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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:30 pm 
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This is my first use of my 55-200mm lens on my D60

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aligator is my favorite but very nice shots.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:34 am 
Nice photos, thanks for sharing them. I like zoos but my local one, Twycross is not great for photographers because most of the creatures are behind glass or polycarbonate screens which gives rise to a lot of unwanted reflections. Also sometimes the screens are not as clean as they might be. How did you find Chester for ease of shooting?
I own a 55-200 Nikkor too but it doesn't get a lot of use since I got the 18-200. It is a great lens for not much money though and light enough to carry around with the camera all day. I shot a lot of pics of the terracotta army in Xi'an, China with the 55-200 a couple of years ago, indoors with no artificial lighting. Even with 400 iso the pics are good quality, shot using a D40. You can see them here if you are interested:

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Some nice shots there Neil, I like the Lepard standing over the falls.
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Nice, I've been intending to go there some point and its nice to know the kitty enclosure looks good :)

@Dave, I find a polariser really helps a lot going through glass. I find it's easier than dodging a mesh fence.

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Dave16 wrote:
How did you find Chester for ease of shooting?


it was great, only thing i found awkward was the low light in some of the enclosures which meant either high iso or longer shuter speed, and as i was going hand held it was hard to get photos.

the outside enclosures were great, specially if you have telezoom lens. some of the fences were high mesh but apart from that your able to get some really good pics.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:22 pm 
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Dave16 wrote:
How did you find Chester for ease of shooting?


it was great, only thing i found awkward was the low light in some of the enclosures which meant either high iso or longer shuter speed, and as i was going hand held it was hard to get photos.

the outside enclosures were great, specially if you have telezoom lens. some of the fences were high mesh but apart from that your able to get some really good pics.


Thanks for the response. I will give Chester Zoo a visit some day in the summer.....if we get one this year! :(


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I love Chester zoo... you have got some great shots there. I think you did well with your composition with the elephants I found all my shots to be a bit dull and snapshot like. I like the leopard with the waterfall. Is this a composite or did the cat actually stay still for the duration of the (longer than normal) exposure? Either way it's really cool. I guess these were taken recently, I usually end up going in the summer and the cats spend all day sleeping. I might have to arrange a visit off season.

I have a few pics from Chester on my flickr but I think this is one of my favourites

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The cheetah was walking past the water fall and i just captured it in time. It was taken with my 55-200mm with iso of about 400 or 800 so the shutter speed was quite quick to freeze the moment. I went on tuesday just gone, 16th feb.

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The images are very good, I like the one of the crocodile :D

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