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04-28-2021, 11:38 AM - 19 Likes   #35701
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Appreciate the kind comments, thanks!
I really enjoy this lens (and the 560) and am anxious to pair them with the K3iii
Since partially going to the dark side (Nikon D500 and light weight 500 PF) I have to admit I'm preferentially grabbing that set up which has hurt my ability to participate in this favorite thread.
The K1 was frustrating the heck out of me trying to move the focal point with the 4 way controller and having to half press the shutter button to awaken the camera rather than coming to life when I hit the back button focus. I missed shots. The K3iii joystick will be a real plus. Will have to see if the camera awakens with hitting the back button focus (my apologies if there's a current setting I'm not aware of).


Here's a northern cardinal from the same outing. K1 DFA 150-450 at 330 mm



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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
Did that one 3 weeks ago. I didn't like the softness of he bird, si I tried and buy Topaz Sharpen AI, which seems to help better than Lr 6.12


Carouge à épaulettes / Red-winged Blackbird [Agelaius phoeniceus]
I don't use Topaz Sharpen but use Topaz Denoise. I found the sharpen tool in the app worked very well too.
04-28-2021, 11:49 AM   #35703
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QuoteOriginally posted by riseform Quote
Appreciate the kind comments, thanks!
I really enjoy this lens (and the 560) and am anxious to pair them with the K3iii
Since partially going to the dark side (Nikon D500 and light weight 500 PF) I have to admit I'm preferentially grabbing that set up which has hurt my ability to participate in this favorite thread.
The K1 was frustrating the heck out of me trying to move the focal point with the 4 way controller and having to half press the shutter button to awaken the camera rather than coming to life when I hit the back button focus. I missed shots. The K3iii joystick will be a real plus. Will have to see if the camera awakens with hitting the back button focus (my apologies if there's a current setting I'm not aware of).


Here's a northern cardinal from the same outing. K1 DFA 150-450 at 330 mm
Please do post examples from the K3III with the DA560 once you are shooting the K3III. I also went to the "dark side" with the Nikon D500+500PF (via an expensive detour of the Canon 7DII+400DOII), but have missed the reach and fine detail of the K3+DA560 combo ever since (I regrettably sold both). I could not wait any longer back then, disliking the buggy nature of the K3 too much to stay put.

I could write pages on the differences between both combo's, but looking back, the K3+DA560+1.4TC at 784 mm handheld at 1/200sec gave me some amazing performance in early morning shooting, that I have not gotten close to with Canon or Nikon, although I have not shot the +10.000 super guns yet.
I am now at the stage where I want to increase the reach again, as the 1.4TC on the 500PF is not to my liking. I am still undecided between getting a Nikon 500mm f4E FL or return to the Pentax DA560 (if it is still available for order!!) with the K3III.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chris Mak Quote
I have not shot the +10.000 super guns yet.
From what I have seen of the current Canon 400/2.8 for astro shooting I am really glad that I am a Pentax shooter. I am not impressed with what I have seen from the hardcore Canon shooters that use it with their new Canon mirrorless cameras that they state are the best for astro. They have noticeable coma and clear field curvature which my A* 400/2.8 lacks. It may be because those individuals just don't know how to run that lens but I've seen results from 2 people one who is overly boisterous about his astro abilities and both have the same problems. I haven't seen any astro results using the similar Nikon lens for astro so I can't speak to how it performs. Those huge slabs of glass are spendy and really are specialty items so finding any samples is kind of hard.

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New Holland Honeyeater.
K-3 II, DFA 150-450 + 1.4x TC, handheld. See exif for shot details.

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04-28-2021, 05:04 PM   #35706
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Excellent. Love the natural vignette you composed, and very sharp.
QuoteOriginally posted by MossyRocks Quote
They are twitchy little guys. I've been trying to get a good shot of some similar ones out of my basement office window for a while now. It is dark under the bushes, a 300mm is a long lens, and ISO 3200 is pretty noisy. Nice shot I know how hard is is to get a good one of these little guys.
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That's a great capture and excllent framing! Well done with a manual focus lens (I guess that may even be an advantage in this situation)
Thanks! Sometimes you just luck out
04-28-2021, 05:49 PM   #35707
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QuoteOriginally posted by riseform Quote
Appreciate the kind comments, thanks!

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Here's a northern cardinal from the same outing. K1 DFA 150-450 at 330 mm
Very nice image. That bird is an unusual red/crimson colour.

QuoteOriginally posted by tduell Quote
New Holland Honeyeater.
K-3 II, DFA 150-450 + 1.4x TC, handheld. See exif for shot details.

Cheers,
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Another New Holland Honeyeater - such a striking bird Your pic is pin-sharp and has captured its quirky nature.
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Some very inspiring bird photos @tduell and @riseform

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madison county lake, alabama.....K-3ii...sigma 150-500os



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QuoteOriginally posted by riseform Quote
Appreciate the kind comments, thanks!
I really enjoy this lens (and the 560) and am anxious to pair them with the K3iii
Since partially going to the dark side (Nikon D500 and light weight 500 PF) I have to admit I'm preferentially grabbing that set up which has hurt my ability to participate in this favorite thread.
The K1 was frustrating the heck out of me trying to move the focal point with the 4 way controller and having to half press the shutter button to awaken the camera rather than coming to life when I hit the back button focus. I missed shots. The K3iii joystick will be a real plus. Will have to see if the camera awakens with hitting the back button focus (my apologies if there's a current setting I'm not aware of).


Here's a northern cardinal from the same outing. K1 DFA 150-450 at 330 mm
Great colours and texture on that cardinal!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Aaron28 Quote
madison county lake, alabama.....K-3ii...sigma 150-500os


The eagle shot is marvelous. Yesterday we went to a place where there are some big eagles, but we saw none. Lots of nice other birds, though, so I'll share my images when I get around processing them.
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madison county lake, alabama.....K-3ii...sigma 150-500os


Two excelllent BIFs there, Aaron. I took the time to view them both in Flickr and magnify - terrific! Both nice and sharp.
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QuoteOriginally posted by riseform Quote
Here's a northern cardinal from the same outing
Beautiful capture - bird did well to pose also.
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red kite

while waiting for the lunch outside at a reopened restaurant
with K1 and DA300ED

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earlier this year, while restaurants had been closed, a grebe* (podiceps cristatus) at lunch
with K1, DA300ED
*(corrected, thank you swip)

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QuoteOriginally posted by exposeric Quote
while waiting for the lunch outside at a reopened restaurant
with K1 and DA300ED

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earlier this year, while restaurants had been closed, a merganser at lunch
with K1, DA300ED
Wow, very good shots! Both of them.
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Wow, very good shots! Both of them.
Thank you Mbaez!
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