Saturday, September 04, 2010

Last day of the Nikon P100

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
Osprey 2
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
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

4 comments:

John said...

Nice shots of the phoebes! To me they both look a bit like juveniles with that lemony tinge to the belly. The difference in the legs could be front view vs. side view.

dguzman said...

John--thanks! They were pretty close to me; I find phoebes are far more brave around humans than other birds, kinda like chickadees. Regarding the lemony tinge, my NatGeo field guide claims that's the sign of a "fresh fall" bird. Does that mean first-year or just new fall feathers?

Rabbits' Guy said...

Yup - too much zoom and the durn thing just can't get enough pixels on that little thing so far away. Works pretty good where you are just shooting a far-away scene though.

mgstarboard said...

big mistake - correction on my previous comment re: the camera photo skill - you meant Mary from Mary's view and not me and I just got it.
sorry other Mary - i should have known - your photos are incredible!
please forgive. the other other mary - delia's sister.