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05-25-2020, 08:13 PM - 3 Likes   #571
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Are you manually releasing the shutter or using the 2s timer/MLU or remote? How heavy is your tripod?

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I bought my PLM shortly after my DA*. 50-135ís SDM died. That was my favorite and easily most used lens, but I always wanted something longer; faster focusing would just be a bonus as I found SDM to generally to be enough.

I was wrong. The PLM blows SDM away! My KP actually tracks subject well with it, even BIF or KR (kids running). Optically itís more than good enough for me, especially as I get to know it and more so now that Iíve had a chance to try it back to back with my old favorite 50-135.

These are cross posted in the 300+ club and the KP threads but I think they show what I love about this lens.

I think this little guy has been eating at the feeder a bit too much...







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Some more, larger critters... Shot one handed over my shoulder out the back window of my truck while in the drivers seat. Try that with a DA*60-250!


roadside moose web-5170
by David Dawson, on Flickr

And some dinosaurs too.

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by David Dawson, on Flickr


Zoinks!
by David Dawson, on Flickr


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cranes return-4916
by David Dawson, on Flickr


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QuoteOriginally posted by ddeacon Quote
Was the best way I could describe what happens, looks sort of like a combination of CA and camera shake but happens on a tripod with body stabilization off.Luckily there's a park nearby so I shot off a quick example.
I think the lens is defective (especially if you are getting the sorts of results in the first image at different settings, handheld and tripod-mounted). But I think it would be prudent to try it on another body, and try another lens on the K-70, to be sure that there isn't something else wrong. If your friend with the K-5 gets the same results (the K-5 will need to have the aperture set to the lens's maximum aperture, because it won't stop down) it will also put you in a better position if you end up in an argument with the seller or with Ricoh.

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05-26-2020, 07:19 AM - 2 Likes   #573
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Thank you everyone for the help, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going crazy, but with these amazing photos showing wide open capabilities I'll definitely continue troubleshooting on another body, etc. Before deeming it defective. Have plenty of time since the Canadian Ricoh Pentax service centre is still closed due to covid.


Think I've hijacked the thread enough, Des loved the bird shots! Northcoastgreg had posted a lovely shot that kind of got lost at the bottom of the last page and I'm jealous you got to see a moose skierd! Those are awesome shots.
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Run Bandit run! Donít look back!

Since my primary sources or locations of photographic subject matter are shut down, my dog Bandit has become my main subject. I recently tried similar shots with my DA*300 and found it focuses too slow for the coming back fetch run.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ddeacon Quote
Was the best way I could describe what happens, looks sort of like a combination of CA and camera shake but happens on a tripod with body stabilization off.

Luckily there's a park nearby so I shot off a quick example.
So were these taken on a tripod, or hand held?

If on the tripod, SR off with remote shutter or MLU/2S delay? How heavy is your tripod?

If hand held, was SR on? Your shutter speeds are low for a long lens but SR should take care of it.

To me it does look like a faulty lens; I shoot it mostly at f8 and I generally get great sharp and clear photos.
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Ya happens on a tripod with SR off and remote triggered, as well as handheld with both SR on or off, at all focal lengths and various shutter speeds (tested over 1/1000th for any handheld) with both Live view and viewfinder. The only constant is it doesn't seem to get clear and sharp until f10 or higher.

So I'm going to test it on another camera and will have access to the 18-135 and various other lenses to test on mine. Just getting over there having to work and with the whole covid thing going on is making it more difficult.
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Iím not a nature photographer by nature but by happenstance. Captured this creature, apparently some kind of bird, at Champions Park on an outing with my dog.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Perfessor5646 Quote
Captured this creature, apparently some kind of bird
That seems to be an understatement
FWIW, I'm no expert, but am comfortable confirming that it IS a bird. Probably a Northern Mockingbird. Nice shot.

One of the things I like most about the 55-300 is that it is easy to bring along, so it comes along more often than a bigger rig would.


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Hand held, wide open, fully zoomed, heavily cropped with decent results

I'm often impressed by this lens where it's convenient to carry and I can get this kind of result:



From this uncropped version:

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I was feeling guilty yesterday because I left it home and shot with the 200 2.8 and 1.7x TC. But it was cloudy... so if you're looking at what it own't do. It won't do this.

Hand held 340mm, ƒ4.5 1/200s most of the images were ruined by shallow DOF or motion blur. Shootng 6.3 instead of 4.5 would have been pretty near impossible.


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Spring on the northcoast:

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Spring on the northcoast:
You do such wonderful work, Northcoastgreg. Wow!
Stay well, man!
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A couple of images of a herring gull. Highly cropped from pics taken at 300mm with a K-3II in 2018.
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