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A Great Blue, take III (the show must go on)
Lens: DA* 60-250mm, 1.7x AF Camera: K-7 
Posted By: Kammerer, 01-16-2011, 02:36 PM

A generous forum member has lent me his 1.7x AF TC for testing (thanks, Lee), so I had a first taste of shooting at 425mm... with interesting results... let's just say I will have to practice my hand-holding technique a lot more.

But on a tripod everything works beautifully. Especially with stationary objects. More so at a close range. I guess this at least shows that the 1.7x AF TC does not degrade the lens IQ at all.

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Wow, great detail!
Very nice shots!!
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Great closeups of the bird!
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Tom, swede - thanks for looking and for taking time to comment.

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Now THATS what I'm talking about. You need to share the secret of getting that close to a GBH.
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Great shots!

What brand of converter is this?
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Now THATS what I'm talking about. You need to share the secret of getting that close to a GBH.
Nothing special, just using the advice I read about on this forum. Move slowly, a step or two at a time, make a couple of shots, look around, don't make eye contact, don't make any quick movements or noises, and in general, just look like you are minding your own business.

Perhaps it helps that birds that come to this pond are already familiar with people. I think a GBH will not let me come that close in a more natural environment.
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Great shots!

What brand of converter is this?
Thank you, 1banger. This is a Pentax 1.7x AF adapter - one that has a built-in motor and can auto-focus manual lenses. It only auto-focuses within a limited focus range, so you need to manually pre-focus the lens first.

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Very nice shots, better than the ones I got a few days ago, but then I was using a 90-230 and no teleconverter. I find my converter makes the pictures softer, and a lot harder to focus. It's a Panagor 2x. Does pretty well, I can get some decent shots with a 50mm, but never have gotten anything that stands out.

These look great. Same thing I do to get close, but normally Herons don't let people anywhere near as close as I want to get...60-70 feet usually, the one a few days ago let me within 20 feet and I was amazed. These shots almost look like you were standing next to the bird...nice...
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Wow, especially the first one. Keep 'em coming.
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Very nice shots, better than the ones I got a few days ago, but then I was using a 90-230 and no teleconverter. I find my converter makes the pictures softer, and a lot harder to focus. It's a Panagor 2x. Does pretty well, I can get some decent shots with a 50mm, but never have gotten anything that stands out.

These look great. Same thing I do to get close, but normally Herons don't let people anywhere near as close as I want to get...60-70 feet usually, the one a few days ago let me within 20 feet and I was amazed. These shots almost look like you were standing next to the bird...nice...
Pete, thank you. I've looked up your heron images, they are very good! It seems like herons in Louisiana are more colorful than here on the East Coast, especially beaks - or was it just a different species?

The distance for these shots may have been about 30 feet, I just cropped the images.

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Wow, especially the first one. Keep 'em coming.
Much appreciated, Susan.
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Great heron shots...so sharp!
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Great heron shots...so sharp!
Thanks much, Barry.
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