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  1. #1261
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    Pot luck

    Grabbed this flying hover fly with my 18-180. Just pot luck hand held with manual focus.
    It was quite small really about 10-12mm long I guess.
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    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

  2. #1262
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    I like the Tahoe shots kgosden, they have have good colors and tones. Way better than they appeared on my netbook screen (which I used for two years).

    That is a pretty crazy bee shot there. I once thought of trying to take a picture of bugs in flight, but gave it up pretty quick.
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  3. #1263
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    Thanks Raven. I really lliked the color contrast in that dead tree and branches, but just couldn't find a view of it that grabbed me.

  4. #1264
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    Yup, this 50-200mm is pretty amazing. I'm way happier with it than I was with the 70-200, except the lack of macro. Amazing sharpness and contrast. Focusing is way better too, though I want to run a focus calibration sometime just to be sure I get it right (I need to do this for all my lenses, focusing on the lint on the carpet and then adjusting didn't really count). Though I like using the large aperture, which sometimes results in depth of field issues!

    Which of these shots doesn't belong?
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  5. #1265
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    A 100% crop of a baby goose, hand held (as usual). (I think it is backfocusing a small amount.)

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  6. #1266
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    Raven,

    Glad the lens is meeting your expectations. My only minus is the size increase over the 70-300, but it is worth that as well as the loss in telephoto for the image quality and focusing performance. I am now struggling through my next camera bag decision. It is even worse than you tripod challenge since handling a bag is much more important than handling a tripod. Pretty hard to tell if it will pack the way you want even from photos and video reviews. I am looking for a combo day pack and camera bag. I like my LowePro Primus AW, but it is too small for the E-5 and 50-200, etc. Currently thinking about the Tamrac Evolution 8, Kata Bumblebee UL-222 and maybe one of the bags from F-stop. At least one store in Atlanta carries Tamrac and Kata.

  7. #1267
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    Raven,

    Those goslings are cute. Never caught them nesting myself. Always past that yellow stage when I see them. BTW the 50-200 can do a decent close-up shot, but the DOF is mighty shallow. I do think that the 70-300 has the edge for macro like work on insects. Lots of amphibians for me lately. I did a little walking in my local nature cetnter and caught this fellow spying on me (50-200)
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  8. #1268
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    Rrribbeetttt Ribet! Thats a pretty cool shot.

  9. #1269
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    Yes that's a great shot kg, may be a shallow dof but it works really well with the surrounding water and it was just enough to keep the frogs face in focus. You guys are really pursuading me to look closely at that 50-200 shame it's so expensive. I hadn't thought about the bag either. I've a Lowpro Compu daypack and a smaller Orion trekker 2 when I don't take a net book with me. These would both be a bit on the small side I guess for the 50-200 as the 70-300 is a bit of a squeeze.
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
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  10. #1270
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    Phil,

    If the 70-300 is a squeeze than the 50-200 is not even going to be close.

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