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Folks: it's not OK to take other people's photos to edit and re-post. Just like we don't correct each other's spelling and grammar, we don't take it upon ourselves to decide that someone's photo needs correction. In addition, as has been emphasized before, you need to respect copyright.

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My new lens arrived today.  My old one got soaked in a sudden downpour while on a hike.  It was not recoverable but it gave me an excuse to upgrade to a new version. I'm a few thousand $$ poorer but happy with the upgrade so far.  I am still playing with it and the conditions are not very good today but...

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird telling me what she thinks about my new lens.



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A Lifer Franklin's Spruce Grouse -- A mother with two chicks. We were driving on a back road when I suddenly spotted one out of the corner of my eye. 



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1 hour ago, IKLland said:

Ok, still cool! Is that 500mm without a teleconvrrter enough reach?  


49 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

No such thing. :classic_tongue:


I think we need to point out that every/any lens is long enough for birding, and every/any lens is never long enough for birding. Yes, a lens can be both long enough and not long enough. If you're taking photos of birds from a distance of 5-10 feet, your basic 18-55mm kit lens will probably be enough reach. If you're taking photos of birds from 25-50 feet, your basic 18-55 probably won't be enough reach. If you're taking photos of birds in the the tree tops in your backyard, a 400mm lens will probably have enough reach. If you're taking photos of birds in the tree tops from two or three houses away, a 400mm lens probably will leave you wanting more reach. Every lens has it's ideal range. If you're shooting birds from close distances, a long lens isn't necessary, if you're shooting birds from far away, no lens is long enough. 

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