I took the Nikon camera back today; I felt like the zoom was too much zoom to be practical. To illustrate, here's a full zoom, hand-held:The focus is just too soft. So I tried using my tripod. This image, though the subject was much closer, isn't really that much better:The details really aren't that much better even though I sharpened it a bit. Here too:See?
Also, I wasn't happy with the zoom toggle. I like the kind of zoom where you push a button on one side for zoom and the other size for unzoom. This camera has what most cameras have now: a toggle on the shutter button. I tried getting used to it, but I just don't like it. It doesn't have finesse either--I push the toggle and it goes to like halfway zoom; there's not really a "nudge" factor to the zoom. You get whoa! zoom, no matter how lightly you push the toggle. Don't like that.
So I took it back. I looked at all the other cameras again, at several different places, but I didn't find anything I liked. I'm just going to have to order one online again--which I've done both times I bought cameras before. I have good recommendations from people. I'll just have to see which one looks right.
Here are some last photos of two different Eastern Phoebes:I kinda like this one; look at those tiny skinny legs on this Eastern Phoebe. Here's another one:
The legs on this one don't look nearly as fine and fragile. Juvey vs. adult? Or just optical illusion?
Here's a list of the birds I saw today, out at Bald Eagle State Park:
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Caspian Tern 2 (Long observation of two Caspian Terns--noted field marks: very red bill, black cap, pale gray wings with black on undersides of wing tips. Watched the two birds plunge-dive for food for several minutes. Compared in Sibley field guide to Royal Tern--certain of Caspian because wings were dark underneath, unlike mostly white underwings of Royal.)
Mourning Dove 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
American Crow 6
Cliff Swallow 1
Gray Catbird 4
Chipping Sparrow 2
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