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Old 8th December 2012
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Wildlife Photography

Hi,
I've been into wildlife photography for some 45 years. During that time I've
used many cameras from cheap a Russian Zenith to a Nikon D3100 (my last camera). Some of my best photos (which won me a Royal Photographic Society Licentiateship) were taken with an Olympus OM2n using Kodachrome 64. The quality of which far surpassed the Nikon D3100 DSLR, the lsat DSLR I owned. At the moment, looking for a new camera, I was almost tempted to go back to 35mm film with an Olympus. But the extra costs of processing colour slide film and scanning onto CDs made me change my mind. So I am now looking at an Olympus E410. Not the best Olympus DSLR I know. but the best I can afford on my pension. At least it will keep me active in a hobby I love. I have access to many wildlife locations and reserves in Devon, and locally the river Teign estuary and a private lake where I can leave my hide set up all Spring and summer.
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Re: Wildlife Photography

I had a E410 and loved it until I became more serious in taking wildlife, especially birds. Once I got a telephoto lens (70-300mm) and realised that having a camera with image stabilisation would help my photography considerably I upgraded. I do most of my photography hand-held but if you mainly use a tripod IS would be less of an issue. Having said all that I have now bought a Canon 7D plus 400mm to add to my Olympus gear solely because of it's in-flight capabilities, but this combo doesn't have IS and I manage quite well without it. So I have come full circle

I hope you enjoy you 410 and it will be nice to see some of your images on this forum

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Re: Wildlife Photography

Hi David,
Just uploaded lots of photos, will add some from an E410 when I get one. Have a bid in for one on eBay right now.
I have a home made hide (just added a photo of it) and almost alway use a tripod or a monopod and for hand held shots use a shoulder stock. In the past, with 35mm film and long before stabilization was invented, it always stood me in good stead.
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Re: Wildlife Photography

A warm welcome to the forum Tony and good luck with the E410 bid. I've just looked through the shots you loaded they are excellent. Just too many standout ones to single them out. I really look forward to what you get with an Oly dslr. I assume you are going for a 410 for sharpnes in IQ and small size and weight at a bargain price. Also at bargain prices these days is the E510 if you want to add IS. It's a little bit bigger but not by much I love mine and you can always turn the IS off when you dont want it.
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Re: Wildlife Photography

Welcome to the forum Tony!

Where are the photos? I'm having a thick day and I simply can't find them!

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Re: Wildlife Photography

Janet just click on Tony's name and his profile link. There is a beautiful owl picture on the rhs click it to reveal Tony's album of images.
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Re: Wildlife Photography

Welcome to the forum Tony
You've some nice images in your hallery and I feel that you will become a valued member of our small but elte community in no time.
There are at least two dedicated bird photographers on the forum so you already have some kindred spirits here.
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Re: Wildlife Photography

Tony, a warm welcome It is interesting to look through and check out those who shoot with the 410 - some amazing HIGH IQ shots are here

I am looking forward to viewing your gallery and seeing some posts too

Are you N or S Devon ? We lurve Dorset, Devon & Cornwall
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Re: Wildlife Photography

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Welcome to the forum Tony!

Where are the photos? I'm having a thick day and I simply can't find them!

Janet

Janet Me too

I just clicked on Tonys Gallery at his post and nothing there ... but Jon has found some, somewhere ...
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Janet, here WOW ! real crackers

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Re: Wildlife Photography

Chevvy just click on Tony's name and his profile link. There is a beautiful owl picture on the rhs click it to reveal Tony's album of images.

Edit: OK good you found them as I was posting.
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Chevvy just click on Tony's name and his profile link. There is a beautiful owl picture on the rhs click it to reveal Tony's album of images.

Edit: OK good you found them as I was posting.
Phill, Thank You for this I am blown away by some of these PHEW ! exhausted after sucking in air when viewing

Tony, Where, Oh! Where, did you find the White Peacock ???? I will travel all day to capture an image of one of these ...
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Re: Wildlife Photography

Hi Tony, and welcome. Respect! You've already got an album of stunning pictures up and running!

I was especially pleased to see a couple of great diving beetles and a common newt. The crested cranes were caught in a perfect pose and I love the song thrush feeding it's young.

My favourite is the heron on a misty morning and I laughed out loud at the willow tit with the no cats sign. Also amused by the owl looking at the flying insect.

I also learnt something about the term "immature" robins - I thought it meant they stuck their tongues out and pulled funny faces.

Looking forward to many more posts from you, Tony.

BTW, what is a Bushnell Trail Camera? Also, I like your DIY hide, it looks like a toilet tent used for camping, so maybe it serves two purposes if you have a long wait on a cold morning!
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Re: Wildlife Photography

Welcome. There's a few wildlife shots in my gallery taken with an E-410 (and a few taken with an OM2). The E-410 is more than capable for shooting wildlife.
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Re: Wildlife Photography

Welcome Tony, you have some cracking images there. I too have E410's two of them which I used for travelling (by motorcycle) for their small light easy packing qualities. Their image quality has never dissapointed me and I still have them both. These days though I have gone for E620 and E5 for the IS in body (as was said earlier) but that was more to accomodate my shortcomings (camera shake) than the E410's. Enjoy your photography again, Devon is a great place for wildlife.
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