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Old 12-04-2019, 09:37 PM
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Right before Thanksgiving.

A Sigma 150-600mm zoom. It's a beast of a lens, takes good pictures

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Taken on Thanksgiving day.

1/500th, 460mm, shot offhand and standing


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Old 12-05-2019, 09:37 AM
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Man, that's quite a reach-out-and-touch-someone kind of optic! My longest lens is 400mm and I have trouble keeping things sharp at distances. I actually find that long range shooting and telephoto shooting have overlapping skill sets, if you know what I mean.

Like the duck!

P.S. Any image stabilization there? Pretty impressive for off-hand picture taking, even at that shutter speed.

Edit-edit: I read somewhere that image stabilization works better in long lenses, which is why Nikon has tended to stay away from in-body image stabilization. I have a 100 macro that is image-stabilized and I am amazed at the difference it makes. If I use a tripod or monopod for the long range work though, I have to play around with whether or not having the IS on helps. The answer, maddeningly, appears to be "sometimes." I shot a charity event for a local hospital recently. Indoors, dim light. I didn't want to use flash, so I was using a medium telephoto (90mm eq.) plus IS, plus a mono pod. Low "success" ratio, but enough to get the job done.
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Old 12-05-2019, 11:08 AM
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Man, that's quite a reach-out-and-touch-someone kind of optic! My longest lens is 400mm and I have trouble keeping things sharp at distances. I actually find that long range shooting and telephoto shooting have overlapping skill sets, if you know what I mean.
When it's fully extended I have to adjust for windage, if there's any breeze...

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Like the duck!

P.S. Any image stabilization there? Pretty impressive for off-hand picture taking, even at that shutter speed.

Edit-edit: I read somewhere that image stabilization works better in long lenses, which is why Nikon has tended to stay away from in-body image stabilization. I have a 100 macro that is image-stabilized and I am amazed at the difference it makes. If I use a tripod or monopod for the long range work though, I have to play around with whether or not having the IS on helps. The answer, maddeningly, appears to be "sometimes." I shot a charity event for a local hospital recently. Indoors, dim light. I didn't want to use flash, so I was using a medium telephoto (90mm eq.) plus IS, plus a mono pod. Low "success" ratio, but enough to get the job done.
There's image stabilization Thank goodness!


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Old 12-05-2019, 11:27 AM
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When it's fully extended I have to adjust for windage, if there's any breeze...



There's image stabilization Thank goodness!


Looks more like a telescope.
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Old 12-05-2019, 04:13 PM
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Nice bit of kit you have there Cow, and you've taken some fine looking photos with it.

I picked up this Nikon Nikkormat FTN in 1970, and took it all over the world until I retired it in 1987.


At that time my company started selling Canon Video equipment and offered us their photographic equipment for 50% off retail!
So I switched brands.

This camera has been in a leather camera bag along with 3 other lenses, filters, and other paraphernalia sitting in the attic above my garage for 32 years.
It gets somewhat cold in the winter, but over 100į during the summer.

My wife brought it down yesterday when she was retrieving Christmas stuff.
Shockingly it's in perfect condition except for some nicks on the Nikkormat name plate.
I have no idea how those happened, but it's in mint condition other than that.
Today I installed a batterie, and everything seems to work perfectly.

I'm still astonished by how great of condition it's in.
I take good care of my stuff, but come on man, that camera had a ton of use over those 17 years, and then was unused and got been baked for three decades.
So I'm kinda proud of myself for being such a good care taker. Maybe I should say a "lucky care taker" after leaving it to die in the attic.

It will now be displayed on a shelf in my Library.

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Old 12-05-2019, 07:13 PM
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Nice bit of kit you have there Cow, and you've taken some fine looking photos with it.

I picked up this Nikon Nikkormat FTN in 1970, and took it all over the world until I retired it in 1987.



Shockingly it's in perfect condition except for some nicks on the Nikkormat name plate.
I have no idea how those happened, but it's in mint condition other than that.
Today I installed a batterie, and everything seems to work perfectly.


It will now be displayed on a shelf in my Library.

Smooth
Good looking film camera!

It's easy to get thousand of dollars into film and now (the digital age) you'd be lucky to get 10 cents on the dollar.

I wish I had my old Leica rangefinder!


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Old 12-07-2019, 12:25 AM
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Shot today

f/8, 1/500, 600mm, ISO 140, offhand and standing

Looking for eagles, all we got was an old crow...

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That's some pretty good offhand and standing. Mine are more or less shaky hands, ponied up for a fluid bead and tripod. Still aren't as smooth as yours.
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Old 12-11-2019, 01:57 AM
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Right before Thanksgiving.

A Sigma 150-600mm zoom. It's a beast of a lens, takes good pictures

Wow, great images with that lens! I've got it's "little" brother, the Sigma 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary. I like their lenses, so much so that I've added a 17-70mm and an 18-200mm to my kit.



I got this shot at the Sitka Sedge State Natural Area near Pacific City, OR. (f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 100, 400mm)



On the same day, I got this shot of surf breaking over a 30 foot high promontory at Cape Kiwanda. (f/7.1, 1/800 sec, ISO 100, 112mm)


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Old 12-12-2019, 08:57 AM
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Sigma lenses are HEAVY! I need a bearer girl...

Taken f/6.3, 1/500, 600mm, ISO720, offhand and standing...


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Old 12-12-2019, 12:12 PM
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I have their 50mm-500mm -older model without stabilization but Canonís in camera stabilization helps.
Got it from my local pawn shop 5 years ago and enjoy using but itís heavy
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Yep, been there...done that. Which is why I'm giving Olympus MF43 a good effort. Much smaller everything. Getting a 2x tele extender from Santa. It's new. So far I'm really pleased with sharpness of this camera and lenses. It is hard to get good portraits of a 2 year old running full tilt though and supervise her at the same time. Oly is coming out with a super lens in the near future....it will probably be too expensive for my hobby efforts. Heck, I don't know how to do 3/4 of the stuff this camera will now do. Shorten that shutter speed a bit COW 54. 1917

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Old 12-19-2019, 08:37 PM
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Just got a new lens for the (micro 4/3) Lumix G2. A 100-300.

A walk in the park is in order but it's been raining all day and probably tomorrow too.

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