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11-17-2013, 08:07 AM - 1 Like   #286
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QuoteOriginally posted by zantaphia Quote
I think my DA18-135WR just got sharper for free! Just by using it on the K-3 ;-)
Beautiful exposure..

Here is another exposure of the camera with SMC Pentax FA* 600mm F4..continous fucus and tracking.

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11-17-2013, 08:26 AM   #287
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finally can use my fa50 1.4 wide open without doing all sorts of voodoo to get shots in focus even when wide open
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11-17-2013, 08:31 AM   #288
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QuoteOriginally posted by kulas3VII Quote
Beautiful exposure..

Here is another exposure of the camera with SMC Pentax FA* 600mm F4..continous fucus and tracking.

Below is the link for the image....also click on the additional info for exif data

Ready for Target - American Bald Eagle | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Very nice!! Damn..

Here's one from the Tamron and one from the 35 2.4.


35 2.4 (this one is shot at ISO 6400 to get an idea how it handles.. minimal NR in LR)

11-17-2013, 08:40 AM   #289
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some photos taken by Pentax K-3 with smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR. Some PP in LR4 had been applied.

There are the shortcuts for few pictures:

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11-17-2013, 10:42 AM   #290
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Test shot with the Sigma 70-300 f/4 - 5.6 DL

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No, not a bird in flight but a bee in flight. I think, or a bee like insect at least.

Not sure what it is. I often see these but never actually got to see them close enough to know what they look like. They just hover slowly and usually only noticeable in shaded places when they come into a ray of sunlight and then stand out against the background as a bright glowing spot. It is not possible to get close as withing a few feet they sense my presence and dart.

I got these shots with the K-3 and Sigma 150-500, the K-5 AF set to continuous Sel-4. The pictures are all 100% crops. They are shot at close to the minimum focus distance of the Sigma, that being 2 metres. A closer focusing lens wouldn't have helped as that was anyway just about the closest distance these insects tolerate my presence. A longer focal length would have though, if I could then still keep it within the frame.

I had tried shooting these insects countless times before and the K-30 is the first camera with which I managed to get something, but just that - something. This next shot is however the exception and must have been the result of me getting lucky as I have never managed to get one of similar quality. .

However seeing that the first try with the K-3 resulted in lots of reasonably good pictures like the above I am hopeful I'll be able to replicate and better the one lucky shot out of countless ones that I got with the K-30. I think the major help was the improvement in tracking AF which seems to have done a rather good job even if not perfect. There's no way I could keep the insect under the centre focus point so normal AF.C with fixed centre would have not have been of any use. The K-30 has quite a good tracking AF but not quite up to this task. The K-30 seems to be a significant improvement and hopefully I'll be able to confirm that by consistently getting better shots than the 'lucky' one.

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Wow everyone that K3 sure have some great result...Here's one more of a simple duck.
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Not sure what it is. […] They just hover slowly […]
You already used the right verb. That’s a hoverfly.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lister6520 Quote
No, not a bird in flight but a bee in flight. I think, or a bee like insect at least.

Fascinating photos. They bode well for when you are more used to the camera.
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NOV Full Moon W/K3 and Sigma 50-500mm

ISO 100 f/22 1/3sec Another shot, posted to my website Full Beaver Moon NOV 2013 - Photograph at
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Ok, I'm feeling a little intimated based on everyone else's experience, but I finally have a "real" slr for the first time in about 15 years. I sold the Cannon AE1 I had that I had used when the kids were younger, but since then it's been some of the original digital cameras (anyone remember Minolta's answer to the Sony with the built in floppy with the "smart media" card called a "Dimage V" - [it's on eBay now]).

Anyway, fall has passed us here in MI, and yesterday was warmer than it will be for months, but the lighting as so flat that there were almost no shadows. So I walked around, and just shot in B&W mode most of the time. I found results to be a little flat, so I increased the contrast in almost all of these shots (could it just be my monitor - as I get into this, I know I'll have a lot to learn). Maybe it's the fact that I actually ran the darkroom back in college days, and usually enjoyed the more 'contrasty' look - maybe even a "gainer" feel as well - an that was probably as a result of what I could afford so many years ago.

But one thing that I got this for was for action shots. My daughter is a cheer leader at a large high school, and we're about to go indoors for competitive season now. I'll show you a pic or two from the bridge camera (Sony) that I have been using. I guess just pressing the shutter button will take time to get used to for me. With the Sony, I developed an instinct as to anticipate the correct time to press the shutter based on lag time. When we go indoors this season for the competitive portion of the year, I won't have those issues.

Anyway, here are some of my first pictures, and I used the K3 w/ the 18-125. I have placed a hoya HD clear filter on for lens protection (on the track, at times wind whips up sand and small particles, so I'm just not past old habits of at least placing a skylight filter on a lens - but at least these don't have any correction at all, so I'm hoping for no effect on the sensor). The light was so flat, that I though I should just enjoy the textures and patterns first time around. I'll play with color a little more in the future.

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Oh yea, this was one of the hardest nights I faced, the cheer team was only lit by the lights from the opposite side of the field. The bridge camera was probably f5 something, and only to ISO3200 and very noisy at that level. I'm excited just for the better glass on a "real" slr (like the K3). I did also get a Tamera 70-200 F2.8 constant aperture and I'm looking forward to the next part of the season!
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"I see a helicopter!" (with the FA 77)

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Some shots of little birds in my garden. Shot with FA* 300 F.28 unedited straight from camera.

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