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  1. #1271
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    Yeah, the 50-200 isn't that bad, it focuses down to like what, a 3 or 4 inch diagonal? Pretty good in the grand scheme I'm sure. But then the 70-300 gets the area of an old 35mm film square, which is just amazing, especially considering the distance at which you get it. That frog is a great use for such macro as the 50-200mm has.

    I really like my newest "camera bag" which I discovered lying around a few days ago. Fits my 50-200 exactly with a little extra room at the top. Has room for all the rest too, while still being small, comfortable, and having no semblance to a camera bag.

    Phill, just get the old version like I did. It's 95% as amazing at 50% the price.

  2. #1272
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    raven that sounds like good advice. I may just rent one for the Grand Prix though to try it out first. I just found an e-user group in the UK that does rentals.
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  3. #1273
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    Here's a couple with my 18-180 lens at a local otter and owl park. Light was generally overcast so had to use too large an aperture to get the best out of this lens I guess as it's reputed to be a bit soft generally. Owl shots were a bit dark but I liked this otter shot and an interested squirrel interloper. Both shots cropped and tweaked slightly in Picassa.
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  4. #1274
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    Phil,

    You have a park that specializes in animals with 'o' for the first letter? Are they adding osprey and ocelots?

  5. #1275
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    Hadn't thought of it like that lol. It's a nice little place sheltered in a valley with views over the Peak District. No ospreys sorry to say & I had to google an ocelot ! definitely none of those. Plenty of bluebells though although all my shots turned out rubbish.
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  6. #1276
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    I like that squirrel shot, great sharp eye with nice blurry green background.

  7. #1277
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    Thanks raven I was pleased with it even though I'd gone to shoot the otters and owls. I have a suspicion that the lens is slightly front focussing though from the grass on the ground. Probably not enough to worry about though.
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  8. #1278
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    There is a family of nine ducklings in the pond near my office. They are so busy bottom feeding that they rarely pose for more than a second.
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    That's a cute duck. Nice dof with sharp feathers and smooth looking water.
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  10. #1280
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    The 50-200 is definitely a lot nicer than the 70-300. My 70-300 had a larger percentage of shots I erased because of a vague undefined "blur," that I could never really narrow down to camera shake, missed focus, or plain old softness when focusing farther than 5 feet away. To this day it remains a mystery, though I am leaning toward missed focus and camera shake as the main culprits. Anyhow, the 50-200 takes care of all that. I actually have to judge telephoto photos on merits other than sharpness now...

    That 11-22 is pretty good too, it makes a good pair with the 50-200 and 35mm to split the difference. I like that I can use a polarizer on any of them and still get decent shutter speeds!
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