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01-15-2017, 02:18 AM - 1 Like   #24301
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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
Gorgeous duck and a neat setup!

With all of your gear at your disposal, any particular reason for choosing the K-50 + Sigma, or "just because"?
Yes, indeed! The K50 was my first digital Pentax and I've kept it for its light handling for work on the water. I keep the K50 and Sigma at the houseboat, seen in the photo, because that's where I do most of my boat work. I shoot a lot from a kayak and rowboat and figure if everything goes overboard, I'll cry but get over it quicker. My other equipment, not so much. I try to keep that stuff on land.

I really do prefer my beloved K3-II for the obvious reasons and have fought with my wallet over getting a second one to replace the 50. But I keep hearing rumors of an eventual K3 upgrade and figure, as long as the 50 is still working, might as well wait it out. Because, boy, would I love an articulating screen! The Sigma has been very versatile for wildlife, but more often than not, I'm disappointed in its sharpness, probably due to being spoiled by primes. I recently picked up a DA300 and have been shooting it with the 1.4 TC I already had. Time will tell if it was worth the investment, but I'm really enjoying the maneuverability, since I tend to shoot at the 400-450 range anyway.

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It's been a while since I posted a photo in this forum so here you go
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Went out to the frozen marsh today, not expecting to see anything. I was surprised tho find this one still around. Taken with my K-5iis with K 200mm F2.5 + 1.7x AF adaptor.
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It's been a while since I posted a photo in this forum so here you go
K-5 + Sigma 150-500
Beautiful!

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Went out to the frozen marsh today, not expecting to see anything. I was surprised tho find this one still around. Taken with my K-5iis with K 200mm F2.5 + 1.7x AF adaptor.
I nearly duplicated your excursion... went to a local semi-frozen pond this afternoon, not expecting much but hoping for a duck or ten, and found a GBH. Usually don't find them in the winter by me.

A 400/5.6 + 1.4x-L



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I nearly duplicated your excursion... went to a local semi-frozen pond this afternoon, not expecting much but hoping for a duck or ten, and found a GBH. Usually don't find them in the winter by me.

A 400/5.6 + 1.4x-L




Nice shots. What location in Jersey?
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Nice shots. What location in Jersey?
Along the Musconetcong River in Stanhope. Are you familiar with the area?
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Here's one from me. A habitat management team on the run. The lens is Mamiya Sekor E 4/300, on k-30.


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Some pictures from yesterday in good weather and light conditions. Taken with the DA* 300mm and the DA 1.4x teleconverter. I just love that combination.












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Along the Musconetcong River in Stanhope. Are you familiar with the area?
Yes, grew up in Jersey. Used to visit a Swartswood lake outside of Newton. Always enjoyed the NW area of the state.
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Still trying to bring you some shots of the elusive male Harlequin Duck that's supposed to be on the waterfront - in the meantime here are some Buffleheads and Redheads that came within range today.






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Yes, grew up in Jersey. Used to visit a Swartswood lake outside of Newton. Always enjoyed the NW area of the state.
Swartswood Lake is about a 45 minute drive for me. It's been ages since I've been there. Depending on how long ago you left, you might be surprised at how "developed" Sussex County has gotten.

Here's a few from the same location today, one visit at noon and the other about an hour before sundown. I was again surprised by the amount of activity.

Still working on coming to grips with the A 400/5.6 + 1.4x-L combo...

I was about to shoot something else when suddenly this GHB glided into view. Didn't nail focus, and shutter speed was too slow.


It was about 35F, and he looked cold.


Young baldy watching me from across the pond, a couple hundred feet away. First eagle sighting of the year.


There were a couple hundred geese, just a handful of the hooded mergansers. So quirky-cute.


There were a couple dozen mallards (slight crop). The low sun sets off the colors nicely.

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So, set up early as low as I could
The early bird got much better than the proverbial worm! Thanks for posting your setup too.
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At the Visitor's centre, A-400 and F 1.7x AF Adapter and K-1 with 28-105.
Opeongo Road images, Tamron 300 most with the HD DA 1.4 TC.

There is a new feeder at the Visitor's Centre, it's very popular with the grosbeaks.. you can see it in the middles of the photo hanging in that weird alcove kind of architectural feature. The older feeders are below it centre left at the bottom. K-1 nd 28-105)


Pictures from the Visitor's Centre deck....

Far out in the field a fox expresses his displeasure that a fisher won't leave the road killed moose carcass dragged there by the park rangers, for your viewing pleasure. (A-400 and 1.7x without a tripod = no hope a clear image.)


You can check what's happening there live, although there's been very little activity this morning.
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/virtual/webcam/index.php

Also taken from the deck, on the new feeder




Waiting their turn in the nearby trees.




In front of the Visitor's Centre..


Photographers in the Spruce Bog Trail parking lot. I wonder if that guy on the left has noticed all those women have bigger lenses (not that size matters) . Those Sigma an Tamron 150-600s are getting to be real popular. In this group , approx. 4 of 12 shooters were using them, and all women (you dudes keep that in mind next time you complain about the weight of those lenses. Not only were they carrying them, they were using them hand held.). In my picture 2 of the 5 had them. The tall skinny girl's is unseen behind her legs hanging on some kind of lanyard.


Spruce Bog Trail ice.


Over at Opeongo road, the up close and personal viewing site. (Tamron 300 and HD DA 1.4 and K-1)

This first one shows the Vignetting caused by the HD DA 1.4 FF on the full frame. In some images it makes a difference, but on many, it is non-existent. Especially if you crop at all.






A young Pine Marten has learned that bird seed is a good dietary supplement, and that birds and squirrels that come to this parking lot for bird seed can make an excellent main meal.


Gray Jay at Costello Creek picnic area, (Tamron SP AF 300 LD [IF].


End of the day, Brewer Lake


Mild weather and bright sun makes for great days in the park.

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Nice series, luftfluss, and good variety of subjects. They all look good to me, especially the 4th. Looks like the A 400/5.6 + 1.4x-L combo is serving you well. How long have you had the 400mm? I've read a lot of good things about both the A and L. My long combo is the A*300mm + 1.7x af.

I'm familiar with the development up north. I started visiting the area in the early 60s, last visit several years ago.
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