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05-02-2016, 10:49 PM   #1
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G,day from Australia

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Longtime Pentaxian, beginning with a K1000 and pretty much stuck with that body. My thing is aviation photography and that camera performed well at many an aviation event. My new DSLR is an K-3. Though I have owned a smaller digital camera for many years (Ricoh R1 4mp), this my first foray into DSLR. Quite a leap from 35mm film!

I like to use my trusty old fully manual Exacta (Carl Zeis, Japan) 100-500mm f5.6 - f32 zoom with 1: 5.6 - 8 Macro ability over the full zoom range. This is a big heavy beast, but so reliable and takes wonderful photos. All i must do now is master my new camera to get the most out of it. Nothing like being a newbie again 30 years on!

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Hi eaglesf. Welcome to the Pentax forums mate. This site is full of helpful members should you need any. Good 1st photograph too !!
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Hi eaglesf. Welcome to the Pentax forums mate. This site is full of helpful members should you need any. Good 1st photograph too !!
Howdy pjv

One of a few that turned out reasonable! This was my first airshow with the K-3 at Wings over illawarra last Sunday. Nothing like grabbing the bull by the horns and going full manual with a high tech camera! Quite an experience as I had stuffed up configuring the camera for my old lens and really paid for it. I spent a bit of forum time already working out a *some* things I did wrong and have reconfigured the setup for next time.

Because that lens is such a beast to wield, I use a camera stock with grip. My old home built one broke long ago and I purchased a Steady Stock II from B&H last year. It was OK, the grip is rubbish. I just found a pistol grip with inbuilt remote trigger, which will improve things no end and fit the 1/4" thread without mods.
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Welcome to the forum. There are a bunch of Aussies around .

Look forward to read your posts and see more shots.

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Welcome to the forum, there's quite a few excellent aircraft photographers here, you could always bounce any issues your having off them.
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Thanks everyone. By the way, the lens brand is exakta, not exacta. I'll remember to use advanced post in the future so I can edit my stuff ups.
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Haha, welcome to the forum, I was there too with my silver K-3 and Sigma 170-500! That makes 3 Pentax user that day, spotted another guy with a white K-30.
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Haha, welcome to the forum, I was there too with my silver K-3 and Sigma 170-500! That makes 3 Pentax user that day, spotted another guy with a white K-30.
I got there late unfortunately, like many, thanks to the rail scheduling trackwork.

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Welcome to the forum, there's quite a few excellent aircraft photographers here, you could always bounce any issues your having off them.
That's good to know. I need help! (My mates have told that many times).

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Welcome from the other side of the ditch.

I will link this thread to one of our NZ Thread members zkarj who is also an aviation photographer and enthusiast.

We have just been having a conversation on the NZ thread about which lenses are good for aviation photography, so he will be interested in your comments about the 100-500mm.

Enjoy your time here.

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Welcome from the other side of the ditch.

I will link this thread to one of our NZ Thread members zkarj who is also an aviation photographer and enthusiast.

We have just been having a conversation on the NZ thread about which lenses are good for aviation photography, so he will be interested in your comments about the 100-500mm.

Enjoy your time here.

Ross
cheers Ross
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Welcome from Chicago!
I haven't been to an airshow for a few years now. They aren't as good as they used to be, though maybe it's just the recession years. I have lots of airshow photos on film I should digitize from the 80s and early 90s, those were great shows.
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Spray and pray with a K-3 is a bad idea for my HDD....
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Spray and pray with a K-3 is a bad idea for my HDD....
What glass are you using?

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I haven't been to an airshow for a few years now. They aren't as good as they used to be, though maybe it's just the recession years. I have lots of airshow photos on film I should digitize from the 80s and early 90s, those were great shows.
I have a lot of film and slide to digitize too.
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What glass are you using?

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I have a lot of film and slide to digitize too.
An oldie, Sigma 170-500 APO

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QuoteOriginally posted by NZ_Ross Quote
I will link this thread to one of our NZ Thread members zkarj who is also an aviation photographer and enthusiast.

We have just been having a conversation on the NZ thread about which lenses are good for aviation photography, so he will be interested in your comments about the 100-500mm.
And here I am, thanks Ross.

I've been using the DA55-300 on my K-5 for a while, largely for aviation subjects, and once I worked out (with help from forum members) that it's best around f/11 I've been getting some great shots with it (see my sig for Flickr). But I'm also fond of bird photography and have been finding that 300mm is about bare minimum for many situations with heavy cropping required in post. So I've been looking at upgrading to something in the over-400 class and my consideration list has been as follows:

1.4x HD PENTAX-DA AF Rear Converter AW yielding a 77-420 f/5.6-8 (USD$450)
Sigma APO 50-500 f4-6.3 EX DG HSM OS (NZD$1850)
Pentax HD PENTAX D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 DC AW (USD$1950)

In discussion over on the NZ thread I've pretty much discounted the TC now and I'm sure I'd be happy with the Pentax 150-450, but I'm wondering whether I'd also be happy with the Sigma for substantially less money.

I'm generally in fair-to-good lighting conditions and have a fairly steady handheld stance but would consider a monopod on occasion for a bigger/heavier lens (the 55-300 is barely there as far as I am concerned). The K-5 can chuck a fair amount of ISO in, too, to keep shutter speeds snappy. I live by AF, but I time my shots so need it to be quick and accurate.

Any comments/experience appreciated.
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