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Posted By: ToddK, 09-13-2018, 09:24 PM

I was able to get close enough for one shot of this pheasant before he bolted into a thicket on the other side of the fence. I could have used a bigger lens

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One good photo {which this is} of this bird in context is better than nothing - much better.
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One good photo {which this is} of this bird in context is better than nothing - much better.
You are right about that. I am glad I got it.
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A bird in hand a photo is worth two in the bush not in a photo. Or something like that...

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A bird in hand a photo is worth two in the bush not in a photo. Or something like that...
Well said...
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Good catch! The colors are remarkable.
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Lovely natural image Toddk...would be diminished against a freshly cut lawn.
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Good catch! The colors are remarkable.
Thanks GeoJerry!
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Lovely natural image Toddk...would be diminished against a freshly cut lawn.
Thanks photomax7!

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Very colourful.
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Very colourful.
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Thanks Norm
Actually, I'm pretty amazed you got this image. I've so many times not been fast enough for a fleeting bird or animal.
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Actually, I'm pretty amazed you got this image. I've so many times not been fast enough for a fleeting bird or animal.
I was lucky that he paused long enough on the log before crossing through the fence. He saw me and was walking away parallel to the fence and hopped up to look back which gave me a much better shot than if he were in the grass. I also have to credit my Sigma lens, because it locks on focus really fast. I am not sure I could have pulled it off with my DA*60-250. It just takes a little too long sometimes.
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I was lucky that he paused long enough on the log before crossing through the fence. He saw me and was walking away parallel to the fence and hopped up to look back which gave me a much better shot than if he were in the grass. I also have to credit my Sigma lens, because it locks on focus really fast. I am not sure I could have pulled it off with my DA*60-250. It just takes a little too long sometimes.
The DA*60-250 is not an optimized for wildlife lens to be sure. But when you do get an image it's superb. The DDFA 150-450 seems to be the optimized lens for this purpose, but I neither want to pay it because of it's cost, or carry it because of it's weight.

But Pentax is better than other companies. They make a lot more lenses I could apply the same criteria too, only moreso. For some reason I can't seem to see more of what I don't want as a positive thing.

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The DA*60-250 is not an optimized for wildlife lens to be sure. But when you do get an image it's superb. The DDFA 150-450 seems to be the optimized lens for this purpose, but I neither want to pay it because of it's cost, or carry it because of it's weight.
But Pentax is better than other companies. They make a lot more lenses I could apply the same criteria too, only moreso. For some reason I can't seem to see more of what I don't want as a positive thing.
I agree with what you have said. I have several Sigma lens that I have thought of selling and buying the DFA 150-450 despite its cost and weight. The photos posted on PF are very good.
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