Washington DC Zoo outing

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Hello everyone, got back from the zoo this weekend and had a lot of fun! I haven't been in ages and I really wanted to try out an 800mm lens that my friend had given me as a gift. It's manual focus and I really enjoyed trying to "get a shot" while hand-holding.


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Thanks dossy! I was surprised to get any shots from such a long focal length because I've never carried around a lens like that. It was interesting to use and I didn't really know anything about mirror lenses until my friend brought me one back from japan.

The prarie dogs were my girlfriends favorites too :)
 
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I agree about the prairie dog - my favorite!
That lion picture is pretty cool. I'm impressed with hand holding an 800mm lens.
 
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The lens isn't that large or heavy. Here's a shot of it mounted on my camera while we were roaming around.

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I'm certain it doesn't give you the same quality as non-mirror type lenses but it really is a lot of fun and the results can be pretty OK for looking at a monitor or printing normal sizes I think.
 
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The lens isn't that large or heavy. Here's a shot of it mounted on my camera while we were roaming around.

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I'm certain it doesn't give you the same quality as non-mirror type lenses but it really is a lot of fun and the results can be pretty OK for looking at a monitor or printing normal sizes I think.

Very nice! The lens does seem to do really well, especially for its size. I do see donuts in the bokeh on the second shot, but they all look really nice and I would not worry about it. Just keep shooting and enjoying that new lens.
 
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Very nice! The lens does seem to do really well, especially for its size. I do see donuts in the bokeh on the second shot, but they all look really nice and I would not worry about it. Just keep shooting and enjoying that new lens.

Thank you! I see the donuts and now it makes a lot more sense as to why they're there. The bokeh looks very weird in shots from this lens and i'm reading a bit more about why, pretty interesting. Nonetheless it's a lot of fun to shoot and thanks for the encouragement.
 
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excellent shots in manual focus! that lion shot is my fav of the bunch. if you dont mind me asking, what lens is that?
 
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excellent shots in manual focus! that lion shot is my fav of the bunch. if you dont mind me asking, what lens is that?

Thanks for the comment! It's a kenko 800 mm f/8 mirror lens. It's really pretty odd piece and I don't know much about it, but there are reviews out there! I don't think it's for everyone but it can be an interesting tool.
 
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