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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2021 at 07:38
That's great Fred (and Domien). I guess we're still on then

Maybe I overreacted a bit to some of the cancellations, but I agree with Harm that normally we should take more lead time to agree the best date and set up the meeting.

Last but not least: there's room for plenty more   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2021 at 18:54
I'll still be there - even if you move the visit to a later date.

For the free tickets - they are valid until 5/4/2022.

For me it's a good thing there can be a meeting. I've been at photographical meetings with only four (due to the bad weather - and we had tons of fun!).

I've been in Planckendael - there's a lot of renovation-work going on (the tropical glassbuilding is being renovated - so it may be better to visit the historical Antwerp Zoo instead).

There's only a few issues - what lens do we take? The Sony 300f2.8 - the 600 f4 or the Sigma 150-500? And do we use the A77II/A7r2/a7III - and with what kind of converter - the LA-EA3/4/5/4r ?

I'm more leaning into the sigma or the 300 (with 1.4x converter).

Let the voting start
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2021 at 19:01
Good stuff Ivo

I'm taking my Sony FE 70-300 and an old Osawa 400/5.6 OM mount (my longest lenses).

I'd love to try out a 600/4 on one of my camera's (A7ii/A7Rii) so a LA-EA4 is mandatory for AF on those bodies. I can bring the LA-EA4 and I'm willing to carry the 600/4 for you the whole day if you bring it.

But I agree that being closer to the animals in a zoo environment a 300/2.8 with a 1.4x teleconverter makes more sense than the 600/4, so why not take both when you consider my offer above
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dirk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2021 at 20:11
Too bad I can not participate, although I liked the DDM Dordrecht very much
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2021 at 20:30
I managed to reserve one of the free tickets that Ivo kindly offered, but happy to share the entrance fees between the participants (apart form Ivo with his subscription). We might get another discounbt via a (trusted) ticket auction site (selling per 2 tickets for around 50% of teh regular price).
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is it necessary to book tickets in advance?
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Probably not, but likely to be cheaper, and not bound to a specific date but a valid period.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 November 2021 at 19:00
From the Zoo it self it seems the tickets are a fixed price, but if you google it seems you can get 25% off easily.

What is the best place to park my car?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 November 2021 at 19:24
The weather forecast has changed quite a bit and saturday looks quite rainy. Sunday is forecasted to be dry and partly sunny.

Let's not take any drastic decisions now, it's early and the forecast can still change over the coming days, but how does everybodies agenda look if we would move to sunday the 14th, is that even an option?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 November 2021 at 19:28
A move to sunday is possible for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 November 2021 at 19:38
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

What is the best place to park my car?


There's a paid Q-Park Antwerpen Astridplein which is next door to the Zoo.

Lower budget coming from the north I'd recommend P+R Metropolis (exit 1 "Merksem" with free parking on a large parking lot at a cinema and a Decathlon shop) and then take a bus or tram to the city center. The cheapest way to buy tram/bus tickets is via this site, download the app and by 2 "M tickets"


EDIT: Other good option might be P+R Merksem (exit 5 "Kleine Bareel") and there you can take tram 2 or 3 direct to the Zoo/Central Station. However I've never used this P+R myself, so I don't know exactly what the parking arrangements are, but I think it's also a big free parking lot in front of a shopping center with a large supermarket and many other shops.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 November 2021 at 19:43
Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

A move to sunday is possible for me.
for me as well
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 November 2021 at 19:48
For me too
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No problem for me either
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