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What camera do you use?

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I thought it would be fun to know what all the members use to take pictures of birds! You could share a favorite picture that You've taken with it/them, too. Also if it's a DSLR state the name/mm of the lens.

I use mostly the Canon Powershot sx40 HS. Sometimes I'll use my Mom's Nikon D5100, with a 200mm lens.

One of my MANY favorites with my sx40:

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Favorite with the D5100:

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I generally shoot bird with a Canon 7D and an EF 100-400 lens...almost always extended to 400 mm! My favorite-of-the-moment is a Verdin I shot last week in AZ.
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Thought I'd add a new favorite...

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I shoot with my "dinosaur" Nikon D70. (It's the one that was submerged in water for three days.) I don't really have a good birding lens yet, my 70-300 is just adequate to get shots for ID purposes, and that's it. For general photography, my 50 mm 1.8 is on the camera the most. My favoritest lens is my macro, though. 105 mm 2.8. I once told my husband I was going to marry it.

I mean, seriously. . .

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snowflake stack by midgetinvasion, on Flickr

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I use a Canon Rebel T3 with either my 55-250mm or 400mm lens. I definitely prefer my 400mm, but I've gotten some nice pictures with the 55-250mm, too!

My favorite with my 55-250mm:

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And two of my favorites with my 400mm:

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I shoot with my "dinosaur" Nikon D70. (It's the one that was submerged in water for three days.)

My favoritest lens is my macro, though. 105 mm 2.8. I once told my husband I was going to marry it. I mean, seriously. . .

My goodness!

I'm glad your D70 is still working, and..........I see your REALLY like that macro lens! :)

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[quote name=Melissa :)' timestamp='1353526177' post='372093]

I use a Canon Rebel T3 with either my 55-250mm or 400mm lens.

You're doing very well with either lens, Melissa.

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I also use a Canon 7D with the Canon 100-400mm lens. I'll post just a few of my favorite images, but most of these were actually with my prior body, the humble Canon T1i.

Rufous-capped Warbler with T1i - probably my favorite picture because of the photo quality and the rarity of the bird

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Canyon Wren with T1i - not perfect, but still like it

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Hepatic Tanager with T1i

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Thick-billed Kingbird with 7D

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Roseate Spoonbill with 7D

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I also use a Canon 7D with the Canon 100-400mm lens. I'll post just a few of my favorite images, but most of these were actually with my prior body, the humble Canon T1i.

Rufous-capped Warbler with T1i - probably my favorite picture because of the photo quality and the rarity of the bird

Nice Photos

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Great photos everyone! I shoot with a Nikon D70 and a Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro and sometimes an AF Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5.

Here are some from the D70+Sigma:

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And my all time favorite

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AF Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5

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And my other camera is a Canon PowerShot SX20. Not great for bird photos, but I use it for landscapes a lot.

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Liam, your pictures instill a sense of peace inside of me that I cannot explain. My mind is just drifting away to those landscapes, I can smell the pollen in the air, hear the waves, watch as the wind gently blows through the grass alongside that marshy cell, I feel like writing a poem. <3

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[quote name=Melissa :)' timestamp='1353722809' post='373183]

Wow Liam, great pictures!!

Liam, your pictures instill a sense of peace inside of me that I cannot explain. My mind is just drifting away to those landscapes, I can smell the pollen in the air, hear the waves, watch as the wind gently blows through the grass alongside that marshy cell.

Thanks!

I feel like writing a poem. <3

I think you just did.

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Very nice work, Liam. These show that ability means much more than the gear!

A few 'suggestions'..........

1. The 2nd image, as lovely as it is, could really benefit from some separation of the bird from the BG.

2. The 7th image of the sunset should be straightened!

3. And the 8th image is a tad too dark/contrasty.

The 6th image of the trees and fence is my favourite.

thanks for sharing :)

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2. The 7th image of the sunset should be straightened!

Why? I like how the horizon isn't level in that shot, it's more artistic!

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Very nice work, Liam. These show that ability means much more than the gear!

A few 'suggestions'..........

1. The 2nd image, as lovely as it is, could really benefit from some separation of the bird from the BG.

2. The 7th image of the sunset should be straightened!

3. And the 8th image is a tad too dark/contrasty.

The 6th image of the trees and fence is my favourite.

thanks for sharing :)

Thanks for the critique. :)

I did straighten the horizon on the 7th shot, just forgot to post the corrected version.

As for the eighth shot, it's purposely dark and contrasting. A lot of my work is very moody, dark and dramatic (a lot of which I post on my fb page).

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About this time last year, I bought a Canon T2i with a 18-55mm, a 55-250mm, and a .45x wide angle w/macro. I have been working hard on learning how to use these and get acceptable results. But, as the year and my activities progressed, I gradually had to acknowledge that I have contracted "lens envy" disease! Although it does astonishingly well, I have really pushed the long distance limits of the 55-250mm. So...a couple weeks ago, I broke down and invested in a 100-400mm lens! I am amazed at how much bigger and heavier this lens is! I think it will take me the entire upcoming year to get really comfortable with it...

July 16th 55-250mm

Nov 23rd 100-400mm

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About this time last year, I bought a Canon T2i with a 18-55mm, a 55-250mm, and a .45x wide angle w/macro. I have been working hard on learning how to use these and get acceptable results. But, as the year and my activities progressed, I gradually had to acknowledge that I have contracted "lens envy" disease! Although it does astonishingly well, I have really pushed the long distance limits of the 55-250mm. So...a couple weeks ago, I broke down and invested in a 100-400mm lens! I am amazed at how much bigger and heavier this lens is! I think it will take me the entire upcoming year to get really comfortable with it...

I also started with the 55-250. It is a very good lens for the price point, but I quickly got lens envy too. Good for you to last a year, I broke down after only about 3-4 months before I got the 100-400mm. Yes, it certainly is a lot bigger and heavier. It can literally be a pain in the neck. A few months ago I bought a sling, which has definitely helped (check out Black Rapid or Carryspeed for options). Also, I think the tan line on my neck from the strap has finally disappeared.

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It's only been a few months since I got my camera...and yeah, lens envy! Already eyeballing what I might enjoy next. Might see if I can get my hands on the 100-400 to play with. When I had less knowledge of what I was doing than I do now, which isn't saying a lot... I used that lens for just a few shots to see if it made a difference in what I was doing. It did for the most part...still had a few switches on it that I had no freakin' clue what they did...but for being a noob I managed a picture or two that was okay.

RebelT3i w/ 100-400mm lens (Canon)

One thing I noticed (not the best shots of course. Don't remember what my f/stop or ISO was. ISO probably high since there's a lot of grain...but not enough light...) was how precise the depth of field was. Such potential to be so very sharp!

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Black-capped Chickadee by notrufus, on Flickr

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Pine Siskins by notrufus, on Flickr

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Red-breasted Nuthatch by notrufus, on Flickr

But it was heavy, it was drizzling out and I'd need to play with it more!

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I use a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 75-300 mm lens. Looking at getting the Sigma 150-500mm. Bought my wife the Nikon D5100 with the 18-55mm and the 55-300mm lens.

I think the canon gets sharper images, but the FLM of the Nikon provides closer-looking shots. The 5D has a full-size sensor, so no FLM.

Will post some D5100 shots when she lets me play with it for a while.

Some of my work: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roguephotoohio/

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