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05-01-2008, 01:38 PM   #1
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Don't leave home without your Zoom

Well, I would have used a zoom if I had one on the walk today. Out of nowhere comes these opportunities that can and will be missed. Now I'm wanting a zoom badly.

Casually walking along and I heard a rustling in the thick trees beside me. I look carefully without moving too much, out flies a woodpecker and lands 25-30 feet away on the side of a tree. Here I am, only armed with my DA35. Here is a 100% crop (400x400) from the original.

I guess the DA35 can be called "micro-ma"? lol



05-01-2008, 02:29 PM   #2
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I would respond by saying "don't leave home without your second body with zoom attached". Mind you I haven't got a second body yet myself so I often find myself in the same position as you did.
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Damn those rude birds! They have no manners, I tell you!
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Doh!

A lot of birds in human areas are pretty tolerant to close proximity. You can always try the cautious creep or the squat and hold out your hand trick. I got some fairly decent pics of a huge raven on a well trodden hiking trail once in the latter fashion with my FA31 while in the same predicament as yourself.

I carry the diminuitive Voigtlander 180/4 in my bag at all times these days for occasions such as you've encountered. If you're blessed with a few moments to make the swap, its a tiny lens with great sharpness and decent reach.

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What we need is a decent 2x teleconverter we can quickly screw on the front of a lens. I suppose if such a thing were possible it'd be available by now.
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That Pileated Woodpecker is the biggest woodpecker in most of the continent. Though not rare, they aren't a common site in many places. You were fortunate to get so close. And not a bad result with the 35mm.
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I took that photo a year ago!

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Had the zoom, a 12-24, when the B-17 flew by...:-(
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aegon Quote
I took that photo a year ago!

lol, but does your .exif data say 35mm?
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I believe my exif data says 200mm F5.6. I didn't leave home without my zoom. And my zoom didn't stop at 24!
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QuoteOriginally posted by thePiRaTE!! Quote
Doh!

I carry the diminuitive Voigtlander 180/4 in my bag at all times these days for occasions such as you've encountered. If you're blessed with a few moments to make the swap, its a tiny lens with great sharpness and decent reach.


Good plan, that lens is sharp enough to allow you to crop, also. Incredible resolution.

The shot below was taken quickly with the VL 180/4 in a slight breeze - it's a tight crop with a lot of detail retained:




(too bad I sold it )
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You sold the Voigtlander? I remember from another thread you raving about it. Now it's almost impossible to find.

I have a dumb question: does it have automatic metering? None of the thread I read actually ever stated that. I know it's manual focus.

Something that's held me back from investigating further (along with lack of cash) is the fact I find it completely ugly.
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Ha! Great catch! I have a Pileated Woodpecker living in the woods down the hill from me
and I've been trying unsuccessfully for over a year to get a good pic................
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very nice shot.

When I take my dog out for walks in the park, I always take my camera, usually with my 70-200F2.8 plus 2x TC, sometimes my 300 F4 and 1.7x. AF TC.

the reason, you never know what you will find.

this year, 2 great shots below

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/228838-post1.html
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/187646-post19.html
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Metalfab, i had an experience today where i was kicking myself. I was out and about in the car when i decided to stop by a new park area, and noticed it had a little creek running through it.
I grabbed the camera bag, walked over to the creek and noticed there was a duck standing on a concrete divider and was just about ready to dive into the water. I pulled out the camera and noticed i still had the 18-55mm lens on, and i had left my 50-200mm at home. Of course, i wasn't able to get close enough to get any decent shots. As soon as i got home, the 200mm was put in the bag ready for my next outing, and i was still kicking myself at the missed opportunity.

Your Pileated Woodpeckers are amazing birds, wish we had them in Oz.
From what i've read, aren't these birds hard to capture at the best of times? I think you did a great job given your circumstances.
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