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    Default First day with new tele.

    I bit the bullet and purchased a new Canon 300mmf2.8 II, picked it up yesterday. Picked it up is relevant as courier insurance made a quick trip to Sydney the best option. I'd been considering either a 500mm or the 300mm. In the end I went for the 300 due to weight, some cost reduction, the fact that a lot of the birds I shoot arent that small, sometimes I can't keep BIF in frame even with a 300mm, close focussing distance, good reports on this lenses performance with TCs. I purchased the 2 new series III TC's also.
    I took some photos this morning in less than ideal light. I specifically chose to have the 2XTC on and use the lens wide open as this would be its harshest optical test. I'm very impressed with the performance. the 2 'parrots' below are shot wide open, the Heron 1/2 stop down. The stabilisation and absence of edge flare /chromatic abberation is impressive. It was fatter than I anticipated when I made my first gimbal head so I will have to make MkII.
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    Hooray!! A new Lens

    How big are the crops? IQ looks excellent as presented.

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    Just as well I can't lift it otherwise I would be jealous, now why can't someone make a lightweight 'sharp' lens for me to use

    The colour, DOF and general image quality are really nice in these shots Trevor.

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    Looks great to me, Trevor! You can't really go wrong with any of the "big whites", it just comes down to which fits your shooting style and subject better. I especially like the white-faced heron photo - lovely!
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    A worthy present to yourself Trevor, looks good to me and as you say at 600 5.6 so can only get better. I look forward to seeing it next time you are down this way.
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    Beautiful shots - you should be very happy with the results.
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    Hi Thanks for the interest and comments. The Galah and Heron are around 80% of original, the Rosella is about 30% of original. Below is attached a 100%crop of the unsharpened / unprocessed RAW of the Herons feet of the above posted bird. I was very impressed by the feet detail when I revealed a bit of sharpness on them in post processing.
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    everyone deserves to give them self a new toy when they work hard to enjoy the spoils

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    congrats on the new lens. What camera body are you using? The photos look very sharp and clear.

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    Green with envy!

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    They look excellent Trevor and I'm looking forward to seeing lots more great shots.
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    Hi, thanks again for the interest, I'm using it on a 40D which I'll probably replace when / if a 7D sucessor comes out. Thanks for the comment about photos looking sharp and clear, reasonable equipment is one thing but they still need care with focus, and stability when taking the shot. Hopefully by the time this current weather system moves through I should have finished Gimbal MKII and a pseudo lens coat
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    Sorry for the late response but thanks for replying in regards to my question. I'm super impressed with the IQ now knowing that one of the photos is 30 percent of the original and the lens is wide open.

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    Great stuff Trevor! Looks like it is working a treat!
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