nzmacro

nzmacro

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Has a website at www.birdsinaction.com
Joined on Oct 17, 2000

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vaughanB: I could get better shots than this with my super cheap Kodak AZ526, this is heavy bulky and not particularly versatile gear , you could get these shots with a £150 budget superzoom, I have just shot this at an effective focal length (35mm) of 1248mm (52x optical) PLUS some digital zoom, this was a tiny bird and you can view this at many many times the size of the original subject and it still stands up, unlike those shots of huge bears viewed at many many times less than their original size, the camera industry and this site seem to need to perpetuate this myth, but the truth is, most of the time you no longer need this outdated bulky and expensive kit to get good shots, ps the camera that took this shot cost £99.00!!, somebody recently replied to me on this forum saying "your photos are not actually as good as they look"

https://flic.kr/p/wsMmzJ

So you aren't talking about other images and yet you post up links. I must be missing something.

Taken with manual focus and either a NEX-7 or an E-M10

https://www.flickr.com/photos/124733969@N06/sets/

And what does that prove, ahhhh nothing. I've seen hundreds of BIF's and wildlife shots taken with that Tamron lens. Its no good showing me a bird or two at a bird feeder !! and saying you can take a bear in the wild with your camera. It doesn't cut it I'm afraid. Time to move on :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 08:32 UTC
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vaughanB: I could get better shots than this with my super cheap Kodak AZ526, this is heavy bulky and not particularly versatile gear , you could get these shots with a £150 budget superzoom, I have just shot this at an effective focal length (35mm) of 1248mm (52x optical) PLUS some digital zoom, this was a tiny bird and you can view this at many many times the size of the original subject and it still stands up, unlike those shots of huge bears viewed at many many times less than their original size, the camera industry and this site seem to need to perpetuate this myth, but the truth is, most of the time you no longer need this outdated bulky and expensive kit to get good shots, ps the camera that took this shot cost £99.00!!, somebody recently replied to me on this forum saying "your photos are not actually as good as they look"

https://flic.kr/p/wsMmzJ

Well I looked at your link ....

https://flic.kr/p/wsMmzJ

Then I looked at your flickr photo stream., You have got to be kidding right ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 10:37 UTC
On July Apocolypse in the July Flying challenge (13 comments in total)

Just superb Trev, what a background to get with the shot !! Superb work from behind it as well. Congrats :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 03:01 UTC as 8th comment
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Arijit Banerjee: A nice review thanks. I always thought that the 7D MKII is a better body for a wildlife photographer, but the I am nor Canon expert.

One thing I noticed in the Kildeer (Bird) image. The detail is much much less than I expected. It could have been the lens, the body or even the moment.

At least people have an option. This lens has become quite popular here in India.

tbcass, on the second page of this article is a Kildeer ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 08:23 UTC

Very well done and yep, clever work. Enjoyed these a lot. A few negative comments in here, so I went and looked at a few of their sites and galleries. You are way ahead ;-) One even tries this type of work, no wonder they are a bit envious. All the best and great to see thanks. Danny.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 08:54 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
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jabz: So can someone please tell me how I can achieve this with a Sony a7 II, which lens do I need?
thanks

jabz.

APS-C with a Canon or Nikon 800mm F/5.6 +2x TC = 2400mm

or go m4/3 or even the Nikon 1 ;-)

Job done. Danny.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 07:14 UTC
On Vantage Point: The aviation photography of Jon Pece article (203 comments in total)

Impressive shots !! Excellent work from behind the lens and unique views. Love the perspectives and angles in these and that horse shot just breaks it up nicely. Good variety in these. Fantastic to see thanks. Danny.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 11:49 UTC as 5th comment
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1073 comments in total)
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nzmacro: Nice box with a sensor, but this shot is just pure magic !!

http://www.dpreview.com/files/p/articles/7945517371/a7R-TulipSunrise.jpeg

Congrats on superb work and shot !!. Danny.

K25 or K64 comes to mind, but hey I'm getting old. Would have to be the best Tulip shot I have ever seen. Love the depth, perspective. comp, lighting, colours, heck the whole darn thing :-) That's some eye for a shot you have Rishi. 12 out of 10 ;-) Danny.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 08:11 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1073 comments in total)

Nice box with a sensor, but this shot is just pure magic !!

http://www.dpreview.com/files/p/articles/7945517371/a7R-TulipSunrise.jpeg

Congrats on superb work and shot !!. Danny.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 07:57 UTC as 137th comment | 6 replies
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1264 comments in total)
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BigOne: 5 fps at 42 MP... Medium Format who?

And the A7R II laughs from its pedestal at the tiny sensor of m4/3

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 09:22 UTC
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nzmacro: I once read an article somewhere many years ago.

Question: "How do you make money out of photography"

Answer: "Real easy, start a competition and charge an entry fee"

All the best and always makes me smile. Danny.

:-) There sure are and quite a few here as well, especially in wildlife. If I ever entered challenges or contests those are the ones I would go for, depending on who actually owns the images.

Some contests allow you to enter 10 images and they can do anything they want with all of them ;-) That's not for me at all. I would sooner just give a donation and I do.

All the best. Danny.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 07:49 UTC
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zorgon: 1.3Kg is insanely heavy for an aerial photography camera body. But then I guess if you're rich enough to afford one of these, then you're rich enough to buy a drone capable of lifting it.
What's with the firewire 800 interface though? The Mac doesn't even use that interface any more. It's as if they designed this camera 10 years ago and didn't have the resources to change it to USB 3.0.

zorgon. Gees, it must be an generation thing. I must be getting old.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 23:43 UTC

I once read an article somewhere many years ago.

Question: "How do you make money out of photography"

Answer: "Real easy, start a competition and charge an entry fee"

All the best and always makes me smile. Danny.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 22:46 UTC as 3rd comment | 3 replies
On Nice Catch in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

That's the sort of shot we live for. Excellent shot and work. Wish it was mine that shot. All the best and just love this. Danny.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 05:26 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Phew, this must have been close. Another superb shot and fine work from behind it all. Magic !!. Danny.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 05:24 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Lighting up the Milky Way in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (10 comments in total)

Simply stunning and excellent work !! A superb result, pat yourself on the back for me, I can't reach ;-) Danny.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 05:23 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Nazca Booby Portrait in the Birds, Birds, Birds! challenge (14 comments in total)

Ha, what a pose and look. A classic shot IMO, superb !!. All the best and fantastic shot. Danny.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2015 at 06:44 UTC as 9th comment
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MAC: Seriously, where is this camera on the pro sports sideline? Nowhere. Where is the long f2.8 sports glass? Nowhere. Where did Gary Fong's demo go? Nowhere. A6000 - slows down to 8 fps with f2.8, you need f3.5 to reach 11. And where do pros use EVF for sports? Nowhere. And DPReview rates the 7d2 Silver? Does DPReview even know what sports tools are? No, this is highly touted dPReview toy - that gets expensive with even f4 glass - and is less capable sports camera than the new canon. Before rating and reviewing what they call sports cameras, DPReview should really ask sports pros.

"Because of glass and acquisition"

You mean like this Mac

http://birdsinaction.com/index.php/Equipment

Mounted on m4/3 and an APS-C 24 meg sensor. No AF though, never found a use for it ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 17:47 UTC
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MAC: Seriously, where is this camera on the pro sports sideline? Nowhere. Where is the long f2.8 sports glass? Nowhere. Where did Gary Fong's demo go? Nowhere. A6000 - slows down to 8 fps with f2.8, you need f3.5 to reach 11. And where do pros use EVF for sports? Nowhere. And DPReview rates the 7d2 Silver? Does DPReview even know what sports tools are? No, this is highly touted dPReview toy - that gets expensive with even f4 glass - and is less capable sports camera than the new canon. Before rating and reviewing what they call sports cameras, DPReview should really ask sports pros.

You are obsessed and completely one eyed Mac. If the Canon shooters I shoot with had that attitude about one brand and one camera, they would be out in the cold. Its a good action camera Mac, no doubt about it, but there are plenty of others around as well. Gulp, heaven forbid, even Nikon's.

It depends on who is pushing the button and I've never sold image files that small. Prints that size look fine from most cameras and not all DSLR's either.

Worry about the image Mac, not the dumb box. I see plenty of decent sports shots from a heck of a lot of different brands.

Time to move on, see ya.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 11:34 UTC
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MAC: Seriously, where is this camera on the pro sports sideline? Nowhere. Where is the long f2.8 sports glass? Nowhere. Where did Gary Fong's demo go? Nowhere. A6000 - slows down to 8 fps with f2.8, you need f3.5 to reach 11. And where do pros use EVF for sports? Nowhere. And DPReview rates the 7d2 Silver? Does DPReview even know what sports tools are? No, this is highly touted dPReview toy - that gets expensive with even f4 glass - and is less capable sports camera than the new canon. Before rating and reviewing what they call sports cameras, DPReview should really ask sports pros.

Mac, I think you are lucky they are using the A6000 and not one of the A7's with that lens on it. I take shots in daylight (not a BB stadium) because that's when the power boats race and its darn hard to get a BIF at night time. That's not my fault !! Yes I would be only too happy to shoot alongside you in those conditions.

I shoot next to Canon and Nikon users all the time Mac. I miss with manual focus and trust me, they miss with their PDAF. I can tell when they do by all the swearing that goes on. I miss more though, so don't worry too much about it. Manual focus is cheating anyway ;-)

What's better ?? Canon 1DX with 400 F/2.8, 500 F/4, 600 F/4, Nikon D3 / D4 with a 400 F/2.8, 500 F/4, 600 F/4, There ya go, those do work well for sure. So if you want the best, there it is.

The A6000 body sells for $548 US, so why worry about it. Its not a threat.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 19:40 UTC
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