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11-16-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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Eagle Six Shot Burst

My first Eagle BIF with the K-3.
I messed up the metering but this was good practice for the the upcoming Eagle season.
Cropped to 5MP..
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Great Photos!

Wow, fine series of shots! Looks like the AF tracking works pretty well on the K-3. What lens did you use?
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Nice series, Dane. Thanks for sharing.

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Wow those are great
Awesome eagle

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Nice Dane. Could you let me know what AF settings you had for that series? Thanks. My next purchase has tobe a 500 or equivalent - rumors are Sigma may announce some new long lenses next year - maybe Santa will be nice to me again.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rbefly Quote
Looks like the AF tracking works pretty well on the K-3.
Not wanting to rain on anyone's parade, but these don't really test the tracking ability - the bird is flying more or less at constant distance from the camera for all the shots.

Nice though, especially since they're so cropped. Not sure I've ever had 6 shots in a row as consistently in focus with the K-5 or its predecessors.
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It can't be. Everyone knows that Pentax cameras can't track anything, particularly not BIF...

Great shots, Dane. You do some amazing work.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisA Quote
Not wanting to rain on anyone's parade, but these don't really test the tracking ability - the bird is flying more or less at constant distance from the camera for all the shots.

Nice though, especially since they're so cropped. Not sure I've ever had 6 shots in a row as consistently in focus with the K-5 or its predecessors.
I would disagree. Very likely while panning the subject moved out of the center point focus. There is some skill involved, especially getting the initial focus, but once acquired the af logic will maintain focus even if the subject moves around in the focus point array while panning. The K-5 under those circumstances would give you a focused shot of the sky.

Yes, something coming towards or away from you is more challenging, but I've found up to a limit it has no problem. If Travis had his body set to focus priority the distance that the bird flew in these six shots as well as the change in the distance away from the shooter is not trivial.

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These shots are center point AF with focus priority so this was not a real test for the K-3 AF tracking ability.
I am definitely out of practice for BIFs but I hope that will be remedied soon.
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