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  1. #71
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    Again from Word on the Street, one of the more "colourful" booksellers. I'm sure this guy has had his pic taken a zillion times before, he even had a pose all ready for me (slight crop of one posted in the "People" thread).
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  2. #72
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    Scotch Thistle

    Here is a close up of a Scotch Thistle taken on the weekend using the 70-300mm lens. I am very happy with the performance of this lens.
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  3. #73
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    Nicely done jeckyll. Great exposure using f8 Yes, that lens is a keeper.
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  4. #74
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    Yes very nice thistle capture. It looks like there is some spider's web laced in between the spikes too. I agree with the comments here about the 70-300 lens I've been pretty pleased with it too. haven't taken too many macro type shots with it though yet & the ones I have aren't anywhere near as sharp as your thistle although I have been hand holding them. You've inspired me to try more macros with it, just wondered roughly how far away were you from the flower in that shot?
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    Raven I liked the sharpness of your stop sign shot & didn't see any halos. Is it something you have to blow up to see? I just use the microsoft program picture it (it came free with works ages ago I think) to shrink my shots & haven't seen any problems with it. Mind you as I couldn't see your halos maybe I'm not looking hard enough.
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  6. #76
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    Phill I was at the minimum focusing distance for the lens for the shot I think about 3 feet from the thistle. Also I find that using a monopod with this lens helps heaps with the sharpness of the photos. I took 4 photos of it with different apertures but I like this one the best.
    I used a Manfrotto 3 piece monopod and find this to be fairly stable. I know that a tripod would give better results but I find that I move around too much for that.
    Regards, Jeckyll

  7. #77
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeckyll View Post
    I am very happy with the performance of this lens.
    Very nice capture.

    Crisp, good color, composition, balance, great bokeh.....

    For a standard grade lens it does perform well in the right hands

    Cheers, Don
    Last edited by Don Kondra; 10-09-2008 at 12:09 AM.
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    I have to wait to get home to give the details. Pretty sure it was the 40-150 since I was shooting across a lake at one point. Taken at a retriever show in Easton MD.
    Last edited by Gary24; 10-09-2008 at 11:13 AM.
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  9. #79
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    Yep, that is a great thistle shot. That lens is very good for that sort of thing. I confess that I should use a tripod too, but I can't convince myself to carry one. I don't even carry a camera bag, just keep my camera wrapped around my hand and my lenses in my pockets.

    PhillD, don't look too hard. I don't see it unless I am very close to the screen, and I am not bothered by that.

  10. #80
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    Greetings,

    Just a couple of lens test snap shots, out the dirty window on a cloudy day

    Upgraded from the 18-180 to the old version 50-200. So far very pleased with the results...





    FYI iso 400 and noise filter to high in Master.

    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
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    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

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