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01-07-2013, 04:37 PM   #331
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Hi, i was out today with the Q and the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 and I got a chance to finally capture the waning crescent moon in daylight with the FA*300mm f4.5. Personally I feel that the Tamron is great for medium range shots, whereas the FA* is my favourite for long range shots. Here are my two favourite images from Today.

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A few more with the Tamron 70-300

Overcast today a little dark but went shooting anyway. Hand held because everything I wanted to shoot keeps moving away. Got a few Ducks first two male Hooded Mergansers and a Grebe. Then a Great Egret, White Ibis and a Tricolored Heron. Different location today on a canal so I could walk the length and follow the birds. Shutter speeds slower than I would have liked 1/100 sec. for the ducks. I am getting about 10% keepers I think it's 30% them moving and the rest me. Using a Photodiox adapter and I did have to remove some PF from the Mergansers

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QuoteOriginally posted by hnikesch Quote
Overcast today a little dark but went shooting anyway. Hand held because everything I wanted to shoot keeps moving away. Got a few Ducks first two male Hooded Mergansers and a Grebe. Then a Great Egret, White Ibis and a Tricolored Heron. Different location today on a canal so I could walk the length and follow the birds. Shutter speeds slower than I would have liked 1/100 sec. for the ducks. I am getting about 10% keepers I think it's 30% them moving and the rest me.

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Great shot of that Egret !!
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QuoteOriginally posted by mgbirder Quote
Hi, i was out today with the Q and the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 and I got a chance to finally capture the waning crescent moon in daylight with the FA*300mm f4.5. Personally I feel that the Tamron is great for medium range shots, whereas the FA* is my favourite for long range shots. Here are my two favourite images from Today.
Very nice - really good contrast from that Tamron and no hint of CA or PF. Did you do a lot of PP? What aperture did you use?

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QuoteOriginally posted by hnikesch Quote
Overcast today a little dark but went shooting anyway. Hand held because everything I wanted to shoot keeps moving away. Got a few Ducks first two male Hooded Mergansers and a Grebe. Then a Great Egret, White Ibis and a Tricolored Heron. Different location today on a canal so I could walk the length and follow the birds. Shutter speeds slower than I would have liked 1/100 sec. for the ducks. I am getting about 10% keepers I think it's 30% them moving and the rest me. Using a Photodiox adapter and I did have to remove some PF from the Mergansers
I can't ever catch the swimming ducks, good work. The Tricolor heron looks great!
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Very nice - really good contrast from that Tamron and no hint of CA or PF. Did you do a lot of PP? What aperture did you use?
I used 2 clicks with the Fotodiox (there was lots of Light), my usual PP procedure - Raw conversion in Lightroom (exposure, clarity and Shadow - Highlights), and posterior processing (Highlights, Levels and Sharpening) in Photoshop, i did also crop a bit and eliminated some black floating points in the water, here is the Raw directly converted into JPG via Lightroom.
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Next silly question. I have found the areas in B&H's and Adorama's websites where Pentax red dot scopes are sold, but shipping outside the USA is not possible. The best option I have found on Australian sites looks to be the basic Bushnell at around $140. Does anyone know a site in Australia where the Pentax version may be available?
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These guys say they ship internationally but not sure if there are restrictions to Australia. Pentax Gameseeker 1x30 Mm Rd10 Illuminated Red Dot Scope, Matte Black - 1003637, Red Dot Scope at Sportsman's Guide

These folks don't seem to list it in stock but maybe they can order it for you http://www.extac.com.au/category_s/256.htm Prices look like double the US prices for the same items though.

If all else fails you may have to do something other than Pentax. http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1311&_nkw=red+dot+sigh...at=0&_from=R40


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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
These guys say they ship internationally but not sure if there are restrictions to Australia. Pentax Gameseeker 1x30 Mm Rd10 Illuminated Red Dot Scope, Matte Black - 1003637, Red Dot Scope at Sportsman's Guide
They seem to ship to Sweden at least and that was quite cheap in my mind. Maybe I should get one...
Edit: can't ship that item internationally.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hnikesch Quote
Overcast today a little dark but went shooting anyway. Hand held because everything I wanted to shoot keeps moving away. Got a few Ducks first two male Hooded Mergansers and a Grebe. Then a Great Egret, White Ibis and a Tricolored Heron.

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Very impressive Hans - The thought of attempting to follow ducks on the water at these focal lengths seems impossible - great work!
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QuoteOriginally posted by mgbirder Quote
Hi, i was out today with the Q and the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 and I got a chance to finally capture the waning crescent moon in daylight with the FA*300mm f4.5. Personally I feel that the Tamron is great for medium range shots, whereas the FA* is my favourite for long range shots. Here are my two favourite images from Today.
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Very impressive Hans - The thought of attempting to follow ducks on the water at these focal lengths seems impossible - great work!

MG great shots, love the moon


Thanks Stan, like i said my keeper rate was only about 10% the ducks were hard to catch, I am hoping for more sun and faster shutter speeds, The ducks were all @ 300mm and hard to focus.

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Q with Sigma 150-500 5-6,3 OS APO DG HSM. It's been dark here for a month. No sunny days, so be it. Hand held pictures. ISO500 @ all pictures.
I'll do better some day.
1st: @500mm(2750mm) @f6,3
2nd: @500mm x 1,7TC(~4000mm) @f6,3 x 1,7TC
3rd: Reference picture with Q and Rikenon 28mm(135mm) f2,8 @ f5,6.
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QuoteOriginally posted by K9-K5 Quote
Q with Sigma 150-500 5-6,3 OS APO DG HSM. It's been dark here for a month. No sunny days, so be it. Hand held pictures. ISO500 @ all pictures.
I'll do better some day.
1st: @500mm(2750mm) @f6,3
2nd: @500mm x 1,7TC(~4000mm) @f6,3 x 1,7TC
3rd: Reference picture with Q and Rikenon 28mm(135mm) f2,8 @ f5,6.
Looks like that setup will be fun on a sunny day, I did notice you set SR for the crop factor FL not the lens FL. Everything I have read says to set it at the real lens focal length. Enjoy.

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MG great shots, love the moon


Thanks Stan, like i said my keeper rate was only about 10% the ducks were hard to catch, I am hoping for more sun and faster shutter speeds, The ducks were all @ 300mm and hard to focus.

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Thanks, i really hunted that moon shot for a few days, until yesterday finally there where no clouds anywhere.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hnikesch Quote
Looks like that setup will be fun on a sunny day, I did notice you set SR for the crop factor FL not the lens FL. Everything I have read says to set it at the real lens focal length. Enjoy.

Hans
Thanks, Hans.

I noticed that too. It affected to OS/IS too much.
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