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04-26-2017, 05:51 AM   #1216
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QuoteOriginally posted by pearsaab Quote
it's been awhile since work won't let me open flickr so i have to jump through hoops to add picture...meet woody...he is an annual visitor to my pond but is very skitish so only way to get him is with my q, qk adapter setting 0.5, sigma 500mm 4.5...old picture of the pond but gives you perspective
Wow! A 500mm on a Q!! I'm amazed at the focus accuracy...... You're good Amy!

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Wow! A 500mm on a Q!! I'm amazed at the focus accuracy...... You're good Amy!

thanks woody...you didn't see how many pictures i had to take to get 1 good one...manual focus can be frustrating but when it get one you're happy with it's worth it...thanks!!! amy
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thanks woody...you didn't see how many pictures i had to take to get 1 good one...manual focus can be frustrating but when it get one you're happy with it's worth it...thanks!!! amy
Well, I guess I'm learning that often "many" shots are taken and few are chosen... I'm learning to use my Sigma 500mm, 4.5 and its very hard to get sharp shots like I see posted from the folks on the 300mm thread. Lots of tricks and techniques to learn but you post a lot of good stuff. ;-) Bob
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..."many" shots are taken and few are chosen...
Just another example of the "size counts" rule -- the difference between the pro photographer and the enthusiastic amateur is the size of their respective waste baskets.

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Just another example of the "size counts" rule -- the difference between the pro photographer and the enthusiastic amateur is the size of their respective waste baskets.
I like your pro/amateur reference! I have a dumpster.... ;-)
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I'm just amazed at how many times some guy clicking away at 12 FPS with 1Dx beside me, doesn't get better images. I assume there are times they get something I don't. I just haven't experienced it. Recently one of them racked up 1300 images while I took 480, he had more choice, but he didn't have a choice of better images, and nothing he took was on par with my K-1 images, which I used briefly in a mostly K-3 session.
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Three contenders for delivering modestly-priced "reach"

I have recently acquired an M75-150 / 4 for less than 9, an M200/4 for 23 and a Teleplus PZ-AF 1.4x teleconverter for 35, Compared to these, my 85 A135/2.8 seems expensive.

The three lenses went with me to the Lodmoor Nature Reserve in Weymouth, Dorset and took turns on the genuine adapter. The M75-150/4 seems very promising, even wide open at 150mm, as was the case for the picture of the coot. The Q7 struggled with the highlights, though.

The M200/4 was less successful. Granted, the redshank did wander off to leave only a corner crop with less-than-perfect focus, but the colours were rather muted. The surprise was the combination of the M200/4 and the Teleplus - better than the lens alone, even at ISO640. Judge for yourselves from the picture of the wading gull.

I've seen this before, and put it down to problems with stray light. The M200/4 has a rectangular rear baffle which, I assume, Pentax judged it needed to solve problems with....stray light. Fitting the teleconverter prevents the reflections. I shall clean the M200/4 and then recoat the inner surfaces with optical black.

The A135/2.8 seems almost made for this combination. Taken on another day, the Canada Geese dutifully sat very still...
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Q7 + DA55-300 @~300mm, ISO 800, 1/160s, on monopod. Converted to BW


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