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08-17-2019, 08:29 PM - 2 Likes   #31531
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I am using a Manfrotto that I picked up on eBay on a buy it now with a ambiguous title and description...$60. Wasn't easy to find when I was searching, which was probably why it was still there. I definitely want to upgrade the tripod though...it is a bit shaky if you don't get everything set perfect.

Here in the NE corner of WA we see deer, moose, turkeys, quail and coyotes pretty regularly. The only one that hasn't been right in the yard is the Turkeys, but they are EVERYWHERE.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 5shot Quote
I am using a Manfrotto that I picked up on eBay on a buy it now with a ambiguous title and description...$60. Wasn't easy to find when I was searching, which was probably why it was still there. I definitely want to upgrade the tripod though...it is a bit shaky if you don't get everything set perfect.

Here in the NE corner of WA we see deer, moose, turkeys, quail and coyotes pretty regularly. The only one that hasn't been right in the yard is the Turkeys, but they are EVERYWHERE.
Nice variety! I hope the critters will be willing subjects for you.

Here's a few of my local critters shot with the K 500/4.5. The deer and hawk were @ f/5.6, the fox @ f/6.7, the squirrel wide open.








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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
Nice variety! I hope the critters will be willing subjects for you.

Here's a few of my local critters shot with the K 500/4.5. The deer and hawk were @ f/5.6, the fox @ f/6.7, the squirrel wide open.
Wow! Those are spectacular. I hope I can get some images that sharp with this lens.
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Wow! Those are spectacular. I hope I can get some images that sharp with this lens.
With practice I think you will I shoot a lot of long tele, and my only long tele lenses for the last few years have been old manual focus ones, so I have a lot of time in.
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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
With practice I think you will I shoot a lot of long tele, and my only long tele lenses for the last few years have been old manual focus ones, so I have a lot of time in.
My birding tele is an M 400/5.6, sometimes with the AFA 1.7x on the back (680/9.5). I have my eye out for a 500/4.5 as a future acquisition for the extra light for focusing, particularly with the 1.7x.

Mallard taking off. ISO 400, 1/320, probably f9.5 (wide open) with the M 400 and AFA 1.7X. Manual focus is not much of a problem for me, but I must make sure I set the diopter correctly! A fuzzy viewfinder makes for a fuzzy photo, I find.
My first Pentax had no aids for anything, 2 shutter dials using the old 1/25, 1/50 sequence High/Low handoff at 1/25. First lens, 55/2.2 preset, Second 135/3.5 preset, both Takumar.
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My birding tele is an M 400/5.6, sometimes with the AFA 1.7x on the back (680/9.5). I have my eye out for a 500/4.5 as a future acquisition for the extra light for focusing, particularly with the 1.7x.

Mallard taking off. ISO 400, 1/320, probably f9.5 (wide open) with the M 400 and AFA 1.7X. Manual focus is not much of a problem for me, but I must make sure I set the diopter correctly! A fuzzy viewfinder makes for a fuzzy photo, I find.
My first Pentax had no aids for anything, 2 shutter dials using the old 1/25, 1/50 sequence High/Low handoff at 1/25. First lens, 55/2.2 preset, Second 135/3.5 preset, both Takumar.
I should try my AFA 1.7x on the 500/4.5. It does not work well on my Tamron 400/4 - it chronically front-focuses. It usually works okay with my Tamron 300/2.8, although with low-contrast it will also front-focus.

I've messed up the diopter on my K-3 II on several occasions; once I screwed up an entire afternoon's shooting because of my carelessness.

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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
I should try my AFA 1.7x on the 500/4.5. It does not work well on my Tamron 400/4 - it chronically front-focuses. It usually works okay with my Tamron 300/2.8, although with low-contrast it will also front-focus.

I've messed up the diopter on my K-3 II on several occasions; once I screwed up an entire afternoon's shooting because of my carelessness.
I don't use the AF module with the AFA 1.7x. I rely on my 58 years of manual focus practice.
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To see just how shallow I can make the depth of field, I took this with my A 400mm f/5.6 plus extension tube.


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Does a Viewfinder Magnifier help at all? I started many years ago with my dad's old Spotmatic, so I'm not unfamiliar with manual focus, and I also do a lot of glassing with binoculars and a spotting scope.
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Does a Viewfinder Magnifier help at all? I started many years ago with my dad's old Spotmatic, so I'm not unfamiliar with manual focus, and I also do a lot of glassing with binoculars and a spotting scope.
Do you mean the O-ME53? I have one installed on my K-3 II and K-70. It's helpful for manual focusing, although (for me) it makes it difficult to see the edges of the frame while looking through the OVF.
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To see just how shallow I can make the depth of field, I took this with my A 400mm f/5.6 plus extension tube.

Nice! I've been thinking about trying my A400 with the PENTAX Helicoid Extension Tube K
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Nice variety! I hope the critters will be willing subjects for you.

Here's a few of my local critters shot with the K 500/4.5. The deer and hawk were @ f/5.6, the fox @ f/6.7, the squirrel wide open.
Do you happen to have a Lens Correction profile for this lens for Light Room?
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Do you happen to have a Lens Correction profile for this lens for Light Room?
I don't think anybody ever came up with one.

The CA can be really... vicious.
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