A trio of water bird captures

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  1. Arkanjel Imaging

    Arkanjel Imaging No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Took a ride in the boat with my father this morning. Lots of birds out. These are taken with my Nikon 18-200. Not much of a birding lens. But I was happy enough with these to post.

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    Breakfast!
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    And a coupe of pelicans in transit.
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  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    These look so good. I envy you the opportunity and the "not-much-of-a-birding-lens" you used, which gave you these :)shock: ) results, after all!!!
     
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    Arkanjel Imaging No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well thank you kindly Corrina. So much subject material in my area. Cant wait til I can justify a 400 f4. :sillysmi:

    I was fairly close to the pelicans. Had to crop the ospreys though. 200 just not enough reach.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, it seems like your lens at least does give you the sharpness to crop. Mine doesn't. Not at all. Which is such a pity. But I must make do with what I have (or leave it - and I've been leaning towards "just leaving it" for the past two years now, I'm afraid). A favourite hobby can easily become a bit of a "nuisance" when the outcome is always mediocre at most because of limitations in equipment... :(
     
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    Arkanjel Imaging No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    So true. Im not a "gotta have the latest and greatest" guy. But I am a pixel peeper. And Im rapidly becoming a prime snob. Image softness makes me :gah:

    The problem with the 18-200 is its waaaaay too soft any wider than f8. Not much speed to work with for moving subjects at a distance. The AF is pretty quick on it though.
     
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    i think your lens is ok, the sharpness looks good for in flight birds and that's a tough one to get.. just watch the aperture, most zoom lenses have one aperture that is the best.. maybe 5.6 or 8 on that lens.. do some trials and experiment to find the best setting

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