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Lens: Sigma 70-300 macro, Vivatar 135 with 1.7 TC Camera: K-5 Photo Location: my porch ISO: 1600 
Posted By: normhead, 12-09-2012, 03:04 PM

I've taken so many of these bird pictures, these days I need a theme to get inspired to post them. We had a light snow today and the birds seemed to be flinging it all over the place as they hunted and devoured seeds. So I thought to myself, "self, there's a theme you haven't done yet". Of course it involves the usual cast of characters. Redpolls, chickadees, and Pine Grosbeaks.

I had to try out Tess' old manual focus 135mm Vivatar 2.8 with my TC. Absolutely wild purple fringing. Beyond repair. If you see any purple seeds, that's what it is. Then I tried the DA*60-250. Those internal focus zooms suck so bad for magnification in close ups, I have no idea why anyone would use them for that. Back to the old $100 Sigma 70-300, which I swear is one of the best sucky lenses in the genre. Why can't someone make a sharp (at 300mm) cheap zoom. Why are they all good at their short end and sucky at their long end? We need one "reverse engineered".

But I digress.

Without further ado I present my latest bird feature series, 'Flying Snow"

















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12-09-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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Back to the old $100 Sigma 70-300, which I swear is one of the best sucky lenses in the genre. Why can't someone make a sharp (at 300mm) cheap zoom. Why are they all good at their short end and sucky at their long end? We need one "reverse engineered".
I agree with that, my sigma spends most of its life pretty much wide open @ 300ml, I would think most people who have similar lens have them for the 300ml on a budget function. Sometimes I get too close and actually forget its a zoom and I can zoom out . I suspect It becomes a problem of physics/optics, significant improvement @ 300ml and its no longer a budget lens. I Like you photos by the way, cheers.
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Norm, all wonderful images with great color and clarity. You seem to be able to handle these "sucky" lens very well I would say.
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I agree with that, my sigma spends most of its life pretty much wide open @ 300ml, I would think most people who have similar lens have them for the 300ml on a budget function. Sometimes I get too close and actually forget its a zoom and I can zoom out . I suspect It becomes a problem of physics/optics, significant improvement @ 300ml and its no longer a budget lens. I Like you photos by the way, cheers.
Thanks CeeCee. We've also found Cee that at 70-100mm it's a pretty decent landscape lens. In that range it actually outperfromed my 18-135, not for centre sharp but for landscape.

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Norm, all wonderful images with great color and clarity. You seem to be able to handle these "sucky" lens very well I would say.
The trick to sucky lenses is to get close and use sharpening. It's at a distance that they hurt you. AT a distance my DA* 60-250 makes it look like crap. 10 feet away, the Sigma returns the favour.

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Great work. These are really nice. Great action and detail. Really nice work.
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The chickadee with the sunflower seed in its beaks is magnificent. The image is so sharp.
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Wonderful series.

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A very pleasing to view and well done series Norm.--charliezap

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Great work. These are really nice. Great action and detail. Really nice work.
Thanks for the nice comment....

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The chickadee with the sunflower seed in its beaks is magnificent. The image is so sharp.
Get close and use sharpening and any lens looks good. Thanks for the comment.

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Wonderful series.

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Thanks Tom

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A very pleasing to view and well done series Norm.--charliezap
Thanks for commenting Charlie.

I have to say, the one that tickles me most is the third one. Every time I see it I feel like saying " Wash your face." The last one I think is my favourite.
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Norm, you just made my happy hour happier.
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Norm, you just made my happy hour happier.
No problem slowpez, we aim to please.
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