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01-21-2009, 08:44 AM   #16
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david how close are you?

just the 300mm no TC?

how much cropped?

great photos, but please let me know how you did this magic

are you in a blind?

wow!!

i wrapping change now; i bought a 100mm macro from prodigital; the shipping was fast but the packaging was the lens box in a UPS baggie it works but that is scary

01-21-2009, 09:57 AM   #17
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What the heck.. even with a TC I think this lens rocks


Sorry to those that have seen these as I've posted them on the forums already.


This 1st one is actually without a TC. It is at ISO1600 hand held wide open
Pentax K20D ,Pentax smc DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM
1/60s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso1600


This is taken at ISO1600 with a 1.5x TC and cropped close to 50%
Pentax K20D ,Pentax smc DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM
1/100s f/5.6 at 450.0mm iso1600 with Kenko 1.5xTC


This one is also croppped
Pentax K20D ,Pentax smc DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM
1/125s f/5.6 at 450.0mm iso400 with Kenko 1.5x TC


And finally a new one that I hadn't posted before. Again with the TC attached and ~25% crop
Pentax K20D ,Pentax smc DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM
1/500s f/4.5 at 450.0mm iso100 with Kenko 1.5xTC
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QuoteOriginally posted by arpaagent Quote
Are those bird shots cropped any or were you just that close to those small birds? Just curious because if those are cropped much then that lens is REALLY great.
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david how close are you?

just the 300mm no TC?

how much cropped?

great photos, but please let me know how you did this magic

are you in a blind?
Here are the original pictures resized and copied in the same image, so you can evaluate how much they were cropped:



The picture of the Cooper's Hawk (which I think is the only one taken with a TC, the Pentax AF 1.7X) was cropped more than the other pics. But even with a lot of cropping, you can still see a lot of details in the in-focus area.

They were all shot with the K10D on a monopod. I have never used a blind... but birds are often close to me !

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great work; very inspiring

01-24-2009, 06:29 PM   #20
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David07 Here are some pictures I took in the last weeks with the DA*300/4:
You have posted some beautiful bird pictures. That lens continues to impress!
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Excellent examples from a extraordinary piece of glass


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David, what I want to know is how do you get that close to get those shots?
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I will add to the praise of the Pentax DA* 300mm f4. All of the pictures I have uploaded to the gallery for this forum, as of this date, were taken hand-held with this excellent lens. (See the second link.)

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I'll add to the praise for those photos and the photographer--I have the lens (and love it) but really haven't come close to that level.
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Palmor

I have a question about your Kenco 1.5 TC.

I could not understand why my TC (marked "Pz") would not work with SDM focussing, so I checked inside and found that although it has both sets of the two internal contacts for SDM, they were not actually wired together! I hope to be able to correct this.
So, does your Kenco 1.5 work with SDM?

Thanks

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Palmor

I have a question about your Kenco 1.5 TC.

I could not understand why my TC (marked "Pz") would not work with SDM focussing, so I checked inside and found that although it has both sets of the two internal contacts for SDM, they were not actually wired together! I hope to be able to correct this.
So, does your Kenco 1.5 work with SDM?

Thanks

Two Jugs
Yup, my Kenko works with SDM wonderfully. It sounds like we have the same version (here are some photos of the one I have). Could you see the connection (or lack there of) without taking it apart?









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QuoteOriginally posted by David07 Quote
Here are the original pictures resized and copied in the same image, so you can evaluate how much they were cropped:

...
The picture of the Cooper's Hawk (which I think is the only one taken with a TC, the Pentax AF 1.7X) was cropped more than the other pics. But even with a lot of cropping, you can still see a lot of details in the in-focus area.

They were all shot with the K10D on a monopod. I have never used a blind... but birds are often close to me !

David
Very impressive David. How do you PP your images? ISO 400/800 on the K10D and not a trace of noise and very sharp ... I'm curious.

Tx

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mr Hyde Quote
David, what I want to know is how do you get that close to get those shots?
I don't think I'm doing anything special... I think it is not so hard to get close to these bird species, especially in winter.

QuoteOriginally posted by regor Quote
Very impressive David. How do you PP your images? ISO 400/800 on the K10D and not a trace of noise and very sharp ... I'm curious.

Tx

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I usually do a little bit of noise reduction on the background with Noiseware and I apply some sharpening after resizing the picture (with Focus Magic set at a blur width of 1 and 75%).

David
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