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A trip to Sydney's Taronga zoo
Posted By: Lance B, 05-17-2008, 09:02 PM

Went to Sydney's Taronga zoo yesterday with DP Review forum members, Jimbob and Ron(Var1). Last time I was there was January 2006 and they have made some excellent renovations since then and it is well worth the visit if you have not seen it in a while.

Most of the following images were taken at higher ISO's like 800 and I can say that the higher ISO image quality is excellent from the K20D. Also, I took some Continuous AF shots of the Red Panda as it was almsot always on the move and at the time of taking the shots I was thinking to myself that they will not turn out at all as the Panda was moving fast and even with ISO800 there was little hope of anything worth keeping. Well, was I *pleasantly* surprised when I viewed them on the computer screen and they were sharp! Looks like low light AF C works quite well!

K20D DA*300 f4 @ f6.3 1/200sec ISO1000. Hand held.
This was taken through small cage wire and I therefore had to work on it to get reasonable contrast and a decent result. I like the way the birds were cuddled up together. :-)

K20D DA*300 f4 @ f5.6 1/50sec ISO800. Hand held.

K20D DA*300 f4 @ f5.6 1/100sec ISO800. Hand held.
This was one of the AF C shots.

K20D + DA*300 f4 @ f5.6 1/50sec ISO200. Hand held.

K20D + FA*80-200 f2.8 @ f5.6 and 120mm 1/80sec ISO160. Hand held.

K20D + DA*300 f4 @ f5.6 1/160sec ISO800. Hand held.

K20D + DA*300 f4 @ f5.6 1/250sec ISO800. Hand held.

K20D + DA*300 f4 @ f5.6 1/320sec ISO800. Hand held.

K20D + DA*300 f4 @ f6.3 1/50sec ISO800. Hand held.
I bet you've never seen a Koala yawn. Considering they sleep for about 22 hours a day it's a wonder we see them do *anything*!!

K20D + DA*50-135 f2.8 @ f5.6 and 50mm 1/50sec ISO800. Hand held.

K20D + DA*300 f4 @ f5.6 1/50sec ISO200. Hand held.

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05-19-2008, 09:19 AM   #16
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Superb! I like the big cats the most.

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Great series Lance, and you definitely tried to hide their environments - well done! I love the Koala's yawn - holy head swallow!

The snow leopard portrait is truly wonderful...


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