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Sometimes cheap is the way to go…

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I usually prefer to use my better lenses. But sometimes, when I’m out just kicking around, I take a couple of the cheaper, lighter weight lenses. I shot this photo with a cheapo ($120) Nikon 70-300mm zoom lens. I was never really happy with the clarity of the lens but in this case I enjoy the odd bokeh applied to the leaves in the background. This image was shot on a hot sunny day, hand held, using the full 300mm zoom with an aperture of  f5.6 and a 1/250 shutter speed. The bird was chilling in the shade of the tree, while I was standing in direct sunlight, envious of its cool perch.

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