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Forum: Pentax K-1 9 Hours Ago  
K-1 for wildlife / birding ?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 107
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I also use burst to make up for SR failures in low light images when I don't have time to use a tripod. If I take 3, one of the three is usually good.

For images like this.... at 1/20s I find the SR only occasionally adequate. If I press the shutter button and hold for at least 3 frames, I have mush more chance of having a good result.
2019-10-25-AP-forest-walk-15 by Norm Head, on Flickr

If you look at the sequence this was taken from and look at the amount of time I spent there, you realize I kept 7 images... using tripod would have reached that to 2 or 3. There is a cost for being meticulous. 3 frames almost always gets me the images I want, and takes me 2 seconds. Just getting the tripod out of the cary bag takes a minute or two. My time out is valuable. I'm always looking for ways to increase my number of opportunities.

I spent 6 minutes in this area (as part of a much longer walk.) Setting up a tripod for each of these shots, I would have had a maximum 2 shots. I ended up with 7. Would you really be willing to sacrifice 5 images because you won't use burst mode?

2019-10-25-AP-forest-walk-14 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2019-10-25-AP-forest-walk-16 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2019-10-25-AP-forest-walk-17 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2019-10-25-AP-forest-walk-18 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2019-10-25-AP-forest-walk-19 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2019-10-25-AP-forest-walk-20 by Norm Head, on Flickr

So I'd ask, which five would you give up because you stopped to use tripod instead fo shooting burst?

Personally, I like all of them, taking a single shot ensures you will miss photos you want because your movement was too much for the SR. Using a tripod means you don't have time for them all.

This is not ideology, this is practical knowledge gleaned from thousands of photos.
The thing is, if you don't use burst out of dogmatic type stubbornness, you have no idea how it could improve your enjoyment of photgraphy.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10 Hours Ago  
Sling Bag Recommendations
Posted By normhead
Replies: 17
Views: 370
I struggled with this problem for years and never found an acceptable solution. Let me know if you find something. :D
Forum: Pentax K-1 11 Hours Ago  
K-1 for wildlife / birding ?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 107
Views: 18,021
That is so disappointing. You see and quickly compose and you think you nailed it, but all you got was a branch. And it also happens at the other end. I get three frames and it's two frames of branch pictures at the end as well. If all this has taught me anything it's that my reflexes aren't anything like what they used to be.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11 Hours Ago  
"The 200mm... the seemly unloved these days focal length club"
Posted By normhead
Replies: 157
Views: 11,243
Being able to predict in advance which two days of the year these birds would be nest building would be next to impossible. When my step son lived in Niagara falls I would go on photo excursions down to the falls 2 or three times week, just because they were there. Images like that are completely a result fo the amount of time I spend walking around with a camera with full kit, at least 4 lenses,. A lot of days it's for nothing. Other days you get images no one else is prepared for. The DA*200 2.8 is great for that. It's very light weight for a telephoto and can be just thrown in the bag, even if I don't expect to use it.

I came back the next day with the Tamron 300 2.8 (which is just to heavy to carry all over the place without some reason for thinking you might need it.) , but the moment was gone. You need to be prepared for the moment.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11 Hours Ago  
tamron 90mm af won't work on my k-70
Posted By normhead
Replies: 11
Views: 295
That is the thing that always gets me. Out in the field somehow the ring gets moved off the A position, and I sit there wondering why my lens isn't working. Then I always feel so dumb afterwards. But it only happens a couple of times year, I don't remember from case to case, and the next time, it's the same old routine. Maybe reading this thread will help lodge it in my memory.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12 Hours Ago  
"The 200mm... the seemly unloved these days focal length club"
Posted By normhead
Replies: 157
Views: 11,243
There are two days a year when you might get this image. They are collecting mud from the puddle to build their nest. I came back the next day and the puddle was almost dry, and the birds had obviously finished the nest the day before. They were in the sky, but weren't' coming to the puddle. This one taken on the lawn beside Niagara Falls, Canadian side.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12 Hours Ago  
K-1 for wildlife / birding ?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 107
Views: 18,021
That is a workable arrangement for landscape and macro, where I never use burst. There are other types of photography where it's not really the best strategy. But it is quite possible you don't shoot small birds or moving critters that don't pose. I'm not sure whether you're saying you only do photography that you can set up for a single shot, or that you limit yourself when a burst would be more appropriate.

You'd have to prove to me that sitting a blind you could nail the shot you want. I do exactly what you do, wait compose hit the shutter button, but then I keep the shutter going until the bird changes position. It's very rare that the first frame, the only frame you'd have is the one I choose. Its not about getting one good one, it's about having 6 or 7 excellent images, and being able to choose your favourite pose from the group. With small critters, your reflexes aren't fast enough to catch the preferred pose. All you're saying to me is you shoot less demanding subjects than I do.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 23 Hours Ago  
tamron 90mm af won't work on my k-70
Posted By normhead
Replies: 11
Views: 295
The cleaning advice is good. My wife went through the same thing with hers the other day. A wipe (both lens and camera) with a single use moistened lens cleaning cloth did the trick. That should be your first step.
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
"The 200mm... the seemly unloved these days focal length club"
Posted By normhead
Replies: 157
Views: 11,243
I use it as the back up for my DA* 60-250 so I don't use it that often. Given the number of "chances" it gets, I have remarkable number of keepers with it.

That being said, ƒ2.8 is ƒ2.8. There are times when that means something.
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
"The 200mm... the seemly unloved these days focal length club"
Posted By normhead
Replies: 157
Views: 11,243
Posted in another thread, but not here.

2018-12-31-moose by Norm Head, on Flickr

NF-birds-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 1 Day Ago  
K-1 for wildlife / birding ?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 107
Views: 18,021
I probably have a thousand bird images just posted here on the forum, although not so much in the last year. If you are used to the 8 FPS-23 shot buffer of the K-3 then the K-1 can be really irritating. The buffer fills to quickly and the time it takes to clear the buffer and get the camera back on line is too long. The K-3 is a much more satisfying camera for that purpose. Not to mention that you get better detail in the crop area with a K-3 if you end up just using crop.

In terms of IQ, I did a few shots at some point to see if people could tell the difference between K-1 images and K-3 images... they couldn't.

There are times I go out and use the K-1 in the blind, just because I can. But it is often an unsatisfactory experience.

Hey, there are 497 images in this folder... but hey, I'm not a serious bird photographer. Also check out Kengoh's work. And https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/55946-300mm-plus-lens-clu...ng-lenses.html


Top of the list here.
2019-04-25-Feeder-creatures- 1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

So nothing wrong with the K-1 as a birding camera, but ti's a pretty straight trade off, it takes a little more skill and with the slow frame rate, probably less chance of getting exactly the pose you wish, but, it's a better image if you get it. And I find absolute quality in terms of resolution and DR are rarely issues in birding.

A K-3 image
Birds2-Sparrow-Dark Eyed-Junco by Norm Head, on Flickr

A K-1 image
NF-birds-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

A K-3 image
Snowy Owl by Norm Head, on Flickr

You can get the job done with either. It's easier with a k-3. But, I use both depending on my mood. Sometimes I need the low light performance of the K-1, and I feel lucky.
Just clicking through my images, and without quantifying them, my feeling is most ( but definitely not all) of the shots that stand out since I bought the K-1 have been K-1 images, even though I have a lot more K-3 images.

The detail difference between the two Dark Eyed Junco images is pretty representative. But a bit misleading in that the K-3 Junco is twice the distance away, and for detail, closer is always better.

In conclusion , K-1 for birding is not the best capture option, but, it's a very good IQ option if you're skilled enough to capture with it.
NF-birds-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

For wildlife, it's a wonderful camera.

2019-04-10-AP-PM- 8 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Especially for images like this where you want detail on the subject, but some context as to the environmental living conditions of the animal.
2018-12-31-moose by Norm Head, on Flickr

100-ISO-cheating by Norm Head, on Flickr

2019-07-22-K-1-bear by Norm Head, on Flickr

2019-08-300mm-frog by Norm Head, on Flickr

2019-07-22-K-1-chipmunk by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-12-K-1-beaver by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-08-28-Peterborough-zoo-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

You do however have to invest in longer glass...

I bought my Tamron 300 2.8 and TCs to increase my reach with the K-1. But guess what happened, I still get even more reach with my K-3 using the same combos. It quickly became my goto birding lens on both cameras.
Forum: Pentax K-1 2 Days Ago  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,223
Views: 138,180
I have three lenses where the lens is out resolved bu the sensor. The FA 28-200 for which I paid $100, the FA-J 15-30, for which I paid $100. MY FA 35-80 for which I paid $75. Unless you are using really cheap glass, this own't be an issue.

Even my old SMC 35 ƒ3.5 Super-tak holds up nicely.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By normhead
Replies: 447
Views: 16,874
For those who complain about the battery size on the K-P the battery grip is one possible answer. On my k-3, in 6 years I've probably changed batteries during a shoot 5 times. And when shooting all in the same session, I've exceeded 800 images without changing batteries.
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
Does this looks like Public display of affection?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 7
Views: 418
I'm trying to hold off buying a K-P until the new flagship arrives, Karen. You aren't helping. I'm surprised no one has asked "Is that a really big lens or are you just happy to see me.?"
Forum: Sold Items 2 Days Ago  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron SP AF 300mm F2.8 LD-(IF) 60EP for Pentax
Posted By normhead
Replies: 9
Views: 781
My favourite lens. This is #12 mine is #26, apparently there was only about 100 ever made in Pentax mount. It's the best and easiest to use MF you'll ever find. Your little pinky on the focus ring will go from near to far with very little resistence. It also Auto focusses very quickly. Fantastic with TCs. 420mm ƒ4 wth the 1.4, 510mm ƒ 4.5 with the 1.7 and sharp with both. I also use it with the Tamron MC7 2x on the K-1, for 600mm ƒ5.6. 4 lenses in one. By 2x you will see some softness on a K-3, but not on the K-1.

But I'm talking about mine. This copy looks to be in better shape.
One of these seems to come up about every 5 years. If you want great long glass for a relatively inexpensive price this is the way to go. For Comparisons look at the price of the Sigma 500 4.5. With the 1.7 this lens gives me 510 4.5. In my mind an absolute steal.

The best thing is that this lens is really compact. I carry it in a big shoulder bag, and it's light enough, I've carried it over three miles (5 km).

I don't want to sound like this guys agent, but the only negative is the weight. But you won't get 510 ƒ4.5 any lighter.

Mine will come up for sale when someone pries it out of my cold dead fingers.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By normhead
Replies: 447
Views: 16,874
Are you sure the K-3ii has the accelerator? They did ad Pixel Shift, the accelerator was first added in the K-70.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By normhead
Replies: 447
Views: 16,874
After 6 years, it should have very friggin thing ever invented on it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By normhead
Replies: 447
Views: 16,874
If you said Norm you look great in that sweater... I'd probably just blush. I don't get a lot of compliments.
Unfortunately, it's still a deal breaker for me. I've been shooting macro with the K-1 because it has the flip up screen, which pretty much breaks my heart because they'd be better taken with a higher density APS-c 24MP or greater pixel camera.

So my reasons for keeping an open mind are little more critical.

And I'm not going to say uncle until they've pinned me to the mat. :D
No ray of hope is too slender. :D
To me, it makes no sense that they would have this type of screen on every camera since the K-70, but skip the APS_c flagship with it. That would certainly be a WTF? moment.

The only thing that would make sense would be an APS_c D500 type action camera with 12 FPS, a 250 shot buffer, and Canikon quality tracking and eye AF, so essentially all upgrades compatible with action, not macro. Who knows, maybe I'm the only one in the world that wants optimal macro capability on their APS_c action camera. But, I have to say, if they've gone that route, it's going to cost them some of my money.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By normhead
Replies: 447
Views: 16,874
The fact that the pre-production model doesn't have a flip screen isn't in dispute. The fact that they said there would be at least one change to the production model is also not in dispute. The man who held the camera was told it was mostly done. You misrepresent my position.

What I find interesting is that folks ae willing to declare there is no flip screen without proof positive there won't be one. Having released the pre-production K-new, why won't the confirm it has no flip up back screen? Why would they leave doubt about that?

The flip up screen for macro's in nature if you shoot those is one of those "once you've used it you'll never go back" kinds of things. I used to use the optical right angle attachment, and you still have to kneel in the mud to use that. The Live View plus flip screen in Manual Focus mode is the optimum way to shoot macros in nature IMHO.

But then, not everyone does that.
Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 26,613
Views: 2,283,346
ON days with less than full sun, my K-1 has completely replaced me K-3 just for low light.
I just looked out at my feeders, and there's a ruffed grouse out there on the ground, pecking away like a chicken.

He's right in front of where my blind would be set up if it was out there.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By normhead
Replies: 447
Views: 16,874
I might miss out on something. :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By normhead
Replies: 447
Views: 16,874
That looks so sweet.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By normhead
Replies: 447
Views: 16,874
What a pain a touch screen would be, I'd have to put on my reading glasses every time I wanted to use it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By normhead
Replies: 447
Views: 16,874
A waste level viewfinder is what I use 95% of the time. There have only been a few times I've held the camera dpi over my head for a shot.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By normhead
Replies: 447
Views: 16,874
A final pre-production model? Where they have confirmed there will be changes? Do you now see how ridiculous that is?

But humour me. The gap that goes all the way around the back screen, with the little knob on the bottom... what exactly is that for?
It's OK if you just say you don't know, because that's the case whether you invent something or not.
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