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Forum: Lens Clubs 07-12-2018, 12:52 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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About one HD 1.4x TC? Just guessing here :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-23-2018, 11:42 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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I can't believe I missed this one so here I go.
I bet he was just insecure that his wife was so interested in your BIG LONG lens
You should feel proud :D

These kind of people are a constant source of laughs and entertainment.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-21-2018, 04:32 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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I would say otherwise, nicely caught light, especially with the warbler
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-17-2018, 02:23 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Thank you! I know of the Stargazers Lounge but I don't have enough time to get deeper into astrophotography, not with doing University as well. Right now a 6 weeks of exams period is coming up, starting next week with Astronomy and Planetology, having a bit of fun before the hardcore exams :)
When I have more time (and maybe better equipment) I'll be around more frequently, including the astrophotography club
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-16-2018, 06:44 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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And now for something completely different!

K-3, DA* 300 and O-GPS1 Astrotracer


M45 Pleiades s
by Tamás Sterbinszky, on Flickr



Orion's belt
by Tamás Sterbinszky, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-06-2018, 04:11 PM  
DA* Club
Posted By Sterby
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K-3, DA* 16-50, forgetting the ISO at 1600


Sunset
by Tamás Sterbinszky, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-06-2018, 06:08 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Some random findings in the backyard. K-3, DA* 300

Greenfinch, with HD TC, well cropped in




Common lizard chilling on the wall, without TC, pseudo macro

Forum: Lens Clubs 04-01-2018, 04:23 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Thank you! I heard about Topaz but never tried their software. I mostly use Lightroom and Photoshop with NIK but I never found a good sharpening method that didn't bring out the noise as well.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-01-2018, 05:10 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Zzeitg, what is your processing method, more precisely your sharpening method?
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-26-2018, 08:45 AM  
k-1 follow subject with sensor movements in video mode... What?
Posted By Sterby
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Freaky
But let's just call it a feature instead a bug :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-12-2018, 03:13 PM  
DA* Club
Posted By Sterby
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What is the problem? If it is SDM failure, you can get it converted to screwdrive.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-10-2018, 11:20 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Ah, the new logo for Fro Knows Photo .com?
Birds can have some crazy hairdo
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-20-2018, 12:46 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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5000 ISO is not a problem on the K-3 either, if you don't crop in much
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-16-2018, 03:05 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By Sterby
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A quick and dirty landscape from the roadside, DA* 16-50/K-3

Winter bliss
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-16-2018, 02:55 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Backlog from the summer, a pair of black storks circling to gain height to begin their migration at the end of August, strong backlight.
Gear used: Tamron 70-200/2.8 and HD DA 1.4xTC on the Pentax K-3. Cropped in so I guess pseudo 300mm?

Black storks farewell flight
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-30-2018, 05:14 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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You forgot "there's a freshly washed car under this tree" and "new customers at table 4"
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-24-2018, 11:56 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By Sterby
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Turn it upside down and send it in to NASA :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-30-2017, 05:17 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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In my own experience no matter what technique I tried I shaked the camera when I pressed the shutter button. Not even the correctly set shake reduction helped. I still get overexcited when I face a quick scene like a roe jumping in front of me or a predatory bird is chasing prey around me, but the more I get into such situations and the more I use the camera (sadly I had very little time for photography this year) I get more confident and most importantly calm during shooting and pressing the shutter button rarely affects my images now. That I cannot say about correct exposure or focusing, but that is a different story :)

My advice would be (who was this originally aimed to, micromacro, Racer X 69?) to not worry about the shakes, just continue shooting and enjoy the time outside.
Practice makes perfect and the experience comes much quickly than from couchsurfing the interweb.

On that note it is almost 2018, maybe it would be time to start processing my shots from summer... or just delay them after the exams...
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-28-2017, 04:52 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Hmm... this is what I am talking about, this is a crop from the default 100% zoom of the flickr image:
Attachment 381896
If this is compression, something seriously went wrong somewhere. Usually flickr degrades my images but not this badly.
The other explanation would be that the image was enlarged from a smaller pixel export. I don't know why flickr would do such a thing.

Don't get me wrong, your image is without doubt spectacular, I'm just discussing the artifacting "clouding" such a nice photo :)

Edit:
Oh, and Seasonal Greetings to you too, may the gravy be with you :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-28-2017, 10:28 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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A quick suggestion, please avoid oversharpening the image. I gives a horrible waterpaint/orangeskin effect on the image and completely destroys it. I would leave the basic sharpening in Lightroom as default and correct white balance and exposure and maybe a tad bit of clarity and/or dehaze. Maybe a bit of color correction too if needed, but I doubt it is necessary (as usually it is not needed in nature shots). Downscale and export in 1500 or 1200px per long side. I only go over 2000px if I export for prints.
Digital photography gives a lot of opportunity for post processing but it is easy to overcook the image in many ways.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-11-2017, 01:57 AM  
KP with Sigma 50-500mm anyone?
Posted By Sterby
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I used the OS HSM on my K-3, it is a wonderful lens with lightning fast and accurate AF. The faster AF algorithm in the KP can only benefit the lens more.
Also the OS is excellent, just turn off the in-body SR.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-20-2017, 08:21 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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So it is possible to do food photography with a 300mm lens.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-02-2017, 01:58 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote

Common Buzzard from the car. K-3ii/FA*600mmF4ED[IF}/Eckla window mount.



I'm just wondering, how does one get access to your car? Seems to me it knows the best places for birding :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-24-2017, 01:16 AM  
DA* 300mm Focus Ring
Posted By Sterby
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Only thing I know is related to the SDM plaque, S/N starting from 904xxxx are made with revised SDM design. One would assume they also improved smaller design flaws as well.
Or I got lucky, who knows?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-23-2017, 12:10 PM  
DA* 300mm Focus Ring
Posted By Sterby
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My DA* 300 has none of that slack, the focus ring is nice and smooth with the right amount of dampening. Manual focusing is not a problem. Although mine has a S/N starting with #906
My only problem is when on a strap, the lens is bouncing a sliding on my hip and all the movements of walking rotates the focus to minimum. I have to manually twist it back when I bring the camera up to my eye.
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