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02-21-2013, 03:42 PM   #631
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QuoteOriginally posted by hnikesch Quote
I think the owls are about to fly and I might never get to shoot them again.. Last shots maybe, DAL 55-300 Fotodiox adapter plus LCD hood eye piece and a shaky Wallyworld temp tripod.

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Super shots Hans!
Always happy to see a lens that I own being used, and performing so well.
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surprising reach with 200mm adapted lens!
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QuoteOriginally posted by 7SeasAtLeast Quote
surprising reach with 200mm adapted lens!
That lens does look good, can you tell us a little more about the lens, looked like you had it set at f5.6??? When you find the best settings for the lens put a post on the adapted lens thread in the sticky on the Q lead page. Check out the other post for the type of info people are looking for.

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I have posted this elsewhere, but this thread is very appropriate to cross-post the reach of the Q.
In camera jpeg, with minimal one step 'enhancement' in PP. Taken with 80-200 macro Vivitar. The buildings are ten miles as the crow flies. On the original you would be able to see if someone was on a balcony. To be able to pick a figure over that distance is remarkable.

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I recently purchased a viewfinder loupe for my Q.
Thanks to the fine members here for recommending it.
Mine has enough adjustment for the frame to clear the buttons, but I plan to 'adjust' it more in the future.
It has helped me not only with focus, but also to steady the camera for handhelds.

Neighbors chimney with the 01 lens.


jpeg from camera, Fotodiox adapter with stick-on felt inside, Pentax M 135/3.5, handheld.
ISO: 250
Exposure: 1/1250 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 135mm


crop.


Maybe not great examples, but thought it might help those on the fence about buying the loupe.
I use it 'left-eyed' so I can see the tiny green button with my right eye.
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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
I recently purchased a viewfinder loupe for my Q.
Thanks to the fine members here for recommending it.
Yeah, a viewfinder loupe transforms the Q into a whole different camera - makes hand-holding so much more steady. And even though I mostly use a tripod for all my shooting, I find the viewfinder a big plus also as it helps me with manual focusing.
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A few shots with the Nikon 500m f4p, all uncropped. I used an IR remote to trigger the shots.





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Shawn they look good. The first two have a little motion blur?
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Probably a little, esp. in the head as it kept turning it around. Shutter speed was around 1/120 of a second which is low for an effective FOV of 2750mm.

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Looks more like camera shake to me. With that kind of reach many tripods just aren't stable enough for slower shutter speeds.
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Moon over Arizona with Sigma 400/5.6

Tried shooting the moon tonight for 1st time with the 400mm Sigma (non APO), mounted on one of those $99 Chinese Gimbals and a sturdy tripod; shake was still a big problem. The detail is nowhere near some of the moon pics taken with the Q that I've seen around here. Any tips on how to improve on this would be appreciated.

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QuoteOriginally posted by akptc Quote
Tried shooting the moon tonight for 1st time with the 400mm Sigma (non APO), mounted on one of those $99 Chinese Gimbals and a sturdy tripod; shake was still a big problem. The detail is nowhere near some of the moon pics taken with the Q that I've seen around here. Any tips on how to improve on this would be appreciated.
Did you shoot it wide open? If yes, try closing it a stop to see if it gets any sharper.

Play with the ISO a bit if needed to keep shutter speed in a good range, if you start to get noise you could try going to a B/W to hide it some.

Depending on the atmosphere some of the lack of clarity could be stuff in the air too.

You could also try a little more aggressive PP sharpening too.

Keep trying, it already looks very good.
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Shake is indeed a big problem with long lenses on the Q. If you don't have the Remote F, get one; that way you can wait for shake to subside before clicking.

Also, the best contrast is along the "Terminator" (line between light and shadow). Try shooting the crescent moon. Shoot when the moon is well away from the horizon to reduce the amount of atmosphere you're shooting through.
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Thank you guys for the advice and encouragement. I used a wireless remote to trigger the shutter but perhaps didn't wait long enough for the lens to stop shaking completely. Plus, the v. short reach of the wireless remote got me bumping into the camera a lot.

As far as stopping down, I tried it at +/-5.6 (wide open), at 8, 11, 16 and this is the best I got. Clearly, I need to experiment more with the aperture. Still not quite sure what PK-Q adapter (Fotodiox) does with a lens that has its own aperture ring, do I leave it on Open?

I will definitely wait for the moon to climb higher before my next attempt. And, so many other lenses to try

It does look a wee bit better in b&w, I think
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