02 May 2012

World Bird Wednesday - Noisy Miner

Probably since sometime during last year, I came to learn about a tele-conversion lens option (x 1.7) for my Sony DSC-H1 camera. The unfortunate part was in finding out about them way so late, since that camera is now discontinued.

Many times over I'd locate one 'in stock' showing online here in Australia, or the U.S., and thought BINGO!   However, time and time over, that seemed to be a ploy to grab a potential customer, by then advising that the item wasn't in fact available any longer, but that they could substitute an even better one. (Better than the original Sony brand one?) I slunk back and decided to put it all to rest.

KEH Camera came to the fore more recently, advertising this same lens second-hand. Graded excellent had me keen to order, but it was also during a period of their site crashing, and subsequent emails of mine to them would bounce into a spam folder at the other end! Time lapsed between responses and I thought this potential too was going to collapse into thin air. The end result though is we did work our way through ultimately, and my order was finally on it's way.  Seventeen days later, it turned up on my doorstep (last week); that seemed like an eternity! All was good; perfect packaging and in the best condition, so big accolades to KEH Camera/USA. 







Next morning I had a chance to try it out, set on a tripod, overlooking the back garden

can see I need to pull back a bit to gain the sharper image





You may also like this Little Pied Cormorant post from a few days ago (no tele-conversion lens then).

Sharing with World Bird Wednesday

28 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

congrats on your teleconverter lens! nice job on these shots, too!

Gary said...

Great find!! You'll love it. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful images and a great bird. Congrats on your new lens. Thanks for sharing!

mick said...

Great photos with your new tele-converter. I hope you get lots more to share with the rest of us.

FjÀllripan said...

Wow what a beautiful bird!! Great photos and nice with a new camera :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

You got beautiful shots with the new lens. I'm envious. :0)

Dianne said...

I'm so pleased your new lens finally arrived Carole & I'm sure you're going to have much fun seeing what it can do.
Isn't photography the best hobby?

Wanda plain~N~simple said...

Nice lens! Beautiful shots!

Jan Castle said...

Lucky you!!!!!! Congrats Carole!
Jan

Jean said...

Carole, I am so happy that you found that lens. Super pics already!
Oh...I feel we are really going to enjoy your future photos.:)

Stewart M said...

Looks like a good purchase.

Noisy Miners do live up to their name!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Adrienne W said...

Ditto to all the above comments...lol

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Gee, looks like you already have yours dialed in. Photos look great. It took me awhile, some experimentation to find out what worked best with my teleconvertor. Finally I settled on setting the ISO at 800, exposing one full stop over, using f7 or higher apeture and manual focusing. Have fun!

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Wow! congrats!
And the shots are fantastics! So congrats again;o)
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment;o)

***
Happy day****

Pat said...

Fantastic shots!

Horst in Edmonton said...

Great images, looks like the lens is working well for you.

Madge Bloom said...

I've done that too, discovered something too late and it's discontinued and then searching to the ends of the earth (almost) and finally finding that one item! Woot! for you!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Looks like that new lens is going to take you into some wonderful adventures, You certainly passed the test with these beauties, truly marvelous images shared!

Madge Bloom said...

Don't you love it when you finally find a discontinued item and it's yours! I do too!

Julie said...

I am not sure what a teleconverter does, now that I have read your comments. Does it sit on top of your usual lens and allow you to get closer before shooting?

I am confused by the settings that Sinbad said worked for him, because I thought that exposing a full stop over AND with an ISO of 800 would have led to an overexposed shot. So how does the converter alter usual rules?

Where you say you need to 'pull back' I would have thought that you needed a slightly faster shutter speed because the bird moved a smidge. The foliage in all of them is spot on.

signed ... Confoosed.

Karin M. said...

Fantastic, great shots, beautiful colors and quality ...
Best regards, Karin

Kelly said...

...oh my goodness....what a gorgeous bird! I love the last two photos so much. You're new lens is definitely working!! :-)

Liz said...

Great post and images, Carole! You've done a brilliant job with the new lens. Great bird shots and a lovely contrast with the Camellias. I think you're going to have some fun!

The Nature Jotter said...

perfect photos. compliments

Andrew said...

Wonderful to see Carole..
I apologize for making this late comment (I hope you see it)I have so much going on.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to get paid for blogging and just enjoying ourselves.. xx

Pretty Things said...

WOW! I just got a DSLR and am completely lost but learning!

lisa. said...

Congratulations on your new teleconverter Carole!
These images are gorgeous!

Carole M. said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments!

Julie; Tele-conversion lens boosts focal distance by 1.7x. It's attached via a conversion lens adaptor, and that screws onto the base lens.

You asked questions I don't know how to answer re Sinbad's comments, so I won't try. I generally don't bother shifting from 100 ISO unless in low-lighting situation.


You're right re a slightly faster shutter speed helping to overcome the slight fuzziness when the bird moved. I hadn't even thought of that, so thanks a lot. I'm not yet into working various settings manually at all. My quick assumption had been that I'd zoomed in to the max and caused that to happen.