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09-24-2016, 06:31 PM - 6 Likes   #23281
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Trying out a Tamron 300 F2.8, I think it will need a bit of adjustment, and a sturdy tripod, this one hand held.

K-3 and Tamron 300 F2.8


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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
This was the A* 300/4 on a K-1 not so long ago.
Amazing shot Matt
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QuoteOriginally posted by kengoh Quote
Hi Luis, nice clean background you have however the lighting is a little harsh, there is hardly catch lights on the bird's eyes, you shot them during late morning or early afternoon? Did you sharpen the images during post process? A little over sharpen to me IMHO.
Hi Ken, thanks for the comments, I got it at the early afternoon between 2 to 4pm, yes it's little harsh on most of the shot that I have. I set my K-S1 f-stop between 8 to 9.5 in order to get a better picture. While doing post-processing I'm only play around with cropping, adjusting the curve/level/exposure, reducing noise if photo taken at high iso, if the output still soft I will try to applying the smart sharpen under Filter. If not I will never touch on the Filter/Sharpen setting. I never apply any sharpening on the above picture..
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxians Quote
Hi Ken, thanks for the comments, I got it at the early afternoon between 2 to 4pm, yes it's little harsh on most of the shot that I have. I set my K-S1 f-stop between 8 to 9.5 in order to get a better picture. While doing post-processing I'm only play around with cropping, adjusting the curve/level/exposure, reducing noise if photo taken at high iso, if the output still soft I will try to applying the smart sharpen under Filter. If not I will never touch on the Filter/Sharpen setting. I never apply any sharpening on the above picture..
I see, no wonder the lighting is bad, try to shoot before 10am in the morning and after 5pm in the evening for soft light.
Actually K-S1 is AA filter-less cam, should be pretty sharp to compensate the softness of lens and you've stop down to F8 or higher, the image shouldn't be that bad, perhaps you can post 1 without sharpening? If you apply sharpening, try to avoid halo effects around the bird and more obvious on the perch.
btw the CKF shot at GBTB and not in SBTB? Prefer the latter location if there is....

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QuoteOriginally posted by kengoh Quote
I see, no wonder the lighting is bad, try to shoot before 10am in the morning and after 5pm in the evening for soft light.
Actually K-S1 is AA filter-less cam, should be pretty sharp to compensate the softness of lens and you've stop down to F8 or higher, the image shouldn't be that bad, perhaps you can post 1 without sharpening? If you apply sharpening, try to avoid halo effects around the bird and more obvious on the perch.
btw the CKF shot at GBTB and not in SBTB? Prefer the latter location if there is....
Very convenient living near the equator to be able to give blanket time of day indications for lighting. But more importantly, is the point of your before 10 and after 5 suggestion that at those times it is more likely that the sun will be low enough and behind something, resulting in diffused light? If that is the case, is a similar effect achieved with using shaded locations at other times of the day and also under very heavy cloud?
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Trying out a Tamron 300 F2.8, I think it will need a bit of adjustment, and a sturdy tripod, this one hand held.
Looks razor sharp , with smooth progressive bokeh. Manually focused?

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Trying out a Tamron 300 F2.8, I think it will need a bit of adjustment, and a sturdy tripod, this one hand held.

K-3 and Tamron 300 F2.8
Nice shot Norm..... but you do realise that you've posted a one eye in focus portrait.... next thing ya know you'll be shooting a K-1!
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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
Looks razor sharp , with smooth progressive bokeh. Manually focused?
It has amazingly fast AF if you're used to SDM... so, no, I took advantage of the AF.

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Nice shot Norm..... but you do realise that you've posted a one eye in focus portrait.... next thing ya know you'll be shooting a K-1!
I don't really have a kit lens for the K-1. I could use the 35-80 for a while, but those types of old film lenses have really flimsy construction. I held a K-1 owned by a forum member yesterday... if it was in store I doubt I could have resisted it. I almost couldn't resist trying to run off with his. With this darn new hip, I'm really slow, I wouldn't have got far. I think I'm holding out for the 28-105 included for a package discount. But it all depends on keeping myself busy so I don't just break down and order it online.

But I sold my K-20D, K-01 and K-5 in anticipation of it's arrival. I've put myself in a situation where I have no back-up, so the writing is on the wall.

derekkite's post the other day, pretty much sealed the deal... I mean 5000 ISO.... that's pretty tough to argue with.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/55946-300mm-plus-lens-club...ml#post3779202

I basically picked up the 300 so I'd have the same functionality with the K-1 I'd have with the K-3 in terms of reach. 300 2.8 instead of 200 2.8 with the option to stack the TCs pushing the 300 to 420mm ƒ4, 510mm ƒ4.5, or 714 ƒ6.3. Basically the 150-600 shooters can kiss my _______ with their "I have to have that extra 100mm".. now who's got the extra 100mm?

Dealing with the extra 5 pounds of lens? Well that's the full frame curse.


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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
It has amazingly fast AF if you're used to SDM... so, no, I took advantage of the AF.



I don't really have a kit lens for the K-1. I could use the 35-80 for a while, but those types of old film lenses have really flimsy construction. I held a K-1 owned by a forum member yesterday... if it was in store I doubt I could have resisted it. I almost couldn't resist trying to run off with his. With this darn new hip, I'm really slow, I wouldn't have got far. I think I'm holding out for the 28-105 included for a package discount. But it all depends on keeping myself busy so I don't just break down and order it online.

But I sold my K-20D, K-01 and K-5 in anticipation of it's arrival. I've put myself in a situation where I have no back-up, so the writing is on the wall.

derekkite's post the other day, pretty much sealed the deal... I mean 5000 ISO.... that's pretty tough to argue with.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/55946-300mm-plus-lens-club...ml#post3779202

I basically picked up the 300 so I'd have the same functionality with the K-1 I'd have with the K-3 in terms of reach. 300 2.8 instead of 200 2.8 with the option to stack the TCs pushing the 300 to 420mm ƒ4, 510mm ƒ4.5, or 714 ƒ6.3. Basically the 150-600 shooters can kiss my _______ with their "I have to have that extra 100mm".. now who's got the extra 100mm?

Dealing with the extra 5 pounds of lens? Well that's the full frame curse.
Yesterday morning. I'm going to go out in a few minutes to see if I can get another one. I couldn't get these shots with the K3 last year. Same lens.

I got three pretty good shots of the same as the bird tried to swallow the fish. It was unsuccessful.



---------- Post added 09-25-16 at 07:00 AM ----------

On the K1. I haven't used it extensively, but first impressions.

Low light it is another world. On the K3 iso 800 in low light long and cropped is about the max,and the quality is dodgy. The K1 is amazing. The shutter speed increase makes it possible to get shots that I couldn't get.

I have to rework my noise reduction strategies in software.

Focus is good. I haven't done enough bird in flight stuff, it isn't magical but slightly better. For non movement stuff it is far better using the Sigma 500mm. The DA300 is ok. I haven't quite nailed down the configuration yet.

Crop and full mode is really handy. Most of my stuff that I want a fast continuous shooting speed is something far away, switching to crop gives me about the same as the K3 CAF.

Don't pick it up, you won't want to put it down. It is like a well fitting glove, a joy to handle and use.

I was hitting the limits many times on the K3, the K1 opens opportunities and learning for me.

I haven't quite got the feel for metering on the K1. We all know how tough that is for what we do. It isn't prescient but I can see if done right it is pretty good. I blew the reds on a close Pileated the other day by mis metering.

The dials are very easy to move inadvertently. The lock and user modes are essential. I haven't set them up yet.

Get close to wildlife. That is the way to get best shots. Note Norms 200mm shots, they are a delight to look at. He is close with a sharp lens.

---------- Post added 09-25-16 at 07:05 AM ----------

This one has no noise reduction applied. f6.3, 1/1000 iso 1000 500mm.


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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
---------- Post added 09-25-16 at 07:05 AM ----------

[/COLOR]This one has no noise reduction applied. f6.3, 1/1000 iso 1000 500mm.
That bird sums up the old expression "Too Much to Swallow" perfectly.
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I tried the Tamron SP AF 300mm F2.8 IF-[IF] with the HD DA 1.4 this morning....

K-3 and Tammy 300 + 1.4 TC (420mm ƒ4)
ƒ8, 400 ISO. AV

nothing to complain about that I could see, other than the weight... mounted on a tripod, even that's not bad.







Tamron 300 and F1.7x AF adapter, 500mm ƒ4.5





Stacked TCs, starting to suffer from AF problems, but still functional in good light. 700mm ƒ6.3


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Nice, normhead. perhaps you could oblige us with a "lensporn" pic too ...
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I met up with UserAccessDenied who took me to some of his favorite spots at Assateague Island. We found an Egret who stalked a fish early in the morning. The Egret got the fish and speared it with both parts of its beak and had difficulty shaking the fish off to swallow. The third through the fifth shot took a minute or two, the fish just wouldn't come off. The Egret finally did get breakfast but not without some extra work. Uncropped images.
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Cedar Waxwing taken this Spring. The Robins and Waxwings really like the left over winter fruit on the crab apple trees in the neighborhood.
One of our most elegant visitors.

Taken through a 1000mm Fruenhofer achromatic doublet+K20 through the living room window. Not too bad for a 200 year old lens design...

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Looks good wild man....

Requested "lens porn"

With attached TCs


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Without the hood.
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