|Great to hear from you again. Thanks for the visit and the comments.
Ha-ha, seems like you've got a neat pain about Neat. Actually I did not use NeatImage on this shot at all, simply because there was no noise to remove. As you can see there are no shadows below the ostriches, which mean it was a rather cloudy and darkish day. The photo was taken at 12:29 and being in Africa at that time of day it means the sky (especially when it's cloudy) tend to come out very white. So, I pushed the saturation and reduced the brightness a bit on the sky area to try and gain some semblance of colour and contrast rather than just having this "burned out" white sky. I must acknowledge that I was rather surprised that the bit of blue suddenly appeared in the shot, but maybe I pushed the saturation a tad too far.
As for the lens, yes, I am quite satisfied with it thanks. A bit on the heavy side, as you alluded, but luckily I'm a "big boy" so not too much of a problem there. As with any lens, one needs to get used to it and the more I use this lens the more I like it. It is relative fast enough, sharp enough (obviously it can not compete with the IS lenses, but it does ok, I think), and it is quite tolerant of low light. If however I were to buy it now, I would rather have gone for the 50-500mm just because of the greater zoom range. I found that sometimes the 170mm minimum is just too much still. If a biggish animal comes too close, then one need to change lenses very quickly as the animal would not fit in the frame.
Anyway, enjoy your weekend and take care my friend.
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