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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Testing Out My Dream Lens

I rented a lens to try out, it has been a lens that I have been obsessing over, the ultimate bird lens and I want it. Since it is a big investment I decided to rent it and find out if all the wonderful reviews I have been reading were true, was this lens so much better than the lens that I already own.

The answer I am hoping will be determined over the next few days as I run tests of comparison and see how much the image degrades with my tele-converters. Today was the first day I got to take it out and so I skipped the more analytical tests I want to do and took the lens out to Bolsa Chica one of my all time favourite birding locations in Southern California.

I don’t want to get too much into the particulars of this lens now, I will do that after my three days of testing, however my initial reaction to the shots I got today was a resounding OH MY GOSH. The fact that I managed to shoot two new birds today was overshadowed by the fact that this lens is AMAZING. I may just decide to sleep with it tucked under my pillow. The quality of the shots I was able to get doubled and I cannot wait to try it out some more. For now here are the shots from today. The photos speak for themselves.

I got two new birds to cross off my list today.

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185.WESTERN SANDPIPER

162_050210_greaterYellowlegs
162.GREATER YELLOWLEGS

And so many other wonderful crystal clear shots that I am SO happy about.

313_050210_annasHummingbird
313.ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD


519_050210_californiaTowhee
519.CALIFORNIA TOWHEE

154_050210_killdeer
154.KILLDEER

111_050210_turkeyVulture
111.TURKEY VULTURE

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166.WILLET

175_050210_longBilledCurlew
175.LONG BILLED CURLEW

178_050210_marbledGodwit
178.MARBLED GODWIT

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178.MARBLED GODWIT

179_050210_ruddyTurnstone
179.RUDDY TURNSTONE

243_050210_fostersTern
243.FOSTERS TERN

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243.FOSTERS TERN

318_050210_hummingbirdFly01
318.ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD

508_050210_wilsonsWarbler
508.WILSON’S WARBLER

589_050210_housefinch
589.HOUSE FINCH


96_050210_snowyEgret
96.SNOWY EGRET

1 comment:

lilmansworld said...

Sorry the comments have been few and far between, I'm happy you're having a lovely time birding.

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