Saturday, December 21, 2013

More testing of the Phase One 240LS and 2x extender

The second day of testing this combination in Jackson Hole WY began with warmer weather however we've had snow showers most of the morning.  Shooting through falling snow is a challenge in itself; no matter how you try you always wind up with a file that looks like it's dirty with tons of little white spots.

f/9 1/320 ISO 200


The Moose sample here was one of many files taken this morning sitting watching to see if he'd get on his feet.  After waiting for over an hour we gave up and left with images of him laying down.  Moose one photographer zero. 

There's two samples here - both the same file.  The first is the full frame capture while the second is a crop.  I cheated this morning staying in the truck the entire time with the camera attached to a window mount.  The one thing I wish I had was a remote shutter release which I left back in the apartment.  Any time I can stay away from touching the camera the better I feel it is. 
f/12 1/320 ISO 200

100% crop
The second set of samples are a small group of Bull Elk inside the National Elk Refuge.  The Elk were all located several hundred yards away from us and we simple couldn't get any closer.  As a matter of fact as soon as we stopped a couple of the bulls took immediate notice of us.  The second sample is a 100% crop of the file.  The camera was attached to my tripod which turned it into a rock solid base.   
After two days of testing the more I have this lens and extender the more I like it.  There's no getting around the fact that this is a heavy lens.  There's also no getting around the fact that with proper care, this lens combination offers sharp clear images. 
Stay tuned for more...

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