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12-26-2013, 04:04 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tjompen1968 Quote
Why would you turn off shake reduction when using higher shutter speeds?

I have the K-3 with the DA* 300 f4-lens and I use from 1/160 with shake reduction on and it keeps me stable. When going faster I have not seen any degradation in my pics but if there is some issue with faster shutter speeds and shake reduction I do want to know about it.
Just that It is not needed at higher speed. And no I have never heard about issue with faster shutter speeds and shake reduction either.

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QuoteOriginally posted by formercanuck Quote
You missed a '0' that showed as 1/400.
oups. Now my eyes needs a new autofocus system
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I've posted several labelled photos in the User Photo Gallery, Reptilezz (just click on Gallery to the left), all taken hand held by a 65-year-old with the HD 55-300 and K-3. Many of them are quite sharp. If you can't get results that are equally sharp, then I would guess that there is indeed something wrong with your HD 55-300 and/or K-3. Of course the farther away from your subject you are, the less detail you can capture, and the more camera shake you will generally have, which can lead to disappointing results with distant birds (perhaps like your Baza). Using a fast shutter speed or tripod will help, but there are still limits, so to make a fair comparison between one of your bird pix and one from someone else, you would need to know how far away you both were. My photo of a finch with apples, for example, which shows considerable detail, was taken at fairly close range (perhaps 15-20'). As others have noted, the 55-300 (new or old) is also much sharper in the center of the frame than elsewhere, and somewhat sharper at F/8-F/11 than F/5.8 (per photozone.de, the range of the resolution figures at 300mm for F/5.8-F/11 is:1769-1892 center; 1557-1588 border). What I noticed most in going from the older 55-300 and K-5, to the new HD and K-3, is that the HD and K-3 (at least _my_ HD and K-3) focus much more quickly and accurately. I also notice, however, that I do not need any AF fine adjustment with any of my lenses on the K-3, whereas I did with all of them with my K-5, and even the maximum +10 adjustment did not seem enough in some cases. So part of the difference that I have noted was apparently due to problems with my K-5. Heie's upcoming review of the HD 55-300 for PF (and his already posted first impressions) will give you a lot of additional information that should prove helpful.
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Thank you wgb for your reply. I did try shooting at f8 and f10 and it made no difference to the image in my case. The baza was probably 5 to 6 metres away so there should have been much more detail in that photo.

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Ok so i went to the camera shop today and they guy there said that he thinks that i should try faster shutter speeds. So with new hope i got home and tried shooting at a faster shutter speed.... With the same result. I think im going to return it to B&H and get a new one and see if its any better. This is the shot:

1/1000
F6.3
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Try increasing the contrast in this shot which will sharpen the image somewhat and try using a noise removing such as Topaz DeNoiser and you should see quite a difference.
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Try increasing the contrast in this shot which will sharpen the image somewhat and try using a noise removing such as Topaz DeNoiser and you should see quite a difference.
Ok thanks i will give it a shot. Do you know if this lens is usually this blurry at 300mm?
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No it is not this blurry at 300...

oops sorry. I missed that this was the WR version. I only have the DAL version and it is much better than this...

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The ultimate would be to replicate the shot with a DA*300 if you could get one somehow. This would show you what sharp looks like at 300mm with the K-3. Otherwise I would suggest:

1) Swap the lens for another if possible.
2) Send in the camera and lens together to see if CRIS could get the two to start playing nicely together.

It is becoming obvious to me that the K-3 can be a harsh master.

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Here is one of my early shots with the DAL 55-300 on a Kx... My guess is the WR version should be at least as good as the DAL kit lens version.







And a 100% crop at 300mm



I can still see the reflections of the trees in the goose eye!

I would send yours back, try another to check for improvements...

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I would send the lens in for calibration if you can't get it exchanged, what you are showing us is not normal for that lens. Here is one from the DA version on the K3.( f: 4.5, 1/500. iso 400 at 120 mm)

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Hey I was wondering... did you ever attempt to calibrate the AF with your lens? Maybe a af adjust would help


But maybe not if Live View did not make a difference
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Hope you don't mind but this is what I was talking about and took the privilege of doing a demo. Doing a fine auto focus adjustment in the camera menu may help too.

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Your lens is faulty. Send it back. I have the DA 55-300 and its unprocessed images are way better than the samples you've posted.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gray Quote
Your lens is faulty. Send it back. I have the DA 55-300 and its unprocessed images are way better than the samples you've posted.
FYI, send it back if you can.
C.R.I.S. won't be able to repair it.
I tried once, but they say it is within specs. I guess I could try again, but ... of course they also "fixed" my DA 16-50 lenses three times each for the same problem (still not fixed). They also "fixed" my flash for the same issue at least four times -- oh wait, its still not fixed. They also "fixed" my K5 and wrecked the water seals, which then wrecked my camera in a light rain... no warranty repair on that one of course!!
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