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Recent content by Apodidae49

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    Just upgraded ATS65 eyepiece...

    I have the Swaro ATS65 non-HD and spent a very constructive hour or two at In Focus, Martin Mere trying out the 25-50WA eyepiece against my 20-60. Also had an HD model set up and swapping round eyepieces and scopes looking out onto the main mere proved very interesting and fruitful. I concluded...
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    Tamron 2nd generation SP 150-600mm Di VC USD 'G2'

    Looked sharp to me from some photos I took at various focal lengths of writing on various objects & billboards. Don’t know about fine tuning (via the add-on dock, I guess) and probably won’t bother with it unless I get results I don’t like. Important thing is I’ve got it from a reputable high...
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    Tamron 2nd generation SP 150-600mm Di VC USD 'G2'

    So, the story so far... Got my Nikon 200-500 on my 70th Birthday, put some neoprene camo on it for protection and attached it to the D7200 for some bird feeder shots from the open conservatory door. Uneasy feelings began manifest themselves around the handling and general manoeuvrability of the...
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    Low cost alternatives to black rapid straps

    So we still don’t know what happened in Black Rapidgate x 2? Very helpful!
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    Settings for D7200 & Nikon 200-500

    Thanks, that’s helpful, I have two 64gb cards in the camera and record RAW on card 1 and jpeg on card 2. This is mainly so I can have a mess around with a few images on PhotoScape X which is my editing program of choice. I think the advice of using a small, central AF group is a good idea for...
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    Settings for D7200 & Nikon 200-500

    I’ve more or less figured out that Manual Mode with aperture at f5.6, shutter speed at 1/1250, single point AF and Auto ISO is the way to go for BIF so can I just leave those settings for all general bird photography with possible adjustments to shutter speed and/or aperture when photographing...
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    Low cost alternatives to black rapid straps

    Thanks, Stevo but that seems to be all I’m doing with my Black Rapid, clipping onto the lug screwed into the tripod mount of the long lens? Black Rapid possibly more secure as it’s a single piece rather than the hinged arrangement of yours. Not really considered needing the lens to mount on a...
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    Low cost alternatives to black rapid straps

    What is going on with the quoting on this thread? People’s quoted messages are being attributed to the wrong posters? As for the metal carabiner wearing through, I am confident that my level of use won’t get to that point and I shall generally have a hand on the lens tripod foot when moving...
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    Low cost alternatives to black rapid straps

    Don’t think I’ll be using anything Arca Swiss. Could you post a photo of your actual setup on the camera as I can’t visualise how you’ve set it up?
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    Panasonic

    Ive just sold an FZ72, which wasn’t half bad, and gone DSLR via Nikon D7200. Best bridge camera I ever had was my first one, a Panasonic LUMIX FZ18 with a Leica Lens and 18x optical zoom. That camera was SHARP but I don’t know if that can be said about the latest crop that can photograph a flea...
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    Best (safest) strap for a big lens tripod foot

    Still going with the Black Rapid Curve Breathe on the tripod foot of my Nikon D7200 / Nikkor 200-500 VR but I have succumbed to the Peak Design Slide Lite for my carry round outfit of D7200 / Nikkor 18-200. Its a well made bit of kit and using one of the toggles on the tripod plate and one on...
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    Tamron 2nd generation SP 150-600mm Di VC USD 'G2'

    I’ve already got the 200-500 for my 70th but, wives being what they are, I can’t get my hands on it till the 30th! :-C I shot some tests in the shop doorway in RAW & Jpeg and I’m happy with the sharpness despite it being a dull, rainy winter’s day. Not far from me (around 20 miles) is a...
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