesome and frankly as big as our 1st house was, and nearly as heavy - I am going to have a blast with this set up I just know I am - So so much to learn so I am glad I got it nice and early - trying to play with with the various setting but the light was very low and clouded out so as a result of fast frames and low light the ISO is high and these are much grainier than I want

Main point of today was to make sure everything worked and to see what kind of magnification I could shoot with - compared to previous lenses it is just epic.

Shot from about 20 m or more away - sl cropped some but non have had their size changed- look better if you click the bar
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0049.jpg
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http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0058.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0067.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0072.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0077.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0066.jpg

and the cat..
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0010.jpg

So so much to learn but its going to be fun :D

keith
13-02-2010, 12:33 PM
superb :yes: It's a great lens it truly is, you're going to have so much fun

ukwdwnut
13-02-2010, 12:58 PM
great pix chris

so is the lens an L glass?

foreverducky
13-02-2010, 01:03 PM
I love the two with the birds flying. fantastic photos. :yes:

Skywatcher
13-02-2010, 01:13 PM
Yes it's an l Mick Very very nice it is too

keith
13-02-2010, 01:22 PM
LOVE the L Lenses, they're always fantastic especially the 100-400 and the 70-200 :D My faves of all time

arkvilla
13-02-2010, 01:37 PM
I know nothing about lenses but I'm a twitcher so I love your bird photo's :point: was you being funny putting a cat photo in there?

Sandra

Skywatcher
13-02-2010, 01:48 PM
The camera has a lovely LCD but My nose gets pressed up agaist it whilst I shoot. So I went for 5 minutes this morning wondering why all my pics were blurred :lol:

Dawn
13-02-2010, 01:59 PM
What is that last bird? I want one of those in my garden.

Skywatcher
13-02-2010, 02:19 PM
It's a jay. They are gorgeous.

keith
13-02-2010, 02:22 PM
The camera has a lovely LCD but My nose gets pressed up agaist it whilst I shoot. So I went for 5 minutes this morning wondering why all my pics were blurred :lol:

yeah I get that all the time too :lol: I think it depends if you're a lefty eye or a righty eye framer. I use my left eye which means some part of me always seems to be pressing against some part of the camera, usually the lcd

Dawn
13-02-2010, 02:23 PM
Oooh I saw a jay yesterday.

Get me one for my garden please.:D

arkvilla
13-02-2010, 03:42 PM
I've got a Jay in my house all the time ( he's a Jayesh really ) hahah

Sandra

catrancher
13-02-2010, 03:46 PM
Great shots, Chris! Really! You're gonna have so much fun with that lens! :yes:


The camera has a lovely LCD but My nose gets pressed up agaist it whilst I shoot.

My Nikon has a snap on clear plastic cover over the LCD in the back. It's hinged so that even though it's snapped on the camera, you can flip it up out of the way if you need to see the unobstructed LCD. Don't know if they make anything like that for Canon but it sure helps keep the nose prints off the LCD. :mental:

Tom (:macwave:... the nose knows!)

Ursula
13-02-2010, 04:20 PM
I can see a squirrell burglar!

Britchick
13-02-2010, 05:12 PM
wow Chris, i'm drooling!

Tink
13-02-2010, 05:13 PM
I love the photos of the birds (and the squirrel and cat too, but we LOVE birds). :yes:

The little one with the red breast is so cute!

You gonna' practice some more today, Doc? :D

ukwdwnut
13-02-2010, 06:04 PM
LOVE the L Lenses, they're always fantastic especially the 100-400 and the 70-200 :D My faves of all time

i cant believe the difference in the photos from an L to an ordinary glass, im stunned and the clarity of the photos, they are just awesome.

just had a look at those, OMG how much!!!...might possibly look out for a second hand one i cant afford that as the car is renewed in a few months too :(

keith
13-02-2010, 06:07 PM
i cant believe the difference in the photos from an L to an ordinary glass, im stunned and the clarity of the photos, they are just awesome.

just had a look at those, OMG how much!!!...might possibly look out for a second hand one i cant afford that as the car is renewed in a few months too :(

L glass is superb it's true :yes: HOWEVER, the 50mm 1.8 should be delivering images as sharp and clear as those albeit at a fixed focal length. If you werent getting good images from your 50, then either it was broken or you needed to play more ;)

Seriously, don't get yourself psyched up to buy a 1000quid of lens to get good results. Skywatcher needed it to go on safari with but for taking shots around the place, the 50mm should be wowing you!

ukwdwnut
13-02-2010, 06:12 PM
L glass is superb it's true :yes: HOWEVER, the 50mm 1.8 should be delivering images as sharp and clear as those albeit at a fixed focal length. If you werent getting good images from your 50, then either it was broken or you needed to play more ;)

Seriously, don't get yourself psyched up to buy a 1000quid of lens to get good results. Skywatcher needed it to go on safari with but for taking shots around the place, the 50mm should be wowing you!

oh i know i wasnt going to break the bank for a lens thats for sure as i dont use it enough to warrant that..i still have to replace the nifty 50, gonna have a look now for one :)

Skywatcher
13-02-2010, 08:17 PM
Do you not get robins in the US?

I am very lucky to be in a position to carpe diem a lens like this but if I didn't I would have kicked myself once I got to Kenya. Plus I can't see it depreciating any time soon and will last a lifetime looking at the build quality.

Any websites that offer good tips for a complete newb?

keith
13-02-2010, 08:25 PM
Do you not get robins in the US?

I am very lucky to be in a position to carpe diem a lens like this but if I didn't I would have kicked myself once I got to Kenya. Plus I can't see it depreciating any time soon and will last a lifetime looking at the build quality.


That's absolutely true :yes: the rule is to TRY not to spend too much on digital camera (hah he says) and instead invest in lenses. Lenses keep on working through many series of digital cameras, last you for many many years and hardly depreciate at all if they're good L lenses

Britchick
13-02-2010, 08:56 PM
I find this site very useful Chris, it has all sorts and you can sign up for a weekly email that gives you hints and tips


Digital Photography Tips: Digital Photography School (http://digital-photography-school.com/)

Tink
13-02-2010, 10:44 PM
Yes. We do have robins here but they seem much bigger than that little one. :unsure: They also don't seem to have as red a breast? :unsure:

Must be the incredible lens! :D :D

ukwdwnut
14-02-2010, 01:56 AM
That's absolutely true :yes: the rule is to TRY not to spend too much on digital camera (hah he says) and instead invest in lenses. Lenses keep on working through many series of digital cameras, last you for many many years and hardly depreciate at all if they're good L lenses

so what camera do you have now keith?

keith
14-02-2010, 02:06 AM
so what camera do you have now keith?

oh gosh, thats never a good question to ask me :lol:

I have rather a lot. If you mean Canon DSLRs specifically, 450d, 7d, 5dMKII, 1dMKIV

ukwdwnut
14-02-2010, 12:39 PM
oh gosh, thats never a good question to ask me :lol:

I have rather a lot. If you mean Canon DSLRs specifically, 450d, 7d, 5dMKII, 1dMKIV

GULP!!!!.....cool :)

Dawn
14-02-2010, 12:58 PM
And on the bird side of this thread...

I was setting a new geocache in a local park today and I saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker. :mental:

Skywatcher
14-02-2010, 04:32 PM
Yeah we saw one the other day - lovely little things :D - we had one in the garden when one of our trees died