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01-29-2020, 08:07 AM   #32791
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
With he K-3 and DA 55-300 PLM it's not too bad if the session is short. My next lightest telephoto the DA*200 is still too heavy. But my shoulder does seem to be getting stronger. AT least I can sit comfortably at the computer again for reasonable periods of time. I'm still considering a K-P to lighten the load a bit more.
How about shooting with your kit on a monopod to take most of the weight?

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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
How about shooting with your kit on a monopod to take most of the weight?
Unfortunately even on a tripod, just holding my arm up high enough to work the controls is painful after a few minutes. My option of sitting in a chair behind my tripod with my finger on the shutter button waiting for the perfect pose appear to be quite limited.
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Unfortunately even on a tripod, just holding my arm up high enough to work the controls is painful after a few minutes. My option of sitting in a chair behind my tripod with my finger on the shutter button waiting for the perfect pose appear to be quite limited.
Oh I see, heal up quickly then.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Unfortunately even on a tripod, just holding my arm up high enough to work the controls is painful after a few minutes. My option of sitting in a chair behind my tripod with my finger on the shutter button waiting for the perfect pose appear to be quite limited.
Just FYI with respect to weight of equipment (weights of camera + battery + lens, if two cameras or lenses are listed, the difference in weight is less than 10g)

1) K3 + 55-300mm (any version) = 1242g

2) K3 + DA*200mm = 1625g

3) KP + DA*200mm = 1520g

4) Olympus EM-10 or EM-5 + Vario-Elmar 100~400mm = 1395g (FF FOV equivalent = 200~800mm)

5) Olympus EM-10 or EM-5 + Panasonic 100~300mm = 930g* (FF FOV equivalent = 100~600mm)
The Olympus 75~300mm is about 100g lighter = total of 830g on an EM-10 or EM-5, which is about the same as a K3 body + battery, no lens attached.


If you struggle with weight, MFT is a blessing. I switched following a trip with a K1 when I left lenses in the car that were too heavy to carry when doing a trail walk, then wished I had them (specifically the 150~450mm). I don't give a second thought to carrying the Vario-Elmar 100~400mm all the time.

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Unfortunately even on a tripod, just holding my arm up high enough to work the controls is painful after a few minutes. My option of sitting in a chair behind my tripod with my finger on the shutter button waiting for the perfect pose appear to be quite limited.
Perhaps a remote control would help?? Get it all setup, then sit back with remote in hand waiting for the "decisive moment"!

And, sorry you're going through this - get better quickly!!

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From today in the blind with the K-3, Tamron 300 2.8 and the HD DA 1.4 TC.











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Perhaps a remote control would help?? Get it all setup, then sit back with remote in hand waiting for the "decisive moment"!

And, sorry you're going through this - get better quickly!!
Or the Image Sync app on a cell phone?
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From today in the blind with the K-3, Tamron 300 2.8 and the HD DA 1.4 TC.
Cheer up! You're getting a lot more birds on your feeders than we are. Not even a Goldfinch for the past couple of months. But seriously, hope the improvement continues.

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Norm,

Nice shots with the Tamron 300 2.8 and teleconverter. I missed what happened to your shoulder....surgery? Hope you heal quickly so you can take photos, bike, and paddle canoes soon. Enjoy your shots of that beautiful region up there.

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Cheer up! You're getting a lot more birds on your feeders than we are. Not even a Goldfinch for the past couple of months. But seriously, hope the improvement continues.
I have today a lot more birds maybe, the 20 odd Blue Jays aren't helping, they try and run every other bird off.
I'm not sure about improvement, a combination of good light and mild temperatures got me inspired.

My fear now is my body is going to adjust to these problems, and then they'll tear my shoulder apart for "corrective surgery."

The park has shut down Opeongo Road. We can't go to the Gray Jays and the Pine Martin, although I'm thinking of going in on snow shoes, at least to the Opeongo Picnic area, but maybe further down to look for beavers, otters, pine martins, Gray Jays, etc.
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Des,

I made my living as an Industrial Chemist, but I am a degreed Biologist, also. I understand the task ahead of Australia. It may take 30-100 years, if at all, to round up nearby breeding pairs and groups in quantities that will help to re-populate the area, but many invertebrates may be rare and indeed now extinct. The battle will also include soil preservation and protection. The first to recover may be the most fire tolerant plants, but establishing anything close to the prior flora may be difficult to impossible. Keep the faith and encourage your friends, neighbors, and leaders to be forward thinking and give it one hell of an effort.

Peace and strength be with you. If you are of faith, look to the peace and grace that passes understanding and draw on the spirit in each to overcome.

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Wpresto,

Great shot. Feeling of action and impending action. Many shots look like portraits. It is harder to capture "action".

JB

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Ducatigaz,

Sweet capture of owl in flight! Energy and position of body is eye catching.

JB
The ABC had a story that the bright pink giant slugs only found in the Mt Kaputar National Park, which were thought to have been wiped out by the recent fires have been found in reasonable quantities. I got a picture of one in October 1983 with my MX and Osawa 80-205 on Kodachrome 64.
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That is good to hear. Any natural flora and fauna that can re-establish will give the region a chance to recover to some resemblance of what was there. The only constant in the history of the earth is change and the universe also. The western fires in the USA, these in Australia, and other location remind us of how dynamic they are and how small we are as individuals.

Best wishes to those folks in NSW and other affected areas in Australia.

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A bit of inspiration for y'all.
See the Winners of the 2019 Bird Photographer of the Year Contest
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K-5/Sigma 800mm F5.6 APO EX/ Kirk window mount/RRS BH-55 ballhead.

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In terms of handling, how does the Sigma 800 compare to the FA*600?
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