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03-18-2009, 12:10 PM   #736
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QuoteOriginally posted by IsaacSteiner Quote
Is there a way to have the light meter on the bottom all the time with M lenses in M mode?

Because having to pull the trigger to get the optical preview thing is kind of a annoying.
If you put the camera in Av mode but don't mount the lens fully (ie, stop turning before it clicks into position), you can get that effect. You don't see an actual meter, but the camera will pick a shutter speed for you just like it normally would in Av mode, and you can then adjust that with exposure compensation. So in practice, you *are* seeing a meter - it normally displaying nothing (which you can interpret as "0.0") because the shutter speed is being chosen to *make* it 0.0, but if you dial in say +1.0 exposure compensation, then the viewfinder will read "+1.0", and that is indeed what the meter would be reading had you manually chosen the shutter speed that dialing in +1.0 compensation yielded.

The downside - aside from worrying whether you lens might fall off (which seems fairly unlikely) - is that the lens stops down as soon as you turn the aperture ring, making focus more difficult.

I don't use that method, and instead use a combination of green button DOF preview. Usually green button to set an initial guess, then maybe DOF preview to do a quick scan around to see if I agree, and occasionally after that (every few minutes or so, maybe) to make sure I'm still where I think I am. During those checks, I make mental note of the reading the light versus shadow areas and compensate accordingly after that without continuing to check every shot.

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One more from the M 400

I'm really starting to appreciate the advantages of the extra length of the 400mm. The wildlife is just a little more accessible.

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I'm really starting to appreciate the advantages of the extra length of the 400mm. The wildlife is just a little more accessible.

Really like that one, Tom - it's sharp enough that it almost looks like it was shot with a 50mm, or something, when in reality it was probably quite a ways away.
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K200D+SMC-M 50mm f/1.7 at f/2.8 (as far as I remember). I don't quite remember, but there may have been a Hoya HMC +4 diopter on.



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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
Really like that one, Tom - it's sharp enough that it almost looks like it was shot with a 50mm, or something, when in reality it was probably quite a ways away.
Thanks Jay. It was at least 15ft as that is the minimum focusing distance. When mounted on a sufficiently sturdy tripod the M 400 seems to work pretty well.

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03-19-2009, 07:42 AM   #741
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Spring has come to Lund!

Shot using a K-m + Pentax-M 50/1.7... still have to work on my manual focusing skills.









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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
I'm really starting to appreciate the advantages of the extra length of the 400mm. The wildlife is just a little more accessible.
The dark patches on the dove's body are excessively blue on my screen (CRT 19" c.2000). However, the sharpness of the picture is making me look with new respect at the M 400/5.6 which I treated with condescension for the past 28 years as an extension of my impaired vision.
I still have not understood how to estimate the size of the jpg images which I post so that they appear large enough on the screen after cropping. They show up in different sizes on win98se, winxp, Photoshop 7 and CS3. I wish someone would enlighten me in a p.m. so that dedicated threads do not go off topic.

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That's in Takoma Park, MD.

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03-21-2009, 07:48 PM   #744
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M 400/5.6

Nice shots Isaac and joakimfors.

This is the best so far from the M 400/5.6. Getting closer to a good shot. Not exactly sure what this guy is. Some sort of Finch but not sure which. Ornithological opinions welcome.



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Nice shot Tom G. You are getting used to your "brand new 30 year old lens". We are still snow bound here, so shorter glass is still in order. Sigh.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
Nice shot Tom G. You are getting used to your "brand new 30 year old lens". We are still snow bound here, so shorter glass is still in order. Sigh.


Not to worry Albert. Your spring, much like that good shot I'm looking for, will eventually come.

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Still loving my SMC Pentax-M 50mm f1:1.7 attached to my K110D. I know that I'm a n00b to SLR photography, but at what point am I likely to tire of this lens?





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Tom G:

That is a great shot witht he 400.
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Im also a noob. Pretty impressive manual shot. Great job. I have that same lens and I'm just not fast enough with it to catch something like this.
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Tom G:

That is a great shot witht he 400.
Thanks Jewelltrail,

I've only had the 400 a month or so and to be honest haven't had a lot of time to get used to it. Thiings should free up in a month or so and I'll really have a chance to put it through its paces. Many more bad shots than good at the moment. Come to think of it that's true with most of my lenses. In any case I was pleased with this one.

Trojan - that is an amazing duck shot with your 50mm.

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