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GrassyPronghorn1  on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2014, 02:52:35 PM »
please help me identify this guy or girl, I think this is a vermilion flycatcher, female, in Galapagos islands, march

I googled "Galapagos flycatchers" and there is actually a Myarchus flycatcher called the Galapagos flycatcher! Might be it.

Jealous of your trip! nice shots.

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Caribou, North slope, Alaska
Toolik Caribou in Snow fs 1805  on Flickr

Pronghorn, Wyoming
run run run pronghorns 1523  on Flickr

Am I doing this right?
pronghorns in background 1524  on Flickr


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 25, 2014, 03:41:07 PM »

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A few from mid-day yesterday. Crappy lighting. Most of these are pretty heavily cropped.

Cedar Waxwing, Arboretum 10-23-2014 1886 on Flickr

Oregon Dark-eyed Junco, Arboretum 10-23-2014 1885 on Flickr

Green Heron, Arboretum 10-23-2014 1883  on Flickr

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600mm availability
« on: October 22, 2014, 12:03:08 AM »
Mine took late June -> late September, also from B&H.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:14:34 PM »
Thanks Everyone! If you say nice things you might get more foxes.

Toolik-Red-Fox  1724  on Flickr

Toolik-Foxes-fs 1781  on Flickr

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:47:01 AM »
Thanks everyone!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:42:37 AM »

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Some hand-helds with a 6D. The first has some sharpening in post, but the 2nd and 3rd are un-sharpened. The first and third are somewhere between 50 and 100% crop.

Sharp-shinned-Hawk 1880  on Flickr

RB Nuthatch1 1830  on Flickr

Juvie Cedar Waxwing 1833  on Flickr

IS is pretty good, because this sucker is LONG at 600mm. I ended up ordering a 400L while waiting for the Tamron to be delivered, and I think I'm going to sell the 400L and keep the Tamron.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 20, 2014, 06:20:35 PM »
I got a 6D over the summer but still haven't really gotten used to it. If anything the AF seems a little slower/worse than the 60D, but the difference isn't that big. It pairs so well with the 70-300L though.

Toolik-Foxes-fs 1770  on Flickr

Toolik Ptarmigan in Snow fs 1803  on Flickr

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EOS-M / Re: The promised pics of the 18-200 Tammy
« on: July 17, 2014, 06:06:16 PM »
The 10-18 seems like it might be a good match (if you already have an EF/EF-S ->M adapter).  Getting good reviews and pretty small. Any reason not to go this route?

I just got a 6D, kept my 60D as a backup/beater camera, so the M is relegated to times I'm bringing some sort of backpack or shoulder bag while playing tourist but not so much that I'm bringing one of the bigger cameras. Debating whether to invest in a wide-angle (trip to Italy coming up), or pare back even more and spend the money on something like an RX100iii that takes great photos but is more limited in focal length. 

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison is spectacular- tough to photograph (at least for me) but worth a stop. If you make it to northwestern Colorado, Dinosaur National Mnt and Flaming Gorge are also great.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« on: July 23, 2013, 05:12:32 PM »
This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??

Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.

Got one here to complement 5D3 and 60D. As Mt Spokane says, not very ergonomic but light, inconspicuous, pure fun. I use it 95% of the time at 1200mm handheld.

My girlfriend has a Panasonic Lumix FZ-50 which has a 12x zoom and 35 - 420 mm equivalent and is f/2.8 - f/3.7. It takes fabulous pictures given enough light, but so far the 420mm equivalent has been enough reach. What's lacking in this case is more wide angle, something that she's missing a lot. So we're actually looking at something new.

The FZ-200 looks great, 'only' 24x optical zoom (25-600mm equivalent) but it is full range F2.8!!! What's missing is the manual controls of the lens that the FZ-50 has. That really was/is a special superzoom camera.

I have an FZ-50 too and I love it- if it wasn't so noisy I'd probably still be using it more regularly. It's got better ergonomics than entry level DSLR's. Although the LCD seems so TINY now.

I know there's probably physics involved blah-dee-blah but I really can't fathom why there isn't even a 1/1.7" birdge/superzoom (or even better, something like Nikon 1 series). Once you get past the miniaturization constraint of most point and shoots, it seems like there would be a way to get something reasonably sized.

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