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Nikon P510 Offers Highest Zoom Ratio Ever Seen in a Compact Camera
PETAPIXEL ^ | Feb 03, 2012 | swampsniper

Posted on 02/01/2012 9:39:16 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER

Nikon has unveiled a new superzoom compact camera called the P510 that offers a ridiculous 42x optical zoom — the highest zoom ratio ever seen in such a camera. In 35mm terms, the lens goes from a 24mm on the wide-angle side to a 1000mm on the telephoto end. The 16.1MP camera also boasts a 3-inch LCD screen, 1080p video recording, GPS, 5fps continuous shooting, and ISO 3200. It’ll hit store shelves later this month with a price tag of $430.

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To: Just mythoughts

http://www.photonhead.com/simcam/


51 posted on 02/02/2012 1:33:48 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Just mythoughts
You can get a free gallery at Photobucket and upload to there. It will provide four formats. To show pics here on Free Republic you use HTML. You will find that other forums use different formats but Photobucket provides them all.

I'm no pro but I get by and I'm almost always around here somewhere. There are others here glad to help too, so just ask or PM someone.

I posted a link to SIMCAM a minute ago, it is a great tutorial.

52 posted on 02/02/2012 1:43:44 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I want one, now! Is it too late to ask Santa?


53 posted on 02/02/2012 1:50:47 AM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: grame

Amazon is taking pre release orders, $429.00.


54 posted on 02/02/2012 2:13:01 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Photobucket
55 posted on 02/02/2012 2:29:37 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Using http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/, your $500 1996 camera in 2011 dollars = $716.82.


56 posted on 02/02/2012 2:36:26 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave (0-bozo "must be defeated" !)
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To: Just mythoughts

Now you’re cooking!


57 posted on 02/02/2012 3:01:08 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: BigCinBigD

I just bought a Canon G12. The camera is a lot smarter than me and takes great pics.


58 posted on 02/02/2012 3:05:47 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: The Antiyuppie

Just did that with replacing rear (drum) brakes on my pickup. I didn’t want to take both apart at the same time as so used photos instead.


59 posted on 02/02/2012 3:44:54 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

1000mm at f256.

Great for shooting photos of the sun.


60 posted on 02/02/2012 4:11:00 AM PST by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: FLAMING DEATH
1000mm at f256.

Great for shooting photos of the sun.


If you're using film.
61 posted on 02/02/2012 4:27:24 AM PST by aruanan
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
SS. Here's a Review. From the 'place of all places' for camera reviews:
dpreview.com Nikon Coolpix P510
I found that website thanks to you. My digital SLR 'Obie-One' :-)

You know I love Nikon, but they're driving me crazy now with a new, 'better', camera coming out every 3 months. That aside, I'll never leave the SLR realm. Those are cameras, to me everything else is a 'picture taking box' for newbies.

62 posted on 02/02/2012 5:21:18 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Oooooooooo! NICE!


63 posted on 02/02/2012 5:34:33 AM PST by left that other site
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To: Just mythoughts; SWAMPSNIPER
SS: "I'm no pro but I get by and I'm almost always around here somewhere. There are others here glad to help too, so just ask or PM someone.
Just mythoughts, note, SWAMPSNIPER is being modest. He's the best 'non pro' pro on FR. He is my 'Obie-One' for digital SLR Cameras and digital photography. It was thanks to him that I got back into Photography and went digital with a Nikon D3000 (I wanted that model specifically).

Anywho I've been shooting pics since 1955 when I got my 1st Brownie and pretty much grew up in a darkroom. I bought my 1st SLR around 1970(1) and 1st Nikon SLR(2) in '78. And then my Nikon D3000 in Oct of 2010, thanks to SS (Now my Digital Photos hang on our walls). So I may be able to answer some questions on photography too(3).

But as to Digital Photography here is a GREAT place to start learning about your camera and 'digital photography': www.dpreview.com. Enrollment is free and you don't get spammed. And they have more Camera info than the Library of Congress. ;-)

(1) Pentax Spotmatic II which I still have and it still works. It is a Tank.
(2) Nikon FE I got myself as a 30th B-Day present. Which I still have and use(d). I luv the 'Pro' Kodak Portra Film.
(3) I even went to Photography School and *could* have gotten a job at the Chicago Trib in 75-76 if I used an inside connection I had. But I chose to stick with Engineering and Construction as that put food on our newlywed table.

64 posted on 02/02/2012 5:55:50 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: Mariner
16MP and 42X zoom could be the finest camera for the price in history. Wow.

I think we've reached a good point in MP and zoom. The next frontier will be to increase bits/pixel and dynamic range, so as to improve picture taking in uneven lighting conditions.

65 posted on 02/02/2012 6:25:49 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (I'd agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.)
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To: Condor51

http://www.kenrockwell.com/index.htm

My favorite photography. website


66 posted on 02/02/2012 6:45:09 AM PST by moonhawk (Romney tucks his tail and licks the hand that beats him. Newt rips it off at the shoulder.)
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To: Condor51
I want to see some full size files I can blow up and see what's in them. All the pixels in the world are no good if they aren't good pixels.

One of my gripes with many reviews is testing cameras in urban settings, I want to see hair and feathers and details in tree bark. Small sensor superzooms in the past have had to use a lot of incamera processing to deal with noise and the results often look like lumps of melting ice cream.

67 posted on 02/02/2012 7:15:15 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: moonhawk
*** My favorite photography. website: http://www.kenrockwell.com/index.htm ***

Thanks for the link.
I know I've visited that site but never Bookmarked it. Which I just did.

Thanks again.

68 posted on 02/02/2012 8:00:15 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: caver

Good to know.


69 posted on 02/02/2012 8:49:01 AM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: moonhawk

Pixdaus.com is my favorite photo site.
When I sold cameras, we used to say that with Nikons, you want to own two, because one will usually be in the repair shop.


70 posted on 02/02/2012 8:50:40 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
*** I want to see some full size files I can blow up and see what's in them. All the pixels in the world are no good if they aren't good pixels. ***

Yep, that's the place where digital still has to go. Where they can match the quality of an enlargement from a shot taken with say ... Kodachrome ASA 25 which would almost have zero noise (grain).

But for now I'm okay with my Nikon capable of an 'acceptable' 20x30(iirc) Portrait which I'll never print anyway. 8½ x 11 and 8 x 10 is all I print and they look just fine hanging on our walls. No 'noise' to be seen or found at all.

I've always went with the lowest and 'slowest' ASA number film, print or slide, I could get by with. And with my D3000 I still set my ISO to the lowest I can. One of the 1st things I did when I turned that dial off Auto Mode shortly after I bought it.

'Noise' with the first generation of digital cameras -- point & shoot and SLR -- was another reason I waited to switch from film and my Nikon FE. One and two mega-pixel sensors were good for an 'okay' 6x4 and that was about it. But when they finally hit 10+ and the camera wasn't $3K it was time. And the 'noiseless' quality of the Photos you posted sure helped seal the deal ;-)

[1] It cracks me up when I see photography newbies moaning in some 'Review' about 'noise' in their pictures when they say they shot them at an ISO 3200 or 6400 setting and that the camera is no good.]
[2] In a stairway at Chicago's Union Station Kodak had an ad and the picture used was about 10'lg x 3'high. It was captioned something like: *Taken with Kodachrome ASA 25*]

71 posted on 02/02/2012 8:59:02 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I much prefer wide angle cameras, love it when the sensor tech improves a lot though


72 posted on 02/02/2012 9:15:51 AM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Mount Athos

My thing is wildlife, usually birds, so a wide angle is secondary to me. I can shoot at 27mm if I have to but that lens sits in the bag 99% of the time. I have a very good 50mm f1.4, which is 75mm equivalent on my Sony, and it sits around a lot, usually on my 35mm Minolta Maxxum XTSi.


73 posted on 02/02/2012 11:04:23 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: aimhigh

I’ve owned quite a few Nikons over the years, beginning with a F3HP. The only time I’ve ever had one in the shop was when I dropped it, or wanted the sensor cleaned before I sold it.


74 posted on 02/02/2012 12:11:59 PM PST by moonhawk (Romney tucks his tail and licks the hand that beats him. Newt rips it off at the shoulder.)
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To: aimhigh

Nice photos on Pixdaus. Thanks


75 posted on 02/02/2012 12:21:48 PM PST by moonhawk (Romney tucks his tail and licks the hand that beats him. Newt rips it off at the shoulder.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’m pretty dedicated to SLRs. I do have a small canon pocket camera with a good lens.

However my wife likes to shoot birds and other long lens items and I bought her a Canon “bridge” camera that telphotos to about 500 equivilent.

I found that I could get pretty good shots with it despite its limitations.

The noise and lens quality on this new Nikon will be the proof of the pudding.


76 posted on 02/02/2012 12:30:03 PM PST by KC Burke (Newton's New First Law, Repeal and Restore!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
The figures released with point and shoots usually don’t correlate with DSLR ratings, there is some hype involved. To find out how this Nikon really rates you’d have to compare it side by side with a known lens and see which one gets “closer”.

I have an apples and oranges comparison between my wife's point and shoot Nikon Coolpix camera and my old Canon EOS 20D equiped with a telephoto lens and a two-power teleconverter. Perhpas this will illustrate to some folks what you can to with a DSLR and good lenses.

I think my wife's point and shoot has about an 8mm focal length. It's good for inside flash pictures and outside closeups and landscape shots, but it is not very good for bird photography which is what I like to do.

Here's a picture my wife took with her point and shoot Nikon of a lake near Houston. I guess it is perhaps 40 yards across the lake. I've annotated the photo with arrows pointing out two birds in the tops of trees on the other side of the lake. My wife thought the bird on the right had some red on it and was perhaps a woodpecker. She was right.

In comparison, here are my pictures of the pileated woodpecker on the right and the tricolor heron on the left. These two shots were taken with an 8 megapixel Canon 20D at 1280mm focal length (1.6 from camera times 400mm from lens times 2 from teleconverter). I used a monopod to steady the camera. (The coot pictures I posted above were hand held.)


77 posted on 02/02/2012 12:45:07 PM PST by rustbucket
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To: rustbucket
Great picture(s)!

I took this guy at Flamingo, FL with my 18 megapixel Canon T3i with a 300mm lens and 2x converter braced against a tree.


78 posted on 02/02/2012 1:19:47 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: N. Theknow
That is an amazing shot. I like the detail captured by 18 megapixel cameras. One question though -- there seems to be a white outline around the eagle -- what caused that? It is not a cut and paste Photoshop image is it? Just asking. My shots do not have that feature.

Here are a couple of shots taken last week of some flying ducks taken with my 18 megapixel Canon 7d at 608mm effective focal length (first photo: green wing teal male; second photo: northern shoveler male). The birds were far away. These are crops from the original images.


79 posted on 02/02/2012 2:06:54 PM PST by rustbucket
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To: rustbucket

hmmmm? funny. I never noticed that until now. I will check the photo-finishing program and the other photos I have of the eagle to see if they do that with the others. I have one of him just sitting and staring and another of him letting out a scream.


80 posted on 02/02/2012 2:24:51 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: N. Theknow

It might well be your photo-finishing program. I use Photoshop Elements 9.


81 posted on 02/02/2012 2:35:09 PM PST by rustbucket
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To: rustbucket
It might well be your photo-finishing program. I use Photoshop Elements 9.

I used the Digital Photo Professional that came with the camera.

Guess I will have to break down and read the instructions.

82 posted on 02/02/2012 3:00:59 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: rustbucket

Re:41.
What lens did you use. Was it an ‘L’ lens?
I have a 55-250IS that takes nice ‘snapshot’ pics. But wildlife, cropped shots are soft.
My son has a huge L lens that takes razor sharp pics and I’m trying to justify dropping $1300 on an L lens.
Canon Ti DSLR.


83 posted on 02/02/2012 3:34:35 PM PST by Vinnie
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To: N. Theknow

Oh Man1
That eagle shot is beautiful!

Get any snook or stone crabs in Flamingo? The 2 best seafood.


84 posted on 02/02/2012 3:39:29 PM PST by Vinnie
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To: sagar

Is that the Sigmonster??!!


85 posted on 02/02/2012 7:11:00 PM PST by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Vinnie
Here's what it says on the lens:

"Canon Zoom Lens EF 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS"

So, it appears to be an L lens. The separate letter "L" is red on the camera like I typed it. It cost about $1,500 brand new seven years ago. It has been a great lens. It is small enough to hand hold when taking pictures.

FYI, the picture in post 41 was hand held through the window of my car, which was running. Exposure time was 1/800th of a second, the f stop was 10, and the ISO was 800.

86 posted on 02/02/2012 7:32:07 PM PST by rustbucket
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To: N. Theknow
I have Digital Photo Professional too. It came with my camera, like yours did. Once I bought Photoshop Elements 9 this past summer, I stopped using Digital Photo Professional because PE9 was so much better. Photoshop Elements 10 is on the market now, and I think it costs under $100.

I'll see if I can generate that white outline you got using Digital Photo Professional on one of my photos.

87 posted on 02/02/2012 7:42:35 PM PST by rustbucket
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To: N. Theknow

I can get a white outline using Digital Photo Professional by doing way too much sharpening and playing with the tone curves. My white outline was not as sharp as yours but the effect was definitely there.


88 posted on 02/02/2012 8:02:33 PM PST by rustbucket
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Thank you so much. As much of a success I was I also failed as I posted the wrong picture. A few days ago I was watering my plants in a small 6x8 greenhouse. In my neck of the woods we have had a bit of global warming in late January early February. I was not inside for very long and I was surrounded by bees going nuts over my tomato blossoms. So I raced inside to get my camera to see what I could do.

The bees tolerated me, but started buzzing my head so I only got off a few shots before I retreated and closed the door.

I did get a really nice shot of a bee's head plunged into the blossom but mess up when I did the posting... I love the art of capturing the visual but am also intimated by my failures to operate the camera.

Thank you again so much for helping me to accomplish a goal I have for so long felt intimated to try.

89 posted on 02/02/2012 10:50:53 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Just mythoughts
You are welcome!

If you move slowly and don't show fear the bees usually don't bother you. Just don't trigger their fright reflex.

90 posted on 02/02/2012 10:59:16 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Condor51; SWAMPSNIPER
Just mythoughts, note, SWAMPSNIPER is being modest. He's the best 'non pro' pro on FR. He is my 'Obie-One' for digital SLR Cameras and digital photography. It was thanks to him that I got back into Photography and went digital with a Nikon D3000 (I wanted that model specifically)......

You are so correct about the SWAMPSNIPER!!!! I have followed his posted shots over time and marveled. I have found the best 'teachers' are modest. All the cameras I have ever owned were 'gifts', first of which was back in the 70's a Polaroid... which was fun but not what I really wanted. I was then given a Nikon FG and I nearly wore it out. I would drool over the digital cameras when they were first available and finally was given one approximately 7-8 years ago. It was a Canon PowerShot... I loved the size but the camera was very limiting.

Then I got the best surprise when my dear family gave me a Nikon D90. The first couple of years I treated it like it was my 'baby' and was not at all comfortable in carrying it around. I am still very much in the discovery stage of learning how to use all the functions. Although it has 'video' I do not really care about that function. I am impressed with the life of the battery as compared to the little Canon.

So I would not even call myself a 'novice' yet.

91 posted on 02/02/2012 11:15:51 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Just mythoughts
My cameras are usually like all my trucks have been, muddy and battered. It's not so bad now but when I was healthier I crawled into some really rough places. My Sony DSLR came with a matte black finish, the grip areas are all worn shiny now. It has some crud in the viewfinder and the auto flash isn't auto any more. I removed the focus screen a few days ago and cleaned that but there are places I can't reach that way. It still works though, just fine.

I've kept the sensor clean and that is the vital part.

When you change lenses in the field a lot you need to learn to do your own sensor cleaning. Sooner or later something will get in there that the auto function won't handle.

92 posted on 02/02/2012 11:32:43 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
My cameras are usually like all my trucks have been, muddy and battered. It's not so bad now but when I was healthier I crawled into some really rough places. My Sony DSLR came with a matte black finish, the grip areas are all worn shiny now. It has some crud in the viewfinder and the auto flash isn't auto any more. I removed the focus screen a few days ago and cleaned that but there are places I can't reach that way. It still works though, just fine. I've kept the sensor clean and that is the vital part. When you change lenses in the field a lot you need to learn to do your own sensor cleaning. Sooner or later something will get in there that the auto function won't handle.

Someday I want to be this comfortable with my camera. Right now I do not have to worry about changing lenses as I only have the one.

93 posted on 02/03/2012 12:11:46 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
My cameras are usually like all my trucks have been, muddy and battered. It's not so bad now but when I was healthier I crawled into some really rough places. My Sony DSLR came with a matte black finish, the grip areas are all worn shiny now. It has some crud in the viewfinder and the auto flash isn't auto any more. I removed the focus screen a few days ago and cleaned that but there are places I can't reach that way. It still works though, just fine. I've kept the sensor clean and that is the vital part. When you change lenses in the field a lot you need to learn to do your own sensor cleaning. Sooner or later something will get in there that the auto function won't handle.

Someday I want to be this comfortable with my camera. Right now I do not have to worry about changing lenses as I only have the one.

94 posted on 02/03/2012 12:14:50 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Just mythoughts
I'm a lens junky. The great old Minolta Maxxum lenses fit my Sony and I can afford lenses that would be expensive if I had a Nikon or a Canon. I found a spotless 50mm f1.4 in a thrift shop for 5 bucks. That isn't a typical price but good deals are easy to find.

Many people don't know it but Minolta was a great innovator in autofocus design. The lenses made in the 80s are top notch.

95 posted on 02/03/2012 12:27:36 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I'm a lens junky. The great old Minolta Maxxum lenses fit my Sony and I can afford lenses that would be expensive if I had a Nikon or a Canon. I found a spotless 50mm f1.4 in a thrift shop for 5 bucks. That isn't a typical price but good deals are easy to find. Many people don't know it but Minolta was a great innovator in autofocus design. The lenses made in the 80s are top notch.

Your experience is what makes you a wonderful teacher. And yes Nikon has its limitations if one does not have the money.

96 posted on 02/03/2012 12:46:37 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: rustbucket
Thanks for the info. I will check it out.

Meanwhile...back at Flamingo...

This guy in the picture below, we called Fearless Fosdick because we shot this pic out the car window right next to him.


97 posted on 02/03/2012 5:42:29 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: rustbucket

Yeah, that’s an L lens. Probably white. Their top of the line.
(sigh) you get what you pay for.


98 posted on 02/03/2012 7:11:28 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: N. Theknow; SWAMPSNIPER
I'm planning to go visit the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine this spring to take pictures of the bird rookery there. It is a place that SWAMPSNIPER told me about. I went last year -- marvelous place for taking closeup pictures of wild herons, egrets, storks, and roseates. I could have almost hit some of the birds with my long lens.

After spending half a day there I'm thinking of heading to South Florida. I've never been to Flamingo. Is that a place you recommend? Are there other places in South Florida you recommend?

99 posted on 02/03/2012 7:47:44 AM PST by rustbucket
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To: rustbucket
I haven't been to the St. Augustine place. Keep me posted on that if you will.

Gatorland just south of Orlando is a good place to stop for the obvious reptiles but birds also abound there.

Flamingo is a beautiful drive through the Everglades. Bring plenty of insect repellant as the mosquitoes can be vicious. US Army does field testing of bug sprays there. It is also the only place on earth where crocodiles and alligators live together. Or so I am told. Be sure to check out the Eco-Pond if you go there.

Shark River Valley is a great place. They rent bikes and also have a tram that gives guided tours over the 15 mile paved pathway through the Everglades. Biking is best as you set your own pace for taking pics of reptiles and birds. Great Blue Herons about every 50 yards or so when we were there last. Anhinga, Lesser Blue Heron, Egrets, and gators abound.

Watch out on the East leg of the trip as there was a mother gator that was using one of her offspring as a lure. Got off my bike to take a shot of the little nipper and just spied Mama lying low in the sawgrass.

Gulf Coast, Pass-A-Grille area of St. Pete Beach is great for pelicans, gulls and plovers. Rent a jet ski and you can zip along with a dolphin escort.

And you can't beat the Gulf Coast for sundowns. Check out The Hurricane restaurant with a rooftop bar for viewing sunsets like this:

Have a good trip!

100 posted on 02/03/2012 8:14:35 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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