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04-20-2021, 08:47 AM - 1 Like   #1471
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mccsiz Quote
I am almost ready to buy. I will go with new: 2700.00 Canadian dollars, cash upfront because it is a special order. I hope I'm not making a mistake.

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This is one of my prized acquisition - feels wonderful in hand, heavy but substantial in a good way. I am still learning how to make good wildlife photos, but I enjoy it.

04-20-2021, 10:24 AM   #1472
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Thanks mlt

It's photos like yours that reassure me. I too have a K3.

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This is one of my prized acquisition - feels wonderful in hand, heavy but substantial in a good way. I am still learning how to make good wildlife photos, but I enjoy it.
From the backyard.
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From the backyard.
Thanks Harish. Every lens is about learning.

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Will this lens require a camera software update? I have no idea how to update the software in my K3. Necessary or not, does anyone have any advice about software (firmware??) updates?

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Nice discussion. I used to carry my 150-450 on a monopod when I first got it, but quickly found this rather bothersome since I left it extended to be able to setup fast fro a shot. I carried the lens attached to a BlackRapid sport strap in one hole of the tripod mount and the monopod attached to the other hole and pointing up. It worked, but involved a dangerous swing to get the monopod to the ground in a stable position. Dangerous for people standing close to me that is.
I abandoned that approach and left the monopod, esp since I found the recent cameras having more than decent SR to stabilize the lens in most conditions. Esp with high ISO IQ improving over the years I expect the need for support for sharp shots to become less and less.

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At 300mm what is the maximum aperture value?
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At 300mm what is the maximum aperture value?
At 270mm its 4.5 and at 300mm its 5.6.

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Wow. Great shots. I sometimes think I should have gotten the 150-450 instead of 560
I've got both, but I don't think they're equivalent enough to make a "which should I get" distinction. "Yo' lens is DIFFr'nt, Mrs. Gump." The 560 is great where you can get set up and not have to move around, given its length, diameter, and weight, all of which militates against flexibility in the field. The only gripe I have with the 150-450 lack of a focus-lock switch; if the front end is pointed up at all at maximum, it'll slide back in, or if it's pointed downwards at all at the minimum, it'll slide out. You need to put a rubber band on the barrel, or some thick tape to make it stay put (and neither of those options will prevent surreptitious extension). You can use the 150-450 hand-held, I find, but that's totally impractical with the 560 (I've seen folks do it, and I've tried it even with a strap attached, but by my lights, that's a tripod-only sort of lens).

Too bad Tamron doesn't make its 150-600 available for Pentax.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dlhawes Quote
I've got both, but I don't think they're equivalent enough to make a "which should I get" distinction. "Yo' lens is DIFFr'nt, Mrs. Gump." The 560 is great where you can get set up and not have to move around, given its length, diameter, and weight, all of which militates against flexibility in the field. The only gripe I have with the 150-450 lack of a focus-lock switch; if the front end is pointed up at all at maximum, it'll slide back in, or if it's pointed downwards at all at the minimum, it'll slide out. You need to put a rubber band on the barrel, or some thick tape to make it stay put (and neither of those options will prevent surreptitious extension). You can use the 150-450 hand-held, I find, but that's totally impractical with the 560 (I've seen folks do it, and I've tried it even with a strap attached, but by my lights, that's a tripod-only sort of lens).

Too bad Tamron doesn't make its 150-600 available for Pentax.
Does this sliding in and out of focus happen when the lens is set to auto?

And, what happens when you follow a moving object? Does the lens lose focus?

This sounds like a serious problem.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mccsiz Quote
Thanks Harish. Every lens is about learning.

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Will this lens require a camera software update? I have no idea how to update the software in my K3. Necessary or not, does anyone have any advice about software (firmware??) updates?

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most firmware updates require you to download the update to an sd card, put the card in your camera and turn it on and it will usually see the update and install it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mccsiz Quote
Does this sliding in and out of focus happen when the lens is set to auto?

And, what happens when you follow a moving object? Does the lens lose focus?

This sounds like a serious problem.

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@dlhawes talks about lens creeping due to its weight when you hold it upwards or downwards, not sliding out of focus!

For me this is not such a problem as I shot aviation and always have my hand on the zoom ring to zoom in and out, so I just stop it to the focal length I want.
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QuoteOriginally posted by harish Quote
At 270mm its 4.5 and at 300mm its 5.6.
300mm f5,6.....
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@dlhawes talks about lens creeping due to its weight when you hold it upwards or downwards, not sliding out of focus! ....
Right, I should have said "focal length lock switch" instead of "focus-lock". My error. So it has nothing to do with whether you're using autofocus or manual focus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dlhawes Quote
Right, I should have said "focal length lock switch" instead of "focus-lock". My error. So it has nothing to do with whether you're using autofocus or manual focus.
Strange, my DFA150-450 does come with a zoom lock switch on the barrel (on the righthand side when mounted). I keep it engaged when the lens is in storage, though not while photographing. But you can set it to the locked position once your focal length is set, and it won't creep anymore. Corrected by noelpolar (see below): indeed the lock only locks in retracted position.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ishpuini Quote
Strange, my DFA150-450 does come with a zoom lock switch on the barrel (on the righthand side when mounted). I keep it engaged when the lens is in storage, though not while photographing. But you can set it to the locked position once your focal length is set, and it won't creep anymore.

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My switch only locks the lens in it's retracted position...... has this changed during the lens production life? (mines 5+ years old).
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