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03-03-2018, 04:48 PM   #27751
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Rufous crowned sparrow
The sparrow doesn't look all that pleased at having a camera pushed into his/her face! Nice shot.

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BCHP with Sigma 150-500mm HSM (probably my last few sets with the 150-500mm...)

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, nesting activity at the local wet market area..

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The blue crowned, believe where the name came from....

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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
The sparrow doesn't look all that pleased at having a camera pushed into his/her face! Nice shot.
Many different birds visited the watering hole, showing not too much concern with me being 30 feet away, mostly hidden sitting behind my lens and tripod, but they all kept one eye on me during their visit.
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Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, nesting activity at the local wet market area..
That is a very pretty little bird. Thank you for posting those.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxians Quote
Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, nesting activity at the local wet market area..
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That is a very pretty little bird. Thank you for posting those.
Agreed. Very lovely bird!

Below some shots with DA*300 @ 420mm.









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sigma apo 500mm f7.2 + K5 vs sigma apo 400mm f5.6 + samsung NX20

Coincidentally, the sigma apo 500mm on my 16MPx K5 produces the same sized (in terms of pixels) crops, given the same bird the same distance away, as my sigma apo 400m on my 20MPx samsung NX20. So is there a discernable difference in the results from these combos, if I consider a suite of pics taken with each (the busy feeders and the pond at the Spinnies providing the subjects)?
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I'll post later which are which, or you can cheat by right clicking and checking image info...but basically the verdict is the 3 most important things with either combo are 1. focus. 2. focus. 3. focus...

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QuoteOriginally posted by marcusBMG Quote
. . . basically the verdict is the 3 most important things with either combo are 1. focus. 2. focus. 3. focus...
hmm. perhaps I will try that tip
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I received all of my Pentax gear. My initial impressions are very positive. The lens, tc and camera all have excellent build quality and weather resistance. I also like the reasonable size for what I’m getting. I can fit the 300 mounted on my K3 II, with the lens hood in place in my Think Tank Streetwalker bag for easy access. If I rearrange my bag a little bit, I can even fit it with the tc installed.

I haven’t done extensive testing, but images seem sharp with great color and contrast. AF is a little on the slow side on the lens, but really not bad. It reminds me of shooting the Canon 100-400.

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QuoteOriginally posted by str8talk83 Quote
I received all of my Pentax gear. My initial impressions are very positive. The lens, tc and camera all have excellent build quality and weather resistance. I also like the reasonable size for what I’m getting. I can fit the 300 mounted on my K3 II, with the lens hood in place in my Think Tank Streetwalker bag for easy access. If I rearrange my bag a little bit, I can even fit it with the tc installed.

I haven’t done extensive testing, but images seem sharp with great color and contrast. AF is a little on the slow side on the lens, but really not bad. It reminds me of shooting the Canon 100-400.
Enjoy your equipment! As you say it produces wonderful results even if it isn’t the fastest combo, the IQ is top class!
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
That is a very pretty little bird. Thank you for posting those.
QuoteOriginally posted by zzeitg Quote
Agreed. Very lovely bird!

Below some shots with DA*300 @ 420mm.
Thanks guys!
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An 8 shot panorama with my K-1 and F* 300mm f/4.5:
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An 8 shot panorama with my K-1 and F* 300mm f/4.5:
Well shot!! Thanks for sharing with us.
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Recently I've been using a Panasonic/Leica 100~400mm on an Olympus OMD EM10 mk II. The first image below taken @ 400mm is straight out of the camera, no PP. The shadow along the base is the car on which I was bracing the lens. The second image is cropped and run through PP = sharpening, smoothing, tweaking color and contrast, etc. To obtain the final image on FF without cropping would require something well over 1000mm. I'm pretty pleased with the performance of this zoom. PS: Notice the flies or wasps off the left side of the nest.
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I finally got to test out my DA 300. I really like the lens so far. The only thing that I wish it had is a focus limiter. The lens is a little bit slower to rack through the focus range and this would help a lot. Everything else about the lens is great.

All of these were taken using the TC. After testing with and without I see no reason to not use the TC unless I need the f/4 aperture in low light. This is a really great combination. These are all stopped down to F/8 for depth of field reasons and not because I "had to." Here are a few of my test images.





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