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NEX-5N on safari

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by quezra, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Mostly shot with 18-200LE and a few with the 19/2.8 and 50/1.8. Uganda is easily the greenest safari location in Africa

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  2. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    never seen one of these before and I forget the name but they were magnificent:
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  3. quezra

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    also can't remember the name of this one but allegedly the ancestor of cows:
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    this is just a regular cow: :p
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  4. quezra

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  5. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    last two, pushing the 18-200 LE AF to its limits (how I wished for a manual tele prime at this spot to zone focus with) on the Nile:

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  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Nick
    :eek: Those are all beautiful shots!!! Well done ;)

    It makes me want to buy the 18-200 even more...
     
  7. Nubster

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    Chad
    Too bad an NEX can't shoot wildlife or these would have been great shots ***wink wink***
     
  8. Nubster

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    Chad
    Ok, I'm just messin' around...they ARE in fact great shots. Not sure why, but the zebra shot is my fav. but I will say that the skin texture on the elephant is awesome.
     
  9. Frank Teurlings

    Frank Teurlings TalkEmount Regular

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    A nice place to be. Great pictures.
     
  10. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Yes, the zebras are my favorite too! I had no luck with elephants, there always seemed to be something blocking the shots but this one was so close it worked (same with the cow)
     
  11. Nubster

    Nubster TalkEmount Veteran

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    Chad
    The elephant shot is still really cool. It was a great job getting it in sharp focus past the branch and grass.
     
  12. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Very nice shots, very well done. It looks like you had a great adventure. :)
     
  13. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

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    Kevin
    Quezra,

    Lovely stuff. I am curious, do you think you could have made those shots using manual focus or did you need AF to get them? I ask because all the images (except maybe the bird over the river) look like they might have been such that MF could work. Perhaps a fast lens to keep the shutter speed up? What do you think?
     
  14. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    I could have shot any of the ones I took on foot with MF, in fact I prefer MF personally, just not focus-by-wire (and unfortunately all the lenses I brought on the trip were such). The ones from a moving vehicle almost certainly needed AF because there was no time to think about composition otherwise. There were lots of failures in this category but the ones that came out well were fabulous.

    The second photo of the lake with some kind of pipes sticking out from a dyke was shot from a moving vehicle with the Sigma 19/2.8... I couldn't believe my eyes how good it came out (and it was one of very few that sharp from a moving vehicle). The zebras, antelope and giraffes were also from a moving vehicle, but I'm pretty sure we stopped for the elephant and cowlike things. As I said, for the final shots with the birds over the rapids, I really wished I had a 300/4 tele prime for that. They were swooping over the waters so frequently you just had to point and shoot as they flew past. But they were so small with 200mm that zone focusing via MF just couldn't come out well enough and it was so bright that focus peaking picked up everything (even on low) so all I could do was AF-and-pray.
     
  15. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I could be wrong, but I believe that the cow-like thing is a Red Hartebeest (Alcelaphus Caama).

    And I agree that you could have taken those shots with MF, especially with a legacy lens like the Minolta MD 70-210 f/4. It's been 22 years since I was in eastern Africa with an Olympus OM-2 and some crappy Vivitar zoom lens, but I got some pretty decent MF shots with them.

    None as good as these though. Nice work, Joel!
     
  16. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Thanks! Hartebeest sounds right, I had to look up the deep red one and it's called a Topi. Really fine beast
     
  17. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

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    Dave
    Great shots from a great location.

    Are you a local, or was this a trip?
     
  18. claude

    claude TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Amazing stuff. Like them all. Would be a trip of a lifetime for me . Thanks for sharing. Nice to see that our little cameras can do the job in such an exotic place. What do you think your OOF ratio was with these auto focus lens?
     
  19. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Thanks again. I used to work in Uganda, and so I try to visit regularly. Sometimes with a safari planned in if possible, but it's not the reason I go ;)

    As for 'misses' with the AF, it's hard to say what the ratio was because I almost always was on continuous shutter so took hundreds of shots of near-identical frames. The best moments are rarely deliberate in my experience. My images in the camera went through 7000 shots (but lots I deleted on the spot and plenty were testing angles for stills and not necessarily 'misses') and I had over 1,000 on my card when I returned. Of which 200 I am desperate to print, and another 400 I almost certainly want to keep. But plenty weren't wildlife, this was for the whole trip. Not sure what to do with the rest, they weren't really bad, just unremarkable or unable for me to emotionally connect with
     
  20. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    That's the beauty of digital versus film. You can take 1000 pictures and simply get rid of the ones you don't like, without processing them.

    Always loved getting back a roll of film, going through the packet of shots and only having three or four good ones. :rolleyes:
    Plus you can immediately tell if you need to retake a picture, instead of waiting to get it back and realize that special family moment was waisted.