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    Red bellied wood pecker





    Photos taken with my 70-300. ISO200 300mm F/5.6 shutter 1/1250
    first photo here, was shot in my driveway behind my Crewcab. Hiding hehe.
    second photo here, was my first photo shot from behind my bay window.

    Identification via: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/r...dpecker/sounds


    • Size & Shape

      A sleek, round-headed woodpecker, about the same size as a Hairy Woodpecker but without the blocky outlines.
    • Color Pattern

      Often appears pale overall, even the boldly black-and-white striped back, with flashing red cap and nape. Look for white patches near the wingtips as this bird flies.
    • Behavior

      Look for Red-bellied Woodpeckers hitching along branches and trunks of medium to large trees, picking at the bark surface more often than drilling into it. Like most woodpeckers, these birds have a characteristic undulating flight pattern.
    • Habitat

      Red-bellied Woodpeckers are common in many Eastern woodlands and forests, from old stands of oak and hickory to young hardwoods and pines. They will also often venture from forests to appear at backyard feeders.
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    very nice! we don't get those out here.
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    These are super cool, I keep coming back to look at them, I like #1 best, the position in #2 isn't ideal with him turning away from the camera, but this is one of those things that you kind of take what you can get. I've never even seen a woodpecker in the wild.

    I'm guessing these are pretty severe crops, right? there is some loss of IQ due to the severity of the crop, but that is kind of to be expected.
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    #1 was shot at 300mm and probably about 25-30 away. Crop is probably 85%. #2 was shot through the bay window. No good. But shows color.
    I really need better glass for my zoom. But $2000 is not in the budget. We just bought a couch for 2100 and the damn washer just broke. :Shrugg: this is life. Live it, love it
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    yeah, I totally understand, you're doing well with that 70-300 though.

    what $2k lens are you looking at? there are good budget wildlife lenses that are a possibility too if you get to a point to look at other lenses in the budget.
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    Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 what do you have in mind oh great spender of my money lol.
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    BTW I used the second photo to show the unique pattern in the back and wings ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEF.D90 View Post
    Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 what do you have in mind oh great spender of my money lol.
    the 70-200 f2.8 is a fantastic lens, thats for sure, but its not quite long enough for wildlife if that's what you'd mainly be using it for. it does great at things like sporting events, etc, but 200 just isn't enough for most wildlife, especially birds.

    wildlife kindof starts at 300mm. if you're looking for something budget, you could get like a nikon 300mm f4 and use some teleconverters with it (the older version of the 300mm f4 runs in the $400ish range used, the newer version is around $900 used and both are great, the newer version will focus a little faster, which can be useful, but its also more expensive, teleconverters will run around $400ish depending on which ones you look at) then there are like the Sigma 50-500 (or 150-500), or even better, the newer Tamron 150-600, all have a nice long range, and give decent IQ, they're slower (I think f6.3 at the long end), but in good light they will function decently. they're both just over the $1k mark.
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    These are all excellent recommendations for me to look into. How much shower will the 300 F/4 be with a 1.4tc on it?
    Is the IQ much better for the prime than the 2 zoons you mentioned? Hows the IQ on something like the 150-600 such a big range there has to be weak spots in there. And the 50-500 in case you never want to change your life lense ever...

    Call me crazy but I love my prime. My fkicker nane us primephotography other names were taken. Seems like primes are great because they are designed for one focal length.
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    I like primes too, there are some high end zooms that do rival the prime quality, but for the most part, primes will be faster, better IQ, and cheaper (than zooms which have rival quality)...of course those are just generalities, there are exceptions to that, but thats what I've experienced personally.

    I'm not personally sure where the weak points are on those zooms, I'm sure there is some compromise, but I've never used them personally (in fact the tamron just BARELY came out, I don't even think it's shipping yet). I've read the sigma zooms (they're usually referred to as the "bigma") do suffer a little on the long end around 400-500mm in sharpness, but if you're in good light you can stop down to like f8-f11 and get an improvement. all these options will definitely be a compromise compared to something like a 500 f4, or 600 f4, but they're also 1/8th the price.

    the 300 f4 is a nice lens, I've thought about getting one for when I don't need 500mm with wildlife, I've got my 70-200, but I really don't use that with wildlife much, that's mostly at sporting events, races, etc...

    with teleconverters the 1.4x will lose 1 full stop of light, but multiply the focal length by 1.4, so the 300 f4 would become a 420mm f5.6, with a 1.7x teleconverter it would lose 1.5 stops of light, and multiply the focal length by 1.7, so the 300 f4 would become 510mm f6.7, and a 2x converter would be 600mm f8.

    personally I think you'd probably get the best IQ from the 300 prime, even with a 1.4x on it, you'd probably be ahead of the game.
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