Red-Browed Finch

Neochmia temporalis.

Went for a quick birding walk down the road this morning with the new camera. Very impressed. Lens is sharp wide open, focus is fast and way more accurate than the 400D, and the spot metering and auto-iso are really handy.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 21st February 2009, This photo: 11:00am

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Comments

  • metalsnowski said:
    cute!
  • [ Kane ] said:
    BS you got the 5DII you own mate ;)
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Full size looks fantastic mate!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep, they are indeed - and usually really hard to get near, but this one was a little more inquisitive than most.
    Yep :) Soooo sharp. I've cropped this down a bit from the original, but even after the crop, I was left with a file slightly bigger than 10Mpx :P
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    *turns green with envy* :-P That's so sharp though!
  • Xenedis said:
    The lens was (is) sharp wide open anyway. it's just now mounted on a much better camera. :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Aye, that it is :)
    Well yes, but it behaves differently on the new body. Not just the difference of actual focal length (as opposed to cropped), but it does indeed seem sharper, and in fact dpreview lens tests often show this to be the case. Not that surprising really, it was designed for 135 format.
  • Xenedis said:
    Interesting. Maybe the sensor of the 5D2 has more ability to resolve the level of detail the lens can resolve.
  • David de Groot said:
    I'd say so, although the real test would be to compare exact shots from both of us.
  • kjbeath said:
    From the birds expression maybe an apt caption would be "Is that a 5D MkII ?"
  • David de Groot said:
    He must have been impressed as he stuck around for another 5 frames ;-)
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    Spot metering is very cool. Congrats on the new purchase :)
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    Interesting. Maybe the sensor of the 5D2 has more ability to resolve the level of detail the lens can resolve.
    That's the word on the street. It even out-resolves a lot of L glass. Probably not the 85mm f/1.2 though ;)
  • Xenedis said:
    We could definitely compare images captured with the same lens on both cameras. Would be interesting to see the results.
  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
    Wow. Nailed it.
    Not to the perch, but nailed it.
    5DMkII, eh? Congrats on the big purchase.
  • David de Groot said:
    Having never had spot metering on a dSLR it's definitely proved to be more handy than I thought. ;-)
    Thanks Andrew :) Very impressed so far.
  • misha.w said:
    this is a part of great nature and you've been the person who have an excellent eye in capturing, congra!!!!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) I live in an area with an abundant amount of it :)
  • looby88 said:
    actually I can see the nail apurdam (Andrew ) you just have to look hard.....
    so Mr de groot, have your children gone into hiding as soon as they saw the new camera !!
    Cant say I blame them, all the details you can now pick out !
    Its dull here today too, and it was supposed to be sunny, pants !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah they did indeed hide. The girl claims her hair needs washing, and she's spotty anyway. The boys don't care much (well ok, Aleks avoids the camera all the time anyway).
  • [ Rodelicious ] said:
    ahhh that's a really sweet looking creature david... love the tones...
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Superb :D Nice one on the new camera :D
  • David de Groot said:
    They are aren't they ? :)
    Yep, putting it through it's paces :)
  • looby88 said:
    shame !! that leaves you the dogs, Lea and the chucks as potential victims, I mean subjects....sunny here now, only my significant other is in gardening mode..... darn it !!
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    damn good shot, Dave
    have fun with the new kit!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well Lea rarely enjoys having her picture taken, one of the dogs currently has a bucket on his head (well one of those cone things), and the chooks, well, they're harder than you might think.
    I shall indeed David :)
  • -Bennie- said:
    awesome shot dave.. the bokeh is sublime on this one..... wow! :-)
    man,.... you really are loving the new camera body mate! :-) hehehe. welcome to the club!
    I love mine to bits!
  • ferahfeza said:
    beautiful capture!
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Looking forward to seeing lots more pictures from your new toy! :)
  • David de Groot said:
    And rightly so Bennie, 'tis a wonderful tool.
    Thanks :)
  • David de Groot said:
    I'm sure there will be, I'm out and about today, so I'll see what I come up with (weather is quite ordinary).
  • leadegroot said:
    I think I had the honour of the first photo. And laughed soundly at the result - I have this perpetually worried look in photos.
    Not so much 'rarely enjoys', more 'expects to laugh at the results' (in preference to cringing)
  • Chris.Kookaburra said:
    Nice shot. Interesting pose and crop.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • CAUT said:
    Beautiful little bird, great shot David!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • LĂșcia P. Braga said:
    really cute!
  • twisted-barfly said:
    Absolutely fantastic picture.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • mmae0903 said:
    wonderful small creature,unique
  • David de Groot said:
    Yes they are :)