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01-05-2017, 03:01 PM   #24226
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I wonder if anyone else has tried an A-400 on a K-1

K-1 and SMC Pentax A-400.
3200 ISO, ƒ8 or 6.3.

I ask you, has any A-400 ever been shot at 3200 ISO before? Perhaps a Pentax first.

I was working pretty close to minimum focussing distance at about 275mm K-3 mm, and small fast birds with MF is not treat, but everything is possible.





My 4 for 40 keeper rates is actually respectable for the little guys, although I did lower my standards a little to achieve that.

You maybe can't tell I lowered my standards a this size, you're going to have to take my word for it.

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The snow buntings, I hear, are all over facebook. I chatted to a guy who had come from Macclesfield, a couple of hours away, to photograph the snow buntings with his nikon 300mm f2.8 + TC. He said upwards of twenty twitchers had been and gone. The glorious sunshine would've been worth it, however I'm happy I only had to walk 15mins.
This T-noflexar 400mm is not the same one as my previous novoflex posts though, I picked up an older novoflex in order to acquire the shoulder stock and put the optic on my later "PIGRIFF". For me this one is not as sharp as the Canon 400mm, or the other T-noflexar IMO. NX20, f8 and f11.


(That's deep blue... sea actually!)







The buntings look like they're going to be around for a while. I think I'll try the 500mm mirror next...
But let me know if you're beginning to feel a bunting surfeit...
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I wonder if anyone else has tried an A-400 on a K-1

K-1 and SMC Pentax A-400.
3200 ISO, 8 or 6.3.

I ask you, has any A-400 ever been shot at 3200 ISO before? Perhaps a Pentax first.

I was working pretty close to minimum focussing distance at about 275mm K-3 mm, and small fast birds with MF is not treat, but everything is possible.





My 4 for 40 keeper rates is actually respectable for the little guys, although I did lower my standards a little to achieve that.

You maybe can't tell I lowered my standards a this size, you're going to have to take my word for it.

Good shots, Norm. Especially the second one.
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... both K-1, Square Mode, DA55-300PLM@300, f6.3


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Still with the K-1 and A-400,

Next day with better light and 800 ISO and F 11... much more contrasty results....









The main issue is 600 FF is sort of a minimum for birding. The 400 on a K-1 is not much better than a DA*60-250 on APS-c. Believe it or not, I bought this lens from a man who used it as his long lens for weddings on film. These images are cropped, with the same lens and my K-3... as I said, more proof of concept than practical.
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These Waxwings were a couple of miles from my house feeding on Rowan berries. I had to get out of the car to take these.
K-5/FA*600mmF4ED[IF] on a Gitzo 1348









Back in the car for these.





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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
These Waxwings were a couple of miles from my house feeding on Rowan berries. I had to get out of the car to take these.
K-5/FA*600mmF4ED[IF] on a Gitzo 1348

Waxwings are IMHO one of the prettiest of the passerines, in their understated way. I especially like the three on a branch. That is so waxwing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
That is so waxwing.
That's going to be the saying of 2017, I can feel it.

Leucistic juvenile Bald Eagle in Delta today


and to keep with the waxwings, here's another

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QuoteOriginally posted by kengoh Quote
My collection of flycatchers in Year 2016

Hill blue flycatcher
Slaty back flycatcher
Ultramarine flycatcher
White gorgeted flycatcher
Rufous gorgeted flycatcher male
Rufous gorgeted flycatcher female
Veriditer flycatcher
Large niltava male
Large niltava female
Himalayan blue tail male
Himalayan blue tail female
got 2 more not shown here...

Only 1 shot before, the rest are all lifers.

Click on image to flickr site for higher resolution

Ken, that's a collection of Flycatchers that few will ever get! Beautiful captures all.

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QuoteOriginally posted by noelpolar Quote
Beginners class in using focus tracking with K-1 and DFA 150-450 ... (DPReview still couldn't get the snail in focus)


Amazing pictures of the snail. I'd be happy to be at the "beginners level". Never tried focus tracking but maybe I had better!
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DA*300 @ 420mm











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I've been putting a photobook together from our Patagonia trip and thought I would share a couple more penguin shots, all with the K-3, DA*300mm and 1.4x TC:

This is a 3-shot pano:



And this one's our favourite:


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More experimenting....

K-1 with the A-400 and F 1.7x AF adapter 680mm ƒ93. for $800.
300 ISO ƒ11.

This image maxes out everything


These it's hard to tell if the image would have been sharper shooting without the 1.7 and enlarging.










The problems of narrow DoF shooting at 680mm was not anticipated. Just when I finally convince myself I should sell the lens, I find something it can do. Is that first image worth keeping the lens for? I'm not going to get as good an image with my K-3. I'm not going to get as good an image with a shorter combo. But, I got 1 shot I consider exceptional out of 155 images. Is the gain worth the pain? How does one make these decisions?

I'm guessing for these shots, the star in the FA*400 ƒ5.6 would make a difference. Although the first shot would suggest with better technique I might be able to do a lot better on the others. After all, if you can do it in one, you should be able to do it in all of them.

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Great shots, Norm.
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ups dropped of a da*300 last night so....

coming off a ridge about lunchtime we happened on what we thought was a stump
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