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Forum: Lens Clubs 03-28-2015, 10:43 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
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It is incredibly slow and painful to try and capture birds in flight, and I think the contacts are dirty because sometimes the OS and AF don't work and I need to disconnect the lens and click it back in again.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-27-2015, 11:54 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 37,749
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Can't wait until the 150-450 is in people's hands and we can see a review of it, this 150-500 autofocus is killing me!

Coastal Carpet Python (Morelia Spilota McDowelli) by Reptilezz, on Flickr

White-Throated Honeyeater by Reptilezz, on Flickr



Chestnut Breasted Manikin by Reptilezz, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-27-2015, 02:51 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 1,623
Views: 270,594
You mean the canon 100-400 USM II? Nah that thing is incredibly fast, I watched a video of it just after the Pentax and the canon focused at infinity to close and out agin in the same time the Pentax did 2/3 of the process mention of the canon lens.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-23-2015, 03:44 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 37,749
Views: 3,969,420
Yes the 150-450 is f5.6, I fixed the typo. Hopefully it's sharp wide open and speedy AF (and it drops in price for us poor bastards in AUS :( being $3000 at launch...)
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-23-2015, 03:22 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 37,749
Views: 3,969,420
With the K-3 the autofocus is still disappointing. It is too slow for most bird in flight opportunities to get tack sharp images. I'm going to upgrade to the 150-450 just so I can shoot at f5.6 (150-500 requires you to shoot at f8 or f10 to get sharp shots) and to have better AF.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-22-2015, 12:57 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
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Just a quick question for the 500 f4.5 and 560 f5.6 shooters, do you ever find that the minimum focus distance is limiting? The sigma 500 f4.5 is 4 metres and the 560mm is 5.6 metres, I mean I get annoyed with my 150-500 focusing at 2.2m. Do you use extension tubes when up close? Also what is the IQ like with the Pentax 1.4 TC and does it let you focus closer? Im getting a job soon so I may be able to treat myself to more extravagant gear if I get good hours :D

Also here is a chestnut breasted manikin from today and my green tree Python.


Chestnut Breasted Manikin by Reptilezz, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-18-2015, 03:15 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
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Haven't posted here for a couple of weeks due to there being not many birds atm. However we have had a few reptilian visitors over summer, all taken with a K-3 Sigma 150-500 and metz mecablitz 58AF-2

Juvenile Coastal Carpet Python (Morelia Spilota McDowelli) by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Yellow-Faced Whip Snake ( Demansia Psammophis ) by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Velvet Gecko by Reptilezz, on Flickr


And finally some birds (forgive me if ive posted one of these, i cant remember if i did)

Tawny Frogmouth by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Sub-Adult Kookaburra by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Juvenile Sacred Kingfisher by Reptilezz, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 03-17-2015, 01:00 PM  
Another KS2 product video
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 6
Views: 2,071
Found this on youtube this morning. To me this is an excellent product video and highlights the things that people that would buy this sort of camera would want (built in wifi and share to social media instantly).
















Youtu.be



Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2015, 11:40 PM  
Who will get the DFA 150-450 & why??
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 41
Views: 7,015
To me they look a bit pixelated more than soft but I'm just looking at the forum post instead of the Adobe programme version.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 03-03-2015, 12:09 AM  
February, 2015 Runner-up: Nights of a full moon
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 48
Views: 4,545
Love it
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-24-2015, 12:41 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 6,787
Views: 913,524
At my friends school they have k50's for the students to use for their media assignments and to hire. They also had a competition last year where one student won a k50 bundle. Pentax isn't that rare here in Australia
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-10-2015, 11:59 AM  
Ks2 trailer/teaser
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 40
Views: 9,163
The teaser for the Pentax Ks2 was just posted on YouTube. Looks like they may be showcasing a bit of the video capabilities?
















Youtu.be



Forum: Lens Clubs 02-10-2015, 02:49 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
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Views: 3,969,420
My photo made it to Australian Geographic on the 26th of December and I didn't even realise until today!

Reader photo: variegated fairy-wren - Australian Geographic
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-07-2015, 11:38 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
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I'm also only going to consider it if it's sharp wide open at 450mm, seeing as the launch price is well over that of the 150-500. What price is the 560 going for these days?
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-07-2015, 04:24 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
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un-surprisingly more amazing shots from you guys. I'm sure everyone is excited about the new 150-450 and how it performs as am I.
Here a couple more shots of the juvenile kingfishers that I didn't put up to start with, and a pair of very friendly Bush Stone-Curlew's


Juvenile Sacred Kingfishers by Reptilezz, on Flickr


Bush Stone-Curlew Portrait by Reptilezz, on Flickr


Bush Stone Curlew by Reptilezz, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-04-2015, 10:02 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By Reptilezz
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Views: 270,594
In my opinion the increased price of the 150-400 over the sigma 150-500 is justified 1) by being fully weather sealed and 2) by being f5.6 at 450mm. The 150-500 is f6.3 from 300mm. Being a wider aperture lens and a bit smaller, it should also be faster at focusing which is a 3rd advantage. I might upgrade to it from my 150-500 when it drops in price.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-09-2015, 01:36 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
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Views: 3,969,420
Awesome work Travis, love the background on the first one.

I havent posted for a while as ive been away but ive gotten a few shots since being on holidays


Juvenile Sacred Kingfishers by Reptilezz, on Flickr


RIP little dude, i left to go to the gold coast expecting to come back and get some more shots of him, when i got back in 3 days all i found where feathers where he sat :( id say a collard sparrow hawk got him

Juvenile Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike by Reptilezz, on Flickr


Pacific Baza (200th Photo) by Reptilezz, on Flickr


Koala by Reptilezz, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-09-2015, 01:24 PM  
Sigma 150-500 - should I buy one?
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 33
Views: 2,659
On the topic of using monopods and tripods i think it depends on the person, situation and subject. For example, i if i go to Oxley creek (open bush area with lots of room to move around) i may take the monopod for the bigger birds. But because its quite bright and the small birds are usually on the ground and moving fast, a monopod or tripod is going to slow your movement down way to much. However if im going to somewhere like a rainforest and im shooting birds like a casowary where they generally move slowly and its dark and you need slower shutter speed, then the monopod will be necesary ( its a completely different story with fast moving small birds near to you when you need to use a external flash and fast shutter speed) When using with the monopod on still birds at 500mm.


Monopod used and 1/200th with fill flash 500mm

Juvenile Sacred Kingfishers by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Handheld at 1/640th 500mm

Female Variegated Fairy-wren by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Handheld at 1/250th 310mm with fill flash

Juvenile Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike by Reptilezz, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-08-2015, 02:20 PM  
Sigma 150-500 - should I buy one?
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 33
Views: 2,659
My copy is very sharp wide open to 400mm then after that stopping down to f8 maintains the same quality through to 500mm
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 03:33 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 2,854
Views: 124,735
Good luck everyone, im in!
Forum: Sold Items 12-03-2014, 02:16 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax HD DA 55-300 WR Excellent+ Condition
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 2
Views: 1,648
Bump

down to $350
Forum: Sold Items 11-26-2014, 12:37 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax HD DA 55-300 WR Excellent+ Condition
Posted By Reptilezz
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Views: 1,648
Bump to the top
Forum: Sold Items 11-23-2014, 01:50 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax HD DA 55-300 WR Excellent+ Condition
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 2
Views: 1,648
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax HD DA 55-300 WR Excellent+ Condition

Asking Price
350.00 AUD

Item Location
Chandler, Brisbane (Australia)

Item Description
HD DA 55-300 WR comes with original carry case. The lens is spotless, no fungus, haze or dust. Minimal use. Selling as new. Lens comes in box and in the soft case.

Pm me if you're interested in more details

sample images from this lens

Rainbow lorikeet by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Striated Pardalote by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
Australia Only

Shipping Charge
Auspost

Shipping Services
Auspost

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns not accepted

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-11-2014, 02:22 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
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Views: 3,969,420
Thanks crewl1. The raptor holding the fish (I think it might actually be a squid) is a whistling kite. They are pretty much everywhere in Australia and also eat pretty much every thing, however usually fish or rodents at sugar cane farms. The second eagle with the white head is a Brahminy kite. They are mainly water raptors but will still eat carrion and rodents, they are also usually very shy. The next image is of a Crested Tern which are quite common in breeding groups but they dont stay long. They grey bird flying is a Channel Billed Cuckoo, they are one of my favourites with their red eyes and barred tails. They are also quite large.last one is a noisy friar bird which are very common but also shy. They almost look like a minature vulture with the bald head and a funny bomp on their nose.

Hope this helps :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-10-2014, 11:45 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Reptilezz
Replies: 37,749
Views: 3,969,420
There have been some excellent shots on the last few pages keep up the good work. Here is my input from Stradbroke island and around the place lately. (havent posted in a while, too much school work :/ )

From Straddie

Whistling Kite Holding a Fish by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Whistling Kite Holding a Fish by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Brahminy Kite Pair by Reptilezz, on Flickr

In Coming! Crested Tern by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Crested Tern "Taking a Look" by Reptilezz, on Flickr

From around the place

Sacred Kingfisher by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Sacred Kingfisher by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Channel Billed Cuckoo by Reptilezz, on Flickr

Noisy Friar Bird by Reptilezz, on Flickr
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