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06-28-2009, 08:26 PM   #871
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QuoteOriginally posted by brecklundin Quote
I actually had looked at your lens list and I thought if you can't get the shot with that selection, a person should take up another endeavor. But I was also struck by the fact that the total cost for all of them would net only a couple of the high end lenses from Canon. How is that not a wonderful thing?

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Getting back to MF after decades of AF is gonna be, well, interesting...time to recall the shortcuts again...hehehe...

Thanks a bunch for the tips and suggestions...and more importantly, the really nice shots!
Actually, I've been building this collection since 1981 when I got my first camera, an MX with the M 50/1.4 lens. I had most of them when I went digital so staying with Pentax made a lot of sense on many levels not the least of which was monetary. It's a fairly complete collection with the only hole being something on the relly wide side. I'm not a big fan of zooms so as I write I'm torn between the DA 14/2.8 or an old K 15mm 3.5. With two kinds in university at the moment it might be a while.

That's the beauty of the Pentax brand as many have stated before. You can skip a decade or so of development and still use the old lenses. They might lack the latest electronic bells and whistles but they still deliver the great images. No other brand has the same level of commitment to backward compatibility. That is one of many reasons I've stayed with the brand. There’s enough junk in the landfill without tossing perfectly good camera lenses on the pile.

Have fun with the MF. It's a challenge but well worth the effort.

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06-29-2009, 06:53 AM   #873
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SMC Pentax 400/5.6

These guys sat still for a moment so I had to shoot them.









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I'm thinking about ditching my M*300 f/4 and Sigma 135-400 for a Sigma 100-300 f/4, a wise choice?

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M 400/5.6 and F 1.7X AF Converter

Last night I went osprey hunting. I took 96 shots, and this is the best of the lot - not all that impressive. But it is amazing what this old lens can do, even when stressed out.
EXIF Data 1/100 @ f/8 (effective f/13.6), Spot metered, ISO 800
Data is intact on the "original size" in my Flickr Photo stream here:
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Very nice Albert.

The M 400/5.6 is a lot of fun isn't it? As is my custom I use a new lens exclusively for a month or 2 to get used to it. I may be slow but it seem to take me that long. Still learning the pros and cons of this one. I'm finding I get the best results between 7 to 9 AM with the sun at my back. I tend to shoot ISO 100 with an f stop between 8 to 22. This results in a slow shutter speed but I use a tripod with this lens all the time.





The 400/5.6 can deliver fine images but like all MF glass it makes you work for it. I've taken hundreds of shots with this lens by now and these are the only two which remotely satisfy me.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
Very nice Albert.

The M 400/5.6 is a lot of fun isn't it? As is my custom I use a new lens exclusively for a month or 2 to get used to it. I may be slow but it seem to take me that long. Still learning the pros and cons of this one. I'm finding the best time of day to be about 7 to 9 AM with the sun at my back yields the best results so far.
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The 400/5.6 can deliver fine images but like all MF glass it makes you work for it. I've taken hundreds of shots with this lens by now and these are the only two which remotely satisfy me.

Cheers

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I've had mine for more than 20 years, and I am still learning its quirks. I would have liked to have gotten closer to the osprey, but the power poles they nested on were too far from anything I could get to.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
I've had mine for more than 20 years, and I am still learning its quirks. I would have liked to have gotten closer to the osprey, but the power poles they nested on were too far from anything I could get to.
Seems I may have more to learn than I thought Albert.

I hoped when I got the 400mm getting all those National Geographic type shots would be a snap. Forgive my naiveté. My shots above are a cinch compared to trying to capture a raptor. There is a Sharp Shinned hawk in our area but I seldom get more than a glimpse of him. With these birds it seems no lens is long enough. It is one of my goals for this summer to get a decent shot of him. Stay tuned.

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Seems I may have more to learn than I thought Albert.

I hoped when I got the 400mm getting all those National Geographic type shots would be a snap. Forgive my naiveté. My shots above are a cinch compared to trying to capture a raptor. There is a Sharp Shinned hawk in our area but I seldom get more than a glimpse of him. With these birds it seems no lens is long enough. It is one of my goals for this summer to get a decent shot of him. Stay tuned.

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If you pop out to the Flickr link in my photo post, you can see that the osprey fledgling is a bit soft at full resolution. I was on a concrete highway bridge. The wind was 30km/h and up. I'm not sure that f/13.6 is an ideal f/stop for the combination! 1/100" just doesn't cut it as a shutter speed. I did HAVE to try, though - I'm sure you know the feeling, Tom.
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If you pop out to the Flickr link in my photo post, you can see that the osprey fledgling is a bit soft at full resolution. I was on a concrete highway bridge. The wind was 30km/h and up. I'm not sure that f/13.6 is an ideal f/stop for the combination! 1/100" just doesn't cut it as a shutter speed. I did HAVE to try, though - I'm sure you know the feeling, Tom.

I do know exactly what you mean Albert. When the light is right there are no birds to be seen. On cloudy days when the light is dim they come out to torture us. I'm convinced more than a little luck is involved in getting that killer shot. Don't these birds know I have a schedule?


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Great images Tom. I got this lens recently but have not had the time to devote to it yet.
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Great images Tom. I got this lens recently but have not had the time to devote to it yet.

Thanks Peter. Congrats on the new lens. Based on the images I see in your portfolio I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Tom G

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SMC Pentax M 400/5.6 with K T6 - 2x Rear Converter

Slapped the 2X on the back of the M 400/5.6 on this bright sunny day to see what we could get. Albert inspired me to give it a try again.

It has to be bright and sunny to use this combination.

This little guy was keeping a close watch on me. In any case here's the best I managed today.









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I really love my M 50 1.7--feel it is one of the best value lens' one can put on the Pentax DSLRS. It is particularly useful indoors--these 2 shots use the f1.7 or f 2 apertures. 2nd shot @ ISO 800:
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