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02-20-2010, 03:48 PM   #16
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Oi Pentax - DA* 400 NOW!

02-20-2010, 04:53 PM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ben_Edict Quote
Sharp, sharp, sharp. But how did you get near that featherball to get the glow paint on his legs?

Hi Ben

I only have two techniques.
One, to use a camouflage net and crawl after the birds... the second is to use a "blind-chair" and set it on spots where previously I observe the birds and that I might get lucky.
99% of my images are with the camouflage net since here there is a lot of food and water all year long and we can't attract birds with food So we have to pursue them...
(that was one reason I went for this lens and not 300/2.8 or 500/4.5 due to weight)

On this day I was kind of stressed because we are having always rain and terrible wind so I desperately wanting sun had to set for the blind because it was raining and hope to get lucky.
You can see some rain in the image I posted first.

Only got a couple of good images that day but I like them.
I'm still testing the lens and it's good. I think I made a great acquisition. I'm still learning/growing this lens.

QuoteOriginally posted by Oggy Quote

Oi Pentax - DA* 400 NOW!
I don't need one anymore

A sample from today
(Light was very high because I only went out around 13h00 because I needed to sleep to recover from a cold)

My previous DA*300/4 only had two things better, first one was the better weather resistent and it did not present any purple fringing.
FA*400/5.6 presents some PF sometimes at f5.6 on extreme conditions specially when I tested it with the 1.4 tamron adapter (it does AF well) but since I mostly shoot raw that is not a problem.
(I will keep away from SDM )

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02-20-2010, 05:06 PM   #18
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Another one from today's tests

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03-07-2010, 11:03 AM   #19
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Great captures! I may have to consider borrowing the ambush technique. The local birds stop by to dine but they are very skittish and the one window that puts me in range isn't at the best angle.


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