Long Lens Envy at Baylands Preserve

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Randy, thanks, buddy. I hope your dinner worked out OK.

Radiohead, regarding the "nudge nudge", I don't get your point. Are you claiming the Canon equivalent of the 180/2.8 has similar characteristics, or just pointing out that Canon offers something in that focal length? I"m sure you realized I was kidding about the 180 being a "secret weapon"... right?

Thanks, Eduardo! I'll look forward to seeing your images from Ecuador. You have some amazing varieties of hummingbirds in South America.
 
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speaking of the dark side I always heard people saying how the 200 2.0 was one thing that kept guys on our side, but I just learned today that the dark side has a 200 1.8!!! non IS but still thats gotta be one handfull of glass!
 
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They can say whatever they want, Jason. I was just suggesting that their theory implies a broader appeal for the 200/2VR than I would imagine. Why shouldn't I say that :confused: ?
 
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That Canon long tele is a good choice. For birds, there's always a need for a longer lens, even with a 600mm you'd sometimes crave for a 800mm.

It's fun to setup a DSLR adapted to a spotting scope but as far as my research can tell and the images I saw from guys who have dedicated to this art for years, they are still no match for a 600mm prime from the original manufacturer.

There's no two ways about bird photography and sports photography: the equipment matters in addition to the photog. These 2 areas require a long lens unless you're shooting in the zoo or in places where the birds are so familiar with humans. Most wild birds have a very wide circle of safety.

For more info on bird photography, feel free to read Art Morris' book.

Cheers,
Arthur
 
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I just went there for the first time this weekend. That duck pond/rookery area is like gold; it's almost too easy to shoot birds. I'm glad it was so easy because I still had to watch a 2 year old. It's too bad that I spent the entire day at ISO 800. I still got a few snaps, but the noise is fairly noticeable once you zoom in. And apropos the group, I used the 70-300VR.

This is my favorite:

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Yes, I could crop it to make the composition better, but I like the story in the picture.
 
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I concur with the above poster... having researched spotting scopes with digital cameras to death (I was so convinced I could beat 2 birds at once by going this route)... the photos are not even close in quality to even a cheapish tele lens with TC's on. I compared shots taken with my Tamron 200-500 and 1.4 TC (not the greatest or worst lens in the world) with those from a Zeiss 60mm (a really expensive and nice scope).. and even after cropping from the scope shots, the resolution was not that good..
 
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