A rock hyrax, and the K-30 approaches its technical limits

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A rock hyrax, and the K-30 approaches its technical limits
Jun 16, 2014

Or, perhaps more accurately, I have used the K-30 to approach my own technical limits as a digital photographer, at least for today. And yes, I have far better zoo shots to show you, but I think this one deserves posting for the K-30's sake.

A favorite zoo animal, the rock hyrax, shot from far away across a moat in an indoor exhibit in extremely low light, with the 50-200mm WR zoom. 200mm. Hand held at 1/80. ISO 6400. TAv mode, autofocus. Uncropped OOC JPEG.

I'm not claiming this is a great shot, either technically or artistically. Yes, it's pretty darn noisy. But it is in focus and there is a ton of visible detail, down to the green tag in the little beastie's ear, and also his whiskers. It would be good enough to post to a blog, for instance.

If you had told me 20 or 25 years ago that such a shot was even possible, I would have laughed at you. If you had told me that I would be able to make this shot myself with an entry level camera and a kit lens that I could easily afford, and that I wouldn't pay a dime for film or processing for this or the other 400+ shots I made that day, I would have said you were crazy.

We live in a time of wonders, my friends.

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