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05-13-2015, 12:12 AM   #61
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stavri Quote
I bought a gimbal head today, hopefully that would give me a bit better stability and performance out of my 300/f2.8, if not I'll sell it and get the darn 150-450, to hell with it.

I also have the Sigma 300 2.8 I will keep it. I am getting rid of the 50-500 OS and 70-200 2.8.


The gimbal head just work great for me.

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There will be an affluence of people returning to gym's pretty soon !!

and a revived market for gimbals !!

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A very wet Rainbow Lorikeet. Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

K-3 with Pentax D FA 150-450 f4.5-5.6, in-built flash and Rogue Safari flash extender.

X mode, ISO 400, 1/180th, f8
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HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW with the 1.4x HD PENTAX-DA AF Rear Converter AW. Works great together! Shot on a K-3.

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Hello,
tried the new gem on a close subject yesterday.
You actually HAVE to select one AF sensor, or do it manual focus...



[This one just to show the spot, with DA 14mm]











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QuoteOriginally posted by Zygonyx Quote
Hello,
tried the new gem on a close subject yesterday.
You actually HAVE to select one AF sensor, or do it manual focus...



[This one just to show the spot, with DA 14mm]











Great shots, so much tracking I'm surprised he didn't put a restraining order on you

ps. Loved the album on this lens, the zoo shots of the snow owl and the lion photos to name a few, you should post some...

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Some cars at Oulton Park

I've been shooting some motor sports to gain experience with this lens. Mostly I haven't been trying to process finished images for publication. But I've done a few for interest here.

Taken at a Car Trackday at Oulton Park racetrack. (England).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Barry Pearson Quote
I've been shooting some motor sports to gain experience with this lens. Mostly I haven't been trying to process finished images for publication. But I've done a few for interest here.

Taken at a Car Trackday at Oulton Park racetrack. (England).
Great set, how did you find the tracking and the general handling of the combo?

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White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris niger), Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia.

K-3, Pentax 150-450, in-built flash and Rogue Safari flash extender

X mode, ISO 160, 1/180th, f8, flash at -0.3EV, 450mm
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stavri Quote
Great set, how did you find the tracking and the general handling of the combo?
I posted my "mini review" to Pentax Forums here, in the thread about this this lens in general.

I've been posting a lot about my experiences, including more photos, to DPReview in a thread I started myself, here.

The latter provides observations from the start, and it still continuing. It contains photos that would probably not be suitable in this thread, because it includes things that went wrong, screen shots of Lightroom grids showing burst mode, etc. It also has discussions with various other people there. And the photos shown there are shown much larger than here, way beyond the Pentax Forums limit. (I used a constraint of 2500 x 2000 in Lightroom's export function).

So I would suggest people wanting to see how someone adapts to this lens from the first hour or two look at that latter thread. And anyone wanting to see the above photos much larger, go to the link just above.

Note: all photos are Lightroom only. No Photoshop. I could get a lot more out of them with Photoshop!

This is a good lens - but not one for beginners!
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Wild flower, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia.

This lens isn't too bad at macro either!

K-3, HD Pentax D-FA 150-450, Av mode, ISO 400, f8, bias -1EV, 1/6400th, 450mm
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A very wet Rainbow Lorikeet. Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

K-3 with Pentax D FA 150-450 f4.5-5.6, in-built flash and Rogue Safari flash extender.

X mode, ISO 400, 1/180th, f8
Wow Shot !!
Great details and colours ...

You used the built-in flash too, in X mode?
What difference would it make if you had used "normal" (i.e.: Av or TAv for instance) mode and pop the flash ?

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QuoteOriginally posted by jpstanisic Quote
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW with the 1.4x HD PENTAX-DA AF Rear Converter AW. Works great together! Shot on a K-3.
Superb shot !

I am still "on edge" with using the TC with this lens .... seems like you've nailed it right on the button for focus.
There is hardly any visible loss of details here !

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QuoteOriginally posted by Zygonyx Quote
You actually HAVE to select one AF sensor, or do it manual focus...
You mean spot focus and metering ???

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Great photos posted here so far !
Great thanks and keep them coming !!

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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
Wow Shot !!
Great details and colours ...

You used the built-in flash too, in X mode?
What difference would it make if you had used "normal" (i.e.: Av or TAv for instance) mode and pop the flash ?

JP
When the in-built flash is popped up, the shutter speed is set to 1/180th, ie the camera basically enters X mode, and then adjusts accordingly. In Av mode, the highest shutter speed is 1/180th, but it does allow slower shutter speeds. That means risking too slow shutter speed to get a moving target like a bird. I find it better to use X-mode because I have set ISO to the front control wheel and that allows me to control the overall exposure balance between background and foreground better.
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When the in-built flash is popped up, the shutter speed is set to 1/180th, ie the camera basically enters X mode, and then adjusts accordingly. In Av mode, the highest shutter speed is 1/180th, but it does allow slower shutter speeds. That means risking too slow shutter speed to get a moving target like a bird. I find it better to use X-mode because I have set ISO to the front control wheel and that allows me to control the overall exposure balance between background and foreground better.
Good!
I got that.

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