Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
01-03-2015, 04:24 PM   #1
Pentaxian




Join Date: Dec 2012
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 544
Extreme telephoto tips?

I intend to use my Tokina 400/5.6 with the original Q (so it gets equivalent to 1500 mm used at APS-C camera). I never tested this lens before - was sure this one is to weak for a Q but made some initial tests yesterday on the nearby buildings and it seems to be quite OK (really poor weather so just some snaps through the window when sun appeared for a minute or two).

I intend to use it on tripod with shake reduction on (my tripod is a basic one). But would like to ask for some tips how to squeeze all the best from such a powerfull telephoto (self timer vs SR?, interval shooting for static objects?, ...). I usually use nothing longer then 300 mm on DSLR, so have really limited experience with such a extreme setup.

Any tips are welcome!

01-03-2015, 04:35 PM   #2
Loyal Site Supporter
UncleVanya's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2014
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 9,544
Someone in the over 300 club posted a Q based shot at 2300mm effective focal length so you seen to be on a path that some have explored.
01-03-2015, 04:40 PM   #3
Site Supporter
jatrax's Avatar

Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oregon
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 10,288
Long Lens Techniques | OutdoorPhotographer.com
Lots of other articles out there. Long lens shooting is really different, mostly forget whatever you think you know.

I believe SR is supposed to be off if you are on a tripod, at least it is with DSLRs. Self timer or a remote is almost a must. Tripod must me rock solid, even a little breeze will be enough to soften the shot. If your tripod is lightweight, only open the first set of legs and shoot while sitting instead of standing. You might consider hanging a sand bag from the tripod. or using a sandbag as a rest instead of a tripod. Shutter speed should be higher than you think, even on a tripod.
01-03-2015, 04:40 PM - 3 Likes   #4
Site Supporter
Sandy Hancock's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,249
I use my DA*300 (sometimes with the 1.4xTC) on the Q every now and then.

I use the infra-red remote on a decent tripod (I don't even have a fancy gimbal head) and it seems to be fine. I do keep SR activated.
Mind you, I have even used it hand-held and the results weren't disastrous



01-03-2015, 05:14 PM   #5
csa
Loyal Site Supporter
csa's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Montana mountains
Posts: 8,188
Sorry to be so dumb, but what is a "Q based shot"? I have the Tokina 400, and am curious.
01-03-2015, 05:33 PM   #6
Senior Member




Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Münsterland
Posts: 124
Shot with the Pentax Q adopted to the PK tele.

-Linus-
01-03-2015, 05:58 PM - 1 Like   #7
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: May 2011
Location: Richmond, Virginia USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,627
QuoteOriginally posted by Piotrek K Quote
I intend to use my Tokina 400/5.6 with the original Q (so it gets equivalent to 1500 mm used at APS-C camera). I never tested this lens before - was sure this one is to weak for a Q but made some initial tests yesterday on the nearby buildings and it seems to be quite OK (really poor weather so just some snaps through the window when sun appeared for a minute or two).

I intend to use it on tripod with shake reduction on (my tripod is a basic one). But would like to ask for some tips how to squeeze all the best from such a powerfull telephoto (self timer vs SR?, interval shooting for static objects?, ...). I usually use nothing longer then 300 mm on DSLR, so have really limited experience with such a extreme setup.

Any tips are welcome!
Check out the Q section in the forum and the adapted lens section. I used the sigma 500mm 4.5 lens with qk adapter. I use tripod. Turn off SR and use the 2 second delay.


IMGP8519 by
01-03-2015, 06:06 PM   #8
Site Supporter
reh321's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: South Bend, IN, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,732
QuoteOriginally posted by pearsaab Quote
Check out the Q section in the forum and the adapted lens section. I used the sigma 500mm 4.5 lens with qk adapter. I use tripod. Turn off SR and use the 2 second delay.
Are you using the $200 qk adapter or the $20 one?

01-03-2015, 06:14 PM - 1 Like   #9
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: May 2011
Location: Richmond, Virginia USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,627
QuoteOriginally posted by reh321 Quote
Are you using the $200 qk adapter or the $20 one?
I use the 200 adapter. I think it is worth every penny. I have gotten shots that I would have never had a chance without it

01-03-2015, 06:21 PM   #10
Site Supporter
Sandy Hancock's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,249
Stunning images Amy. I agree that the Pentax adaptor is worth the money.
01-03-2015, 06:37 PM   #11
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: May 2011
Location: Richmond, Virginia USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,627
QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
Stunning images Amy. I agree that the Pentax adaptor is worth the money.
Thanks Sandy!! I think it's fun too ..your moon shot was awesome too!!
01-04-2015, 12:56 AM   #12
Pentaxian




Join Date: Dec 2012
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 544
Original Poster
Thanks for all the replies. Has Q - system its own IR remote, or the standard for Pentax will work?
01-04-2015, 02:03 AM   #13
Site Supporter
Sandy Hancock's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,249
The standard Pentax remote is the one you want.
01-04-2015, 06:13 AM   #14
Pentaxian




Join Date: Dec 2012
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 544
Original Poster
What shutter speeds are on a safe side according to your experience for adapted 300 - 500 mm lenses? I know the rules but saw one beautifull photo from pearsaab - 500 mm and 1/15th of the second...
01-04-2015, 07:36 AM   #15
jac
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada
Posts: 2,363
A solid tripod and red-dot sight are the best aids. Without the sight, I'd spend so much time finding the subject that it often was two miles away in full flight before I got close to the spot it was sitting.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, mirrorless, mm, pentax q, pentax q10, pentax q7, q-s1, q10, q7, telephoto, tips, tripod
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Extreme resolution ivanvernon Photographic Industry and Professionals 4 09-07-2013 09:12 AM
Warning: Extreme Noob John Trik Welcomes and Introductions 7 03-21-2013 04:34 PM
Extreme-telephoto?!? AF or MF?? bollicina31 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 16 10-24-2010 01:03 PM
Extreme Telephoto/Mirror Lens? Julie Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 09-05-2010 04:38 PM
Old M42 extreme telephoto primes and TC's? Rorschach Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 04-07-2008 02:55 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:22 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top