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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-26-2018, 04:19 AM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By r0ckstarr
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Do RC cars count?





Forum: Lens Clubs 06-26-2018, 04:15 AM  
The M Club!
Posted By r0ckstarr
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K3 / M100 2.8

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-04-2018, 06:47 PM  
Thoughts from my first week birding with the 150-450.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 14
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Thanks. I shoot every chance I get. I just don't post or upload as much due to work and other hobbies.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-01-2018, 10:56 PM  
Who does CLA on lenses?
Posted By r0ckstarr
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Views: 516
I remember reading there were a couple people mentioned before that provide this service, just don't remember who to contact. I have an M-135 and an A-70-210 that I would like to have cleaned up. No fungus that I am aware of, just more dust than I like inside of a lens.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-29-2018, 07:59 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By r0ckstarr
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Here's a male Least Bittern that I got last year from the car. It's a very heavy crop, but was the first time I had found one. I knew if I got out of the car to get closer, it would run away.



...and one more of the female from my previous post.




.....and a female grackle that decided to eat right in front of me while I was squatted down looking for a different bird.

K3 / 150-450 @ 450

Forum: Lens Clubs 05-29-2018, 04:16 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By r0ckstarr
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This one was strange. It had no care in the world about how close you got to it or who was around it. There was another guy that layed down on the ground and inched his camera right up to it doing a very slow army crawl. The bird acted like he wasn't even there. At once point, a grackle bumped into the Bittern, and the Bittern didn't even budge.
The bird stayed in this ditch for a couple days and ate a lot of small crawfish.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-28-2018, 07:12 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 29,075
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K3 / DA*300
Least Bittern










K3 / 150-450 @410mm
Green Heron



K3 / 150-450 @ 450mm

Painted Bunting. One of the very first birds I was looking for since I started birding, and it took me almost 3 years to make this bird a lifer. Got both male and female on the same day.

Forum: Lens Clubs 05-25-2018, 07:20 AM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 1,500
Views: 199,293
If you shoot handheld all day long, and have found a good way to hold the lens and manual focus at the same time while shooting, I find that the grippy knobs on the zoom ring start to dig into my skin, and towards the end of the day, part of my hand looks like the beginning of a blister. I'm considering getting a lenscoat to cushion it, or just find a piece of neoprene and make a small padded sleeve for that area.


I also use the Flipside 400 that others above me have mentioned.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-25-2018, 07:12 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 29,075
Views: 2,553,708
I agree about the AF of the lens. I get more in focus BIF shots with the 150-450 than I do with the DA*300 (converted screw drive AF). I carry it by the tripod foot. It's sturdy enough to hold the weight of the camera by a 1/4" bolt, surely it can handle my fist wrapped around it. I find it to be more balanced when zoomed out to 450mm while carrying it by the tripod foot also.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-21-2018, 03:29 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 29,075
Views: 2,553,708
So you got the 150-450? How do you like it so far?
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-21-2018, 03:17 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 29,075
Views: 2,553,708
A reminder to watch where you step while looking up in the trees for birds. I scanned the ground, took a step forward, and this water moccasin (venomous) slithered out from under my next foot step. It was so well camouflaged with the leaves that I almost overlooked it. I'd like to say that I am pretty good at spotting snakes, but I completely missed this one. I froze in place and my foot hovered over it as it moved out of the way. A close call, an eye-opener, and a first for me. I spent the rest of the trail looking for snakes. :lol:

K3 / 150-450 at 450mm.





Yesterday at the duck pond, I caught a lady hand feeding a Nutria Rat. I talked to her, and she said that she feeds him every day and that he likes salads, but today he got a treat of bread.
K3 / 150-450 at 330mm.




A cormorant making a splash in Galveston, Tx.
K3 / 150-450 at 310mm

Forum: Lens Clubs 05-20-2018, 06:26 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 29,075
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I went back yesterday to see if I could find any more alligators. Caught this one in the late afternoon / early evening. K3 - 150-450 at 330mm.





While walking along the trail, there was a couple that had two small children. The wife stopped me and asked me if I had seen anything further up the trail. I told her what I saw, and where-about to expect seeing it. While I was talking to her, the husband was eyeballing me up and down. From the way he was looking at me, I had a feeling he was going to say something stupid to assert his manliness in front of his woman, but he kept quiet. She told me thanks for the tip, I said good luck, and we went our separate ways.

A bit later, we all happened upon the gator above about the same time. I didn't say anything to them when I walked up, and just went to take my pictures. While I was shooting the pic above, she said "That's a nice camera". Before I could say thanks, the husband said "That's cheap junk, you can get that at walmart for 30 bucks, lets go" He grabbed her arm, and they started to walk away.

I could just tell from the way he was looking at me the first time, he had something stupid to say, but cheap junk? walmart? 30bucks? I actually questioned if I had heard what I did. I wanted to say something back to him, but knew it would only escalate things and I didn't want a broken camera. Plus, I was standing in between him and this alligator so I just let it go. I don't need to prove anything.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-19-2018, 04:51 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 29,075
Views: 2,553,708
:lol: The only thing this alligator cared about was getting some sun. I have another one of it shot at 270mm.





...and 150mm. Notice the way it's laying. It's in the worst position to attack or run away. It knew that I was too big to be a meal, so it likely would have ran away. If I got too close, it would have let me know by changing its position. Instead, it saw me and was falling asleep while I was shooting. The blood on its teeth makes me think that it had just eaten. :lol:




This next one, shot at 450mm, did not like me being near.





It swam towards me from a distance, and then kept raising its head out of the water growling and bellowing at me. Not wanting to cause it anymore stress, I shot my pics and moved on.


Forum: Lens Clubs 05-17-2018, 03:39 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By r0ckstarr
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K3 - 150-450 at 450mm.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2018, 03:34 PM  
Thoughts from my first week birding with the 150-450.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 14
Views: 1,194
Quick Release plate? I've been shooting all handheld so far. I haven't made it to that point yet, lol.

I have the Benro IH1 ball head, which comes with an Arca type plate. In the back of my mind, I kind of assumed it would work with the 150-450 since it worked with the DA*300, but I haven't tried it yet.

Benro IH1 Single Action Ball Head IH1 B&H Photo Video


Also, I just wanted to mention. I'm not replacing the DA*300 completely. Just when birding for quieter AF. When size and weight are a concern on where I am going, i'll still make use of the lens. Plus, it will be an upgrade for my girlfriend to use the DA*300 instead of her HD 55-300.
Forum: General Photography 05-02-2018, 11:00 PM  
I am a photographer
Posted By r0ckstarr
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I'm somewhere in there.

1. The binoculars went to my girlfriend. She's a great spotter.

2. Shoot first, admire 2nd. Wait too long and your opportunity will be gone. Sometimes I admire while shooting depending on the behavior of the bird.

3. Wild Grackles (not the urban parking lot grackles) are one of my favorite birds to shoot. It's easy practice on a dark subject, and their social behavior is sometimes interesting. I still don't know why they sit and stare up at the sky on a cloudless day.

4. Never done that.

5. Always when the opportunity presents itself.

6. Earth tones.

7. Shoot and move on.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-02-2018, 04:02 PM  
Thoughts from my first week birding with the 150-450.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 14
Views: 1,194
Completely agree there.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-02-2018, 03:59 AM  
Thoughts from my first week birding with the 150-450.
Posted By r0ckstarr
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Views: 1,194
1. Thanks. The AF died in my DA*300. I converted it to screw drive, but it's just too loud for birding. I hit the AF button for a brief second to bring the focus close to a bird, and had 2 people look at me like I just screamed in a library. :lol: That's the main reason.

2. When using the 1.4 HD TC and looking through the viewfinder, I feel like I am looking through a hazy lens. I can see the difference between with and without the converter, and it makes it harder to nail manual focusing. The view through the viewfinder is much clearer without the 1.4 HD TC. I see the same thing with the 1.4 TC on the 150-450. I also tried with and without the Pentax OME53 magnifying eyecup, but it didn't help much. After a few hours of trying to get the focus right, I started to feel like I was straining my eye to see the focus.

3. The extra 30mm is a plus.


Not a reason I chose the lens, but I have noticed that the AF is faster on the 150-450 than my converted DA*300.

Also, one more thing to add to go with my first post. I've been using prime lenses for years. This is my first zoom in a long time. I forget that it can zoom. I set it to 450mm and leave it there. A few times, I had a bird that was too close and rather than adjusting the zoom, I naturally took a step backwards. :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-01-2018, 11:06 PM  
Thoughts from my first week birding with the 150-450.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 14
Views: 1,194
Thanks. I'll give that method a try. Are you able to work the manual focus and hold the lens by the tripod foot at the same time?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-01-2018, 07:13 PM  
Thoughts from my first week birding with the 150-450.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 14
Views: 1,194
I've been using the DA*300 for the last 3yrs. I loved this lens so much that I dedicated a camera body to that lens. That body just got reassigned to a new lens. I got the 150-450 last week and have been using it quite a bit. I spent a week birding from sun up to sun down and put a lot of frames through it. I prefer to shoot handheld, and find it just as easy to do with this lens at 450mm as it is with the DA*300. It took me about a day to get fully used to the weight difference between this lens and the DA*300, but I can hold it pretty steady now. After using the 150-450 all day, I put it next to another K3 with the DA*300 and couldn't believe how small the DA*300 looked. :lol:

Manual focus has a really long throw compared to the DA*300, but I have gotten used to it.

Using a monopod, I put the 1.4 HD TC on it for a focal length of 630mm. You really need a lot of light to do that.

The one thing that bothers me though is all of the AF buttons on the lens. I don't see the point in so many of them. I prefer to use manual focus, and I only use AF to bring the focus in close to the bird, then use Manual focus the rest of the way. The way that you hold the lens to work the focus ring combined with the weight of the lens causes me to accidentally press the AF buttons on the lens while I am Manually focusing and then lens instantly locks onto a random tree branch. This was a slight annoyance at first, but then I set it to disable AF when pressed and have been using it that way since. When shooting handheld, I also move the tripod foot to the top of the lens to allow more room for my hand underneath the lens.

I am curious as to how others have gotten around accidentally pressing the buttons.

I've considered making a neoprene sleeve to go around the lens where the AF buttons are, similar to a lenscoat. Then slide a stiff piece of cardboard inbetween the neoprene and the lens to block the AF buttons on the bottom. Anybody have a lenscoat and can give some info on how it covers the AF buttons?

Overall, I really like this lens. Now, I need to figure out what to do with my DA*300.

Here's one of the first pics I took with the 150-450 the day I got it.


Forum: Lens Clubs 05-01-2018, 06:45 PM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 1,500
Views: 199,293
K3 and 150-450

Forum: Lens Clubs 01-04-2018, 10:40 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 29,075
Views: 2,553,708
There was a bit of construction going on nearby, and it was forcing the local wildlife out of their homes. At the end of October, a small Opossum decided to start living in my back yard. After determining that it was a very healthy opossum, I relocated it to a spot in the woods where I see a lot of deer. I walk the trails and woods often, and chose a spot where I don't normally find coyote feces. It took a liking to me, and tried to follow me back to the truck like a lost kitten. I had to walk around in the woods with it until it got comfortable enough to want to stay on its own. A few days ago, I was walking near that same spot that I left it, and found this coming down a tree.







I don't know if it's the same one, but it was coming towards me and not going away from me. I stood under the tree and talked to it, just like when I released it. We got within 4 feet of each other and had a staring contest. I backed away, and it followed. It came up and walked around me, smelled my shoes, then went walking around under the pine trees. I slowly backed away and watched it dig around through the pine needles. Afterwards, it went back up into the tree and I went on my way. Considering the age and rate they grow, I want to believe this is the same one, but I really don't know for sure. Perhaps, just another curious 'possum who's never seen a human before.

K3 + DA*300
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-21-2017, 05:12 PM  
How to deactivate SDM and allow for screw drive autofocus with DA* 16-50mm f/2.8
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 780
Views: 197,007
Thanks. If I notice anything strange, i'll go back and fix the FF's.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-21-2017, 02:16 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 29,075
Views: 2,553,708
K3 / DA*300





Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-21-2017, 01:58 PM  
How to deactivate SDM and allow for screw drive autofocus with DA* 16-50mm f/2.8
Posted By r0ckstarr
Replies: 780
Views: 197,007
It was a little difficult to follow, but I got it figured out. I didn't realize the EEPROM file saved to the SD card when I hit OK. Works great on my K7, and am about to try it on my K3's.

One last question while I still remember how to reverse everything I did.

The whole C0 to 80 thing. I had a bunch of FF's after I started getting down into it.




There was no mention of FF, just C0 to 80. So, everywhere that was FF, I changed to 80 as the instructions said, including the READ/WRITE part. It read FF, but I wrote it to 80. I assume this is correct since the lens now has autofocus again, but thought I would ask.



Edit: Works great on a K3. I cannot comment on speed comparison because it's been a year since it quit working.
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