« Last post by traingineer on April 20, 2014, 11:40:50 PM »
Congrats on the new lens and just remember, always look professional when carrying it.
Sign of bad times.
Lets not judge the man who stopped you, in his mind he did his 'citizen job of the day'. He did what he thought was correct. He should have checked the situation properly before reacting but I am glad that there are people out there who feel that they need to protect the kids. Good. I think it is incorrect on anyone's part to call him a pervert.
I have a similar story but perhaps I, unlike you, was actually wrong. I had bought an underwater housing for my S90. I took it to my gym pool in broad daylight to see how it works. There were just kids in the pool. Boys. I was NOT taking their photos just trying to see how the housing feels underwater. One fat mama started singing the opera… I immediately stopped.
Good luck with learning servo focus etc. Try back button focus please.
Well, I use my 300 for my primary wildlife lens. With a 2x TC, its a hand holdable 600mm 5.6 with a very short minimum focus distance so its great for photos of small passerines, shorebirds or shooting from a hide. It's easy enough to hike with once you get used to it especially with a nice black rapid style strap. I've also used it for field sports with and without the 1.4x TC. Its good for tight portraiture, especially for indoor sports where you will definitely need the wide aperture.
There's plenty of good uses for the lens if you shoot the style of photography it calls for. Mine is the ancient non-IS version and I would instantly trade up for the vII if I could afford it. I bought the sigmonster because I got a crazy good deal on it and it will come in very handy for when I'm distance limited like, say, shooting waterfowl or in a restricted habitat but I will almost certainly continue to use the 300 primarily. It is just too good and too useful for wildlife and sports. I'd say keep it around for a bit and see if you use it. You can't really lose too much money if you find yourself selling it on later and you'll never be hard pressed to find a buyer. I'd guess that if you have any interest in wildlife or sports photography, you won't ever want to get rid of it.
Thanks for the type of answer I was looking for. I PP a few BIF and was amazed at how sharp this lens is. I think I am going to use it for a few more weeks then make a decision from there.
Be glad that he spoke to you and didn't just call the police. I know folks who have ended up in the back of a police cruiser. People are paranoid - but, unfortunately with the rise of the internet - the perverts are out there and taking and sharing pictures, too. So the paranoia is not completely out of line. At least now in the digital age, if you are approached and accused, you can immediately show the pics to prove your innocence. Back in the film days, it was not so easy.
People have the right to take pictures in any public place
There's a distinction to be made between what's within your legal rights and what's polite or ethical. In the U.S., you have the right to go around like Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged and insult everyone you meet, so long as you don't do it in a way that amounts to fighting words. It is, however, extremely uncivil to do so. Regardless of your rights, it's uncivil to take photos of people who don't want to be photographed. The world is not your modeling agency, and its people are not your hired "talent." Don't treat people as mere scenery in the theater performance that is your life.