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11-22-2022, 09:41 PM - 1 Like   #38971
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelpolar Quote
Spent the last week up in the Gawler Ranges in South Australia.

Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby (K3III and DFA 150-450)
That is a great spot and capture, in a perfect pose (on a rock!).

Cool pic.

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QuoteOriginally posted by noelpolar Quote
Spent the last week up in the Gawler Ranges in South Australia.

Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby (K3III and DFA 150-450)
Good one there Noel

You didn't get washed away then ?
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QuoteOriginally posted by dbs Quote
You didn't get washed away then
That will happen when the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee and Darling Rivers all empty into the Murray!!!
There is a LOT of water heading towards Goolwa and surrounds.
There will be a few wet feet in SA then.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rod_grant Quote
That will happen when the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee and Darling Rivers all empty into the Murray!!!
There is a LOT of water heading towards Goolwa and surrounds.
There will be a few wet feet in SA then.
Yes Rod you're excess water is on its way.
if the Murray reaches where Noel was / is then we are all in trouble !

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It's been a while, but here's an image with the M300/4 at f5.6.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dbs Quote
Yes Rod you're excess water is on its way.
if the Murray reaches where Noel was / is then we are all in trouble !
Haha....

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QuoteOriginally posted by K2 to K50 Quote
That is a great spot and capture, in a perfect pose (on a rock!).

Cool pic.
Thanks.... took a few days to find a group.... lot's of vegetation from the last year or so of rains.... so they can be quite invisible... but once generally located they don't move far .... I got a bit slack just walking with my F*300.... but next evening went back with the 150-450.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dbs Quote
Good one there Noel

You didn't get washed away then ?
It was weid weather for November up there..... windy, wet..... and sort of a bit cool..... I took the van so biggest worry was getting out if the roads were to wet.... but we seemed to only get 10mm of rain a couple of times whilst 40km south they had 50mm.... I did take extra food and wine to wait things out a bit if needed.

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QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
Thanks. I've found that the combo (i.e., the DA* 300 + DA 1.4x converter) is best within 10 to 30 feet and then it helps to limit cropping to no more than 50%. Using fill flash to keep ISO down also helps.

Portrait of Cedar Waxwing:
You have just reaffirmed the fundamental law of photography

Image size = subject size x focal length / distance

I also agree with the fill flash, sometimes, I shot a lot using fill flash with my *istD, but have gotten away from it lately, or should I say with later bodies. Part of this was due to Pentax discontinuing support for TTL flash. Combined with their lack of an AF teleconverter for a very long time. PTTL is very difficult to deal with when a TC that does not report true aperture is used. The other part of this was the improving high ISO performance really starting with the K5 and now the K1.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
You have just reaffirmed the fundamental law of photography

Image size = subject size x focal length / distance

I also agree with the fill flash, sometimes, I shot a lot using fill flash with my *istD, but have gotten away from it lately, or should I say with later bodies. Part of this was due to Pentax discontinuing support for TTL flash. Combined with their lack of an AF teleconverter for a very long time. PTTL is very difficult to deal with when a TC that does not report true aperture is used. The other part of this was the improving high ISO performance really starting with the K5 and now the K1.
yeah, the flash can sometimes make a great different. Mee too have not used them with my long lenses for a while, especially after breaking two AF540FGZ foot assemblies... They are so fragile!
But I should revisit that ... I had in mind to create a DIY stronger support of the flash body on the over-lens bracket, using a top of a plastic bottle at some point, but never get to that... humm... I should relaunch that project this winter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelpolar Quote
Haha....

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Thanks.... took a few days to find a group.... lot's of vegetation from the last year or so of rains.... so they can be quite invisible... but once generally located they don't move far .... I got a bit slack just walking with my F*300.... but next evening went back with the 150-450.

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It was weid weather for November up there..... windy, wet..... and sort of a bit cool..... I took the van so biggest worry was getting out if the roads were to wet.... but we seemed to only get 10mm of rain a couple of times whilst 40km south they had 50mm.... I did take extra food and wine to wait things out a bit if needed.
Hi Noel
Dib dib dib dob dob dob a scout is always prepared.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I also agree with the fill flash, sometimes, I shot a lot using fill flash with my *istD, but have gotten away from it lately, or should I say with later bodies. Part of this was due to Pentax discontinuing support for TTL flash. Combined with their lack of an AF teleconverter for a very long time. PTTL is very difficult to deal with when a TC that does not report true aperture is used
That's very interesting to know. I'm not currently using a pTTL flash but have considered it as a future option. Perhaps I'm better off remaining with manual and autoflash.

QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
Image size = subject size x focal length / distance
That's of course very true but I suspect it's more than that — that the DA* 300 and 1.4x TC are actually optimized for shorter than longer distances. I have an Olympus 100-400 and that lens is definitely sharper at longer distances than the Pentax combination, while there are about equal at shorter distances.

Nuthatch in the forest:

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QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
That's very interesting to know. I'm not currently using a pTTL flash but have considered it as a future option. Perhaps I'm better off remaining with manual and autoflash.



That's of course very true but I suspect it's more than that — that the DA* 300 and 1.4x TC are actually optimized for shorter than longer distances. I have an Olympus 100-400 and that lens is definitely sharper at longer distances than the Pentax combination, while there are about equal at shorter distances.

Nuthatch in the forest:
I have also found that the K300/4 is much better at short distances than long. This is sometimes a little frustrating when birding because you might want a record shot of something out quite far,

I find the DFA 150-450 quite good over the whole focus distance range, even wide open
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Assorted birds photographed during a trip to NewZealand in 2010. I was using a K20D which does not include the specific lens used in the EXIF data, but it must have been a 55~300mm, the original version.
BTW: All but the little green fellow at the bottom were wild
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This berry tree was popular today.

American Robin



Cedar Waxwing

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Half a dozen birds from Iceland. Tamron 150~600mm, first version.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Half a dozen birds from Iceland. Tamron 150~600mm, first version.
That is a very nice collection.
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