Back from the zoo....

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I took my pretty new 300mm vr out for a test spin at the Toronto zoo today (along with my 2 girls under three, so not too much shooting going on....). The only thing I can say is its frickin sweet . I was very happy to have the replacement RRS foot on since it makes a nice easy grip handle.

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(not bad for having a kid in a backpack on :biggrin:)

Darren C
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Hey Darren,

Nice shot ... nice lens :biggrin: I'm still holding out for one of those 300mms!

We did the TO zoo a couple of years ago with our girls. Had a great time but that one hill coming up from the bear exhibit was brutal. One kid on my back coupled with the heat and I was spent.

Take care,
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This is a general question for all of you wildlife/animal people. Doesn't it get frustrating using a fixed length for taking these kind of pictures? Do you always end up cropping or just missing the picture because they are too close? Personally I would much prefer a zoom lens so I can properly frame my shots, maybe I am missing something?
 
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This is a general question for all of you wildlife/animal people. Doesn't it get frustrating using a fixed length for taking these kind of pictures? Do you always end up cropping or just missing the picture because they are too close? Personally I would much prefer a zoom lens so I can properly frame my shots, maybe I am missing something?
Nice one, Darren!! :smile:
I'll take turns bringing a zoom/prime to the zoo. There's something special about
a headshot from a fast prime over a similar shot using the zoom. It's more foot work
but it's a challenge that will help you when shooting people candids. I also prefer the
faster AF primes afford. The zooms are more flexible, no doubt...but I'll take the
prime IQ any day. :biggrin:
P.S. if ya held a gun to my head I'd tell you my favorite zoo kit is the 1DmkII 35-350L....shhhhh!)
 
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This is a general question for all of you wildlife/animal people. Doesn't it get frustrating using a fixed length for taking these kind of pictures? Do you always end up cropping or just missing the picture because they are too close? Personally I would much prefer a zoom lens so I can properly frame my shots, maybe I am missing something?
you aren't missing a thing
my fav zoo lens is def the nikon 80-400vr
I own the 300 2.8 afs vr and the 80-400 at f7.1 will give the 300vr a run for it's money

d300 + 80-400 @ 400 f5.6 (wide open and full zoom)
VR on
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Thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment. I honestly don't know why I enjoy the primes more... I guess its because of what they give me compared to zooms. There are some that I find, just magical.. like the 85mm f1.4, 200mm f4 micro, and now this 300mm VR. I find it a little more challenging as Will mentioned but I find the boundaries quickly and will crop if needed to enhance the photo. The (uncropped) photo taken would have been better if I had of included the whole front paw, but oh well.....

Darren
 
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I have lens lust like everyone else, but I still love my zooms. Besides, magic comes from Photoshop.

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I have some wonderful lenses and some crappy lenses. Some have great clarity, color, sharpness and bokeh. I love these things as much as anyone else here.

I just don't think they're magical, that's all. That happens in the PP because there are so many things you can do with the image. Granted, you have to get it first, and that's why we love our glass.
 
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