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04-19-2014, 10:11 PM   #1546
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You just have to practice and make the adjustment needed for the combo and the shots will be in focus. Set it up on a tripod and adjust it. The depth of field is very narrow even at great distance so focus is paramount. I forgot to add that what I stated goes for subjects that are far away. When at, lets say, up to 30 yards it is a different story. I have made some very good images with the combo. At first I was disappointed but I have learned, and still learning, to master the TC+DA*300. When used with my macro Tamron 90 it is a great tool to get even greater magnification.
Very well said sir, and I agree with what you have stated. All of my lenses require a +3 adjustment with my K-3 including my DA*300. With the DA 1.4 tc the DA300 requires +7 so that is consistent with yours (+4). I have 2 DA 1.4 and they both require a +4, stacked +9. Eventually I will send the K-3 in for adjustment.

Like you said up to 30 yards slam dunk, that range includes my bird feeders at the house. Earlier this week had a Dove land on one of my feeders for the first time ever.



I spent all day shooting over a large area, mainly birds. I am very new and still learning and at times it is frustrating, especially BIF. Panning is not a problem I have shot enough shotgun at clay targets and still do. As soon as I added the tc to the DA* 300 motion blur became more pronounced. But also focus isn't locked solid when I think it should be sometimes. Like anything else the more I do it the better the results seem to be. But am also starting to look at either the Sigma 500 f/4.5 or Pentax 560.

Early this morning I took ~40 shots at a hawk that was hunting and only had a few keepers. I was really surprised, thought it would have been much higher as things felt right. But best I could do was this, and you can see how shallow the DOF is from the legs and tail.



Had some swallows at a bird house at least 70 yards away, they are a very small target and have a very wild flight and hard to track unless sitting still
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Much to my surprise almost half of the in flight pictures turned out well and most were at 100 yards or so


The tc on the 300 allows me to shoot into spots that before I could not. Like this one, the branches would have locked focus before the bird more times than not.


Today for the first time ever with ~7,000 shots my camera locked up on me. I was shooting an eagle that as you know from his posture and look upward was just getting ready to take off


And he did launch but my camera was locked. Worst timing ever but I went back to the truck and swapped out batteries and it was good to go. Overall I am very pleased with the K-3 and have had it in -32F temps with no problems. The pictures often amaze me. But I know that I have a lot of work to do yet to even come close to what it is capable of doing.

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A few shots with the DA *16-50.








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A pair of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets in my back yard yesterday. The birds and background were in deep shade, so the flash picks up a luminous quality in the feathers and creates great contrast to the dark background.

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A Pale-headed Rosella, also in my back yard. Same gear as the photo of the Lorikeets above.

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Sunset from Cape Byron, continental Australia's most easterly point, and one of the few places on the east coast where the sun sets over the ocean.

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A few shots with the DA *16-50.









Wonderful, Rondec!
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Wonderful, Rondec!
I'll second this.

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Brewer Lake, Algonquin Park

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Brewer Lake, Algonquin Park
Ravishing! And certainly makes me want to return to Algonquin park.
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Ravishing! And certainly makes me want to return to Algonquin park.
Algonquin Park seems to draw a lo lot folks from the Pittsburgh area , as does the Muskoka area in general. I first heard of Algoqnuin at 10 years old, when my Cub Scout Pack from Columbus, Ohio went up camping for a week one summer.
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Wonderful, Rondec!
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I'll second this.
Thank you both. I'm so glad spring is finally here. I was getting a little tired of gloomy days and cold rain. At least we had more snow this winter than usual.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Algonquin Park seems to draw a lo lot folks from the Pittsburgh area , as does the Muskoka area in general. I first heard of Algoqnuin at 10 years old, when my Cub Scout Pack from Columbus, Ohio went up camping for a week one summer.
I'm moving to Toronto this summer, so I should have many opportunities to visit the park soon.
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A 30 shot HDR panorama of a moss and fern covered oak tree (Quercus petraea) I have know for 40 years and tried in vain to capture with all of my previous cameras. All shots were auto bracketed +/- 1EV using the Sigma 35mm Art at F8. Each individual raw file was run through DxO optics 9.3 with all setting other than the lens profile set to zero alteration. Then the shots were merged in Photomatix before merging to panorama in Photoshop. I have tried the non HDR route before but the moss covered bark is almost impossible to expose correctly and turns out black or overexposes the brighter areas.





Here's a 100% crop of the mid left hand side of the tree. This camera lens combo is phenomenal at resolving detail, especially bearing in mind that this has gone through HDR processing of multiple exposures



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