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09-03-2019, 08:30 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by redpit Quote
It seems that you have mastered the SMC 500/4.5 lens and the manual focus technique! Great samples, very beautiful photos. Congrats!
I don't know about "mastered" - I miss more than I hit - but I'm working on it, and thank you!

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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
I don't know about "mastered" - I miss more than I hit - but I'm working on it, and thank you!
It couldn’t be different. Even AF lenses occasionally miss focus. For me what is important with long lenses where good focus is essential, is to have all the settings right to make the image you have in mind, regardless of whether you achieved or missed focus. So when you have nailed the MF the image will be great and yours successful images are great. As you say as time goes by and you learn your lens you will get higher percentage of keepers. Very good job!
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Wide open, cropped about 60%




Lens @ f/8, plus A 1.4x-L converter, cropped by 80%

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+ A 2x-L, lens @ f/8

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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
+ A 2x-L, lens @ f/8
Well you certainly nailed that shot. I need to get my act together and post up with mine. (+ 1000/8 )
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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
+ A 2x-L, lens @ f/8
Wow, luftluss, you certainly nailed that moon shot - and with a 2x!! The 2x certainly does not appear to have graded the quality of that shot, nor the Turkey Vulture shot just above it. Very jealous of both that 500mm lens you have, and your ability to use it so well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Well you certainly nailed that shot.
My poor old Velbon tripod is simply not sufficient to damp vibrations @ 1000mm... I have better results lowering a window, placing a wadded up old towel on it, and resting the lens on it.

One nice thing, though, is the Infinity mark on the lens really is infinity focus. Makes life easier.


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I need to get my act together and post up with mine. (+ 1000/8 )
Yes, I do remember you possess the Black Dragon, and I would say it's high time you created a Lens Sample thread for it, but then I consider my own neglect in creating a thread for the K 135-600...

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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
My poor old Velbon tripod is simply not sufficient to damp vibrations @ 1000mm... I have better results lowering a window, placing a wadded up old towel on it, and resting the lens on it.

One nice thing, though, is the Infinity mark on the lens really is infinity focus. Makes life easier.
Ho Ho, luftfluss, that is very high tech. Reminds me of a trick of my own when taking some shots at the other end of the focal spectrum. On my knees, leaning over a flower, to get a macro shot of a ladybird - could not stop swaying in and out of focus. No tripod. Used the top of my backpack. (red shows a correction - and the colour of my face!!!)

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Another moonshot, + A 2x-L, lens @ f/8

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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
Another moonshot
Trust me these results show that you are doing well, your getting far better results than I am with my "HM The Queen".

Looks like I gonna need to brush up on my technique.
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QuoteOriginally posted by K2 to K50 Quote
Ho Ho, luftfluss, that is very high tech. Reminds me of a trick of my own when taking some shots at the other end of the focal spectrum. On my knees, leaning over a flower, to get a macro shot of a ladybird - could not stop swaying in and out of focus. No tripod. Used the top of my back.

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I was wondering how you used the "top of your back" to stabilise the camera. Now I realise you meant backpack.

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QuoteOriginally posted by slartibartfast01 Quote
I was wondering how you used the "top of your back" to stabilise the camera. Now I realise you meant backpack.
Duh, you got me!! I have now corrected my original post (in red, to show it as a correction!)
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