Gardengrrl likes being outside and watching "Sky-TV"
By: GardenGrrl , 11:34 PM GMT on January 11, 2014
It's Christmas Again!
My new camera and some chocolate from Moonstruck Chocolates both showed up at the same time :D Because I am hard to buy for people either gave me Amazon gift cards or chocolate for Christmas. With those gift cards I bought a brand spankin new camera for birding.
The Fuji HS50. It is their latest and greatest from the HS series and simply blows the older ones away. For a camera under $500 (include Sandisk SD Class 10 95mbs card, 58mm Sigma UV filter (to protect lens) extra battery). This baby rocks the house.
It has zoom from 24mm to 1000mm optical and to 2000mm digital. It has a really fast focus. Better than other point and shoots. Actually a bit better than my high dollar camera.
It isn't a Canon with a $2000 lens, but it is great for taking far off pictures of birds and being able to ID them.
If you want to know more here is the link to it on Amazon so you can read the specs. HS50 Link
The following are pictures I took today. They were all shot in EXR Auto which choses the scene and settings for you. None of them have been post processed. This is straight from the camera.
First is a series showing the zoom. All taken in the same spot.
This is at 24mm. My tulip hood got a bit askew so you can see it in corners.
This next shot is at 1000mm optical.
Now we move into digital zoom at 1000mm x 1.4
Here is digital zoom 1000mm x 2.0
It has been such a great day. Found a new place to go walk around. Saw; red shouldered hawk, yellow rump warbler, gold finches, Canvas back ducks, American Widgeons, Northern Shovelers, Lessor Scaups, cormorants, Pied Bill Grebe, a pelican, mallards and a Muscovey Duck. How's that for a great bird day? Did I mention chocolate too?
Here are some of my shots.
American Widgeon and Coot going into water.
Manual Focus I had to use the manual focus on this shot. It is not as fast as my fancy camera when using the manual focus, but it works.
Male Lessor Scaup
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