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Mallard Takeoff
Lens: Sigma 150-500mm Camera: K-X Photo Location: Modesto, CA ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/4000s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: swglera, 05-05-2010, 06:56 PM

Another test of my quick-draw skills.

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05-05-2010, 07:22 PM   #2
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great image... what time of day was this taken at? There is great lighting in the image...
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Thanks Jord, I shot this one around 3:00 in the afternoon. The light was good for the first time in about two weeks.
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Nice capture!
What was the focal length?
Is this a crop?

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Nice capture!
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Wonderful shot. Your panning skills are amazing.
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Thanks everyone, the focal length was 150mm/225mm EFL, and there was some cropping, but not very much. In any case, I don't know what people mean when they say things like "forty percent crop".
I have just switched from Olympus to Pentax, and I cannot say how much I enjoy and appreciate the KX. With my old E-510, I was basically limited to ISO 400, even with Noise Ninja, for my birding. With my KX I regularly use 800, and can use 3200 if need be. Keeping the Sigma 150-500 in the f8-f10 sweet spot is easy and fast shutter speeds and great fps have made BIF shots a joy instead of an impossibility.
My Olympus equipment always delivered great images under normal circumstances--the Oly colors really do look better to my eye. I am keeping the Olympus for the normal stuff, but my KX is the only way to go for birding.
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Funny, I felt the same way about Oly colours when I switched from my Oly C-60 P&S to my Sony V3. Something about those colours appeals to me.

On another note, my K-x kit (camera and 18-55) cost me less than the Oly did 6 years ago. . .

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