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Old 11-07-2013, 09:52 AM   #41
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I'm finding it particularly difficult to tell if I'm in focus when I'm using the 300mm OM lens and adapter.
That long on a small sensor is challenging with an optical finder; with only 800x600 resolution it would be really tough.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:32 AM   #42
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The display on the back of the camera typically has better resolution than the "peephole" electronic viewfinder (EVF), so it may work better for fine focus..
Not any more. The new EVF's are becoming very good and the refresh rate is becoming faster and faster. The new Olympus EM-1 has a 2.4 million dot viewfinder the size of a full frame Canon 1DX pro DSLR camera and Sony has just introduced two new EVF SLR's with full frame 24 and 36 mega pixel sensors. I doubt you will see optical viewfinders in DSLR's 5 years from now, unless a very high end full frame one. Pentaprisms are very heavy and expensive and the pentamirrors they put in the low end DSLR's now are not very good.

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Old 11-07-2013, 11:47 AM   #43
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I've been trying to shoot a hummingbird on approach to the feeder. I don't want the feeder in the shot. So, with the 300mm and manual focus, I have no alternative but to pre-focus on a spot and hope the bird flies into the zone. So far, I have a lot of near misses.
Those hummers move fast.
Glenn,
I am experiencing the same difficulty with humming birds refusing to hover long enough to frame up, focus, and capture. I figure if I snap enough shots I'll eventually get one.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:50 AM   #44
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The filter will be nice under low light to make "silky" photos of moving water. Set the camera on aperture priority, choose a small stop (large # such as f: 16 or 22) and, using the filter and a tripod, you can take 2-3 second exposures. Good for moving water. A Neutral Density filter will also work.
Nice capture Jon! Makes me want to be there.
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:55 PM   #45
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Hey,

I has me a niece camera to it has a PHD buttun werks reelly whell :} ROFL PHD I was tolled meens Press Here DUMMY LOL :} :} I am sorry I had to chime in I like pictures but the camera and I are not good friends. Oh and yes the spelling errors are intentional :}

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Old 11-07-2013, 01:43 PM   #46
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Canon and Nikon play leap frog. One is better and then the other. One shouldn't forget the others in the business.
Photogs in the news biz used to put gaffer tape over the logo on their cameras so they wouldn't have to get into conversations about which camera is better.
My loyalty to one manufacturer has more to do with my current investment in lenses than which camera is better. They all are pretty good theses days and they have all made some lemons.
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:06 PM   #47
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It is fun to look back on the amount of time I used to spend in my dad's and then my own darkroom, burning in, dodging, trying different exposure and soaking times, trying for temperature precision in the chemicals, trying different filters on the enlarger, to do things that I can now do in seconds with even little nearly free software and apps, let alone what can be done with one like Photoshop or Aperture.

And how I would always pause before a shot, wondering if it was worth the film I'd use up on it. Now I have 64gb SD cards that can hold thousand of shots, and be used over and over again.

Speaking of camera brands, my first real SLR was a Yashica - can't remember the model number. Talking about mirrors and SLR cameras made me remember trying to get good with my dad's Yashica Mat-124 twin lens reflex. My SLR Yashica vanished when my first wife and I came down from a backpacking trip in Banff, she set it down on the roof of the car as she was shedding her pack....., and off we drove. It was gone by the time we went back to look.
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:51 PM   #48
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..My SLR Yashica vanished when my first wife and I came down from a backpacking trip in Banff, she set it down on the roof of the car as she was shedding her pack....., and off we drove. It was gone by the time we went back to look.
Yea, you have to be careful about leaving almost anything unattended in the National Parks as there are a few problem bears around that will run off with your stuff in a second.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:10 PM   #49
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Yea, you have to be careful about leaving almost anything unattended in the National Parks as there are a few problem bears around that will run off with your stuff in a second.
Well I hope that they got good pictures anyway! LOL
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:16 PM   #50
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gbaglo, you may enjoy reading this article from Digital Photography School: Bird Photography Near Feeders - Digital Photography School

It has lots of nice ideas for bird feeder photos.
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