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03-21-2020, 11:49 AM - 1 Like   #16
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Nice test pictures!

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Titmouse shot at 600mm f/8 or 9.5. He was jumping around so much I couldn't keep him entirely in the frame.




This is a 100% crop from the above image.

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Excellent !
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Wow! Very nice work on your first serious attempts! The titmouse crop shows amazing detail. How much does this beast weigh again? I don't think I should complain about my 150-450 any more!

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Wow! Very nice work on your first serious attempts! The titmouse crop shows amazing detail. How much does this beast weigh again? I don't think I should complain about my 150-450 any more!
9 lbs! In fact, that lens + K-3 II + batt grip weighs nearly as much as a M1 Bazooka!
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For my wildlife photography, while I obviously want to make as good of a photo as I can, my goal - or maybe threshold is a better word - is to create a good-quality image that measures 2560 pixels on the long end... after I've finished post-processing, cropping, and down-sizing. A couple years ago I had an Android tablet that had a screen resolution of 2560x1600, so I decided that my jpeg files would match the 2560.

My workflow is to develop the RAW, save the resultant TIFF file, crop to a composition I like, then down-res the image to 2560 on the longest side and save as a jpeg, which is subsequently uploaded to Google Photos.

So, this is a 100% crop of the 2560 x 1763 jpeg of the great blue heron I posted earlier in this thread:



This crop gives an example of detail, and the nature of the bokeh of the brush close behind the heron, as well as the more distant boulders. You can also see some of the chromatic aberration that was not mitigated by the global chromatic aberration correction tool in DXO PhotoLab.

I am almost certain I shot this at f/9.5.

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Great samples @luftfluss! Having followed your posts and your images though, it's hard to tell whether the lens is so great or your technique makes it look so! Anyway, I think it is a combination and you clearly show what some older long lenses are capable of! Good job, thank you for your time and effort, although I'm not interested in the particular monster!

PS: Thank you for the comments on the Tamron adaptall 300/2.8and your images. I've gotten mine (mine is a 60B model) and I'm very pleased with the results. I don't have free space for posting images any more but I'll probably write a few things on the lens database.

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Recent shots @ 600mm

The chipmunk, red-bellied woodpecker, and blue jay were around 40 ft away and thus the frames were cropped by around 60%. The mourning dove and grackle had only slight cropping.










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That 135-600 seems like a pretty good lens to me when used by someone who knows what photography is all about.
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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
Recent shots @ 600mm

The chipmunk, red-bellied woodpecker, and blue jay were around 40 ft away and thus the frames were cropped by around 60%. The mourning dove and grackle had only slight cropping.
I love the exposure on the grackle, that is a particular rly difficult subject but you’ve nailed it

You say the grackle is only minimally cropped. We’re these shot with the auxiliary close focus lens or were you still far enough away to not require it
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I love the exposure on the grackle, that is a particular rly difficult subject but you’ve nailed it

You say the grackle is only minimally cropped. We’re these shot with the auxiliary close focus lens or were you still far enough away to not require it
Thanks. No close focus lens used, I cropped only a small amount off the right side of the frame.

I do want to eventually try some photos with the close focus lens mounted.
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That 135-600 seems like a pretty good lens to me when used by someone who knows what photography is all about.
It also helps that on my first serious outing with the lens I encounter very photogenic subjects and nice light.
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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
It also helps that on my first serious outing with the lens I encounter very photogenic subjects and nice light.
Brilliant set of samples. Looks better than a Bigma.
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Brilliant set of samples. Looks better than a Bigma.
Thanks, Des. I don't know how the lens would compare with the Bigma, but I'm pretty sure Bigma users don't need to spend as much time reducing CA as I do with the 135-600
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