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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan 2014 at 10:51am
well, after years of saying I'd stick with the versatility of a 'bridge style' camera, and then seeing photos like yours, taken with a DSLR, I have slowly been upgrading via lenses and bodies, and saving my pennies, and looking to go for a Nikon D7100 to go with my Micro Nikkor 105mm micro/macro lens. I bought the micro lens last year and paired it with a Nikon D3200, which I bought on the cheap from a mate. The results were OK, but I want something even sharper, so spent the last few months saving! I now need to upgrade the photographer, as well as the equipment...
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Did a Smooth Newt egg search in the pond today, no sign of any eggs yet. Shall pop out after dark see if any adults are out and about. 
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Common Frog, Glos 17.04 8/1/14



taken with a Canon SX50 HS bridging camera im afraid.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Omlette Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan 2014 at 5:39pm
nice one ben. i can put my feet up this evening then!

will the d7100 looks really awesome and i have used the 105mm vr and it is super sharp. that's a great combo. look forward to seeing some pics.

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Love that combo, Ben!

Thanks Tim, it should be a good combo provided the idiot behind the lens can get to grips with it. Will be heavy though! I'll post some pics on my flickr stream at some point.
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By the way, Ben - where the hell did you get a frog taddy from at this time of year? I always thought they didn't generally survive overwintering!
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Rest for me too this evening then, well done Ben.


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Will, I think it is now established that common frog tadpoles often do successfully overwinter and it is much more widespread than previously thought throughout the UK.

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Not that it distracts in any way from Ben's effort to actually go out and find one or two of them in January!



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will…get a monopod. one for a tenner off ebay will be fine but even with vr you'll really notice how much steadier it makes your shots and they are less cumbersome than tripods.
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Thanks Tim, good tip.
 
Thanks for the link Gemma - we've said it before, but there's so much to learn about even the 'simple' stuff!  I've never seen one in my various ponds, but I remember one of those Titchmarsh programmes on British Wildlife in which they had a pond up a mountain in Scotland in which almost all the frogpoles overwintered and metamorphosed the following spring.  Just surprised the same thing happens at more reasonable altitudes and latitudes, too.
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