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12-04-2007, 02:34 PM   #1
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SMCP-M 400/5.6 is not so bad

I just uploaded an image I took last spring of a song sparrow singing. The Creston Wildlife Centre is one of our favourite places of all to visit. It is a preserved wetland area in central southern British Columbia, Canada.

Not being a rich guy, I cannot afford an SMCP-FA* 600mm f/4 lens, so I make do with what I have, and what I have is an old 400 and a Pentax SMCP-A 1.4xS extender. Yeah, I know, S series is for less than 300mm, but the L series won't mount on the M 400. The "snout" is too big for the lens barrel. What can I say?

This is a scan I took from a Fujicolor (not even slide!) 400 negative with my el cheapo 1800 dpi film scanner. Talk about having the lowest of the low combination. This image is proudly mounted on my wall, 8x10, and he looks great!

You can see the vignetting the converter gives. All four corners fade to black. Cropped to 8x10 format, the corners aren't printed, so it's ok.

And this is a shot with the K10d and the 400/5.6

Last edited by Canada_Rockies; 12-04-2007 at 02:55 PM. Reason: Added photo of mule deer doe, changed to embedded images from URL

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