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A Couple Hours At The Zoo
Lens: DA* 300 Camera: K5 Photo Location: Washington DC ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/500s Aperture: F4.5 
Posted By: joe.penn, 06-05-2012, 03:15 PM

I spent a couple of hours at the zoo today and thought I would share a few of the pictures.

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DA*300 w/ Tamron 1.4TC, f/5, 640th SS, ISO-1250


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DA*300, f/5.6, 320th SS, ISO-1250


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DA*300, f/5, 500th SS, ISO-500


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DA*300, f/5.6, 640th SS, ISO-400


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DA*300, f/5, 500th SS, ISO-500


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DA*300, f/4.5, 250th SS, ISO-500

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These are all excellent. There is something about the expression of that duck that I love. I think there is a noticeable softness added when using the TC though.
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Great pictures. Aside from getting a macro lens, my other fantasy is to get something past 210mm.

Interesting combination of shooting ISO-1250 and keeping the shutter speeds up. I probably would not have gone that route, and probably would have regretted it later on.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MSL Quote
Great pictures. Aside from getting a macro lens, my other fantasy is to get something past 210mm.

Interesting combination of shooting ISO-1250 and keeping the shutter speeds up. I probably would not have gone that route, and probably would have regretted it later on.
I am a big fan of 1600. The lost dynamic range, though not much with this sensor, is well worth the sharp images. I should set my camera up to do partial stops though. 1250 seems like a great option.

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Nice shots Joe. Just like being there.--charliezap
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenafein Quote
I am a big fan of 1600. The lost dynamic range, though not much with this sensor, is well worth the sharp images. I should set my camera up to do partial stops though. 1250 seems like a great option.
It is easy, if you have a film background to think only of the ISO you would shoot with film and stick to those. But I have vague memories of rarely shooting 1600 (maybe once), and occasionally using 800 or a specific 1000 ISO film now and then, but the 1000 wasn't a common product.
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Excellent photos. I wish I had that lens.
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Great captures. I particularly like #6.

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Thanks for the compliments everyone - much appreciated!

Here are a couple more from today, these ones were shot with the Sigma 70~200 FLD OS...

f/5, 160th SS, ISO-200


f/4, 400th SS, ISO-400
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Man, these are great zoo pics - there's no evidence these animals are inclosed. Great job, for sure.

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Couple hours very well spent Joe - like Jer says all could be in the wild.
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Really enjoyed going to the zoo with you. Those lions are awesome.
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Thanks for the compliments everyone!

@kenafein - the duck would do that every time I would AF on him, he hear the SDM pitch (it's silent but apparently some animals can here it as the duck was not the only one, the peacock had a fit). And yes, the shot with the TC is softer but I am not sure if that is the TC's fault or my fault, it's pretty hard trying to get a focus lock handholding the 300 with the TC attached, my swing back down there next week and try my hand at it some more...
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QuoteOriginally posted by joe.penn Quote
Thanks for the compliments everyone!

@kenafein - the duck would do that every time I would AF on him, he hear the SDM pitch (it's silent but apparently some animals can here it as the duck was not the only one, the peacock had a fit). And yes, the shot with the TC is softer but I am not sure if that is the TC's fault or my fault, it's pretty hard trying to get a focus lock handholding the 300 with the TC attached, my swing back down there next week and try my hand at it some more...
I wouldn't even have noticed the softness normally, it's an excellent shot, but your others are very very sharp that you notice it when they're shown together. These are so good I figured you used a monopod at least.
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fantastic captures joe... those pentax colors, and definition are exemplary... dave m
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