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04-02-2016, 10:05 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fenwoodian Quote
I'm not a brand snob, I own 3 systems currently and have owned many others over the years. I just try to use the best tool for the job. Sometimes it's a Pentax, but other times it's a Fuji X, Canon, Sony, or a Nikon.

You are the "Brand Snob Fan Boy" who probably has little or no experience with other brands.
How much money wasted over the years? I dread to add my spend up.

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K-1 for wildlife / birding ? For sure. Does K-3 has advantage with 1.5x crop factor?. Yes it does. But K-1 has 36 MP sensor and that is 1.5 times more pixels than K-3 with 24 MP.
So any loss with crop factor could be gained with ability of the larger sensor in K-1 if shooting with full frame lenses. Crop image (36 divided by 1.5 ) on 36 MP by 1.5x and you get 24 MP. Same as K-3. Dynamic range, low light, high ISO are better in K-1.
For sure K-1 can't match 8.3 FPS of K-3.
Simply put. If you mainly shoot birds in flight than you might want to switch to Canon or Nikon, since they have better (faster) focusing system. Can you make good shots of
birds and also birds in flight with K-1..absolutely. Just percentage of keepers would be lower.
Not long time I was shooting birds in 35mm film with Pentax and pictures were pretty darn good. Can't see reason why can't be done with digital.
I am getting K-1 and already have SMC 500mm f/4.5 manual lens and just bought SMC A 400mm f/5.6 for handheld shooting and maybe later getting
Pentax HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC WR. Pentax have some awesome selection of older film era lenses very capable even today.
I will be using only full frame lenses on K-1.
Can't wait to get my K-1 and buy a nice wide angle zoom or prime lens for bird, landscaping and nature photography.
I still have my two K-50 bodies and HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR, SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR and I am planning to use them. Just when I need that
extra resolution I'll use K-1.

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First weekend with the K-1 and very first time out with the Tamron 70-200.

Took a few birds with the K-1 the day previous. Not much happening though. Will see if I've got anything worth posting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fenwoodian Quote
Sure, one can capture the occasional odd bird or two with Pentax equipment, but I know no serious birder who shoots with Pentax.
So where are your serious birdie shots! In your album I found some serious BBQ grills, but no birdies? Maybe you can PM old Norm and tell him he is not a serious shooter with his Pentax.....or maybe you should view his many hundreds of birdie/wildlife shots before you do?

You know, I hate to be so critical, but your statement was one of the most absurd I have seen posted...and I've seen plenty of absurd postings. Are you loco or just out strolling/trolling for trouble?

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Maybe not a serious birder, but an enthusiastic one. A few Pentax birds on this thread. But not shot with K-1 (K-3, I think), so I'll not share them directly https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/130-lens-sample-photo-archive/267580-hd-p...6-ed-aw-2.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tjompen1968 Quote



This must be a fake. Cannot be shot with a Pentax.
Someone said that they get 90% hit rate. I get that with a K-7.
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Tjompen1968---It's hard for me to imagine that you are not serious with shots like those...but that's what the man said, so I guess you were just "fooling around" and accidentally got those shots on a random snap?

There are so many fantastic wildlife shots in this Forum's many locations that it would take months to view them all...and most of them were shot with a Pentax.

I'm not a serious birder, not even a serious shooter....I shoot for the fun and joy...but if I was I would not hesitate to shoot Pentax.



Even ISO 6400 works for me with Pentax.


This dove looks like a chicken to me?


Anyhow, I have a lot of fun shooting birds.... https://www.flickr.com/photos/129469263@N03/albums/72157651162955781

For those that are serious, I see serious Pentax shots......they are not hard to find on this site!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rupert Quote
Tjompen1968---It's hard for me to imagine that you are not serious with shots like those...but that's what the man said, so I guess you were just "fooling around" and accidentally got those shots on a random snap?

There are so many fantastic wildlife shots in this Forum's many locations that it would take months to view them all...and most of them were shot with a Pentax.

I'm not a serious birder, not even a serious shooter....I shoot for the fun and joy...but if I was I would not hesitate to shoot Pentax.



Even ISO 6400 works for me with Pentax.


This dove looks like a chicken to me?


Anyhow, I have a lot of fun shooting birds.... https://www.flickr.com/photos/129469263@N03/albums/72157651162955781

For those that are serious, I see serious Pentax shots......they are not hard to find on this site!

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Rupert,
Nice photos. I did check your Flickr album...really nice work. Love the title of the album "...shots from my office window" You are the luckiest
guy shooting birds with camera thru office window :-)). Love the Blue Jays photos. Where I live we don't have them.
What lens are you using on the shots where metadata shows "500mm" in lens info?

Thanks for sharing photos.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cleaverx Quote
Rupert,
Nice photos. I did check your Flickr album...really nice work. Love the title of the album "...shots from my office window" You are the luckiest
guy shooting birds with camera thru office window :-)). Love the Blue Jays photos. Where I live we don't have them.
What lens are you using on the shots where metadata shows "500mm" in lens info?

Thanks for sharing photos.
Thank you! I shoot with the Bigma 50-500...a fairly decent lens for wildlife, but certainly not a pro lens. For the price it is amazingly good, but not perfect.

I shoot 99% through my home office windows. I have toms of wildlife here, I feed the birds and squirrels and raccoons and such. It is fun stuff!

You might like these....
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129469263@N03/albums/72157651153186152

https://www.flickr.com/photos/129469263@N03/albums/72157652688726548

Mostly I just shoot for the fun and joy of it. I let the Pros do the heavy work!

One I shot late this afternoon....lots of doves around here! These are Spanish doves.


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Here's my contribution: K1 + DFA 28-105 at 105 + two very entertaining birds.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fenwoodian Quote
Sure, one can capture the occasional odd bird or two with Pentax equipment, but I know no serious birder who shoots with Pentax.
Are you kidding me?? I have seen so many awesome shots shot with Pentax gear.
SMC-Pentax-FA-Star-600mm-F4-Lens with K-1 or K-3 would make a good run for the money for ANY Canon or Nikon. Truth is that Canon and Nikon has more advanced autofocusing systems, but that doesn't mean you can't make a nice shots with Pentax gear.
I am just an amateur who enjoy to shoot birds with Pentax gear.
Here are some samples. Top 3 shots of Bald Eagle with Pentax K-50 and SMC 500mm f/4.5 (30+ years old manual lens)
and 4th and the Black-capped Chickadee was with K-50 and DA 55-300 WR.
I can't wait for my K-1 to use with some nice older film era lenses.

Just keep shooting with Pentax fellas serious or not.

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QuoteOriginally posted by PENFRED Quote
Here's my contribution: K1 + DFA 28-105 at 105 + two very entertaining birds.
Nice pictures. Love the colors of the Barn Swallows.

---------- Post added 07-05-16 at 09:19 PM ----------

Love the album "Army of Otis" I noticed that somewhere in the album you switched to K-1. Nice prime lens like DA *300mm f/4 with that K-1 would make some awesome combo.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cleaverx Quote
Crop image (36 divided by 1.5 ) on 36 MP by 1.5x and you get 24 MP. Same as K-3.
I think it is 36 / 1.5**2 (i.e. 1.5 squared) which is ~16 MP.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cleaverx Quote
Love the album "Army of Otis" I noticed that somewhere in the album you switched to K-1. Nice prime lens like DA *300mm f/4 with that K-1 would make some awesome combo.
Yes, I am going to get the 150-450 sometime sooner than later...or the 300 f4 +TC. You might like this album too...all K1 shots.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129469263@N03/albums/72157668217340465

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