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This weeks Hummingbirds
ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/2000s Aperture: F4.5 
Posted By: SanMat, 08-07-2011, 08:00 AM

Taken yesterday in late afternoon. As I await the return of my K5 from C.R.I.S. for repairs to the mirror (mirror flop issue), I took these with my other camera. Similar to my usual setup - 300mm lens, handheld.

C&Cs welcome,

Pete

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Great shots!
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Nice shots Pete, soon they will be posing on your finger. Bob
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Fabulous!

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DA* or?
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Pete, one word: stunning.
These are crisp and contrasty results, #3 being a favourite.
Well done with these.
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Excellent shots...
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Superb photos.. mind share the setup here?

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Very impressive shots, the whole lot of them!
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Crew1,

Thanks for the kind words,

Happy to share,

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Thanks Bob,

This summer they've been a bit skittish. A few that came around last summer would hover around my head and came very close to landing on my shoulder. We'll see about getting any closer - would make for a great shot...

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Thanks Jools,

Glad you liked them.

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Yeatzee,

This was not shot with a DA* lens. Using my other camera as I await the return of my K5. The lens was a Nikon 300mm (f/4). Not sure if that's 100% kosher for posting, but I didn't think folks would mind. As for comparisons, the Nikon 300mm (f/4) and Pentax DA* 300mm are very similar. Based on my experience I would give a very slight edge in sharpness to the Nikon, and the edge in bokeh to the Pentax. The Pentax also has a better built lens hood, though it's not a huge issue.

Pete

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Simply beautiful.

I'd also like to hear more about the setup, and where and how you found the birds.
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Thanks Ash,

Appreciate the kind words. Overall I think # 3 is also my favorite. In general I prefer shots where you see more of the face, instead of just from the side, but of of this particular group, I think # 3 probably has the best clarity.

Pete

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These are crisp and contrasty results, #3 being a favourite.
Well done with these.
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