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All shot with Nikon D70 + Sigma 50-500 f4-6.3 EX APO set at 500 mm + Sigma APO teleconverter 2x (total effective f.l. 1500 mm) Object shot: 20 feet tall trafic light array at 600 m distance.
In-camera settings: Contrast high, Saturation: Normal, Standard curve, NO sharpening. Sharpening done later in Photoshop as Sharpen More. ISO 1600 pics treated with Neat Image for noise.
Following Manfrotto Tripods, monopods and heads used: Tripod 055B Pro + 3-way head 141RC2 Monopod 680B with grip ball head 322RC2
Pics 1 & 2: shot from tripod. Notice difference due to exposure speed change from 1/30 to 1/250.
Pic 3: While lens attached to the tripod, camera additionally supported with the monopod. Only slight improvement achieved.
Pics 4 & 5: Lens (with the camera) mounted to monopod. Front of the lens (petal hood) and camera body leaned firmly to the wall. Changing exposure speed from 1/30 to 1/250 didn't made any further improvement, just raised the noise.
Pic 6: Camera and lens sitting on the plain pillow laying on the window frame! Shot the other day in different time and weather (more sun shorter exposure), but results better than anything else.

Nikon D70 ,Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF
1/30s f/22.0 at 1000.0mm iso200 full exif

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Guest 30-Mar-2006 21:35
There you have it, the pillow. the Ultimate photographic tool!