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Old 24th October 2014
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Turnstone with the 50-200 SWD and EC14

I decided to give my 'old' 50-200 SWD and EC14 an outing the other day and tried some shots of the local Turnstones. It is a superb combination but after about an hour my arms and hands were aching too much to carry on any longer. It was a relief to get back to the 75-300.







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Re: Turnstone with the 50-200 SWD and EC14

Two superb images Ron. One of my favourite birds!! Thank you for sharing
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Re: Turnstone with the 50-200 SWD and EC14

lovely work Ron, one of my favourite little shore birds

I know what you mean regarding the weight of this combo, mine has been consigned to shooting in the garden, in static situations off the tripod (beach or trackside) or for use when I am "on a mission" with a load of gear in my Ekla beach trolley, which I find a real lifesaver when such situations arise

http://www.speedgraphic.co.uk/trolle...y/20272_p.html

it does give lovely results though
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Re: Turnstone with the 50-200 SWD and EC14

Well done Ron. Some real vibrancy showing here.
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Re: Turnstone with the 50-200 SWD and EC14

Striking shots Ron.

In the first the sharp contrast between the foreground rock and the OOF background give a real 3D effect.

I can empathise with the aching arms.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Turnstone with the 50-200 SWD and EC14

Excellent pair, worth the weight!
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Re: Turnstone with the 50-200 SWD and EC14

Size and weight are possibly the only drawbacks to this lens, but these results were well worth your suffering, Ron.
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Re: Turnstone with the 50-200 SWD and EC14

One thing I find very helpful with the 50-200, with or without the EC-14, is a video shoulder pod. Kaiser make one, which Fotospeed import to the UK. I can't find a direct link to the page, but if you go to their website http://www.fotospeed.com/ and search for shoulder (search box is top left) it should find it. It's not cheap for a little bit of metal (50 quid plus) but it works very well and folds up small enough to tuck into a corner of a bag.

I have been using one for a few years now and can last an hour and a half of rugby without too much trouble. It also works a treat with the 35-100 f/2 and 150mm f/2.

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Re: Turnstone with the 50-200 SWD and EC14

Many thanks for the kind comments and the tips for coping with the weight of the 50-200. I have recently developed arthritis in my hands and one of the problems with the lens is that it is fatter than the 75-300. This forces my thumb out further than I am used to, especially with my left one which is supporting the weight of the lens, and this is very painful. Holding the lens up for several minutes following a bird also makes my arms ache. It is not so bad in hide where I can support my elbows on a shelf or the lens on the window ledge. Oh, the joys of old age! I will have another go some time, as the results are worth it.

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Re: Turnstone with the 50-200 SWD and EC14

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Many thanks for the kind comments and the tips for coping with the weight of the 50-200. I have recently developed arthritis in my hands and one of the problems with the lens is that it is fatter than the 75-300. This forces my thumb out further than I am used to, especially with my left one which is supporting the weight of the lens, and this is very painful. Holding the lens up for several minutes following a bird also makes my arms ache. It is not so bad in hide where I can support my elbows on a shelf or the lens on the window ledge. Oh, the joys of old age! I will have another go some time, as the results are worth it.

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I know exactly what you mean there. You better go out into the garden & pull some weeds to get those joints working again, well, that's what my wife tells me.

I do love to look of those photos though.
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