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Roe Buck In velvet

This young buck, in velvet, appeared about 150 feet down our garden yesterday. I have no time to change the IS of the body from 60 to 300mm, the shooting FL. First shot was at f5.6 1/100 sec, which was far from ideal, the other two at f8 1/60/& 1/80 sec. All were at ISO 800, FL 300mm

The deer showed every sign of having seen me but I managed to stand up and slide the glazed unit open enough to let my lens protrude slightly.

EM-1, Olympus Zuiko Digital 4/3 70-300mm f4-5.6 ED. Hand-held. (The AF was very hesitant at times, losing some shots). I got some support from the window frame but I find that the movements of the lens during AF tends to negate that.


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Re: Roe Buck In velvet

A very handsome fellow. And thanks for the details about the lens/camera combination.
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A very handsome fellow. And thanks for the details about the lens/camera combination.
Thanks. We can all learn from the experiences of others.

The maximum height at the shoulder of a buck is about the same as that of your kitchen work top. This is his first year with antlers (single prong). He would have been a new-born fawn last year. We had a huge, grey (winter coat) 4-pronger (each side) up close to the back of the house this time last year, forced off the adjacent Thames meadows by the floods.

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Re: Roe Buck In velvet

He's a fine looking fellow. You should only need to dial in the FL for IS when using legacy lenses. FT and MFT lenses should transmit that information to the camera automatically.
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He's a fine looking fellow. You should only need to dial in the FL for IS when using legacy lenses. FT and MFT lenses should transmit that information to the camera automatically.
Thanks. I rarely use system lenses. I knew that the EXIF recorded the lens setting, so I suppose this could be fed to the IS.

Interestingly, the lens model is recorded in the ORF RAW files EXIF but is removed when Olympus Viewer 3 converts ORFs to TIFFS, the lens settings being retained.

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Re: Roe Buck In velvet

What's the typical prong to age relationship? it's not always a prong per year, correct? And they throw their antlers each year? I never see any of the latter in the woods here, but a hunter friend said the old antlers are a valuable source of calcium for rodents, so get consumed.
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What's the typical prong to age relationship? it's not always a prong per year, correct? And they throw their antlers each year? I never see any of the latter in the woods here, but a hunter friend said the old antlers are a valuable source of calcium for rodents, so get consumed.
Some pictures here:

http://www.discoverwildlife.com/brit...er-its-antlers

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thanks, Harold, that link was very interesting! I'll have to look up the same for our mule deer.
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