I often like walking through Clove Lake Park after leaving the zoo, and today that decision landed me this picture. However shots like this made me determined to get my old 300mm Nikkor and matching 1.4x teleconverter repaired. I thought fungus had I completely ruined my old manual focus lenses. But having to heavily crop all these shots from my 55-200 Nikkor zoom was not giving me great results either. If I had taken this with my old 300mm f4.5 & TC-14b converter, I wouldn't have had to crop this shot at all, and it would have definitely looked better.
Still the quality of this shot sure wasn't bad. But ever since I got my manual focus telephotos back from getting them cleaned I have been thoroughly delighted with the results.
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