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Canon G2 again.

Using a P&S with useless zoom, one finds himself doing a lot of macro and pics of stuff that doesn't move. :D

It actually made me learn a great deal about macro work, which was cool.

My first Cam--Canon G2 (still works) :)
Promethia Moths Mating

PowerShot / Re: Canon SX50 Review - Best Superzoom yet.
« on: May 11, 2013, 11:54:41 PM »
Some new friends dropped by today. First time I have seen Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in the Pine Barrens of NJ where I live. Came to my feeders. Got out the trusty new SX50 of course and voila. Opened the window and took from my kitchen inside the house, handheld at 1200mm ~30 ft. away. Minimal post processing--minor crop to get suet feeder out & iso 200 so I reduced the noise a tad. Shot in raw--the way to go. 1/160 f/6.5

Small columbine flower ~ 10-15 ft. at 1200mm too, handheld. Noise reduction, minor sharpening, no crop 1/250 , f/6.5 iso 400. This camera if pretty freakin unbelievable.

I won't be blowing these up to posters but I don't do much of that anyway. I am beginning to get spoiled zooming out to everything now.


PowerShot / SX50 Ruby-throated hummingbird today
« on: May 04, 2013, 11:11:28 PM »
This little bugger is fun to use (the camera). I will try and catch some humms in full light tomorrow. Or maybe try and even get the exposure right so I don't blow the breast highlights.  :P
Shot in RAW
iso 200

PowerShot / Re: SX50 and Obama
« on: April 30, 2013, 11:48:05 PM »
Nice ones. I have had the SX50 for a couple days and am impressed so far. Far cry from my old G2 3X zoom.
I told myself that I would just use this camera for 2 weeks straight, leave my DSLR home and see what it can do.

@1200mm it is nothing short of astonishing. Assuming you have good light and not 3 cups of joe. The detail at the long end is pretty darn remarkable. Macro has sweet spot of distance and a little zoom enabling very close pics.
If this could take great pics of moving objects, I may never need much else.   :P
All @ iso 100

Herring gull @1200mm shutter 800
Egret @1200mm shutter 400
Osprey Nest@~600mm shutter 640
Gall @~100mm shutter 80

What a fun camera to use.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« on: January 06, 2013, 07:57:52 PM »
Still using mine along with a 5Dc. I am still happy with both even with their limitations. :P The second I bother to check out something like the 5D markIII I will probably be like "whoa" what the blazes have I been doing? Check out the forum "survival of the fittest/luckiest" and you can laugh at my 20D (still going).
Funny thing is--I still am getting great images from both. They don't take video, open my beer, or mute my wife like the new ones do. Someday the latest camera will be in my hands but for now, I guess ignorance is bliss.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Survival of the fittest/luckiest
« on: August 18, 2012, 07:26:42 PM »
About a year ago, I (almost?) inducted myself into the photography Darwin Awards as I watched as my 20D/24-105 fly off my truck box @ ~50mph onto the road, resting finally on the middle line. It was inside my dry bag as I was headed out to do some kayaking but not padded or anything. The battery and door blew apart and a small chunk of the battery area went south as well. A small bungee later and some glue and it still works to this day. The lens worked for about another 8 months, suffering only a few missing edge plastic near the main objective. Could you share your close calls or not so close regarding mishaps/bonehead moves and the durability of your equipment so I feel better.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 19, 2012, 10:14:53 PM »
Some amazing shots here.
 Here is one from an old FD 800 attached to my old 20D and an osprey from my even older Canon G2 (still using both cheapskate that I am)

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