donla

donla

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Porirua, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Teacher
Joined on Jun 20, 2005

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  • Nice to see these Norwegian birds. I particularly like the action in the two sea eagles fighting.
  • Great fun ! Thanks for putting them up. No bears in New Zealand.
  • Great shots and a lovely bokeh. Do you sharpen your images? I found the K5 did need some USM of around 60% 1.5 radius   0 threshold to get the best out of my images.
  • Nice detail indeed. Well done that man ! I feel that zooms are often given an unjustified bad rap for wildlife photography as I still use a film era 170-500 Sigma - not replaced after reading the ...
  • Replied in capturef22...
    Great images. Number three is very striking but I do like to see some feather detail in bird images and the cheek of #2 certainly shows that. I recently bought the 300/4 for medium tele work and ...
  • Hi - do you know if this model supports SDM AF? I bought one on EBay recently that did not and had to return it. I can't tell from the photo B&H show whether it has the contacts or not. Thanks
  • Great work! I really like the family activity you've captured here.
  • Good shots. The owl is my favourite - great composition. I currently have a Sigma 170-500 and a Sigma 70-200 2.8 and have a 300DA on order now. I plan to team it with a 1.4 x teleconverter too. The ...
  • Thanks for showing this as I was looking at this lens as an addition to my stable. It's not too bad at all, but the lack of fine feather detail stands out for me. The small cross members  that ...
  • Replied in User error
    I'm sure you don't understand the conditions of photography in the New Zealand bush where birds such as the Hihi flit at speed through the foliage. An ISO of 100 would result in photography at ...
  • Thanks - yes that is my subjective impression. The K5 seems to lose detail more gradually in deep shadows whereas the K3 loses detail suddenly - once again only a subjective opinion, not based on ...
  • Always shoot raw
  • Thanks Adam. I got the K3 DR from the AP magazine review. Experience in the bush has given me a good idea of how the K5 behave in detail recovery from canopy shots. Flash is not recommended as it ...
  • Created discussions Limit of DR in the K3
    I use both K3 and K5 bodies for wildlife photography in New Zealand - which means birds are the main target as they make up the bulk of the indigenous fauna. Main lens is an elderly Sigma 170-500 ...
  • Really neat to see some live macro shots like these. Well done! It motivates me to put up some of my own.
  • I had one from the film era days to match the MZ-S I had bought. My main concern was the barrel wobble when extended to the 90mm end. Sharpness was good but it does not have the coatings to ...
  • I bought the very cheap Vivitar Series 1 2XMC7 teleconvertor from B&H and knocked the glass out of it to give a 35mm extension tube. It will only do screw drive though. It has the contacts to give ...
  • Excellent !! I love the one showing the enormous eyes. I have that 3.5 100mm lens In a cupboard (the 100mm 2.8 WR is my macro tool now) and I doubt it can photograph such a close up. Did you have ...
  • Hi David, I was very interested in what you wrote as I bought the 15mm F4 about a year ago for bush photography where stepping back from a 25-30 metre tree is often not an option. After several ...
  • Replied in Bees
    Hi Dean, I can appreciate your efforts very much as I spent lots of time getting images to show the tongue (drinking tube) in the act of taking nectar - for use in biology teaching. I'll bet your ...
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