It’s a start . . .

Out in a in a place I won’t name here (for obvious reasons), the babble of an unusually happy-sounding bulbul caught my ears. Figuring any bird shot would be welcome after such a drought, I looked and looked until I spied a very backlit, critically-endangered Straw-Headed Bulbul.

The CL/180mm APO/2x did a magnificent job of capturing a salvageable image. Later I managed a grab shot of a tiny Common Tailorbird as it flitted about, although ISO 3200 against greenery with the CL is pushing it a bit.

Still, I was happy just to get something for a change. And also mindful of the fact that there wouldn’t have been a usable image at all if I’d had the 300PF instead. Earlier in the day I tried it with the 2X and without the annoying hood, and the combo didn’t have enough contrast to generate any peaking cues with it set to “High.” By itself, the lens is plenty contrasty, though.

Still, that limits its usefulness to the CL, when my intention was for the SL2-S to do the majority of critter-chasing work. Oh, well . . .

Anyway, Mr. S. H. Bulbul, PLUS the possibility of having located a good copy 23mm Summicron-T, were plenty was enough to make it a good day! 😊

CL/180mm APO-Elmarit-R/APO-Extender-R 2X
CL/180mm APO-Elmarit-R/APO-Extender-R 2X