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08-17-2016, 05:05 PM - 3 Likes   #3346
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Went out in the garden an hour or so back. Many things growing vigorously that I do not remember planting. No matter. Robber flies are generally willing to hold a pose if they are feeding, so I was able to set up the tripod at a proper distance, but still used flash for most shots (all those taken by natural light were wind-blurred). Shallow DOF is annoying, but with the wind motion there was no chance to get a stacking series.

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Went out to take some pictures of shore birds. Last few days they are coming in decent numbers. There were few of us shooting and from nowhere came Peregrin Falcon chasing birds and spoiled the party. In the split of second shore birds were gone. This Peregrin Falcon done this few times here. They got to eat too
Luckily there was this Great Blue Heron doing some stretching with the wings and some Blue-winged Teal taking nap.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
The fly below may be the same as the one in your first image, or at least a closely related species. K1 + 200SMCA macro.

The eye's have it! Nice one!


Also, Frederic, the daisy is a bokeh dream...


Eric

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QuoteOriginally posted by cleaverx Quote
Went out to take some pictures of shore birds. Last few days they are coming in decent numbers. There were few of us shooting and from nowhere came Peregrin Falcon chasing birds and spoiled the party. In the split of second shore birds were gone. This Peregrin Falcon done this few times here. They got to eat too
Luckily there was this Great Blue Heron doing some stretching with the wings and some Blue-winged Teal taking nap.

Shot with K-1 and SMC 500mm f/4.5

Nice sequence of Great Blue Heron stretching.

That is a dandy Heron series! I've got some in the queue from the other day to post... now I'm not so sure I want mine next to yours.



I've been contemplating some more reach than my Tamron 70-200mm w/ 1.4x can give me, and the old SMC 500 4.5 you are using was on my list to consider, along with the Bigma that Rupert uses. Since I tend to hand hold or use my monopod a lot, I was thinking the Bigma might be the better choice, or find a 400 5.6 in some variety (Pentax, Tokina, Sigma?) but I'm just not sure I will like the ergonomics. How do you find the SMC 500 to use?
Thanks in advance,
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Went out in the garden an hour or so back.
Excellent shot!

QuoteOriginally posted by cleaverx Quote
Went out to take some pictures of shore birds.
Love all those!

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A Fence in a Drop...............The perfect Frame.
Also excellent!

QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
Victoria with FA 77
She is so precious!

Not a bird not a squirrel....
No need to mount a macro lens and go out in the hot humid muggy atmosphere. Just sit at your desk and sip your coffee while pointing the Bigma out the windows and firing away!





I heard a squirrel mumbling......"It is sad to see someone as lazy as old Rupert."


Regards!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Erictator Quote
That is a dandy Heron series! I've got some in the queue from the other day to post... now I'm not so sure I want mine next to yours.

I've been contemplating some more reach than my Tamron 70-200mm w/ 1.4x can give me, and the old SMC 500 4.5 you are using was on my list to consider, along with the Bigma that Rupert uses. Since I tend to hand hold or use my monopod a lot, I was thinking the Bigma might be the better choice, or find a 400 5.6 in some variety (Pentax, Tokina, Sigma?) but I'm just not sure I will like the ergonomics. How do you find the SMC 500 to use?
Thanks in advance,
Eric
Thanks for the kind words.
I really like SMC 500 f/4.5 and SMC A 400mm f/5.6. I have both of them. SMC 500mm takes some time to master it. But once you get it dialed in with exposures it can produce fantastic images consistently.
I shoot it mostly on tripod. Not an easy to handheld, I do it sometimes when I have to. This where SMC A 400mm f/5.6 is nice, which I never use with tripod and it is easy to handheld. Both lenses produce sharp images. The 500mm gives you more reach and 400mm more flexibility.
Far as Bigma goes, I don't own it so I can't really comment on it ,, but I see Rupert producing some very fine images with it. Nice thing about Bigma that it is autofocus and it is 50-500mm (great lens).

Since you are planing to handheld or use monopod then Bigma is a great choice.

It really depends on your budget and what are you planning to shoot ..action, birds in flight then autofocus is better choice,,etc. There are some awesome new lenses out there like Pentax 150-450mm, Sigma 500mm f/4.5.
Here is older Sigma 400mm f/5.6 AF..hard to find in Pentax mount. Sigma Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO (AF) Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database.
I personally prefer prime lenses. There is enough high quality older Pentax lenses out there to choose from.
There is no good or bad answer here, because everybody's needs and what they can afford are different.
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Excellent shot!
Thanks for the kind words, Rupert. I always find Otis & company amusing. BTW: Locally the campus of Mt. Holyoke College has always been noted for its population of melanistic "gray" squirrels. This year, for the first time, I've seen several out in woods behind our place (we are 10 miles or so from the college). No chance to get an image as yet as they seem quite wary and don't come close. I'm hesitant to set out something to attract them because that will also attract birds, and I've discontinued feeding birds because of Annabelle, which has been frustrating as I like to have feeder-birds up close.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Thanks for the kind words, Rupert. I always find Otis & company amusing.
You are most welcome! Thank you for yours! Otis is not so "appreciated' by everyone, but he does have his fans and he is still around, and not going anywhere. Life without Otis just wouldn't be the same, would it?

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Shooting the doves gets a little boring.....


Time to go squirrel fishing! Just bait-up and wait!
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Won't be long until this curious little troublemaker is on to the scent of peanut butter and roasted peanuts!

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Thanks, that is very helpful info. Ron over on the other forum offered me that exact Sigma 400 tele macro with the larger front element, but he suddenly passed away before I could buy it. There was some question in his mind as to weather it would work on a K-1, software wise, but I take it yours works fine? Ron spoke highly of that lens. Now I'm doubly sad, that Ron passed, and that I missed the lens...
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QuoteOriginally posted by cleaverx Quote
Thanks for the kind words.
I really like SMC 500 f/4.5 and SMC A 400mm f/5.6. I have both of them. SMC 500mm takes some time to master it. But once you get it dialed in with exposures it can produce fantastic images consistently.
I shoot it mostly on tripod. Not an easy to handheld, I do it sometimes when I have to. This where SMC A 400mm f/5.6 is nice, which I never use with tripod and it is easy to handheld. Both lenses produce sharp images. The 500mm gives you more reach and 400mm more flexibility.
Far as Bigma goes, I don't own it so I can't really comment on it ,, but I see Rupert producing some very fine images with it. Nice thing about Bigma that it is autofocus and it is 50-500mm (great lens).

Since you are planing to handheld or use monopod then Bigma is a great choice.

It really depends on your budget and what are you planning to shoot ..action, birds in flight then autofocus is better choice,,etc. There are some awesome new lenses out there like Pentax 150-450mm, Sigma 500mm f/4.5.
Here is older Sigma 400mm f/5.6 AF..hard to find in Pentax mount. Sigma Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO (AF) Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database.
I personally prefer prime lenses. There is enough high quality older Pentax lenses out there to choose from.
There is no good or bad answer here, because everybody's needs and what they can afford are different.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
The fly below may be the same as the one in your first image, or at least a closely related species. K1 + 200SMCA macro.
Yes, it seems to be the same family : a hover fly ! Nice shot !
QuoteOriginally posted by Erictator Quote
Also, Frederic, the daisy is a bokeh dream...
Thank you Eric !
QuoteOriginally posted by Rupert Quote
I heard a squirrel mumbling......"It is sad to see someone as lazy as old Rupert."
Not even mounting a macro lens, like me ! Actually is the 18-35 a macro lens ? Definitively yes Nice shots !
QuoteOriginally posted by cleaverx Quote
It really depends on your budget and what are you planning to shoot ..action, birds in flight then autofocus is better choice,,etc. There are some awesome new lenses out there like Pentax 150-450mm, Sigma 500mm f/4.5.
Here is older Sigma 400mm f/5.6 AF..hard to find in Pentax mount. Sigma Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO (AF) Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database.
You forgot the DA 560mm F5.6

1. FF Mode 200 ISO Pentax DA* 200mm F2.8 ED SDM Kenko Pz-AF UniPlus Tube 25


2. FF Mode 100 ISO Pentax DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM Kenko Pz-AF UniPlus Tube 25 Metz Flash 52 AF-1 Digital with Ray-Flash universal L ring adapter


3. Crop Mode 1600 ISO HD Pentax DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW


4. FF Mode 100 ISO Sigma Art 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM


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Won't be long until this curious little troublemaker is on to the scent of peanut butter and roasted peanuts!
Or looking under Mrs Rupert's dress
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