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03-22-2019, 02:30 PM - 6 Likes   #30796
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chris Mak Quote

All I can say at this stage, is that auto focus with the Canon combo (including 1.4TC) is literally lightning fast, simply instant, and not a trace of zip-zip-zip that plagued the DA560+K3II combo in anything but high contrast, bright daylight. I missed a lot of fleeting opportunities due to my DA560+K3 combo taking time to wake up, start focussing, decide on what, the zip-zip-zip, and the bird was either long gone, or if the K3 did fire off some shots, they would simply not be pin-sharp, or even poorly focussed. Only good results where when I had spacious time to carefully focus, which is fine for slow moving or static subjects....
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Honestly, I think that says it all.
The 560 is fantastic for birds on a stick.
When I hike or specifically target BIF, I usually step down to the much faster, more portable and more accurate DFA 150-450. I'm not fond of the TC on either, but perhaps I haven't given it a fair chance.
I've had BIF photos with the 560 (both on a tripod and handheld) that I'm proud of, but I too have missed many potential shots due to the relaxed attitude of the camera/lens combo. This really hit home when I was shooting eagles last year (not a small bird) and couldn't get the K3ii/560 combo to react in time despite having the bird smack in the middle of my viewfinder. I almost convinced myself to purchase the 500 PF when I came home that evening (it was just coming out), but I was able to pull out a few nice shots from the day and remind myself this is just my hobby. I'm still hopeful that a K3(?) successor will show up one day and bring new excitement to the 300 club.
I've followed the threads of folks who have added either Nikon or Canon to their quiver and I haven't seen any look back. I'll look forward to your impressions with more time under your belt using your new combo. Congratulations and please keep us posted.
As for the K1 560 combo for BIF, I have to admit I haven't used it much for that purpose as I usually go with the K3ii for added reach and higher frame rate.

This, of course, gives me the opportunity to post one more AZ photo, this time a northern mockingbird navigating the thorns of a cactus, and finally showing off with a good pose.
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03-22-2019, 04:30 PM - 15 Likes   #30798
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Late contribution to the recent Cardinal's buzz

K3 + FA*250-600/f5.6

Cardinal rouge / Northern Cardinal [Cardinalis cardinalis]
03-22-2019, 11:52 PM   #30799
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Some lovely photos in here. Iím currently waiting for my newly purchased FA*600 f/4 to arrive. So excited! Hope itís not a dud!

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Green Tailed Sunbird (male) shot with K3 + Sigma 500 F4.5


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QuoteOriginally posted by kengoh Quote
Green Tailed Sunbird (male) shot with K3 + Sigma 500 F4.5
Oh my goodness!! How I wish there were birds so colorful in my neighborhood.
This catbird is typical of the species in my yard.

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VAV the discussion above on Pentax AF performance for wildlife. I was photographing birds lured to feeders with a K1 + 150~450mmon an overcast day (=use flash) and time after time either the lens would hunt and the bird was gone, or the combo missed the point of focus. Probably 80% of the clicks were total misses. I switched to a Canon 7D + Tamron 150~600mm and that combo locked on lightning fast virtually every time. MUCH larger % of keepers. I sold the 150~450mm.
More recently I've gone to MFT with a Pana-Leica 100~400mm as the longest tele. It is in the league of the Canon 7D for quick, reliable AF, but half the weight - 3010g for K1 + 150~450mm, 2810g for 7D + 150~600mmn 1472g for GX8 + 100~400mm.
I have been a Pentax user since 1957, but brand loyalty is no substitute for lost images.
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Took my DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM for a first outing, getting ready for the cricket season and am impressed with the results , all hand held.










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QuoteOriginally posted by riseform Quote
When I hike or specifically target BIF, I usually step down to the much faster, more portable and more accurate DFA 150-450. I'm not fond of the TC on either, but perhaps I haven't given it a fair chance.
I've had BIF photos with the 560 (both on a tripod and handheld) that I'm proud of, but I too have missed many potential shots due to the relaxed attitude of the camera/lens combo. This really hit home when I was shooting eagles last year (not a small bird) and couldn't get the K3ii/560 combo to react in time despite having the bird smack in the middle of my viewfinder. I almost convinced myself to purchase the 500 PF when I came home that evening (it was just coming out), but I was able to pull out a few nice shots from the day and remind myself this is just my hobby. I'm still hopeful that a K3(?) successor will show up one day and bring new excitement to the 300 club.
I've followed the threads of folks who have added either Nikon or Canon to their quiver and I haven't seen any look back. I'll look forward to your impressions with more time under your belt using your new combo. Congratulations and please keep us posted.
I've tried the 1.4x TC on my 300mm f/4 PF (making it an effective 420mm f/5.6) and older 300mm f/2.8 (420mm f/4) and found that I much preferred the focusing performance of the bare lens over the extended reach when paired with the TC. TC on a base f/5.6 lens can make the combination very situational. There are not enough sunny days in the PNW for me to keep a TC around.

I was excited about the 500mm PF, but the backorder list is long and Nikon (just like with the D850) did not account for demand in their first production release. I eventually cancelled my pre-order and purchased a used 500mm f/4 on a Black Friday sale instead.

After letting go of my Pentax K-3II, I did eventually find my way back with the K-1II. I've contemplated adding either 150-450 (I've used it in the past with my K-3II) or DA 300 to my K-1II. The IQ of the K-1ii is really remarkable. Not a replacement for my D500 in a wildlife role, but definitely a compliment.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
I switched to a Canon 7D + Tamron 150~600mm and that combo locked on lightning fast virtually every time. MUCH larger % of keepers. I sold the 150~450mm.
Canon 7D? The EXIF says Nikon D7100.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sutherland Quote
Canon 7D? The EXIF says Nikon D7100.

Yes. That image was taken some time back when I had the original version of the Tammy on a Nikon. I used that kit extensively in Iceland, but there were things I didn't like and Pentax had introduced the 150~450mm. Trying to be Pentax loyal, I purchased one and based on tests found the IQ excellent, so I sold the Nikon & Tammy. However, the K1 + 150~450 let me down sometimes, and it was impossibly heavy for me, so I purchased a Canon 7D and the improved (second) version of the 150~600mm to test against it. That was the combo I used at the bird feeder and it is what lead to selling the 150~450mm. Now that I've moved to MFT, I may sell the Canon & 150~600mm as the results I'm getting a Pana-Leica 50~200mm and 100~400mm are more than satisfactory and MUCH lighter and easier to carry.
Note the numbers I posted above and will re-post here.

1) Pentax K1 + 150~450mm 3010g
2) Canon 7D + Tamron 150~600mm 2810g (FOV equivalent to 225~900mm on FF)
3) Panasonic GX8 + Pan-Leica 100~400mm, 1472g (!, FOV equivalent to 200~800mm on FF)

Lens only weight (actually mass if you want your pencils in line)

150~450mm Pentax = 2000g
150~600mm Tamron = 1950g
100~400mm P-L = 985g

With advancing age in my body and osteoarthritis in my hands, the choice is really a no-brainer

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First outing with my (damaged) A 300/4 (and my K-3).
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Some lovely photos in here. Iím currently waiting for my newly purchased FA*600 f/4 to arrive. So excited! Hope itís not a dud!
Congratulation on the purchase!
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Congratulation on the purchase!


Thanks! I canít wait to start using it!
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