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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 23, 2010
7:10 PM

Post #8274463

We came from here:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1080645/

This list was compiled to help others determine what kind of camera they might want to purchase for bird photography. Perhaps you'd be interested in a certain camera and can see if anyone is using it.

This thread has also turned into somewhat of a discussion on other equipment and how to use it.

2dCousinDave= Canon 1D Mark IV, Mark III, the 7D, 5D, the 40D, the 20D, D30 LENSES: 200mm f/1.8, 400mm f/4 DO IS, 500mm f/4 IS and the 600mm f/4 IS. 1.4x TC.
2racingboys = Olympus E620 DSLR with the 40-150mm
adelbertcat = Pentax K100D
Beclu727 = Olympus OM-D EM-5 (Micro 4/3). Lenses 75-300 f4.8-6.7, 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 and 40-150mm f4.5-5.6.
bluebirdsnbells = Nikon 3000, Sony CyberShot DSC-S75 Lenses: 18-55mm & 55-200 mm
brianguy = Nikon D90
bsharf = Sony DSLR A100
Burd_FotosCanon Powershot S5is, Canon Rebel T1i 500D, EFS-18-55mm and 55-250mm, 400mm f5.6
Burn_2007 = T1i with a 70- 300mm IS lens. Fuji FinePix S5700 s700
cshirsch = Nikon D300, Nikon D90 Lenses: 300mm Nikon ED f2.8, 400MM Nikon ED f5.6, and 500mm Nikon ED f4
claypa = Sony DSC-H2
crazybirdlady51 = Olympus Sp550UZ
critterologist = Nikon P90. Sony DSC-TX1
dellrose = Canon EOS 40D
dinu = Panasonic DMC-FZ8
ducbucln = Canon 7D , Canon XTi Lenses: Canon 100-400mm lens, Canon 70-300 mm lens with image stabilization. 1.4 Kenko teleconverter
duckmother = Nikon D60 200mm
Elphaba = Kodak Z740 Zoom
f_chisolm = Canon 400D: 300mm lens
gardenpom = Olympus Evolt 500 SLR with 70-300mm lens.
ginger749 = Canon EOS 500D Rebel T1i, Lenses: EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, EFS 55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS.
GrannyGrunt = Kodak P850 Zoom
Grasmussen = Panasonic DMC-FZ50
JuneyBug = Samsung 10.2 WB500
kennedyh = Canon EOS 300D
lilyfantn = Nikon D70
Lily_Love = Canon 7D, Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Lenses: 28-135 and 70-300
linthicum = Nikon D300, Nikon D200 and Nikon D70 camera bodies. Lenses include the Nikkor 500mm f/4D ED-IF I, Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VR, Nikkor 105mm f2.8 D-AF Macro, Nikkor 18-70mm AF-S DX Lens, Sigma 50-500mm f4-6 and Nikon 1.4x and 1.7x teleconverters.
lionhrt9 = Canon XSI. Lenses: 400mm fixed 5.6 Sigma, a 70-300 Quantaray, a 28-90 Quantaray and the 18-55mm Canon lens
MargaretK = Canon 40D,
Methodical = Canon 5D MkII, Canon 1D MkIII, 400mm 5.6, 500mm f4 IS, 300mm f/2.8 IS
Mrs_Ed = Kodak Z8612, Canon 7D, Panasonic Lumix FZ150, Wingscapes 2.0 Birdcam
Nanny56 = Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, Fuji FinePix S80000fd
NM_Jane = Canon Rebel XTI, Panasonic DMC-FZ28
OPbirder = Samsung Digimax L60, 6.0 mp, 3x optical zoom
PanamaCreel = Nikon D300
pelletory = Canon T2i w/ a Sigma 50-500mm lens.
Resin = Fuji FinePix E550
rogue_designer = Mostly film cameras (4x5, and 120 and a bunch of 35mm for street work); Nikon D100,
rntx22 = Nikon D200
sacarvounisCanon EOS Rebel XSi. The kit came with a 70-300 zoom/macro lens
Shan71 = Kodak Z712 IS
Shelia_FW = Nikon D50
Tabasco = Canon PowerShot S30
tigerlily = Canon T1i
TheHackster Cameras: Canon 7D. Lenses: (1) Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, (2) Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM, (3) Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS USM, (4) Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM.
VA_Wild_Rose = Canon T1i, Canon SD780 Lenses: Canon 70-300mm IS USM, 18-55mm, 55-250mm
WaterCan = Nikon D90 w/ Nikon 70-300mm Lenses: Sigma 150-500 telephoto

Article on SuperZooms (July 2010)
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/q110superzoomgroup/



This message was edited Jul 29, 2013 6:11 AM

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 23, 2010
7:14 PM

Post #8274470

So, there was some discussion about shooting in Camera RAW on the last thread and another on the bird forum.

Here's a really good link if you are interested in understanding it.
http://www.birdinfo.co.za/photographic/16_why_raw.htm

TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

December 23, 2010
8:18 PM

Post #8274561

Thanks for starting a new camera/equipment thread Mrs_Ed.

Nice link you put up about RAW image files. I found that I was thinking along those same lines.

Hope you don't mind, here's the new by-line you can use in the opening list for me. Things have changed.

= Cameras: Canon EOS 40D, Canon T1i. Lenses: (1) Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, (2) Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM, (3) Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS USM, (4) Canon EFS 17-85mm IS USM , plus Canon 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters.

Hack
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

December 23, 2010
9:23 PM

Post #8274610

Mrs, Ed, please update my camera equipment also, at your convenience.

Nikon D300, Nikon D200 and Nikon D70 camera bodies. Lenses include the Nikkor 500mm f/4D ED-IF I, Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VR, Nikkor 105mm f2.8 D-AF Macro, Nikkor 18-70mm AF-S DX Lens, Sigma 50-500mm f4-6 and Nikon 1.4x and 1.7x teleconverters.

That's a good article on shooting RAW format. I find RAW format a little time consuming considering the number of photos that I take. I assume it's just a matter of getting used to it. But, I never touch my originals. I always work off of a copy. However, nothing beats getting it almost right directly out of the camera. Does anyone fool around with MLU (Mirror Lock-up) on their SLR's ? It's recommended on occasion to cut down on vibration, especially at low light and also shooting macro.








TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

December 23, 2010
11:43 PM

Post #8274658

Mirror-lockup, that may be the next thing I tackle. I have found that with the right exposure settings, my jpegs are not too very different that what I get from RAW. And you're right, RAW files take more time to work up that jpegs.

Hack
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 24, 2010
1:33 AM

Post #8274681

Mrs Ed, Can you please update my camera to a Canon T2i ? Thank you!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 24, 2010
4:53 AM

Post #8274811

I have not messed with MLU or HDR. Of course, HDR would be a bit difficult with birds anyway. I have been meaning to play around with bracketing.

Quite frankly, I'm a bit lazy and until I can become a little more practiced, I'll be sticking to the basics. In fact, I just figured out a new button on the camera. Ha!

TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

December 24, 2010
5:45 AM

Post #8274849

Thanks, Mrs_Ed.

Hack
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 24, 2010
9:11 AM

Post #8275145

linthicum wrote: Does anyone fool around with MLU (Mirror Lock-up) on their SLR's ?


I messed around with it a couple times and it does work, but you need a willing subject...mine was a soda can lol, have never tried it in the field yet.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 24, 2010
10:53 AM

Post #8275301

ah. good old soda cans. always willing to help out.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

December 28, 2010
8:35 AM

Post #8280404

Dellrose, I posted this in the previous thread as I did not know a new one was started so just copied it here, too. It's in response to your shutter issue.

Hello Dellrose. I just wanted to inform you about the Canon Loyalty Program, just in case you are interested. It's a program where you trade in your old camera(broken camera) and they give you full value towards the purchase of one of the listed refurbished cameras...includes 7D, 5D MkII, 50Ds and others. It's a program that has been thriving for awhile, but is little known. Here's a link to one of the sites I visit that's full of info. I suggest you take a look at that program as it might be just the ticket for you. They take any 'ole broken camera.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=948785&highlight=canon loyalty
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

December 28, 2010
8:37 AM

Post #8280408

Hack this is in response to your post on the 70-200 2.8 lens. I did not realize a new thread was started.

Don't sell that 400. The 70-200 with the 2x will take a big hit in image quality. The 400 alone is sharper than the 70-200 with 2x. Keep them both or sell to finance the 300 2.8 and use it with the 1.4 or 2x, which retains excellent image quality with the 1.4 and really good with the 2x.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

December 28, 2010
8:41 AM

Post #8280413

Raw is the only format I shoot. It allows me so much lattitude to adjust my photo in PSE7 or lightroom 3 without damaging the image itself, plus I can always go back in the future and reprocess if better image editing softward becomes available and I get better at PP; it's a digital negative like a film's negative. If I take mulitple images, I just delete the duplicates or crappy images and work the ones I like. Memory is cheap now so that's no longer an issue. Once you get a workflow, it takes no time to process and upload, especially with Lightroom 3. I spend maybe 5 minutes on an image. I usually expose to the right (i.e. overexpose a bit) to reduce noise and then adjust exposure in the Raw processor. When I first started in photography, I had a habit of underexposing shots, which left me with noisy images.

Mrs_Ed wrote:So, there was some discussion about shooting in Camera RAW on the last thread and another on the bird forum.

Here's a really good link if you are interested in understanding it.
http://www.birdinfo.co.za/photographic/16_why_raw.htm







This message was edited Dec 28, 2010 4:06 PM
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

December 28, 2010
12:30 PM

Post #8280777

Methodical wrote:Hack this is in response to your post on the 70-200 2.8 lens. I did not realize a new thread was started.

Don't sell that 400. The 70-200 with the 2x will take a big hit in image quality. The 400 alone is sharper than the 70-200 with 2x. Keep them both or sell to finance the 300 2.8 and use it with the 1.4 or 2x, which retains excellent image quality with the 1.4 and really good with the 2x.


Thanks, Methodical, I had already come to that conclusion. You are so right, the image quality of the 70-200 f/2.8 plus theh Canon 2x TC was nowhere near as sharp as the 400 but itself - I compared pix from both. I'm keeping the 400.

On another note, I found that the Canon 1.4x TC (with the small Kenko extension tube) on the 100mm Macro IS is awesome. I'm shooting the 70-200 "naked", may or may not, use the 1.4 with it.

Thanks for letting me know, just the same.

Hack

This message was edited Dec 28, 2010 5:49 PM
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

December 28, 2010
12:51 PM

Post #8280811

Hack I am glad you saw the difference, 'cause you'd hate yourself for getting rid of the 400.

Hack I use all three tubes on the 300 f4 for some really wicked close up shots. It doesn't produce the macro shots the 100 produces, but it's my pseudo macro lens combo...long reach with IS to boot.

This message was edited Dec 28, 2010 3:52 PM
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

December 28, 2010
12:57 PM

Post #8280823

Linthicum,I've used MLU with a shutter release cord when photographing items in my light box for critical focusing.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showpost.php?p=9551645&postcount=3722
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showpost.php?p=9686678&postcount=3757


linthicum wrote:...Does anyone fool around with MLU (Mirror Lock-up) on their SLR's ? It's recommended on occasion to cut down on vibration, especially at low light and also shooting macro.










TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

December 28, 2010
2:52 PM

Post #8280961

Methodical, right now, I only use the small extension tube just so the Canon 1.4x will attach to the 100 mm Macro. Later, I plan to play around with more Ext tubes behind the 100.

Hack
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 29, 2010
5:32 PM

Post #8282736

Methodical wrote:Dellrose, I posted this in the previous thread as I did not know a new one was started so just copied it here, too. It's in response to your shutter issue.

Hello Dellrose. I just wanted to inform you about the Canon Loyalty Program, just in case you are interested. It's a program where you trade in your old camera(broken camera) and they give you full value towards the purchase of one of the listed refurbished cameras...includes 7D, 5D MkII, 50Ds and others. It's a program that has been thriving for awhile, but is little known. Here's a link to one of the sites I visit that's full of info. I suggest you take a look at that program as it might be just the ticket for you. They take any 'ole broken camera.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=948785&highlight=canon loyalty[/quote]

Thanks for the great info Al...I really appreciate your help!

TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2011
1:27 PM

Post #8290436

I had a $90 gift certificate from eBay, so I bought me a Better Beamer. Burd_Fotos put me on to it. Out the side door of my house I can see some of my suet feeders - but they are always in dark shade. The farthest feeder is about 75-80 ft away. This thing is supposed to concentrate the flash of the 580 out to 150+ feet. But, what I also like about it is that it will allow me to use lower power settings on the 580 flash, thereby extending its battery life, while still illuminating the birds. Well, we'll see.

Hack
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 3, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8290458

Mrs Ed, Thanks for updating the list.

Good Luck with the new equipment Hack.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 3, 2011
6:45 AM

Post #8346442

Hi everyone, I recently lost my Panasonic DMC-FZ28, a digital camera. I'm looking into a better quality for birding photos. I need a mentor (or more mentors as available) please on how to select some good basic equipments that I can build on for a long haul. Someone locally has suggested Cannon... names doesn't matter. I just need equipment that I can take pictures of flyings birds with clarity.

Thanks
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2011
6:52 AM

Post #8346455

Nikon Coolpix P90. This camera is so versatile and easy to operate. It has everything I need. The pix I took of the Brown Thrasher was taken last summer when I was still practicing with it but the rest of the pix are great. I also use Adobe Photoshop 8.0. Just as important as the camera.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 3, 2011
11:12 AM

Post #8346870

Lily do you a Point & Shoot or a DSLR?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 3, 2011
12:25 PM

Post #8346989

LL, Try this link, it has some good information on the Super Zooms, and I'm sure that would be a benefit to you.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/q110superzoomgroup/

If you don't want to read the whole thing, here's the ratings and conclusions page:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/q110superzoomgroup/page19.asp
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8355619

Lilly, what's your budget? Do you want P&S or DSLR? You can photography birds with both type of cameras, but if you plan to expand or grow in the future then a DSLR is a safer bet, but to better help you, it would be nice to know your budget.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 5, 2011
1:13 PM

Post #8355754

I can tighten my belt and invest on a DSLR... and cut down on my daily butter lol. I'm eyeing on a Canon real hard at the moment.
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

February 6, 2011
5:24 PM

Post #8357917

Lily_love wrote:... names doesn't matter. I just need equipment that I can take pictures of flyings birds with clarity.

Thanks


If you're hoping to get halfway decent pictures of birds in flight with any kind of regularity, you will need to start with a DSLR.

Dave

Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2011
8:26 AM

Post #8371395

Update: Mrs. Ed I no longer have the Canon 50D

And I agree with Dave's comment, Lilly^^^^^^

This message was edited Feb 14, 2011 11:27 AM

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 23, 2011
7:59 PM

Post #8389421

I appreciate all the info. everyone offered. As a trail, I now have a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS. I will try this out and will upgrade to a more sophisticated one at a later time.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 24, 2011
6:28 AM

Post #8389873

Congrats!! Can't wait to see pics!

This message was edited Feb 24, 2011 9:28 AM

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 24, 2011
6:48 AM

Post #8389918

Thanks Nan, here is one of my practice shots.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 24, 2011
5:01 PM

Post #8390930

Hey..not too bad!! Think ya did good!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 24, 2011
7:18 PM

Post #8391157

At first I thought I did reallll good comparing it with my old p & s, but I went back and looked at some of my Lumix'es old pics. It turned out to be a slight step up. But not by much. Thank anyway Nan.

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ginger749

February 24, 2011
11:39 PM

Post #8391406

Reason for editin:= I had all my Camera details up here. “‘zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’”
And nothing was happening ?
Who really cares what camera I have ?


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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

February 25, 2011
12:04 AM

Post #8391411

Kim, your shots are absolutely fine. Always when getting a new/different camera, it takes time to get used to it.

Nice shot, ginger. I had to look it up in my book, but I think it's a first year White-bellied Sea Eagle.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 25, 2011
6:52 AM

Post #8391748

Yep there is a learning curve...took me about 3 months to be convinced I had not made mistake in getting my Canon SX20! A year later I am still figuring out stuff on it! lol
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 26, 2011
8:40 PM

Post #8394824

Lily... I just bought my hubby that camera for his birthday! It was an upgrade for him... from the SX20. I can tell you in just one week, I can see a big difference in the picture quality! The SX30 has much better sharpness and contrast! It does have alot of menus, and it did not come with a paper manual, but a CD-ROM with the entire manual on it! I am trying to find him a "For Dummies" manual now.
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

March 2, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8402045

This is NOT my picture. I am posting it so I can post the next picture, which will probably make you smile (or scratch your head). This was taken by a man named Jim Sharp. who lives in Paducah, Kentucky and he is on a camera forum that I frequent. For this shot he used a Canon 1D Mark IV and a Canon 600mm f/4.0L lens. I happen to own both that model camera and that model lens. But that is where the similarity ends. People asked him how he was able to get such sharp images and he posted a picture of the set-up he has on his back deck.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

March 2, 2011
7:12 AM

Post #8402057

Take a look at this. He must have a fortune in flashes! A truly serious case of photo addiction. He HAS to be single.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 2, 2011
9:27 AM

Post #8402228

WOW...

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 2, 2011
9:38 AM

Post #8402254

Yup that was exactly what I thought. lol
Dogs_N_Petunias
Cleburne, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 2, 2011
3:52 PM

Post #8403044

ginger749 wrote:Reason for editin:= I had all my Camera details up here. “‘zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’”
And nothing was happening ?
Who really cares what camera I have ?
This message was edited Mar 1, 2011 5:47 AM


I care. So how about posting it again?


Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 2, 2011
5:56 PM

Post #8403287

Ginger, I'm sorry if I missed your info. It has been busy for work. I'm the only one who can edit the first post. If you post it again, I'll add the info.

The reason for the list is so that we can offer guidance when others have the same camera, or want to buy a new one.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 2, 2011
5:59 PM

Post #8403298

I too care, so Ginger, please post it again. Cuz I want to learn how to make pictures like you do. Promise.
ginger749

March 2, 2011
8:00 PM

Post #8403585

Thanks Marna & DNP for asking.
I will post my Camera details again.

My Camera is a Canon EOS 500D Rebel T1i.
It was the first Digital SLR with Movie capability.
I have two bayonet type lenses.
EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS with Image stabiliser. [Came with the body]
And a EFS 55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS. Also stabilised.
The Macro setting works reasonably swell. [best with flash on]
I use the 'Sports mode' for all the in-flight Pictures.
I find the movie great for capturing Bird Calls.
The remote accessory was a total waste of $230.
It does not auto focus.
So if you set it up and sit back waiting for a Bird to appear.
And your Bird is not on the exact spot I pre focused on.
The Picture will be out of focus.
A good Tripod is a much better option. ;-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_500D
ginger749

March 2, 2011
8:22 PM

Post #8403632

I got the Battery Grip BG-E5 accessory. [can be seen on the bottom of camera]
I found I could only take 2,000 Pictures with one onboard battery. [less using flash]
The Battery pack takes standard AA batteries.
And every camper has at least 20 new ones on hand.
When you are Bush Camping, there is no power to recharge Camera/Phone Batteries.

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ginger749

March 2, 2011
8:47 PM

Post #8403680

The 500D has a brilliant big play-back screen.
Takes up nearly ˝ the back of the Camera.
It does get some fingerprints on it though.
Good for us ˝ blind old bastards. ;o(

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2011
5:56 AM

Post #8404038

Thanks for Sharing, Ginger.

Those big LCD screens are indeed great. I see some cameras, The Sony alpha 390 for one, have the tilt LCD screens which I think would also be a HUGE help when shooting video.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 3, 2011
7:14 AM

Post #8404207

Very nice equipments Ginger, thanks. Ahhh, I can start saving, wishing. Marna mine has that tilt screen too, what I like about it is that it folds into place, less chances of scratching the screen. On the other hand, it's a pain when I reach for it in a hurry try to catch a pix in short notice. I'm still exploring my little camera. Like Nan has mentioned it's a steep learning curve, I haven't figured out how to use the camera at its best yet...a long draw out process.
ginger749

March 3, 2011
11:39 AM

Post #8404645

Hi Lily,
Pulling out the screen like you have to is not an issue on a Digital SLR Camera.
The screen is only used for play back.
To capture subject you need to look through the viewfinder.
All DSLR Cameras are auto focus unless you set them on Manual F.
And when Birds are in amongst branches, Cameras will always focus on the first branch.
This is when I use my manual focus.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 3, 2011
11:55 AM

Post #8404661

Thanks Ginger for the tips. I do have the option of manual and/or auto focus with this one. It's said to have built in image stabilizer. The only difficulty I'm facing now is 'continuous mode'. I wanted to shoot many photos at a short span, and I'm having problem with it.
ginger749

March 3, 2011
12:59 PM

Post #8404752

On My Camera there is a 'Sports Mode'.
It's very simple to use.
And it's self focusing while you shoot.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2011
5:06 PM

Post #8405198

On some DSLRs you can use Live View mode, on mine you can. I don't like to use it much though. My 7D uses the LCD while shooting. I don't much care for that because you have to use manual focus, etc. I just can't see it on the LCD that well. So I might pick up a Zfinder attachment if I ever get serious about the video.

http://www.zacuto.com/z-finder-dslr-viewfinder
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

March 3, 2011
9:18 PM

Post #8405698

2dCousinDave wrote:Take a look at this. He must have a fortune in flashes! A truly serious case of photo addiction. He HAS to be single.
Lol, Id say that is too much money for an insect.

2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

March 4, 2011
4:29 AM

Post #8405928

Right Burd. But would your opinion be different if it was a picture of a bird?

Actually, he usually takes terriffic bird pictures with that set up. The wasp just happened to fly into the view.

This is another of HIS pictures.

Thumbnail by 2dCousinDave
Click the image for an enlarged view.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 4, 2011
4:56 AM

Post #8405955

Lily...make sure you have the Image Stabizer turned on. I have yet to use the Continuous Mode yet on mine, but I imagine it just takes practice and getting used to it. I really ought to try it out on mine!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 4, 2011
5:53 AM

Post #8406054

I'm glad you posted that picture because I've read about multiple flash setups but never seen it.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 4, 2011
6:11 AM

Post #8406089

Thank you Nan, I'll try to learn some more...the support staff at BestBuy is pretty cool. They offer to give one on one support on the use of the camera on weekdays (except weekends when they're too busy). I think I may just take up on their offer. One thing I'd like to say, I drool over those professional photos of nature, and hope someday I can reach that skill and financial capability to do it. :)
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

March 4, 2011
8:10 AM

Post #8406337

2dCousinDave wrote:Right Burd. But would your opinion be different if it was a picture of a bird?

Actually, he usually takes terriffic bird pictures with that set up. The wasp just happened to fly into the view.

This is another of HIS pictures.


Wow...great detail!!! I guess that is why he does it...the pursuit of "the shot". I could see him setting up near a feeder station also...that certainly is not equipment you want to carry around everywhere. Magazine quality photo's though.

linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 4, 2011
9:39 AM

Post #8406549

What I found interesting is that he got such great stop action at 1/250 sec. His aperture was set at f/22.

Dave, he doesn't have to be single. He just might have a wife that REALLY loves him !!!

And, he just might also be an owner of a Corvette. If there is only one Jim Sharp, from Paducah, KY, I saw that he also owns a Corvette.

Are his photos on display anywhere ?

2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

March 4, 2011
3:02 PM

Post #8406965

Yep, that's him. And he appears to be more into the 'vettes than into photographing birds.

Here's a link to his site. Not that many photos, really, but some very nice animal shots. He is obviously a serious student of photography.

http://jlss.smugmug.com/

This message was edited Mar 4, 2011 6:05 PM

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 4, 2011
5:59 PM

Post #8407260

Hee. some hobbies are more expensive than others.
LEW_TEX
Cleburne, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2011
4:56 AM

Post #8411453

Lily_love wrote:Thank you Nan, I'll try to learn some more...the support staff at BestBuy is pretty cool. They offer to give one on one support on the use of the camera on weekdays (except weekends when they're too busy). I think I may just take up on their offer. One thing I'd like to say, I drool over those professional photos of nature, and hope someday I can reach that skill and financial capability to do it. :)


They told me $1 a minute at my Best Buy .
chris8796
Dunlap, IL

March 10, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8418646

linthicum wrote:What I found interesting is that he got such great stop action at 1/250 sec. His aperture was set at f/22.



In this case, the "shutter speed" is the length of the flash pulse instead of the camera shutter speed. The flash is probably 1/10000 sec or more.

Here is a more detailed answer.

http://www.rpphoto.com/howto/hummer/humguide1.asp
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 10, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8418891

chris, thank you for the explanation and the detailed link. I learn something new every day.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8425160

I have ordered the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens. I have wanted this lens for a long time, but I had to move up in steps due to finances. I am looking forward to it's arrival!
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2011
1:26 PM

Post #8426683

2dCousinDave wrote:Take a look at this. He must have a fortune in flashes! A truly serious case of photo addiction. He HAS to be single.


Haha that's funny. I talked to his guy as he's a member over at POTN. I bookmark his setup because I wanted to try it this year, but only with 2 flashes though, to see what I can get. I guest I could buy some of the less expensive flashes. Oh well.

He has some amazing hummingbird images.



This message was edited Mar 14, 2011 3:28 PM
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 18, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8435120

My new lens will be here on Monday!

I have a question... Teleconverters...
Do you feel that one should buy brand specific teleconverters (Canon for me), as opposed to some of the other less expensive brands (Tamron or Sigma)? Is there a big difference? As you know, I have Canon... a T1i... and if purchased, it will be used with the 100-400mm L lens.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

March 18, 2011
5:26 PM

Post #8435218


Definitely go with the brand specific teleconverter. Even more important if you're going to be using it with a fantastic lens like the 100-400. Canon have recently brought out a next generation 2x teleconverter and the review are that it is far superior to the older one (like I have), so make sure if you're going for a 2x to get the latest. Have fun with the news lens. Looking forward to seeing the results.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2011
5:38 PM

Post #8443798

VA_Wild_Rose wrote:My new lens will be here on Monday!

I have a question... Teleconverters...
Do you feel that one should buy brand specific teleconverters (Canon for me), as opposed to some of the other less expensive brands (Tamron or Sigma)? Is there a big difference? As you know, I have Canon... a T1i... and if purchased, it will be used with the 100-400mm L lens.


Rose below are some threads on the various T-cons; they do comparison amongst the various ones, too. Know that if you get the 2x your camera won't autofocus; it'll be manual focus only.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=41922
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=457299



VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 24, 2011
9:57 PM

Post #8448635

Thanks Margaret and Met!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 22, 2012
9:17 PM

Post #9215132

Bump for Hack.
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 22, 2012
11:10 PM

Post #9215169

Thanks for the bump, Mrs_Ed.

I have "re-tooled". Some things are gone and some things have been added.

For example, just tonight, online, I bought a 7D (I still have my two 40D's) and earlier I picked up a 70-300 L lens. Tonight, on eBay, I sold the non- L 70-300 lens I had.

The T1i is gone to make room for the 7D.

So much has changed, that I'll have to simply write-up a brand new list of my stuff and d-mail it to you.

Hack

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 23, 2012
6:08 AM

Post #9215349

Sounds good Hack. Be sure and tell us how you like the 7D
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 23, 2012
7:10 AM

Post #9215468

One of the things that I sometimes forget when looking for this thread is that it's in the Bird Watching forum, not the Camera forum.
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #9215486

Me, too, nutsaboutnature, that's where I looked first for it. Glad you knew where it was.

Hack
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2012
11:31 AM

Post #9215763

Mrs_Ed, I just d-mailed you (twice) my up-dated camera equipment list. Please use the 2nd d-mail, there was a spelling error in the first one.

Hey MargaretK, aren't you shooting with a D7 now? Do you still use your 40D?

Hack
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 23, 2012
4:14 PM

Post #9216173

Hi Hack. Yes, I've had the 7D for a few months. I have kept the 40D and will use it if I need two cameras going at the one time (doesn't everyone?). The 40D was, and is, a lovely camera. I think you'll notice a huge difference with the burst speed on the 7D.
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #9216311

Margaret, It was partly the sharpness of your pics that convinced me to get a 7D, I looked at a Mark 5 for a little while, but decided on the 7D.

Hack
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2012
6:00 PM

Post #9216317

Thanks, Mrs_Ed for up-dating my camera data.

Hack
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 23, 2012
11:51 PM

Post #9216540

Thanks for saying such a lovely thing, Hack. If you have any issues with the 7D, just D-mail me. Some of the default settings are, she we say, questionable.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 24, 2012
5:48 AM

Post #9216660

You are welcome Hack.
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2012
7:54 AM

Post #9216782

MargaretK wrote:Thanks for saying such a lovely thing, Hack. If you have any issues with the 7D, just D-mail me. Some of the default settings are, she we say, questionable.


Will do, I just hate learning new tricks. I am really comfortable with the 40D, but the thought of the 7D's 18M, as apposed to the 40D's 10, really got me - almost double.

Do you find the 7D requiring a "different way of thinking" compared to the 40D?

Hack
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 24, 2012
3:45 PM

Post #9217233

Hi Hack. No, treat it the same. I've always used the different focus points for composition wherever possible and I like that the 7D has more of them.
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9217291

Margaret, a question. You said you use the different focus points for composition. Does that mean, say, you have a dragonfly darting around, you can point the camera at it and get a pic?

Hack
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 24, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9217344

Hack, in that sort of situation, I'd use the central focus point. With a fast-moving subject I'd find it impossible to maintain focus using one of the points on the perimeter and even if I was able to maintain focus, there's a strong chance that part of the subject would then be out of the fame, so no, for flight shots, I'd nearly always use the central focus point.
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2012
7:25 PM

Post #9217490

Understood Margaret, I tend to use center focus point all the time.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 4a)

July 28, 2012
3:51 PM

Post #9221730

I hope it's ok to tack mine on. I am not ready for a SLR, so got one with a super long zoom. Canon PowerShot sx40 HS. OK, you all have seen my good and bad, but I hope to improve as I have the patience. For birds, my favorite setting is the 8 high quality shots a second. I've gotten a few take offs that turned out nice. The drawback to it is you cannot change things like ISO and such, so the lighting needs to be right.

I did purchase the "hood" today for sunny outdoor pictures. Do any of you use one of these and do you think it makes a difference for the better?

Nutsaboutnature, you mentioned having a hard time finding this thread, have you found this page?
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/mywatcher.php
I hope it works for you. I have it bookmarked, but you need to be logged in first, otherwise it takes you to the homepage. It shows all the threads you have responded to and you can remove any you don't care to follow any more.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 28, 2012
4:21 PM

Post #9221747

Chilly, a lens hood serves to exclude extraneous light, so yes, it's a good idea. I use one all the time, no matter what lens I'm using.
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 28, 2012
7:05 PM

Post #9221939

Chilly, I use a lens hood on all my lenses. Like Margaret said, it exclude extraneous light.

And it will also protect the lens. However, my first line of defense in lens glass protection, is a UV filter. I have one screwed onto all my lenses. I'd much rather scratch a filter than the lens' glass.

Hack
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 28, 2012
7:15 PM

Post #9221952

Well, I almost cried to loss my two babies, the ones I cut my teeth on, but I sold my two 40D's and bought another 7D. Where I had two 40D's, I now have two 7D's.

I'll mount the 400 L Prime lens on one and the 70-300 L lens on the other. I figure the les time I spend changing lenses, the less dirt will get in the system.

I was fortunate to get the 7D on eBay for 935.00 - I couldn't believe it. It is supposed to be in perfect working condition, we'll see. There were only two total bidders, I think folks weren't able to find the auction. My two 40D's almost paid for it, so I'm happy.

Hack
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 28, 2012
7:33 PM

Post #9221978

Thanks Chilly, but I wasn't having trouble finding It. I actually have this thread saved so it's easy to find. When Hack was having trouble finding it and I gave him the link, I mentioned that it was in the Bird Watching Forum, not the Camera Forum and said that I sometimes used to forget that fact. He said he's done the same thing.

I stay logged in on DG all the time. It's much easier that way. That way my watched threads come right up. The only time I have to re-sign in is after I've cleared my browser.

This message was edited Jul 28, 2012 9:39 PM
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 2, 2012
10:29 AM

Post #9227138

Mrs_Ed,

My 40D's have been sold, they're gone. What I have now are the two 7D's.

Hack
TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 13, 2012
8:06 AM

Post #9239913

Bump

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9354104

Bumping this thread to ask Chillybean how the canon sx40 is doing. It is on my short list to replace the oly 560.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2012
6:17 PM

Post #9354138

Thank you beclu727 for the latest bump on the thread. I've a request for my fellow birders. I wanna take better pictures of my birds and flowers--and ready to upgrade my camera. I've eyed Vicki's camera and lens...with much anticipation. Whoa, I am really wishing upon the stars. Any input is welcomed.
Thanks.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 9, 2012
8:33 PM

Post #9354230

Kim, what are you using at present?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 10, 2012
5:17 AM

Post #9354386

Margaret, I've the Cannon Powershot SX30 IS. It's nice a light weight. But the quality of the pics. doesn't compare to my DH's smartphone's built in 8 megapixels IMHO.

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 10, 2012
2:34 PM

Post #9354917

Just looked at my old d-mails and found Chilly had already answered my question! Duh...
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 25, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #9366966

Kim, maybe look at the Sony NEX 7. It has a full frame sensor and a range of interchangeable lenses. From what I've read, the standard kit lens is pretty poor quality, but the 18-200 LE lens is pretty good and would let you get closer to your backyard birds than you can at present. It's pricey for a non-DSLR camera, but the reviews are pretty good. I'm seriously considering to get one for an upcoming trip. Dunno. Have a look on B & H's website.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 25, 2012
5:24 PM

Post #9367015

Oh thank you Margaret for the info. on the Sony NEX 7. I'll study some more. Merry Christmas everyone.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #9369307

Wooohooo, Santa visited late as a result I now can update my camera. A brand new Canon 7D package plus the 70-300mm lense. I'll have to do alot of reading before I take the equipments out of the boxes. The Canon power shot will be my everyday use, with the new 7D back up on special occassions. I thank all who shared information on selecting the new camera. Comments and suggestions are welcome. Happy birding to all.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 28, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #9369393

Wow, Kim, that's wonderful. You are indeed spoilt - and so you should be.

Just a tip. When I first got my 7D, I was bitterly disappointed in it. All the images were soft. I felt sick. Then I adjusted some of the default setting and the issues were resolved. I'll email you within the next day or two with what I made changes to.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 28, 2012
7:17 PM

Post #9369487

I'll be anxious to hear how you like that lens. I was not thrilled with mine, mostly because it just could not get the reach I wanted.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2012
8:18 PM

Post #9369523

I'm really thrilled with the new opportunity to learn new skills. Thank you Margaret for being my mentor, I'm pleased to know that those issues were resolved. I'm looking forward to learn more from your personal experience, thank you for sharing. Marna, maybe what Margaret has to share could benefit the both of us? Vicki, how do you find the Canon 70-300mm lense with image stabilization? I will likely finding myself practice on the lense that comes with the camera, a 28-135mm before I proceed with the 70-300mm one.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9370433

Thank you Mrs. Ed for updating my camera equip. I took a few test shots with the new camera, and I'm in for a real treat! I'll explore my 70-300 mm lens today at the nearby Eagle's nest. I think they must be busy building/rebuilding their nest at present.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 30, 2012
8:46 AM

Post #9370492

oh, and one tip from me. this is for video. Don't forget to turn off IS when taking video, or you'll hear a clicking.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 30, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9370774

Mrs Ed, did you provide Lily love with the settings I had issues with?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2012
3:03 PM

Post #9370780

Thanks Mrs. Ed. Didn't try any video--but I'll remember to turn the image stabilization off when I do. I couldn't locate the Eagles. Here are some of the practice shots.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2012
3:05 PM

Post #9370782

Hmmm, it seemed the 2nd pic. is overexposed? Hi Margaret.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 31, 2012
5:02 AM

Post #9371101

No Margaret, I didn't. I"ll look for that link.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 2, 2013
1:43 AM

Post #9372911

Kim, the following is what I did, which vastly improved the quality of images from my 7D.

Click on the menu button on the left side of the LCD screen on the camera body.

Now toggle over to the second to last icon along the top of the LCD screen, which looks like a little camera, and then scroll down to C.FnIII: Autofocus/Drive.

Press the "Set" button,which is in the centre of the large wheel on the right rear of the camera. This will open that particular function.

Use the outer ring of the big wheel to move over to number 6 in a line of 13 sub-functions.

Now use the "set" button, which will highlight either "Disable", "Enable" or "Register" as you again move the outer ring of the big wheel (if you think you're lost at this stage, don't worry, just carry on). Move over to Register and then click the Set button again. When you click the Set button this time, the highlighted, orange rectangle will move to the first of five thingys below.

Click on the first one and click Set, and if it isn't already ticked, then click the Set button so that a tick appears (some are pre-set at the factory but I can't remember which ones). Then once again click Set, which will take you to the next one. Tick this and then click the other in turn so that all five thingys are ticked, then click Apply, which will then take you automatically back to Enable. That's all you need to do.

I hope that helps :)

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2013
5:43 AM

Post #9372976

Hi Margaret, I'll follow your instruction and let you know if I'm suceed at that. Many thanks.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 2, 2013
6:37 AM

Post #9373016

Thanks for posting that Margaret, I could not find the link with the instructions.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2013
7:40 AM

Post #9373061

Margaret, I got to here, and do not see the 13 subfunction icon?

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2013
7:43 AM

Post #9373063

Hi Marna, thank you for trying to look up the link.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 2, 2013
8:36 AM

Post #9373103

Looks like there is also a firmware upgrade for those of you who purchased a while ago.
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_7d/#DriversAndSoftware

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 2, 2013
8:55 AM

Post #9373121

Okay, I think this might have been the link.
http://www.deepgreenphotography.com/2009/12/setting-up-your-new-canon-7d/
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 2, 2013
3:07 PM

Post #9373417

Kim, that looks entirely different to the functions available on my 7D. I have a string of them that go right across the screen.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2013
6:06 PM

Post #9373620

Thanks to both Mrs. Ed and Margaret for guiding me on this maze. Hah, I just down load the Canon accompanying software manual, hopefully I'll make head or tail, or somewhere therein. lol

I'll keep you posted how I do a day after tomorrow? Tormorrow will be a busy day... Also, I'm trying to arrange car pool with a good neighbor for a photography class locally. Hope the neighbor will join me, she's thinking things over. Will hear from her soon.

At the meantime, I won't sweat over the small issues. Thank again Mrs Ed and Margaret.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 2, 2013
7:54 PM

Post #9373708

Kim, that's a really good idea to take some photography classes. Enjoy.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 7, 2013
6:36 AM

Post #9377917

Marna, thanks for directing me to Doug Brown's website. I'm going to try to set the camera up by his step by step guide. The last few days have been really non-productive as far as learning. Things changed, my tripod order arrived, I'm going to set it up and try to shoot some pics. today.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 9, 2013
8:17 AM

Post #9379969

This is my update on finding myself in the maze; Marna, as I downloaded the software. Then proceeded to D. Brown's step by step guide. I've done some settings for shooting birds in flight. I'm waiting for an opportunity to take the camera out on the field to do some practice shots. Oh Margaret, having upgrading my software, I was able to get to this screen with the 11 icons across the LCD screen. I'll study your instruction as posted above and see if I can learn something new. Many thanks again.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
9:52 AM

Post #9380059

Good for you Kim. HUGE piece of equipment to learn. Lots of tutorials on youtube, so I plan on taking advantage of them this spring when I can start shooting more without freezing my big bum off.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 9, 2013
3:43 PM

Post #9380387

Good job, Kim. The icon I was talking about is the one second from the right.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2013
9:48 AM

Post #9382768

Here goes; Margaret is this what I needed? Our temp. is unusually warm, there is low rain changes. I think I'm going to take my camera out on a boat ride and have a field test this afternoon.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 12, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9382995

Hey Kim, that's exactly what you needed. Bravo! Have fun on your field test.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2013
7:26 PM

Post #9383196

Many thanks Margaret, I'm on cloud nine ... the camera is alot more than I anticipated. I had a great time exploring the equipment, and took some auto shots as well as some manual shots. It's really 'sharp' and not at all 'soft' as they were before.

The evening was spent with family and loved ones. Then I went and looked for more accessories items such as lense hood and such... Whoa! This is only the beginning of an exciting journey... for me. Many thanks for your support.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 12, 2013
9:37 PM

Post #9383304

Any time, Kim. I'm glad it's made a difference. I also increased the in-camera sharpening a notch or two.
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

February 2, 2013
4:16 PM

Post #9406316

Well, Duc, I finally gave in and ordered the Canon 1D X. It is in the hands of UPS and will be delivered here on Tuesday.

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 31, 2013
8:23 AM

Post #9467538

Mrs_Ed,
Please add my new camera to the list. I still use the 560, but have added Olympus OM-D EM-5 (Micro 4/3). Lenses 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 and 40-150mm f4.5-5.6. Am saving up for a 70-300mm.
Thanks,
Becky

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beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 29, 2013
4:53 AM

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Got the 75-300 f4.8-6.7 for my birthday. Loving it. Please add it and remove the Oly 560 from my list. The IS on the OM-D is great. I can actually hand hold it with this lens and get unblurred pics, even at 300.

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