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11-15-2015, 03:18 AM - 1 Like   #1
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K3ii for wildlife

I love my K7 and will keep using it but I'm getting some shots with my new K3ii that are all but impossible with the K7. The improved AF, better burst rate and improved high ISO performance all add up to a pretty good wildlife camera in any price bracket.

Here's a Welcome Swallow in flight from this afternoon on my first day trying. I tried dozens of times with the K7 without getting anything this sharp.

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11-15-2015, 07:42 AM   #2
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Nice shot!
Yes, the K-3 generation is a lot faster than the K-7, in every respect.
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Great shot!
What lenses are you using with the K-3ii for wildlife?
A lens upgrade might make wildlife photography easier as well... he he he here comes LBA.
11-15-2015, 09:24 AM   #4
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That's a great shot! Those swallows are extremely fast, & change directions on a dime!

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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
Great shot!
What lenses are you using with the K-3ii for wildlife?
A lens upgrade might make wildlife photography easier as well... he he he here comes LBA.
Profile indicates ownership of a DA* 300/4, and the EXIF shows that is the lens used...

I would think the D FA 150-450 is an appropriate upgrade
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Profile indicates ownership of a DA* 300/4, and the EXIF shows that is the lens used...
Isn't much upgrade to that in the current Pentax lineup... maybe the 560

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I would think the D FA 150-450 is an appropriate upgrade
I wouldn't say so.

Pros:
Zoom
FF
Longer range

Cons:
Lower apertures
Heavier
Bigger
Zoom

Maybe it would be
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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
Isn't much upgrade to that in the current Pentax lineup... maybe the 560



I wouldn't say so.

Pros:
Zoom
FF
Longer range

Cons:
Lower apertures
Heavier
Bigger
Zoom

Maybe it would be
You left out faster focusing and the focus pre-sets.
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
You left out faster focusing and the focus pre-sets.
Good point.

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Well done, BillK! Such pretty birds, and tough to shoot on the move.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
Great shot!
What lenses are you using with the K-3ii for wildlife?
A lens upgrade might make wildlife photography easier as well... he he he here comes LBA.
Mostly the DA* 300 and sometimes with the 1.4X TC as well.

My DA 200mm is currently broken and will need to go in for a repair. : (

I'm about to go out photographing bees with the Sigma 70mm macro and 1.4XTC. The Sigma and the FA43mm are my go to wide wildlife lenses.

However, last week I had the A35-105 F3.5 on when a Little Penguin popped up in front of me! Not when you really want a vintage lens on! Penguins will usually pose for you, though, when they are drying off.

I am certainly thinking about the DFA 150-450 but probably not until I get the FF camera first.

Maybe only a pipe dream but wouldn't the DA 560 be awesome?
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Nice.
I would love a K-3ii with DA* 300 and the HD 1.4x TC. Or even a 560..
But as a fourteen year old kid I can't afford these things
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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
Nice.
I would love a K-3ii with DA* 300 and the HD 1.4x TC. Or even a 560..
But as a fourteen year old kid I can't afford these things

But when you pursue your life of crime and fellow gangstas are laundering in the form of tattoo shops, instead you're going to park your ill-gotten gains in superb Pentax glass. :-)
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Billk,
I like your image of the Swallow, and have tried a few times to get shots like that without success.
I shoot with a K-3 II and a HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW.
Could you share your camera settings (exposure and AF) that you used for the Swallow image?

Cheers,
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QuoteOriginally posted by tduell Quote
Billk,
I like your image of the Swallow, and have tried a few times to get shots like that without success.
I shoot with a K-3 II and a HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW.
Could you share your camera settings (exposure and AF) that you used for the Swallow image?

Cheers,
Terry
If you click the "link" above the photo that says Show Image EXIF, it will show you the details. However, here is what you are probably looking for.

Camera Model PENTAX K-3 II
Date Taken 2015-11-15 03:37 PM
Resolution 1017 x 800 pixels
Focal Length 300.0mm (35mm equivalent: 450mm)
Exposure Time 1/2500s (0.0004)
Aperture F/7.1
ISO Equivalent 1000
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Billk,
I like your image of the Swallow, and have tried a few times to get shots like that without success.
I shoot with a K-3 II and a HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW.
Could you share your camera settings (exposure and AF) that you used for the Swallow image?

Cheers,
Terry

Hi Terry.


Sure : )


Yesterday I was hand holding but I also shoot a lot on a chunky Manfrotto tripod, with a joystick head, which I reverse mount so I am holding the joystick in my left hand and have the trigger squeezed while panning. That's how I usually get my best BIF shots and I would recommend that for the 150-450. (Haven't had much success with my monopod).


I usually shoot with AF on single point centre focus but did this shot with 9 AF points selected around the centre. I think fewer AF points is better than more.


Camera was in burst mode (recording RAW files, although a lot of birders say to record straight to jpeg).


The settings were ISO 1000, 1/2500s and F7.1 (I used TAV so the camera selected ISO 1000). It was 5pm ish in cloudless sky. I would say that closer to midday might give you another stop.



I try to lock on to the swallows at the edge of the lake as they are coming in but, as you know, they can change direction pretty sharply.


What else? I have my left foot pointed forward towards the target point and right out at 135 degree from that and try to have everything in tight to my torso and most of the panning movement coming from my hips (used to do judo). And I'm happy to have hundreds or thousands of fails to get a success.


Hand held BIF is where the DA 300mm F4 (and Canikon equivalents) really shine. You know you want one! : )
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