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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-09-2018, 05:01 PM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By robr7
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Somewhat / somewhat not related updates...

So nostalgia struck and I paired up my old K-3 w/ the newer 55-300 PLM, went to our first game of the year and I have to admit I was reminded of and now miss the burst speed / # of shots the K-3 fires off over the KP. Kinda makes me wish the K-3 III was closer to being released. Oddly, unexpectedly, I got used to / prefer? the KP "big" grip over the K-3's.

Its definitely a good thing the new netting is standard(?) across MLB and it goes relatively unnoticed while watching the game but it does mess with the end product of your pics. No way around it unless you shoot from higher tiered seats or from the outfield seats / bleachers... maybe next year I'll save on the seats and buy a super-zoom instead. (kidding, maybe).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-17-2017, 12:13 PM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By robr7
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I used the 20-40 (included the shot of the whole field and seats to show my actual seat location) and the new 55-300 PLM. The only large lenses I saw at the event were from the press and the guys who sat right behind us (included that shot as well), they had yankee stadium creds so I guess we had some decent seats. I have to say I am happy with the results, though not sharp, cropping at full range got me more than 400+ feet of distance. Will mess with shutter next time. I'll have some other opportunities. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2017, 11:57 PM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By robr7
Replies: 45
Views: 5,460
...I may have picked up some hardware.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2017, 11:51 PM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By robr7
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Views: 5,460
Ok, so... I went a little nuts.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2017, 01:32 PM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By robr7
Replies: 45
Views: 5,460
Related question (or is it really the question at this point) and maybe it should even get it's own thread...

Given the choice do you go with a FF 31mpx (K-1) + 70-200 and just crop for the "zoom"? Or an APS-C 24mpx (K-3) w/ >300?

Is there some sort of on-line calculator for this sort of thing?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2017, 07:43 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By robr7
Replies: 45
Views: 5,460
Great advice, Thanks.

---------- Post added 04-29-17 at 10:50 ----------



Funny enough Mother's Day was supposed to be our first game but I ended up getting invited to an earlier game...

---------- Post added 04-29-17 at 11:06 ----------

...I am going to stick with the K-3 for most games and possibly the big game, here are my thoughts / reasoning thus far...

Got to go over some photos I had taken a couple years back at a game w/ my K-3 + HD DA 55-300. I was actually surprised at the amount of good shots I had and I thought they held up pretty well (I guess I am overly critical right after a shoot). I dug up the rig to mess with a bit and got a reminder of how much faster it seemed than the K-1 but I still was interested in trying out the K-1 in a game.

As luck would have it I ended up getting invited / going to an earlier game since the original post. I quickly put together the K-1, the F DA 24-70 and HD DA 55-300. I was surprised how much quicker the K-1 felt shooting in cropped with the APS-C lens (makes sense I guess). The images turned out good enough at the cropped 15mpx but obviously the K-3 at 24mpx would've been better. Regardless I screwed up and somehow shot everything at ISO 1600 so no post cropping / zooming was possible with decent results. Even at all out the 300 doesn't get to everything. I don't think the F DA 70-200 is going to cut it at a game, I'll have to do the math but it hurts my brain.

Even with using the "small" DA 55-300 zoom when I went into the box (lounge) I got a "Oh you're the guy with the camera" - as in I guess fellow fans were talking (that guy was never at the seats). So even though I knew I was being respectful and keeping to myself folks noticed and I was possibly distracting? I can only imagine if I had the 150-400. My regular seats though aren’t anywhere near a box and are actually in a last row of the section so maybe I can get away with a little more.

Maybe for just the one game I go all out and calm down for the rest of the season. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2017, 12:02 PM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By robr7
Replies: 45
Views: 5,460
Wow, lots of good stuff I didn't think of.

Just realized it is a night game. Will do w/ pre-set / manual and set up rear AF. Any other recommendations for settings?

Will double check stadium security, I read its getting raised / standardized across MLB. If size is a problem I'll stick with my K-3 w/ 55-300, its relatively compact and I assume I'll get speedier response w/ more MP than a cropped K-1. (BTW - I just looked through some old pics and I have used this combo before at a game and it did a pretty darn good job, so I guess I can trust this setup - just can't recall how many shots it took get some good ones. :) )

I am still tempted to go with the K-1 (even though they say its not a "sport" camera, I gotta see what it can do) and perhaps do my first rental. If you had a choice - would you go with the speedier(?) *55-200 or the longer range 150-450? I'm having doubts if a FF w/ a 200 will reach far out enough.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2017, 05:58 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By robr7
Replies: 45
Views: 5,460
...will need to shoot mostly from my seats (pro stadium, mid way back, with an overhang above) got my K-1 but no appropriate lens for the occasion, so I'll need some advice there (*200m Ok / or do I need more?) I still do have my K-3 w/ the older 55-300mm. I would love to keep at it with the K-1 but the K-3 (faster shooting / larger buffer) w/ even the newer 55-300mm might be the better / cheaper way to go. Any thoughts / experience would be appreciated...
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