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06-09-2019, 05:03 AM - 5 Likes   #31276
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Croppability K3+DA560

As I have a few days off from work, I've been reorganizing my bird images library, getting rid of a lot of delete candidates to make room for new sessions.
I switched to Canon a few months back, but revisiting the images taken through the years with my former set-up K3+DA560 (+ 1.4TC), I am amazed by how good the IQ of this combo actually really was. Not so much the (AF) performance, but the IQ, going back through all the images, was really very good i.m.o. Exceptional was the way the K3 worked together with the DA560 to capture really amazing detail over long distances., and the relatively low weight and high light transmittance enabled handholding without going into very high iso's (I never used a tripod in my life).
Here, for fun, is a full image with a 100% crop, only mildly sharpened, because often I see 100% crops posted to prove the sharpness of a lens, when in fact these 100% crops themselves have been processed with all sharpening methods available to make them look sharp. The K3 with the DA560 was truly sharp, with amazing detail and clarity, leaving room for additional sharpness to taste, not to let a cropped image appear sharp. Again, the K3 was something of a detail revolution for its time.

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06-09-2019, 07:49 AM - 1 Like   #31277
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Unusual subject shot using Z7 and 500mm PF lens. 1st one is in FX mode and second one is DX mode. In DX mode, 24x16 image gets stretched to full EVF



DX mode

06-09-2019, 08:14 AM - 15 Likes   #31278
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Ken,I'm constantly amazed at the quality of your photos - just WOW!!
Thanks ChipB, glad you like my work.



Green Eared Barbet shot with K5 + Sigma 500/4.5

06-09-2019, 09:52 AM - 16 Likes   #31279
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06-09-2019, 02:34 PM - 7 Likes   #31280
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Our annual spring trip to one of our favourite spots - the Carden Alvar a couple of hours' drive of Toronto. Unfortunately some of our favourites like Wilson's Snipe and Upland Sandpiper didn't come close enough, but each year has it's highlights.

Barn Swallow nesting in the blind we were sitting in - we didn't prevent it from zooming in and out:



Female Eastern Bluebird with lunch for the kids



One more step on the road to a decent shot of a Bobolink - I find them hard!




Prairie Smoke is part of the character of the place



K-3, DA*300mm, 1.4x DA TC
06-09-2019, 03:07 PM - 3 Likes   #31281
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dave L Quote
When your boat gets too close to The Queen and Pres. Trump at the D-Day 75th. Anniversary commemorations, nearby on the sea front at Portsmouth... the Special Boat Service will come to get you.
I hope they went on to rescue Her Majesty and Chancellor Merkel from the greatest security threat of all.
06-09-2019, 08:10 PM - 12 Likes   #31282
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Best from first batch of test shots with 150-450 & K-1: ISO 1600 at minimum focus distance, handheld, followed by crop. Hummer quite dark in original image. Processed with Silkypix 7 & Topaz Denoise 6.


Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird


Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird, crop
06-09-2019, 08:21 PM - 14 Likes   #31283
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300 A* ED with 1.7 adaptor

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06-09-2019, 08:52 PM - 8 Likes   #31284
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Golden-headed Cisticola.
K-1, DFA 150-450 + 1.4x TC, handheld. See exif for shot details.

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06-10-2019, 10:03 AM - 11 Likes   #31285
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxfall Quote
Unusual subject shot using Z7 and 500mm PF lens. 1st one is in FX mode and second one is DX mode. In DX mode, 24x16 image gets stretched to full EVF



DX mode
How do you like the handling and IQ of the PF lens?

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Egret Family
Cool shot!. How did you manage to get it at nest level?

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It was a hot day here yesterday but sunny. So, what else to do but to go out?
All taken with DA*300mm F4.







06-11-2019, 12:20 PM - 9 Likes   #31286
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Today at the feeder, we are used to squirrels. We've never had these guys last more than a few weeks.
I'm pretty sure the wolves or fishers get them.

K-3 and Tamron 300 2.8 with HD DA 1.4 TC.









06-11-2019, 01:17 PM   #31287
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QuoteOriginally posted by riseform Quote
Great gray owl
K1 DA 560
Nice owl capture!

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QuoteOriginally posted by stihlmania Quote
Same lens set up, different hummingbird!
Nice feather detail.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kengoh Quote
Pin Tailed Whydah in flight
K3 + Sigma 500 F4.5

Amazing in flight shot!
06-11-2019, 03:06 PM - 12 Likes   #31288
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Sigma 120-400 + Pentax Ks2

With the Pentax Ks2 and the sigma 120-400, I get a little more sharpness than with the K3II (Or so I think)

06-12-2019, 06:20 AM - 3 Likes   #31289
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QuoteOriginally posted by swip Quote
How do you like the handling and IQ of the PF lens?[COLOR="Silver"]
As you may already know it is light, that was the prime reason for buying it. Since it is light, you use it more. Pictures are sharp. Some of the credit for accuracy goes to body. As you may know there is long waiting list for PF lens. If you decide to purchase, pre-order with small retail store as their waiting list will be smaller compared to B&H or Adorama.

As you may know, yesterday Sony filled 200-600mm slot. I recommend checking out that too.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Alejandro Mark II Quote
With the Pentax Ks2 and the sigma 120-400, I get a little more sharpness than with the K3II (Or so I think)

The slightly larger pixels may make a difference. My impression before I returned mine was that the Sigma 120-400 was out resolved by the K-3 sensor. Dialing back to 20 MP may have improved the image. It's not completely improbable.

I also have my Tamron 2x TC, which works well on the K-1 with the Tamron 300 2.8 but produces soft and fuzzy on the K-3.

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