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American Kestrel having lunch
Lens: 300mm Camera: K100D Super ISO: 200 
Posted By: ismaelg, 03-12-2010, 10:54 AM


I don't know much about birds but a fellow photographer told me this is an American Kestrel.
What I DO know is that I'm developing a problem with my DA L 55-300mm.

All with K100D Super / DA L 55-300mm / 300mm / spot metering / +.3 comp / most of these at f8

Are you going to share or what?

guess not

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03-12-2010, 12:46 PM   #2
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I'm really tempted to buy that lens. Seems to produce some great images, but I'm kinda hoping there'll be a WR version at some point :-P
03-12-2010, 01:18 PM   #3
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Nice series. Shots like the last one would be good with any lense. I too continue to be impressed with the 55-300. I am more impressed how you captured the lighting on the underside while shooting into a bright sky. Fill flash maybe? Regardless, very nice captures of interesting moments in nature.
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WOW...what great captures!!! Never been fortunate enough to photograph Kestrels...but I know how you feel about the DA 55-300 mine too

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Wow... nice catches, although I prefer the ones before the head was snapped off
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Great lens but the photographer had a little something to do with these I think. Beautiful captures.
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Beautiful shots, I'm envious... I'd love to get a good shot of a Kestrel.

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Your shots of these birds are impressively sharp. I really like that last one as it has the least distractions and more of the focus is on the bird.
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Wow...these came from a lens that is usually included as a kit lens? I'd say you got a good sharp lens. The reviews only give an 8...I was expecting to see higher when I looked at that.
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Terrific, crisp shots of the "circle of life." I love my DA 55-300 - great IQ for the dough and small and light enough to tote around for hours.

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These are very nice captures of American Kestrels. I agree with another commenter about the nice job you've done getting the undersides of the birds lit. That is hard against such a bright sky. Kestrels eat insects and small rodents around here. You must live farther west to gauge from the lizards they are eating. You've inspired me. I've got to get my DA 55-300 out more.
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you've done a marvelous job with the k100d super and 55-300mm!! beautifully crisp with wonderful color renditions.... thanks so much for sharing! dave m
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QuoteOriginally posted by timstone Quote
Wow...these came from a lens that is usually included as a kit lens? I'd say you got a good sharp lens. The reviews only give an 8...I was expecting to see higher when I looked at that.
When used under appropriate lighting the DA 55~300 is a sorely under-appreciated lens. It is quite sharp, renders color very nicely and is light and versatile - an especially good value for the money.
04-10-2010, 05:14 PM   #14
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Thank you all for the nice comments!
MikeW, I'm waaaay south and east of Indiana. I'm in Puerto Rico.
About the lit underside, I didn't use flash. I've found that the sweet spot of this lens is using spot metering, Av@ f8 and compensate +0.3

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Very nice.
I've yet to even see a kestrel, let alone get a shot of one.

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