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Jackdaw Portrait by KeldBach Jackdaw Portrait by KeldBach
A young Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) captured on the shores of a local pond.


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Kiarachu Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow...amazing picture...and that jackdaw is so fluffy XD
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Thanks, Chiara. They always look a little angry due to the cold eyes, but I think it's a beautiful bird :)
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Kiarachu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh yeah...I think that they are quite cute...besides the eyes XD...and corvidae are quite intelligent too ^_^
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MarianGutu Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
the sharpness is remarkable!
what lens is that Keld?
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Thanks, Marian. It's Nikon's 300mm F/4 prime lens: [link] I couldn't afford the top model (F/2.8) which costs four times as much, but I'm quite happy with this one anyway :)
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MarianGutu Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Sweet! f2,8 is only one stop faster, with your D700 you can compensate with ISO so IMHO it's not worthed to pay 4 times as much for the top model. This one is extremely sharp and nevertheless a great lens!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
That's right, and I don't complain at all :)

Here's a secondhand 300mm Canon lens for you: [link] The price is still a bit spicy though ;)
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MarianGutu Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
he he, thanks but I'm saving for mark II version. LOL
Canon also has a 300mmm f4 and they even added IS to it. It's about 1200Euro. I'm looking for a telephoto lens indeed, but I'm not sure it will be the 400mm f5,6 or a 100-400zoom... 300mm doesn't seem to be a great step forward from 70-200mm f4.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Sure, a 400mm would be really nice, but I get by using a 1.4x tele converter, which extends the focal length to 420mm (F/5.6). Unfortunately focusing becomes a little slower, but the sharpness is almost the same.
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MarianGutu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
So if you'll have to choose between a 400mm f5,6 and a 300mmf4 IS +1,4 teleconverter you'll choose the latest?
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Well, in my case the bank account decided for me ;) I would like to get a 500 or 600mm lens as well, but that's not for my limited budget at present. To me it's most important that I can shoot handheld and that it's not too heavy to carry around. I don't have a car and I don't want to bring a tripod along when I'm out shooting. I also have a 2x teleconverter (600mm, F/8), but I don't use it much as focusing becomes quite slow. Sharpness is still acceptable though, as you can see here: [link]
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LightConcorde Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very pretty :)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Thank you :)
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NIKON D700
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1/1000 second
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420 mm
ISO Speed
800
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Mar 28, 2011, 5:32:56 PM
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