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In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2012 00:11:07 GMT
psn: tqfan says:
ah yes, up north from me near Dornoch. might have to include this in my otter trip, lol!! and my sister has informed me she'd love to go travelling around scotland taking pics. a good 100-400 lens... mmm, i think we could go halves on that!!

Posted on 2 Apr 2012 14:37:11 BDT
Phantom says:
Have you tried the Ospreys on the Loch of the Lowe's at Dunkeld Perth, they are very near the hide there. About 100-150 yards. You got to pay a small fee but it's OK as long as people are not moving about in the hide.
It will save you going all the way up North, middle of June is the best time when they have young they are back and fore all the time feeding. Otters have been seen there to.
You will still need a big lens.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 16:12:45 BDT
Mrs G says:
As a "once fellow confused" may I point you in the direction of the person who helped me enormously when I first started out. I promise you that this is not an ad but a feedback on what/who guided me through the minefield of gobbledegook that some people enjoy talking. His name is Karl Taylor he is a pro photographer who publishes "free" help in video format to get you started with your camera. He speaks in a language that the layman can understand and is extremely informative and knowledgable. Type in Karl Taylor on google and follow the links for the free videos to fill in your missing knowledge-or just watch the lot for the fun of it
Hope this helps

Posted on 6 Apr 2012 00:52:26 BDT
psn: tqfan says:
otters at dunkeld?! damn!! dunkeld is about 10 minutes from me!! definitely be taking a trip up there!! i bought a sony a700 last week, and have found a renewed enjoyment in photography since getting it. i've been looking at places to go, for taking pics, so loch of the lowes will be added to the list as a definite!! thanks =)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2012 16:50:05 BDT
Phantom says:
I'm not guaranteeing you'll see them, but they have been seen.
I have not been there for a few years 2008 and I didn't see them. They are shy so good luck.
Keep in touch Phil from S/Wales.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012 13:18:12 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Hello, Rookie1.

I've come to this forum somewhat late in the day, but noticed you own the 5N, as I do. As you have discovered, native lenses for our camera are somewhat short on the ground, particularly at the telephoto end. Currently from Sony, you are limited to just two lenses suitable for taking telephoto shots of birds etc and these are the 55-210 zoom, equivalent in 35mm camera terms, to an 80-315mm, and the far more expensive SEL 18-200 zoom, and which offers marginally, and nothing to worry about, less magnification at the max telephoto setting. But this one is very pricey.

The two lenses you have cover a standard, but fairly wide angle of view, of 24mm, equivalent, for the 16mm lens, and 27-82mm for the zoom. Whilst the 16mm lens can be considered something of a specialist lens because of its wide angle of view, the zoom is a general purpose lens, offering reasonable wide angle but nothing special at the telephoto setting, as you've found. And, what is more, neither lens is good enough for close up images, for which you will need either a bespoke macro lens or a telephoto lens with a very close near focusing capability.

The potential problem with a true macro lens is the close proximity you may need to get to your subject, and this may put them off and they disappear. With macro work, you may often need a blend of large magnification with a somewhat distant shooting position. This is what a long tele lens with close focus can often provide.

So, with very limited E-mount lenses available, what can you do? Well, the good news is that our 5N can use virtually almost any manual lens ever made for a 35mm camera! How? By the use of very cheap manual adaptors that allow film camera lenses to be mounted on the 5N. Thus, you can search out older film camera lenses, some of which are really cheap now, and by using the appropriate adaptor, attach it to the 5N. Many can be found on ebay for quite reasonable outlay.

You will not have auto-focus, you will have to do this manually, as we did years ago before auto-focusing lenses came along, and you will not have image stabilisation either. So extra care will need to be taken to avoid camera shake. If possible, buy the adaptor version that includes a tripod mount.

But in operation, the 5N is possibly the best camera with which to use these manual lenses, as the focus peaking feature gives a very good indication when correct focus has been achieved. When attaching a manual lens, you go into the camera menu and select "Enable shooting without lens", and then adjust the peaking function to what suits you best, you have a choice of 3 colour indications, and the strength of what you see. Then set the shooting mode to Aperture Priority, and the 5N will expose correctly based on the aperture you set on the lens. Just remember to reset the camera when you go back to using the Sony lenses.

I use a number of different manual film camera lenses on my 5N, but I also use the simply superb EVF which does make for easier handling and I can better assess the focus point using the peaking function. Unfortunately, this is quite an expensive accessory, but well worth it in my opinion.

Posted on 6 May 2012 15:32:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2012 15:32:24 BDT
Graham H says:
My far-more-talented-than-I little brother has been taking a different approach to wildlife lately. Leave the camera set up, walk away and fire it by radio remote:

Posted on 6 May 2012 16:38:04 BDT
X says:
TJ: My method with macro is based on manual focus. It's difficult enough to frame potential subjects without having the whirring of an auto-focus and the consequent need to re-frame every second. Once you have set the lens to viable values for the shooting you are doing focus and framing are just a slight movement of the camera from or two the subject.

The 12-50mm lens bundled with the Olympus OM-D and existing Pen cameras has a manual focussing ring and a manual zoom ring. They are easy to set and a joy to use. The only niggle is that the "macro" is only 0.36x, 0.72x "standardised", but a little cropping...

But if I can get this straight out of the camera:

I will not feel hard done by.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012 17:31:33 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Has any of your brother's talent brushed off on to you?

I took a dekko via the link you gave and thought what wonderful images. My first reaction to the squirrel images was how did he train it? Then checking out the guest book, someone had already beat me to that thought! His is a much more sane site to look at compared to the two US sites of KR and Steven Huff, very definitely certain camera centric fanboys. I've marked his site as a favourite and shall visit it from time to time. Nature photography isn't something I've ever attempted but I can appreciate high quality results when I see them, and enjoy viewing them.

I had a sort of deja vu when I visited his Hamburg pictures, not that I've been there. But the statue of the man looks like it could be by the same artist as some I photographed on a day out to Aachen. The similarity in style is too close to be a coincidence.

Posted on 6 May 2012 17:35:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2012 17:35:49 BDT
Graham H says:
Thanks TJ. I know Andy puts a lot of effort into his site. Drop a line in the guestbook if you wish. He'd be delighted to think that someone else appreciates his work I'm sure. :-)

No, none of his talent has brushed off onto me. He likes to use his pictures as art and as interesting in their own right. Whereas I mainly take "Touristy" stuff of places I've been and things I've done, but I try to use the techniques of a proper photographer to do it. Andy's the clever one, not me!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 10:36:29 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
X, from what I have been reading about the latest Oly OM-D and the new 12-50, they are a stunning combination. The 4/3rds sensor has finally come of age. Arguably, the best of the APS-C sensors will have it beat, just, but in the case of my 5N, which does have superb sensor, and it isn't only in the area of high ISO, the Sony zoom optics aren't a match for those from Olympus.

How I'd love a comparable zoom lens to match the imaging quality of the Oly 12-50! So, I console myself with attaching some Leitz primes instead. Then, oh joy!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 12:20:27 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
GEH, I've done just that.

Posted on 7 May 2012 18:55:02 BDT
X says:
TJ: It's a pairing which is making this old man very happy. If you choose a compact unit you have to accept certain points might not be to a purist's liking. Since the shots that combo produces have got the pow! factor on my TV screen I have no cause to complain.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2013 12:35:15 BDT
mmore strength to yr arm,pal.i hv bn a victim of carton verbosity in my time.i like this no-nonsense approach.
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