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06-14-2014, 06:17 AM   #136
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QuoteOriginally posted by DSims Quote
Don't underestimate the time value of your photographs. There's more interest right after the event.
A very important point! That's been a major weakness of mine. I shoot in RAW and spend way too much time with pp. It would take three days or more before I posted game photos so there'd often be another game in that interval so the impact was seriously reduced.

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Some action shot I took recently with my K-3. Really like the focusing and speed of the camera. I switched off from old Pentax k100d super and k-3 is really amazing improvement in all aspects. Definitely recommended for action photography
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QuoteOriginally posted by gzub Quote
Some action shot I took recently with my K-3. Really like the focusing and speed of the camera. I switched off from old Pentax k100d super and k-3 is really amazing improvement in all aspects. Definitely recommended for action photography
Way cool, artsy shot there. Kudos!

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For all of these I used the Tamron-made Quantaray 70-300. I use AF-S, typically, with ISOs from 200 to 400. Burst mode is always 8.3, even for portraits.





















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David, I liked your 4th shot best, as I like the "grittiness" of the subject.

AF.S is working here in your bursts because little radial movement (towards/away from the camera) is occurring. AF.S works OK for tangential movement.

I shoot a lot of junior athletics and soccer and there is a plenty of radial movement so I have to use AF.C.

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I'm really looking forward to getting my K3 tomorrow. Probably won't get to try it with sports shots until August once football season begins but plan to take it to the beach while on vacation in a week or so.
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A few of my favorite sport. 2014 Quake on the Lake, Pontiac Lake, Waterford, MI






























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K3, Day 1

Got my K3 in the night before, took it for it's first outing the next morning. I still have to get the hang of some things, there's definitely room for improvement (and lenses!) but I don't think I could have got these with my K10D.
















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Some action pics with the K3
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Nice shots! Ah to be young again.
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Some action pics with the K3
Some great shots.
How does that ride/event work, by the way? It's new to me. Do you have an overview pic?
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Some great shots.
How does that ride/event work, by the way? It's new to me. Do you have an overview pic?
It's wake-board park, riders pulled around a man-made lake via pulley instead of boats. The good guys are out everyday practicing and they have events for points and championships as well. This one is located in Little Elm, TX. I am testing out new camera/lens configurations as I am going to start doing sports photography. Those pics were with the DA-L 55-300 and DA 18-135 WR. I have some new ones with my K-30 and the DA* 200mm F/2.8 here. Looking for the best combo. I'm thinking K-3 with Sigma 70-200 2.8, or DA* 200 F/2.8. First shots are in focus, but tracking with the DA*200 and K-30 wasn't very fast. The kit lens seems to focus faster - at least on the K-3.
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It's wake-board park, riders pulled around a man-made lake via pulley instead of boats. The good guys are out everyday practicing and they have events for points and championships as well. This one is located in Little Elm, TX. I am testing out new camera/lens configurations as I am going to start doing sports photography. Those pics were with the DA-L 55-300 and DA 18-135 WR. I have some new ones with my K-30 and the DA* 200mm F/2.8 here. Looking for the best combo. I'm thinking K-3 with Sigma 70-200 2.8, or DA* 200 F/2.8. First shots are in focus, but tracking with the DA*200 and K-30 wasn't very fast. The kit lens seems to focus faster - at least on the K-3.
If you can make the DA*200/2.8 work for sports you're a magician. I had one for about 2 weeks before selling it. Took very nice pics, but not if the subject was moving quickly towards me. If you want the weather sealing you need to go with the DA*300; otherwise pick an FA* or F*300, or an FA*200. The focusing on the DA*300 is much faster than the DA*200 - different motor design. The screw-driven primes will be even faster than the DA*300 on the K-3 (and perhaps equal to it - if not faster - on the K-30 as well).

For zooms the Tamron 70-200/2.8 will focus about as fast as the more expensive Sigma on the K-3. Either one will work, but the extra money you spend on the K-3 can be largely recouped by taking advantage of its strong screw-drive - allowing you to save money by getting the screw-drive Tamron instead. You probably already know that if you go with the Sigma it's better to get only the current (OS) model (for top AF performance).


The F/FA135 also work quite well. There may be a few other lesser-know lenses that will work, but not many.
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If you can make the DA*200/2.8 work for sports you're a magician. I had one for about 2 weeks before selling it. Took very nice pics, but not if the subject was moving quickly towards me. If you want the weather sealing you need to go with the DA*300; otherwise pick an FA* or F*300, or an FA*200. The focusing on the DA*300 is much faster than the DA*200 - different motor design. The screw-driven primes will be even faster than the DA*300 on the K-3 (and perhaps equal to it - if not faster - on the K-30 as well).

For zooms the Tamron 70-200/2.8 will focus about as fast as the more expensive Sigma on the K-3. Either one will work, but the extra money you spend on the K-3 can be largely recouped by taking advantage of its strong screw-drive - allowing you to save money by getting the screw-drive Tamron instead. You probably already know that if you go with the Sigma it's better to get only the current (OS) model (for top AF performance).


The F/FA135 also work quite well. There may be a few other lesser-know lenses that will work, but not many.
Very interesting. I had not even considered the DA*300 as I figured it would limit my flexibility even more (no zoom), and the focus would be the same. Weather sealing is a major factor for me as most of my planned activities will be in dirty and dusty climates at motocross events. Not sure how the Sigma would handle dust and dirt. I figured rain can easily be solved with a bag, but dust and dirt is a concern. Good thing for B&H 30 day return policy as testing different configurations is getting expensive. I just ordered the new Sigma OS, but again dust and dirt is the concern. I thought about the DA* 60-250 as it offeres good range and flexibility, but lacks the F2.8, although the DA* 200 sweet spot seemed to be F3.5-F4.0. Bokeh is a major factor here as well. The Tamron's price is attractive, but reviews aren't stellar for focus speed and reliability. The DA* 300 may give me what I need, with a sacrifice in versatility. Anyone know a good way to protect non WR lenses?
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Here are some pics using the DA* 200 F/2.8. Quality was amazing, but focus ratio was about 30%.
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