heh, heh, heh.... That Santa guy ain't so tough.... everyone's got a price !
Thanks to everyone who has responded thus far, I really appreciate it and hope this thread will continue for a bit, even if it goes in the direction of general zoom use and birding. I have a lot to learn, good points all ! I checked out the link C Scott supplied.... WOW ! This should keep me out of trouble for a while.
When you say "keep the shutter speed up there " ..... can you give me some examples ? Are we talking 500 - 800 to start for stationary subjects ? In what conditions ? How about F-stops & ISO settings ?
I have noticed it's abilities deteriorating as the daylight fades, especially in the woods. Other than that, in general anything I see wrong with my results I blame on myself.
Is shooting in AV gonna do it ? Never thought about going into "sports mode".....
Great pics, thanks for the contributions.
like others have said, the key to getting sharp photos is, keep the shutter speed up there and have a steady hand.