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    I thought I'd try my new (to me) 50-500 and EC-14 to see what I could do with it. I like the combo. What do you think?

    This pair of lovers was taken out my pickup window with beanbag for a brace from about 60 yards, cropped and sharpened a little.

    Out my back door held against door frame from 10 yards. Cropped and sharpened a little.

    Same as above but from 20yards.

    Golden-fronted Woodpecker from 30 yards, cropped and sharpened. I had to manual focus through a bunch of branches to get to the bird.

    I guess this is a pair. But it's Inca Dove in my back yard today.
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    I really like that lens combo, but just can't afford it right now. I like the woodpecker the most simply because you had to manually focus around those broaches and the lighting is so good against that sky. It's also rare for me to see a woodpecker perched on the tip of a branch like that.
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    Very nice DonR , cheers Pete

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    Hi Don,

    Nice work! It looks like your putting that lens to good use.

    Gary F.

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    Don, Nice shots with the bigma, especially that reddish finch. Glad you shared them with us! Thanks. ~Ken

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    Nice Don. You're getting used to that lens combo! They all look great, but the last one is a little blurry. Doesn't hurt it though! I've never seen a woodpecker like that before!
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    Nice seeing some sunny day animal pictures & the green grass with the doves. That's a formidable lens combo.
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    Thanks everybody for looking and commenting.

    Dave: I love the combe to. At 1400mm it does take a steady mount for birds though. That's the first time I've managed to capture the woodpecker and was suprised to see it was the Golden-fronted Woodpecker. He usually moves so fast I've never been ably to catch him. I thinh he's calling a mate in this image.

    Pete: Thanks a lot.

    Gary: I am enjoying the lens and try to use it everyday. Thanks for selling it to me.

    Ken: Thanks Ken, The bird is a House Finch according to a new "Birds of Texas " book I just bought but I always thought it was a purple finch.

    Charles: I love this combo. Might not always have the EC14 on it but I think the combo and 14-54 Mk l is probably all I'll carry from now on.

    Michelle: Thanks a bunch. I noticed you have a Tamrom 400mm now. When did you dget that and is it a 2.8 or 4.0? Just about all of us are going to have a super long lens of some kind pretty soon. At least the Wildlife shooters.
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    Like to see CONUS wildlife.

    I can't believe how many BOP pics there are.

    Love wildlife shots as my own posts attest.

    Very long lens after I upgrade to the E620.
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    You are certainly getting up nice and close and the quality is very acceptable. Well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonR View Post
    Michelle: Thanks a bunch. I noticed you have a Tamrom 400mm now. When did you dget that and is it a 2.8 or 4.0? Just about all of us are going to have a super long lens of some kind pretty soon. At least the Wildlife shooters.
    Don, It's an f/4. I had had been thinking hard about buying the Bigma you picked up but you beat me to it (and I'm glad you have it, heck I still get to see pictures from it).

    It really highlights that ZD doesn't have a good midpriced option for our ilk.
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    Nice work Don. Looks like you got an excellent copy.


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    Those look really good for that combo Don. I've never gotten my Bigma to play nice with the EC14. I'm not sure if it's the lens combo or me, I'll have to try some test shots now that I have the E30.

    What f stop are you using for these?
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    Thanks everybody for looking and commenting.

    Terry: The E-620's a nice camera and worth saving for. I'm waiting at least for the next round of upgrades and see what happens.

    Michelle: the 400mm f4's a nice lens. You should try it with your EC14. You would have 1120 f5.6 then. A lot faster than mine but a little shorter.

    Will: Thanks, I think I did luck out and get a very sharp copy of the lens.

    Abeakerz: At first my combo didn't work so well either but then I got to thinking that I had added 400mm and was handeling the lens the same way I was before. I started trying to steady the lens better and manual focusing with Live View 7X Magnafication and the images started turning out better.
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    Don,

    I use a Bigma and find it lacks contrast more often than not when compared to other long lenses on the same subjects.

    It may be your lighting, subject matter or processing but some of your shots look similar to some of mine.
    Haze in distant panoramas causes this too but that is actually an atmospheric issue not specific to the lens optics.

    Stopping down a bit helps as does reducing the focal length of the lens itself below 500mm - all hard to do when you buy it for reach in the first place !
    Its reputed to be softer when used wide open and fully extended.

    Long lens technique is essential in my book for anything over 200mm on 4/3rds ! It gets progressivley more difficult the higher you go.
    At 700mm (does your exif read 707mm ?) you really need lots of stability and very fast shutter speeds, shutter delay with mirror lock up and remote triggering where you can manage it.

    But its a really flexible lens and you can learn to live with its few foibles.

    Rally

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    Thanks for viewing and the tips Rally. The first and last shots are at f11 and 3's 2 &3 are at f8.8 and I can tell the difference. I had the EC14 on the lens and yes my EXIF reads 708mm on these shots.

    I'm already in the process of looking for a new tripod and some king of windowpod for my truck. I have a remote shutter release but am just starting to use it. I just got the lens about a month ago and am just realizing how much more care I need to tak to get the best results with it.
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    Don,

    I guessed that may have been the case.

    If you drop the focal length down a bit at the same time you stop down, you can start extracting the most from this lens.
    Trouble is you usually need all the light you can get !

    Shooting at say 400-450mm instead of 500mm is not that hard and you'll find you can upres and get a better image by doing so.

    With tripods - you ideally want the biggest, baddest tripod you can afford or manage. The regular tripods just don't cut it in anything but the best conditions.


    Have fun !

    Rally

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