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04-05-2019, 01:05 AM - 1 Like   #30886
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Lovely images. Iíll look forward to your comparison down the road. In the meantime, the zoom is tempting me because of the numerous times I needed to back up and couldnít. Iíve taken to shooting from the van at our wildlife refuges because youíre prohibited from exiting the car and, frankly, it really canít be beat for weathering the weather and so much easier on the back. Also, the birds seem very used to the cars. Iíd love to have the 150-450 on one side and the 560 on the other. Now, if I could just get my trusted companion to wear camo and hide her scent, I might increase my capture rate!
Please don't put pictures of big lenses on here I've spent enough already

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Please don't put pictures of big lenses on here I've spent enough already
I, too, suffer from such envy but it isn't dependent on focal length
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
Please don't put pictures of big lenses on here I've spent enough already
Hahaha! How do you think I wound up with mine? Fell in love with that 560 the moment I saw it.

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This will be a long process here, stopping the hummingbird wings with my AF400T flash and my SMC A ☆ 400 F2.8 ED[IF] with Pentax F 1.7 AF adaptor. The AF adaptor will focus blazing fast but since I am shooting at the minimum focal distance [11 feet ] on the 400, the total focus range is 5 inches and these guys and gals move around a lot....
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04-05-2019, 01:17 PM - 9 Likes   #30891
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QuoteOriginally posted by stihlmania Quote
This will be a long process here, stopping the hummingbird wings with my AF400T flash and my SMC A ☆ 400 F2.8 ED[IF] with Pentax F 1.7 AF adaptor. The AF adaptor will focus blazing fast but since I am shooting at the minimum focal distance [11 feet ] on the 400, the total focus range is 5 inches and these guys and gals move around a lot....
Amazing! Great shots stihlmania

couple of juvenile bold eagles playing
about to take off


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04-05-2019, 01:27 PM - 9 Likes   #30892
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DA560 replacement

Recently, I decided to switch systems. I had the DA560mm, DA1.4TC and the K3 for almost five years. I had become so much accustomed to that set-up, focal length and brightness wise, that I wanted to duplicate it in a more portable: smaller and lighter package, and with more consistent auto focus. Reason for this, is that I hike and cycle a lot, and like to carry my equipment and like to capture sudden, unexpected moments.
IQ wise, al I wanted was equal to the wonderful DA560 sharpness. I knew the clarity would be hard to equal (the DA560 having so few glass elemets), but the CA at f5.6 I would happily part with. That CA was very noticeable as green and magenta coloring in the OOF areas. Also, in strong lighting, purple fringing could be abundant. But in all honesty, real world shooting was more than satisfying with the DA560.

So here's a few early samples from my "DA 560-replica in a small package": the Canon 400mmDOII + 1.4TC + 2.0TC. I got a Canon 7DII in the Canon lens promotion bundle, but these are with the 400DOII + 1.4TC on my Sony A7rII by means of the the sigma mc-11 mount adapter. IQ is on another level from the 7DII, so in Canon land, I more or less face the same "ordeal" as I faced in Pentax land: the 7DII is an outdated crop camera, a nice fast camera with pro's and cons, like the Pentax K3 (well, leave out "fast" there...), but with a sensor in more need of a serious update than the K3's, although this is mostly iso 100-400. Iso 500-1600, it is equal to the K3, but base iso is poor if you have high contrast or backlit scenes, as there is very little raw processing latitude. With the Sony A7rII, there is abundant raw processing latitude, and high iso is just great, I always have all noise reduction at "0" until above iso 1600-iso 2000.
The last two images are an example of the cropping power of the Sony A7rII + Canon combo. For now, it is mostly practicing and getting acquainted with both the full Canon combo, and especially the Sony/Canon combo. Regarding portability: the IS in the Canon 400DOII is just staggeringly good, handholding the lens at 560mm is just a piece of cake after handholding the DA560 for five years.

But it feels nice to have my favorite combinations of focal lengths and apertures again! It is all about the moments you capture in nature though, I have captured many favorite images with the DA560.

Chris

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QuoteOriginally posted by taks Quote
Amazing! Great shots stihlmania

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Thanks Taks, I am just now recharging the Quantum Battery 2 that I use with the flash, about 200 plus shots with no waiting for the flash to recharge. I like your Eagles, I wish I did not have to drive 400 miles to see Eagles........Ha!

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04-05-2019, 03:52 PM - 1 Like   #30895
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QuoteOriginally posted by stihlmania Quote
Thanks Taks, I am just now recharging the Quantum Battery 2 that I use with the flash, about 200 plus shots with no waiting for the flash to recharge. I like your Eagles, I wish I did not have to drive 400 miles to see Eagles........Ha!
Thank you. I want to set up a bird feeder so I can shoot from my house, but I rather not climb 35 feet up the fir tree in front of the widow to fill the feeder each time. My house is on the third floor
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A word about using legacy equipment, the AF400T I was using for the hummingbird test photos just bit the dust. After I re-installed the charged up Quantum Battery 2 to the flash, I took about 20 photos and then bang, like a firecracker just went off. I looked over the camera and flash and the Quantum battery and no smoke or any sign of a problem. Since I am a viewfinder type of guy I assumed the flash or battery was the issue here as the sound was not out of the camera. I replaced the battery in the Quantum pack a year ago and it has worked faithfully all this time. So I just continued to shoot. About 20 more shots and again a bang. The hummingbird was ok with this but I was not!. Off came my original AF400T that I purchased new in 1990. While I was attempting to remove the sync cord from the flash [if you have ever owned one of these you know what I mean} I had the flash in my lap and boom!, again a pop as the flash capacitor discharged [510 volts]. Off to the used Pentax stuff that needs repair pile....... Just so happens I have 2 extra AF400T's so on goes the next one.....the images are the hummingbird when this happened, he could care less as I just filled the feeder with fresh sugar water......also I have a pedestal for the feeder now, I will change it tomorrow to get the chains out of the way of the images.....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chris Mak Quote
Recently, I decided to switch systems. I had the DA560mm, DA1.4TC and the K3 for almost five years. I had become so much accustomed to that set-up, focal length and brightness wise, that I wanted to duplicate it in a more portable: smaller and lighter package, and with more consistent auto focus. Reason for this, is that I hike and cycle a lot, and like to carry my equipment and like to capture sudden, unexpected moments.
IQ wise, al I wanted was equal to the wonderful DA560 sharpness. I knew the clarity would be hard to equal (the DA560 having so few glass elemets), but the CA at f5.6 I would happily part with. That CA was very noticeable as green and magenta coloring in the OOF areas. Also, in strong lighting, purple fringing could be abundant. But in all honesty, real world shooting was more than satisfying with the DA560.

So here's a few early samples from my "DA 560-replica in a small package": the Canon 400mmDOII + 1.4TC + 2.0TC. I got a Canon 7DII in the Canon lens promotion bundle, but these are with the 400DOII + 1.4TC on my Sony A7rII by means of the the sigma mc-11 mount adapter. IQ is on another level from the 7DII, so in Canon land, I more or less face the same "ordeal" as I faced in Pentax land: the 7DII is an outdated crop camera, a nice fast camera with pro's and cons, like the Pentax K3 (well, leave out "fast" there...), but with a sensor in more need of a serious update than the K3's, although this is mostly iso 100-400. Iso 500-1600, it is equal to the K3, but base iso is poor if you have high contrast or backlit scenes, as there is very little raw processing latitude. With the Sony A7rII, there is abundant raw processing latitude, and high iso is just great, I always have all noise reduction at "0" until above iso 1600-iso 2000.
The last two images are an example of the cropping power of the Sony A7rII + Canon combo. For now, it is mostly practicing and getting acquainted with both the full Canon combo, and especially the Sony/Canon combo. Regarding portability: the IS in the Canon 400DOII is just staggeringly good, handholding the lens at 560mm is just a piece of cake after handholding the DA560 for five years.

But it feels nice to have my favorite combinations of focal lengths and apertures again! It is all about the moments you capture in nature though, I have captured many favorite images with the DA560.

Chris
I hope you get a chance to post some pics with the 400 DO II + 2x TC.
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I hope you get a chance to post some pics with the 400 DO II + 2x TC.
I will. I still have it on order at the moment, but it should be here soon. As AF will be crucial at 800mm f8, I am hoping it will perform as good as the 1.4TC on the Sony A7rII, which can really nail focus dead on with its on-sensor phase detection system. I did not expect much, it was more for fun, but it exceeded my expectations greatly. So much so, that I am now using the 400DOII more on the Sony body than on the Canon body. Not at all meaning to fuel a mirrorless discussion here, but the accuracy and 99% consistency of the sensor phase af is a bit of a revelation for me. It is not native though, so not sure if it will work with the 2.0TC. If not, I will be visiting my camera store after the summer to try out the EOS-R. It was a bit of a personal wish these past years to have pinpoint accurate and consistent AF and now it seems that mirrorless does indeed provide that.

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Love number 8, the snake peeping out!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
Please don't put pictures of big lenses on here I've spent enough already
Couldn't agree more. I have the 1.4AW TC on my DA*300 F4 and it gives me 420 mm. Does anybody knows how it compares with the long end of the 150-450? I always want longer reach, but found that during the hot part of the days atmospherics play havoc with the image quality. Will post some later, but is not always hot and that 560 sounds very temptimg
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