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10-04-2012, 01:55 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Birds with FA*600

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good light conditions and calm air today; was the opportunity to make the FA*600 show was it is capable to do with a K5.
the kingfisher came only at sunshine;
had a hard time to shot it at 1/60 with the 600
By the way I was in the hide with a Canon guy (7D + 500f4.5) We compare our shots, the Pentax won hands off, not to speak also of the horrible noise the 7D makes at each shot.
I particularly like the bokeh of this combo; enjoy







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Nice shots The first four shots in particular came out very well.
Getting good results at 1/60 and 1/100 at 600mm means you must have very good technique and a great tripod.
Tell me your secrets.
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Nice shots The first four shots in particular came out very well.
Getting good results at 1/60 and 1/100 at 600mm means you must have very good technique and a great tripod.
Tell me your secrets.
Thanks
the secret is that I don't use a tripod; I have replaced it by a rice bag (and at least if I'm lost in nature, I have something to eat
On extreme conditions I use live view to avoid mirror movements and of course a remote command
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Beautiful and crisp shots. The first one is my favorite, but they're all terrific- thanks for sharing!

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You carry a rice bag with you? And I was complaining about my camera case...
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the secret is that I don't use a tripod;
Cool. So do you still have SR switched on with a rice bag, or disable it?
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Cool. So do you still have SR switched on with a rice bag, or disable it?
I have SR on by default by I think it is automatically disabled when you fire by remote command ?
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You carry a rice bag with you? And I was complaining about my camera case...
It is a small one; you haven't seen the lens, though... this monster weights more than 7 Kgs; I have a dedicated bagpack for it... and sometimes a pretty helper...


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Beautiful and crisp shots. The first one is my favorite, but they're all terrific- thanks for sharing!
Thanks; the four first one are better I think cause the light condition was near sunset; very smooth light condition and excellent bokeh
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Wow. You must be over the moon with those shots. Excellent technique to achieve that.
Congradulations!
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Wow. You must be over the moon with those shots. Excellent technique to achieve that.
Congradulations!
Thanks;
I have improve my technique since I own this lens (it has a steep learning curve) thought it have been said on the forum that the K5 AF was not reliable
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I think it is automatically disabled when you fire by remote command ?
Yes, true.

With a rice-bag, unlike a tripod, I would be worried about potential rolling motion from side-to-side, but I guess you can shape the rice bag a bit to 'snuggle' the lens. Probably the simple mass of the lens would also inhibit any motion once it is in position on the rice bag.
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Great shots and technique. I particularly like the lighting on #3. Nicely done.
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Thanks. Great to see some serious pentax glass at work on a K5. I suspect they will never produce a lens like that again and the chance of getting a secondhand one is not great if lots of people want them. I would love to just have pentax glass but:

I have a new Sigma 500. I would have taken in excess of 15,000 photos and it is never seen a tripod, monopod or bean bag. I figure I miss more photos messing abound with support equipment than using it hand held. My dedicated lens bag is about half the size and I can keep the lens hood in place. I couldn't handhold the FA 600, but I don't seem to have much trouble with the sigma 500. I keep the iso on 200, but have have taken really sharp photos at speeds of 250. I think that shows how good the anti shake is rather than me. And if you think you are not strong enough for the rig then I am over 60, but it does get dam heavy holding to your eye after a minute.
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I love the bird in the last two shots!

The 7D replacement should fix his noise problem when it finally arrives, but that still doesn't give him a *600 lens!
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