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08-01-2020, 04:57 AM - 18 Likes   #34021
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08-01-2020, 01:19 PM   #34022
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QuoteOriginally posted by Buckeyemikie Quote
I would appreciate comments on the number/percent of keepers those of you shooting with the DFA 150-450 on a KP achieve on average.
A bump for your question, which seems to have slipped by unnoticed (in a flurry of awesome images). I assume that you are asking about moving subjects (e.g. birds in flight) rather than stationary ones.

I don't have the 150-450, but I'd be happy with 20% keepers for BIF with the FA*300 f4.5, Sigma 400mm f5.6 or even the DA 55-300 PLM (very fast AF), whether mounted on the K-3 or KP. Of course it depends on the subject - a slow-moving pelican is one thing, but a swift is something else.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Des Quote
A bump for your question, which seems to have slipped by unnoticed (in a flurry of awesome images). I assume that you are asking about moving subjects (e.g. birds in flight) rather than stationary ones.

I don't have the 150-450, but I'd be happy with 20% keepers for BIF with the FA*300 f4.5, Sigma 400mm f5.6 or even the DA 55-300 PLM (very fast AF), whether mounted on the K-3 or KP. Of course it depends on the subject - a slow-moving pelican is one thing, but a swift is something else.
I've mentioned this before, but a little blasphemy is always welcome. I was switching between a K1 + 150~450mm and a Canon 7D + Tamron 150~600mm (second version) photographic birds coming to a feeder. The Canon AF was MUCH faster, possibly three to four times as many keepers. Time after time the K1 + 150~450mm failed to lock focus before the bird left. That almost never happened with the Canon rig. I still have the K1, Canon 7D and Tamron, but I sold the 150~450mm. BTW. When the latter did AF in time, the IQ of the image was excellent.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Des Quote
A bump for your question, which seems to have slipped by unnoticed (in a flurry of awesome images). I assume that you are asking about moving subjects (e.g. birds in flight) rather than stationary ones.

I don't have the 150-450, but I'd be happy with 20% keepers for BIF with the FA*300 f4.5, Sigma 400mm f5.6 or even the DA 55-300 PLM (very fast AF), whether mounted on the K-3 or KP. Of course it depends on the subject - a slow-moving pelican is one thing, but a swift is something else.
Thanks for your comments, Des & WPRESTO. I’m going to go to the lake where the gulls hang out next stretch of sunny weather to see if I can do better with my FA* 400. I think catching sharp images of birds leaving a feeder is even harder than following birds in flight!

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Braeside, Striated Pardalotes, K3 DA*300 Tamron-F 1.4 TC:
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Well the deer were within kinda-portrait range today. I'm still blown away by the Gitzo tripod - it's stable enough that I can actually look through the viewfinder and aim/shoot instead of having to use live view and a remote to avoid vibrations.

Pentax K1, Nikon 500mm F/4 P, TC301 teleconverter. I think these were all at F/16



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My birds are of the metal variety

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Sorry for the underexposure, I'll fix it later tonight hopefully!


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From my back door this morning, two juvenile Lorikeets enjoying the sunshine and a Little Corella likewise.
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Hmm, I think I'll stay away from Raptors for a while. Too much competition.
I know I said that, but .... More shots from my back door this afternoon:
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New Holland Honeyeaters.
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New Holland Honeyeaters.
Any idea what the plant is? I might have to get a few.
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Any idea what the plant is? I might have to get a few.
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QuoteOriginally posted by alfa75ts Quote
Any idea what the plant is? I might have to get a few.
I think it is called 'Torch Aloe', but best to research it a bit first.
Where I took this shot those flower stalks are at least 3m up, some maybe higher, and the plant base covers about 10m x 10m. It could be many plants all grown together, hard to tell.
You can see them at the homestead at Woodlands Historic Park...when we are able to travel again!

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