Lots of birds in Tommy Thompson Park, and we didn't even go to the spot was migratory birds reside. You can actually see more birds on trees than trees there. Shot some random birds from the main road. They don't seem to be afraid of people until you get really close.
NEX-5 & Kinoptik Speciale Cine 210mm f2.8. Click to see larger.
I really like how the Kinoptik lens renders the pictures. Very pleasing to look at. But, is it really worth that much money that people are paying for Kinoptik lenses? I have my doubts. But, when it comes to lenses, especially niche cine lenses, people seems to become irrational. I am happy I was able to get most of my lenses relatively cheap, before the crazy price that people now pay. My motto is that fun is gone if your wallet hurts when it comes to photography. Enjoy within your limits.
Wide Open -- NEX-5 & Kinoptik Speciale Cine 210mm f2.8. Click to see larger.
Fortunately, there are so many alternatives to have fun with photography, and often you don't really need to spend too much money either. Making your own lenses from projection and enlarging lenses certainly is one of the cheap but very rewarding hobbies, and you don't even need any specialized tools! Seriously, if I could do it, anyone could. I am not known to be very mechanically inclined and most often am all thumbs. For people like me, we just need persistence to build up the skills. Really, they don't even need to look nice, just need to be able to take pictures!
Reborn -- NEX-5 & Astro-Kino 65mm f1.5 Projection Lens. Click to see larger.
My suggestion is to go to used photo equipment shows. There are at least two of them each year in Toronto and Montreal. If you have nothing to do on the weekend, shop the second hand stores, sometimes you will be surprised what you can find.
Snail -- NEX-5 & Astro-Kino 65mm f1.5 Projection Lens. Click to see larger.