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  1. #51
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    Talking Another weather challenged day ...

    At 500mm, the Cardinal showed up and got nailed.

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    This contraption is way ... cool.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-23-2009 at 05:22 PM.
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    Glad to see you got it up and running. The pictures look good too.

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    Looking good Don, now maybe add a speaker under the camera so you can play bird calls over it so the birds will take a look at you, or come on over and check it out!
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  4. #54
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    Red face Bird calls?

    Well, here was a couple ... who weren't talking to one another ... I think they had been discussing the purchase of a new lens or camera body. Their "body language" looks awfully familiar.


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    i thought the idea of this was to get REALLY close ?? why are you so far away Don ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    Looking good Don, now maybe add a speaker under the camera so you can play bird calls over it so the birds will take a look at you, or come on over and check it out!
    I would laugh so hard if one pooped on your camera
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  7. #57
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    Question How close do you need?

    I want SOME security with my camera system. Leaving it standing out in the unprotected lawn is not a really good idea. Too many wild-eyed teenagers running back and forth. This is working just fine, at this point, because there seems to be enough obstructions in the twenty-feet between the camera and the feeders to offer a level of security I can tolerate. Also, I did not want to give the birds a procto-exam, 'Rooz'.

    The framing is limited because the wind is blowing the feeders back and forth. The robot takes too long to keep up with it. One moment they are "in frame" and then ... not. With spot focusing, if the A700 can not achieve an autofocus lock, it will NOT trip the shutter, so I don't wind up with a wasted frame.

    Aside from that, I am still kicking around erecting a forty-foot 2-inch diameter aluminum pole to use with this thing. You know, to get a bird's-eye panoramic view of the neighborhood. LOL

    Weather is really going downhill here, tomorrow, with rain and 30-40 mph winds. Kind of puts a damper on all our outdoor activities.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-23-2009 at 09:54 PM.
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    a proctoexam ??? hell Don, you'ree shooting at 500mm here AND cropping back. whats the point of getting all that cool robotic gear ? couldnt you just have taken the same shot sitting on your porch ? to me the appeal of this is putting it real close to the feeder and shooting away at maybe 90mm. cover it up with a camo thing to make it even less obtrusive. i reckon thats got much more appeal...well to me anyway.

    otherwise, its just a tele on a real expensive tripod.
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    What if you make the whole outfit look like another feeder, maybe attach feeders to the 'framework' one at each 'cardinal' points of the compass, that way you would be up close, have a few choices, and it would make the rig to bulky for someone to run off with. Once summer gets here have you thought about putting it down low and see what creeps through the yard?
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    Question Equipment in danger ...

    Back when I had the Canon EOS 20D ... one of the lens I had for it, a TAMRON SP AF 28-135mm f/2.8 LD was a heavy beggar (35oz) with this rather large lens shield on it. It had actual "bite marks" on it from some animal and they were so bad, I actually had to buy a replacement.

    "FOR SALE ... USED LENS, slightly ... nibbled on?" Yuck!

    But to address your clandestine idea ... I suppose I could put a 1/4 x 20 bolt into the arm of a large C-clamp and clamp it onto a sturdy branch of the tree. Mount the robot on it and start snapping. Although, that darn woodpecker we have around always seems to be looking for some place to start drillin'.

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    The thing you have to bear in mind, is that the M.F.D. (minimum focus distance) of the 200-500mm is about ten feet. So this woodpecker was real close to being out of focus. That is the entire frame of this shot. With the 90mm mounted, in a tree ... I suspect the squirrels would quickly investigate their new tree neighbor. That'd be a little spooky, nose to nose with "Rocky."Attachment 45101
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