James Huddle
Weber County, Utah

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I've been interested in nature and wildlife my whole life and this love of the outdoors is what started me in photography. My first camera, bought when I joined the Army, was one of the infamous disc cameras. But, one day I saw the prints from a girlfriend's Yashica SLR and knew I needed to take the next step. I bought a Minolta 7000i from Farrs in Ogden back in the late 80s and my hobby took off from there. My early years were spent shooting various Minolta bodies with a Sigma 400mm f/5.6 as my main wildlife lens. I did not actively pursue bird images but shot them if I encountered a good subject in the field. When the digital revolution started off I stayed with film and purchased several high quality Minolta prime lenses for dirt cheap prices as shooters dumped there Minolta film systems to go digital with Canon or Nikon. I switched to the Minolta 7D DSLR in the spring of 2006 and with the freedom of digital came my love for bird photography. Many of my bird photos were taken with the 7D, a 300mm f/4.0 lens and quite often a 1.4x tele-convertor. I've spent the past year or two trying to improve my technique. I prefer the digital world and the total control it gives me to print the image as I see fit. I now use a high-end Epson printer to create the prints I need. Last year I bought a Canon 30D and 400mm f/5.6L USM to improve my images of birds in flight. The Canon has a much better AF tracking system than my Minolta DLSR. I love shooting birds and enjoy being able to share my images with others.

Canon System
5D DSLR, 30D DSLR, Canon 70-200/2.8L, 400 f/5.6L, Tokina 17/3.5 ATX Pro

Lenses adapted to Canon:
Contax Zeiss- 28/2.8, 35/2.8, 50/1.4, 85/2.8, 100/2.0
Leica R - 90/2.8, 135/2.8
Pentax M42 - 50/1.4, 135/3.5
Olympus OM - 24/2.8

Bogen / Manfrotto 3021 Tripod w / Bogen /Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Ballhead

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