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Old 8th February 2012, 13:39   #31
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Oops, I just checked this. I would have suggested to go for 300mm F4 and get a 1.4 TC, a better combo.

100-400L is good lens but on the slower side.

I hope you must have compared them, any particular reason for going with 100-400L.
This is true, however as GD sir mentioned below - the motivation was to get a good glass that also gives me "reach". Primes are no doubt good glass - but given my love of wildlife and enthusiasm to capture the animals - more than that of birding - i went with the 100-400.

Maybe someday when i am richer - i will indulge myself


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With the 300 it would have been a prime and Sachin would've been stuck. He currently has a 18~135 and with this 100~400, his kit is kinda complete.

While the 300 + TC would've been great to him if he was birding, it would have been an impediment if shooting Cats, meaning if the animal would have been nearer then.....
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Old 8th February 2012, 14:07   #32
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a couple of sea-gulls, not from Sultanpur - but taken with my new 100-400 lens.

Look at the sky - so blue! Makes me wonder - how pollution is harming our cities. This is @SFO

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Hmmm.... nice, very nice. Blue sky and sharp Gulls I must say. The 100~400 L is performing the way it should.

Though not very proficient with abbreviations, I guess SFO means San Fransisco?


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a couple of sea-gulls, not from Sultanpur - but taken with my new 100-400 lens.

Look at the sky - so blue! Makes me wonder - how pollution is harming our cities. This is @SFO
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Hmmm.... nice, very nice. Blue sky and sharp Gulls I must say. The 100~400 L is performing the way it should.

Though not very proficient with abbreviations, I guess SFO means San Fransisco?
Thanks and yes SFO is San Francisco. The place is Cupertino to be exact.
A couple of more pictures from Sunday's shoot @Sultanpur.
These are hand held still....

Parakeet
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Egret
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Nice captures and variety.
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Nice captures and variety.
Thanks Subrat! Hoping to put my new 100-400L to good use...
One thing i have noticed though - much tougher to handle such a heavy lens - and i feel, time to invest into a good tripod and ballhead has come!

How do you shoot with the 100-400? What do you do for stability?
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Old 27th February 2012, 12:12   #37
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went to Sultanpur again - and other than the usual suspects, i saw some new birds also.

However, the birding season @Sultanpur looks to be coming to an end - the migratory birds are gone and it has a very deserted look now, though the sanctuary itself is becoming very popular it seems.

Cintrine Wagtail
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Common Starling.
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I will upload more pics - i also saw an Eagle for the first time in Sultanpur as well as flameback woodpecker. Working on converting from raw to jpg.
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As mentioned in last post, saw a couple of new birds this time in Sultanpur

Egret in pond - or is this a Heron? I think Heron because of the thread on the back of its head - but which Heron?
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Imperial Eagle
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Flameback woodpecker
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Pond Heron
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Egret in Red lake
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White throated kingfisher - potrait. My finest potrait of this bird to date. Kingfishers fascinate me - they are so colorful and baeutiful.
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Black Drongo
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Egret again.
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Lovely pictures Sachin. Seems 100-400L is showing its magic and of course your own skill to frame the birds. Keep it up and post some more.
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Lovely pictures Sachin. Seems 100-400L is showing its magic and of course your own skill to frame the birds. Keep it up and post some more.
Thanks buddy. This is a running TL on Sultanpur and i will keep on posting more pics as i go to Sultanpur.
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Some more pics from Sultanpur

Black stork?
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Grey Heron
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Pond Heron
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Pond Heron - bust
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Pond Heron - unusual shot
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A panorama - are these Ibis?
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Bar headed goose - simply love this bird. So beautiful.
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Nice shots Sri, 100-400 is a pretty good lens for wildlife, I used it pretty extensively in Kaziranga. But now a days i am smitten by prime lens' for their sharpness.

By the way since you like KF so much here is what I was able to capture in Goa. Sorry for taking some of your running TL

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Here is an example of what a prime can do. I am sure Robin's thread is even more appealing.

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Nice shots Sri, 100-400 is a pretty good lens for wildlife, I used it pretty extensively in Kaziranga. But now a days i am smitten by prime lens' for their sharpness.

By the way since you like KF so much here is what I was able to capture in Goa. Sorry for taking some of your running TL

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Here is an example of what a prime can do. I am sure Robin's thread is even more appealing.

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Thanks Motomaverick. Lovely potrait of the KF - totally raised the std of this thread.

Yes - primes are a real class apart and zooms cannot match their sharpness. I just hope - someday i have enough Vitamin M to acquire some good primes also.
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Thanks Motomaverick. Lovely potrait of the KF - totally raised the std of this thread.

Yes - primes are a real class apart and zooms cannot match their sharpness. I just hope - someday i have enough Vitamin M to acquire some good primes also.
Infact I am beginning to save on a prime, a 300 with 1.4 ext along with our cropped sensors 1.6 magnification should give a reach more than 500mm which is least for birds. Need to see if Tamron or Sigma makes equivalent lens.
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Fantastic variety and lovely captures. Like the flameback wood pecker. Superb.
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