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10-14-2014, 02:28 PM   #13891
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QuoteOriginally posted by dsport Quote
If the pic is heavy cropped, I will do noise reduction. But these three pics have not undergone NR.
Thanks! I'm amazed that the noise is so low for ISO 800.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dsport Quote
By Pentax DA560mm f5.6
I looked at all your shots. They are very impressive, really! Are there any handheld shots?
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I looked at all your shots. They are very impressive, really! Are there any handheld shots?
Thanks, at least 5 or 6 pics were handheld.
The Common Kingfisher on a tree, the White-throated Kingfisher on a branch, the Eurasian Magpie with a grasshopper, all Eurasian Magpies, a sparrow insides the trees with green background, the turtle wide open@f5.6 and Heron standing on a wooden bridge were all handheld.
I agreed the handle/foot of the DA560 is a poor design, which is hard to balance well on a tripod.
Indeed, I am using a Sirui VH-10 video head and Sirui VH-350 long plate and the problem solved. This Sirui setup is light weight and more stable than a gimbal head especially in slow shutter speed such as 1/20 or 1/30 sec.
On the other hand, the foot position of the DA560 makes handheld possible, but of course your hands need to be stable enough and have adequate skills to handle a super telephoto.

Best regards.

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Simple, clean, uncluttered, direct and technically spot on - it can't get much better than that.
Wildman.
Thanks Wildman.

Orange Headed Thrush shot with 1st generation K5 and Sigma 500




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QuoteOriginally posted by dsport Quote
Thanks, at least 5 or 6 pics were handheld.
The Common Kingfisher on a tree, the White-throated Kingfisher on a branch, the Eurasian Magpie with a grasshopper, all Eurasian Magpies, a sparrow insides the trees with green background, the turtle wide open@f5.6 and Heron standing on a wooden bridge were all handheld.
I agreed the handle/foot of the DA560 is a poor design, which is hard to balance well on a tripod.
Indeed, I am using a Sirui VH-10 video head and Sirui VH-350 long plate and the problem solved. This Sirui setup is light weight and more stable than a gimbal head especially in slow shutter speed such as 1/20 or 1/30 sec.
On the other hand, the foot position of the DA560 makes handheld possible, but of course your hands need to be stable enough and have adequate skills to handle a super telephoto.

Best regards.
Thanks. I shoot almost 100% handheld, very occasionally use a monopod with a sidekick, and very rarely - a tripod with the same sidekick. Again, very impressive shooting. Thank you for posting.
BTW: how do you carry the rig?
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Thanks. I shoot almost 100% handheld, very occasionally use a monopod with a sidekick, and very rarely - a tripod with the same sidekick. Again, very impressive shooting. Thank you for posting.
BTW: how do you carry the rig?
Well, either the Tamrac super telephoto lens pack or Tamrac backpack Expenditure 8 if overseas.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kengoh Quote
Thanks Wildman.

Orange Headed Thrush shot with 1st generation K5 and Sigma 500

Beautiful colors and good take.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dsport Quote
Well, either the Tamrac super telephoto lens pack or Tamrac backpack Expenditure 8 if overseas.
I use 2-points CarrySpeed shoulder strap. it is very convenient and let me start shooting almost momentarily. My rig is slightly shorter, however Weigh is the same, though.
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I use 2-points CarrySpeed shoulder strap. it is very convenient and let me start shooting almost momentarily. My rig is slightly shorter, however Weigh is the same, though.
I always see your posts in Pentax forum of DPxxxxx, great shots.
Cheers

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QuoteOriginally posted by dsport Quote
Well, either the Tamrac super telephoto lens pack or Tamrac backpack Expenditure 8 if overseas.

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Beautiful colors and good take.
Thank you. :

Another 2 shots of the king before going holidays.

Front view:



Backview:

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Thank you. :

Another 2 shots of the king before going holidays.
Outstanding shots!
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Some photos taken with the 250-600/5.6 + HDTC1.4x earlier in end August (I am still having backlog in my workflow)

Petit Chevalier / Lesser Yellowlegs [Tringa flavipes]
by Curculion, on Flickr


Petit Chevalier / Lesser Yellowlegs [Tringa flavipes]
by Curculion, on Flickr



Petit Chevalier / Lesser Yellowlegs [Tringa flavipes]
by Curculion, on Flickr





Petit Chevalier / Lesser Yellowlegs [Tringa flavipes]
by Curculion, on Flickr


(xposted with the HDTC club thread)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
Some photos taken with the 250-600/5.6 + HDTC1.4x earlier in end August (I am still having backlog in my workflow)

Petit Chevalier / Lesser Yellowlegs [Tringa flavipes]
by Curculion, on Flickr



Petit Chevalier / Lesser Yellowlegs [Tringa flavipes]
by Curculion, on Flickr



Petit Chevalier / Lesser Yellowlegs [Tringa flavipes]
by Curculion, on Flickr





Petit Chevalier / Lesser Yellowlegs [Tringa flavipes]
by Curculion, on Flickr


(xposted with the HDTC club thread)
Excellent!
I think you should keep the FA* and continue to tempt us
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Decisions on a Sigma ...

Bonjour,

Can I ask for some advice?

I want to get either the Sigma 120-400/4.5-5.6 or the Sigma 150-500/5.6-6.3 for my wife (well, and me, too) so that she can do some longer range bird captures. She (we) already has a DA 55-300, plus a Kenko 1.4x TC (P-AF MC4).

A recent review in the French nature/outdoor photo press gave the nod to the Sigma 400 for it's IQ ... and ranked the Sigma 150-500 last in a 4 group comparison ...

Between these two Sigma lenses, which would you recommend? (also, given the 1.4x TC as a possible additional use)

Thanks in advance for any input and this is a great thread that hopefully I can contribute to later on ... Salut, J
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Bonjour,

Can I ask for some advice?

I want to get either the Sigma 120-400/4.5-5.6 or the Sigma 150-500/5.6-6.3 for my wife (well, and me, too) so that she can do some longer range bird captures. She (we) already has a DA 55-300, plus a Kenko 1.4x TC (P-AF MC4).

A recent review in the French nature/outdoor photo press gave the nod to the Sigma 400 for it's IQ ... and ranked the Sigma 150-500 last in a 4 group comparison ...

Between these two Sigma lenses, which would you recommend? (also, given the 1.4x TC as a possible additional use)

Thanks in advance for any input and this is a great thread that hopefully I can contribute to later on ... Salut, J
I have never used either of these but I would recommend once you have made up your mind, use lens align if you have a camera that has the fine-tuning autofocus feature.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Bonjour,

Can I ask for some advice?

I want to get either the Sigma 120-400/4.5-5.6 or the Sigma 150-500/5.6-6.3 for my wife (well, and me, too) so that she can do some longer range bird captures. She (we) already has a DA 55-300, plus a Kenko 1.4x TC (P-AF MC4).

A recent review in the French nature/outdoor photo press gave the nod to the Sigma 400 for it's IQ ... and ranked the Sigma 150-500 last in a 4 group comparison ...

Between these two Sigma lenses, which would you recommend? (also, given the 1.4x TC as a possible additional use)

Thanks in advance for any input and this is a great thread that hopefully I can contribute to later on ... Salut, J
Check this comparison Four 100-400 tele zooms compared [JuzaPhoto]

Personally I feel a zoom works best at less than it's maximum extension, so I would expect the 150-500 to be better at 400 than the 120-400 since it is the max focal length of that lens.
I've used the 150-500 and own the 50-500. The 150-500 is a great lens.
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