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11-02-2013, 05:01 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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K3: Backyard Birding

I used the K3 and Tamron 300 f2.8 AF for some birding in my backyard. We have a feeder set up with peanuts and the blue jays really love this. The Tamron definitely snaps into focus much easier than with my K5IIs as I have found AF challenging in the past with this lens. The increased buffer is great and really provides more freedom when shooting. Having 24 MP to play with also helps when cropping. I am going to like this camera. Some example pictures below.

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I used the K3 and Tamron 300 f2.8 AF for some birding in my backyard. We have a feeder set up with peanuts and the blue jays really love this. The Tamron definitely snaps into focus much easier than with my K5IIs as I have found AF challenging in the past with this lens. The increased buffer is great and really provides more freedom when shooting. Having 24 MP to play with also helps when cropping. I am going to like this camera. Some example pictures below.

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Very nice, I really like that 3rd image. Thanks for posting
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The increased buffer is great and really provides more freedom when shooting. Having 24 MP to play with also helps when cropping. I am going to like this camera. Some example pictures below.
Thanks for posting the analysis and pictures. You are not helping those of us who are trying to resist the urge to upgrade
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Thanks. Yes the K3 appears to be a nice upgrade from an already good K5IIs.

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Yes, thank`s for posting. My wallet might have to take a hit.
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Yes, thank`s for posting. My wallet might have to take a hit.
That has become my concern for my own wallet too
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What settings are you using for birding with your K-3? Thanks!

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Are these pictures 100% crops?

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These pictures were cropped slightly but not 100%. I was shooting in TAv mode with 9 point expanded AF in AFC.

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QuoteOriginally posted by DDoram Quote
I used the K3 and Tamron 300 f2.8 AF for some birding in my backyard. We have a feeder set up with peanuts and the blue jays really love this. The Tamron definitely snaps into focus much easier than with my K5IIs as I have found AF challenging in the past with this lens. The increased buffer is great and really provides more freedom when shooting. Having 24 MP to play with also helps when cropping. I am going to like this camera. Some example pictures below.

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Congrats on your new K3 and nice pics of the jay in there.

I suggest to post "sample" K3 shots here:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/172-pentax-k-3/241198-k3-sample-shots-post-here.html

Cheers!

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Great picture of the jay, by all reports it is worth the upgrade.
Have just ordered the k3, will let you know how it goes

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QuoteOriginally posted by DDoram Quote
I used the K3 and Tamron 300 f2.8 AF for some birding in my backyard. We have a feeder set up with peanuts and the blue jays really love this. The Tamron definitely snaps into focus much easier than with my K5IIs as I have found AF challenging in the past with this lens. The increased buffer is great and really provides more freedom when shooting. Having 24 MP to play with also helps when cropping. I am going to like this camera. Some example pictures below.

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When we see pictures like this, in the early days of release, it augers well for the future.

Thanks Dale, they are a lovely set, and with AF-C!

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Thanks AB

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