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09-17-2015, 01:01 PM   #1
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Hello everybody,

Recently bought a K-S2 with an HD DA 55-300mm lens, primarily for bird photography.

I live in Clearwater, Florida.

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Welcome to the Forum! I'm certainly looking forward to seeing some of your photos, as the K-S2 is the camera I want to get next!
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And another welcome. The 55-300 may not be a premium lens for birding, but it will produce fine images when used correctly. And Florida is a great place for bird photography. Should I send you a list of the hot spots where all of us go when in Florida? The Alligator Farm is a must, but there are better spots with a greater diversity of birds.

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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF !

Hope to see some images soon ... Salut, J
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Thanks for the warm welcoming messages.

@WPRESTO: My main goal is not to produce calendar quality photos, but to capture 5" birds from 100 feet behind a couple of layers of leaves and branches for identification purposes, but I wouldn't mind if the photos turn out fantastic. This lens has a quick focus feature that helps fine tune the focus after the autofocus does its job as best as it can. Not a fast focusing lens though; that's the only downside for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
And another welcome. The 55-300 may not be a premium lens for birding, but it will produce fine images when used correctly. And Florida is a great place for bird photography. Should I send you a list of the hot spots where all of us go when in Florida? The Alligator Farm is a must, but there are better spots with a greater diversity of birds.
WPRESTO, you were right about the 55-300 lens. I'm not getting the results I expected. Actually, I think the picture quality is not much better than my Panasonic FZ-200. What lens are you using for bird photography?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dauntless Quote
WPRESTO, you were right about the 55-300 lens. I'm not getting the results I expected. Actually, I think the picture quality is not much better than my Panasonic FZ-200. What lens are you using for bird photography?
I used a Bigma (Sigma 50~500) for many years (purchased one soon after it was introduced). When the Tamron 150~600 came out, I hoped against hope it would be made available in Pentax mount, but as it was not, I purchased a Nikon body so I could use that lens. Up to about 500mm it's better than the Bigma. At 600mm it's about the same as the Bigma at it's maximum, but about 1/3 longer (the Bigma tops out about 450mm, not 500mm). I've gotten some good images with the Tamron, but I don't especially like the "feel" of the Nikon body (BTW: I also have a Nikon 18~140mm to go with it, plus an old 50mm f1.8). More recently I got a Pentax 150~450mm that I haven't had much opportunity to use, however tests indicate it's as good or better than the Tamron through their overlapping range. I also tested the 150~450 with the HD 1.4X TC and found the results very good. The two seem to be very compatible. At maximum (~630mm) the 150~450 + 1.4X seem to be a touch better than the Tamron. I also have a very old 400mm f4 Tamron Adaptall with Pentax mount, and use it with the old 1.4XL and 2XL Pentax TCs. That old Tamron is excellent, and seems to pair well with the 2XL providing 800mm f8, but focusing is extremely difficult and vibration is a major problem. BTW: both the Bigma and the 400mm Tamron were in my possession long enough to require professional CLA (major spots on interior lens surfaces) and both came out beautifully. The Bigma has gone on to another Pentaxian. I cannot quite part with the 400, but it is not an easy lens to use. Set up with the 2XL it requires both my heaviest tripod and a secondary support below the camera body if I want to realize the potential IQ. It is strictly a location rig (= I have determined where there is a bird, where to set up a camera and perhaps flash, and go with the sole purpose of imaging that bird).

That should be more answer than you wanted to read.
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