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05-20-2017, 09:53 AM   #25696
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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
Ok, I have a question--especially for those of you with lenses with "drop-in" filters but also front filter users. Who uses polarized filters for bird photography and why? Just curious.
I don't either but I have thought about it as the filter I use with my DA*16-50mm would fit my DA*300mm. Shots of birds with glossy, reflective plumage in bright sun (like the Red-headed Woodpecker I posted a while back) might benefit from a polarized filter.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
That first image of a little male trying to impress a potential mate is a scream! Wonderful, wonderful capture!

QuoteOriginally posted by Kevriano Quote
Fab Linnet pics. Love the first.

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05-20-2017, 10:59 AM   #25698
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Thanks for the replies, Steven & Albert. I'm thinking a polarizing filter might be helpful with high-contrast birds like eagles where blown highlights are an issue and also managing reflections in waterbird habitats. But light loss is an issue.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
The focusing is quicker than my K-5 but I only have shaft drive lenses . I have not had a chance to try it on birds in flight yet.
I certainly had usable BIF shots with screwdrive lens, specifically the DA 50-200 WR kit telezoom on my K-3. It's not a world star but it has it's usable range when it locks.
I'll have to go off-topic on this one since these were made at 200mm.

Bee eater mid hunt, you can almost feel the energy this bird is putting off









Flying so low to the ground making sharp turns, it's like a... highway... to the dangerzone-




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05-20-2017, 01:22 PM   #25701
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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
Ok, I have a question--especially for those of you with lenses with "drop-in" filters but also front filter users. Who uses polarized filters for bird photography and why? Just curious.
I have not used one either.
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I have the original Pentax uv drop in filter in my lens. The front filter thread is 145 mm, needless to say no filter there. I was attempting to get some close up hummingbirds this morning when this guy showed up.
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The light has been poor and the weather miserable around here. So here's an update on who I've seen this month.

K-3 and TAmron 300 2.8 with 1.4 TC.

Male Evening Grosbeak


Female Evening Grosbeak


Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak


Female Purple Finch


Male Purple Finch ( what you looking at?)


Red Breasted Nuthatch


Grackle


Male Redwing Blackbird


Female Redwing Blackbird


Black Capped Chickadee


Blue Jay


White throated Sparrow


Dark Eyed Junco


Chipping Sparrow


American Goldfinch


Seen but not photographed Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers and Ruby Throated Hummers, and big Redtailed Hawk on the morning walk.
Now we are all caught up.
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Birds were scarce today, and the views mostly distant. Wind is from the North again...

Chestnut-sided Warbler


House Wren


Goldfinch


Eastern Wood-Pewee


Red-eyed Vireo


I'm not good at ID'ing odes...


Female Scarlet Tanager

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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
Ok, I have a question--especially for those of you with lenses with "drop-in" filters but also front filter users
Hey Dave - I believe you lost your filter holder for your 300? were you able to find a replacement?

I just went through today's posts - wow what a lot of great shots from everyone really a pleasure, Sterby those BIF were really notable. I got some fox shots today that I am pretty eager to get processed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sterby Quote
And this is where you are wrong, the K-3 AF system is very capable and precise with the right lens.
I had similar problems and then I decided to take the hassle of adjusting.
I used a nearby lamp post as target and it didn't take 5 minutes to finish and it made a big difference in my images.
Now I get mostly sharp subjects at 500mm that are 300m or more away, depending on the surrounding obstacles.
I downloaded and used this to adjust my lenses

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QuoteOriginally posted by rkappleby Quote
From today FA*600
Totally mindblowing shots. Could you tell us more about how and where you took them?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
I downloaded and used this to adjust my lenses

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After the adjusting the 50-500, I though about checking my other lenses as well. For the Tamron 70-200 I used piece of broken brick that I placed on a metal mesh table in the backyard. Focusing on the brick face, the shallow angle of the metal mesh showed very well the plane of focus. I stood at around 10-15m away. Earlier on the 50-500 the lamp post was around 100m away on a planked fence, again showing a clean scale for the plane of focus.
I had a similar focusing chart printed out but I thought adjusting focus in closer distance might not give a linear reliability at long distance, so I looked for bigger "scales" that I didn't have to print and assemble.
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