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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-09-2018, 07:36 PM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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I am planning on attending several games in KC when the Cubs come August 6, 7, and 8

I got tickets further down the first and third base lines, hoping to avoid the nets

unfortunately, I won't know if I am successful until I attend the game.

I did have some luck with making the net " disappear " but it was not easy

SOC

crop and pp

truth be told, it was kinda of " hit and miss "
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-26-2017, 12:17 PM  
Going to a baseball game...
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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-17-2017, 06:14 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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I think I have read that the 1.4 rear converter costs one f stop

never tested to be sure

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you are probably correct about trading a bit of aperture for shutter speed

but I want some "blur" whether it is the ball, or player or swing - I translate that as "speed" a picture perfect photo doesn't show "speed" or "movement" to me but my effort does add to the failure rate

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also on the photo you referenced I used the back af to prefocus, the batter, not the catcher, was where the af was targeted

the play where Lester (34) failed to lift the bunt into the air toward home the prefocus was on the base runner while he was standing at third and I shutter bursted as he ran home. so he is in better focus than the others.

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the longest lens I brought into the stadium was the 50 - 200 mm zoom I didn't want to be turned away with the big guy - the 150 - 450 mm zoom

so I did give up some with the 1.4 converter when I used it as well

the other set of photos in # 37 I used the 100 mm with the converter - day game

#36 was a night game - Smc Pentax-DA L 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR + HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter for the first two photos posted and just the 50 - 200 mm for the end of game celebration the others were day games

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Sunday's game I had better seats but the screen is visible in every shot

in each photo, I used back af on the batter prior to the pitch and fast burst shutter as he ran, so he is in better focus (?) in the photos at first

HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

all in all, I am pretty pleased for the first effort with these set ups
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-17-2017, 02:47 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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great photos, so they did allow the big guy - HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW into the stadium, Did you have a monopod or shoot hand held?

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here are a few more of mine, it is clear you had the better lens with you. all of mine are cropped and I didn't freeze the ball as well but I like them any way

K 3 + Smc PENTAX-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro + HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-13-2017, 05:14 PM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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some photos from game two - all were cropped before posting to the forum

[ Cubs lost this one 5 - 3 ]

our seats were down the right field line, just short of the fair (foul) pool and we were in the second section of seats up from the field. I chose to use the K 3 + Smc PENTAX-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro + HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter. Game started around 3 PM i used the back focus to prefocus on where I thought there would be action and used multi burst shutter.

Comments are invited

out at 2nd

A swing and a miss

hey, did you realize by any chance that you are sliding over my glove and the ball is in it? BTW, you haven't reached 2nd base yet
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-13-2017, 02:28 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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an attempt

[ working with a different computer and editing system than I am used to ]

Joe delivering line up May 12, Cubs vs. Cardinals

Time to go Carl thank for your efforts

Cubs won 3 -2, two more games to go.

http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/229866950/willson-contreras-homers-lead-cubs-past-cards/

[ Our seats were well down the right field line, and back under the overhanging upper deck. Decided what the heck, I would try the K 3 + Smc Pentax-DA L 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR + HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter for the first two photos posted and just the 50 - 200 mm for the end of game celebration. during game I was keeping a score card so I have no "game action" I will post more later - ]
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-11-2017, 09:00 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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IMHO

they are great

play ball
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-07-2017, 06:30 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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once in a great while some announcers do

the Cubs TV announcers for one

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do you know "DNS" as a scoring notation??

the story goes a radio announcer had written that on several score cards when asked he said -

" Did Not Seen "

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BTW isn't short to first 6 - 3 ????

I was taught 1 Pitcher, 2 catcher, 3 first, 4 second, 5 third, 6 short, 7 left, 8 center, 9 right

classic double plays: 6 - 4 - 3

[ "These are the saddest of possible words:

"Tinker to Evers to Chance."

Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,

Tinker and Evers and Chance.

Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,

Making a Giant hit into a double—

Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble

"Tinker to Evers to Chance."

- http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-tinker-cubs-story-story.html ]

or 4 - 6 -3

round the horn double play 5 - 4 - 3 (5 - 6 - 3 ???)

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who cares

and with the shifts now a days - HELP
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-07-2017, 06:02 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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and think about doing a score card

take a look at this web site if anyone enjoys keeping their own score card:

The Baseball Scorecard
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-07-2017, 05:57 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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thanks for the confirmation from a veteran and more talented and knowledgeable photographer

I was planning on the K 3 over the K 5 II and the Pentax over the Tamron. I will either be down the line in the outfield and well back in the crowd or behind the dugout (closer to the field in those seats). In the outfield seats, I may just concentrate on my score card.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-07-2017, 05:26 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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hey Normhead

any circumstances you can think of where you would choose a K 5 II over a K 3 for photography at the ball game

same lenses would be used in either case. one game at night, one at 3 PM and one at 1 PM

how about a Tamron 4-5.6 70 -300 macro zoom ld [1:2] af instead of the smc Pentax dal 4-5.6 50-200mm wr ed zoom

obvious difference in reach but I was wondering about your opinion as to quality of "glass"

thanks
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-07-2017, 05:04 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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Congratulations


you remembered the first rule when planning a photography trip

have fun

with or without the camera

good job.

still debating on what to take and when to take it to the Cubs Cardinals games starting Friday. Will have only short walk to stadium but still don't want to have anything turned away at the gate or if anyone objects in the stands.

First two games, one at night, one at mid afternoon, will be with seating down the right and left field lines with a group, with tour and meet/greet with unknown Cub Sat morning -
(Cubs Destinations - Cubs Destinations Travel Packages | MLB.com)

and the final game Sunday early pm on our own down near the dugout. By far, the Sunday game has the best seats for photography potential

wish me luck
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-03-2017, 05:53 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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I too have taken DSLR and various lenses into MLB ball parks, mainly Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois and once or twice the Royals ball park in KC MO. I have had no problems but I have never taken an extremely large lens like my 150 - 450 mm pentax zoom.

the problem is that if you are stopped, what do you do? I don't drive to the ballpark and I don't think they offer secure storage.

I also make sure I bring some type of plastic bags to help protect anything I place under my seat
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-03-2017, 02:18 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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I set out the restrictions for 3 baseball stadiums in post # 5. - Cubs, Royals, and Cardinals

I believe you can go to the web sites for the individual teams and check for stadium info. I found the restrictions listed under "camera" in the A - Z guide. if there is sufficient time before you go to the game, you could try contacting the team for info but there is no guarantee that the gate keepers would comply with any "special" instructions you might get.

remember that due to increased security at all MLB stadium, you will be checked as you enter the stadium.

I hope this is helpful

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the games we will be attending are next week, Cubs vs. Cardinals Friday Sat Sunday May 12, 13, and 14. an evening game, then mid afternoon (both games as part of the Cubs Destination tour group )and the last the early afternoon on our own. our best seats will most likely be the last game.

on the 13th, we will be doing a stadium tour and meet with a Cub player on the 25 man rooster before the game, we don't know who yet.

I will be using my K 3 and smc Pentax dal F 4-5.6 50-200mm wr ed zoom and HD Pentax -DA af rear converter 1.4 AW

on the day we do the stadium tour and meet and greet, I will add HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

I do realize that the use of the rear converter would reduce my F factor in exchange for the length but I am hoping the lights/sun will allow its use if I choose to go for the "length" Sunset is supposed to be an hour after the game starts on Friday night.

any thoughts you folks might have would be greatly appreciated.
I could bring a couple of Vivitar Series 1 zooms - 28 - 105, 70 - 210 which start at 2.8 but they are manual focus only
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-26-2017, 07:02 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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as far as enforcement it only takes one person to complain to the usher and then what ??

I'm not surrendering my expensive lens to an usher nor do I think the usher would trust me if I said I would put that lens away and switch to another

MHO, YMMV


I would rather not take the chance and I would leave the "big guy" - HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW at home or the hotel and not take it to the ball park. I might match my HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter with my smc Pentax dal F 4-5.6 50-200 mm wr ed zoom if I needed the length and it was a nice bright sunny day
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-26-2017, 03:58 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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not sure if the OP has gone to the ball game(s) yet or not

I, for one, would appreciate knowing what experiences the OP had in real life with all possible details relating to getting the equipment in, how it worked and what would be done differently if the OP was doing it again.

As I have said, we are going with a group for 2 games, one night, one mid afternoon in St. Louis on Mother's day weekend and we do not know where the seats will be and on Sunday early afternoon where we have decent lower infield seats.

I will be using my K 3 but haven't determined what lenses other than my new SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 XS,and perhaps my HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR as well. some type of longer lens will also make the trip

my choices would be chosen from

Tamron F 4-5.6 70 -300 macro zoom ld [1:2] af 62 f

smc Pentax dal F 4-5.6 50-200mm wr ed zoom

HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW


HD Pentax -DA af rear converter 1.4 AW

does anyone have any thoughts
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-08-2017, 02:22 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
Replies: 45
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be aware that some parks might limit your choice based on size so the HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW at 95 x 241.5 mm (3.7 x 9.5 in.) + Weight
2000 g (70.5 oz.) + plus your camera body size and weight???

for example

the Kansas City Royals - Kauffman Stadium:

" Camera lenses 12 inches or smaller are permitted into the ballpark "

it is a great lens if you can handle the weight unsupported or can have some type of support system
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2017, 02:13 PM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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I would only do the rental if there is a lens you want to try out. check the price and see

still not sure which stadium you are going to doesn't really matter

To check the stadium guidelines, this is what I do

go to the team's web site, there should be a section for the ball park, check on that and go to the A-Z guide.

in the 3 I have checked, the info is under Camera

I would also check for security info as well.

good luck, enjoy the game, get some nice photos and show them to us please and unless the opponents are the Cubbies, I hope your team wins

since I am going to 3 games, I plan on scoring at least one (yeah I do an old fashion score card on ones I print at home - http://www.baseballscorecard.com/ ) and taking photos at the last game since that game has the best seats. Plans are subject to change of course.

[ BTW, the Cubs just came from behind and took the last two games of the 3 game opening series in St. Louis ]

Fly the "W" boys, Fly the "W"
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2017, 10:27 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
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other thoughts - very basic

1 make sure you bring extra batteries

2 something to clean your lenses.

3 protection: I bring a watertight plastic bag to put any extra lenses I might take to protect them from liquids if I have to put them under my seat.

4 extra memory cards

5 I have used cameras at several ball parks, all I have checked prohibit tripods, monopods ??, so be very aware of the weight of your equipment.

FYI: here are the posted rules for Wrigley Field, Busch Stadium and Kauffman Stadium:

Cameras/Video Equipment: Visitors are welcome to bring video and still cameras into the ballpark; however, tripods are not allowed in the seating areas. Recordings may be used for personal viewing only. Any other use, distribution or commercial use is prohibited. Fans may not distribute any copyrighted game information without permission of the Chicago Cubs

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Cameras/Video Equipment

Both still and video cameras for personal use are allowed in Busch Stadium provided that they do not interfere with the game or obstruct another guest's view. Tripods and monopods are prohibited to non-credentialed guests. Per MLB restrictions, recording of any field activity is strictly prohibited. The team name, logos and player likenesses are copyrighted material, none of which may be published without prior written consent of the Cardinals, MLB and other applicable third party rights holders. Persons deemed to be violating these rules may be escorted from the ballpark. The Cardinals reserve the right to ask guests to put cameras and video equipment away.
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CAMERAS/VIDEO EQUIPMENT
Still and hand-held video cameras are welcome into the stadium, but tripods cannot be set up or block the view of other guests. Monopods are permitted into the ballpark. Camera lenses 12 inches or smaller are permitted into the ballpark. Flash photography and video production is strictly prohibited.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2017, 07:32 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By aslyfox
Replies: 45
Views: 5,460
when are you going??

consider a rental of equipment - LensRental.com from Tennessee did a good job for me when I rented HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter and a HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW to try out before purchasing. They may sell stock as well with rental fees going toward purchase.

check the stadium's rules regarding size of camera and remember you will probably go through security to get in now.

I will be taking photos at a Cubs v Cardinals game in St. Louis in mid may, don't know if I will use K 3 + ? or my Nikon Coolpix P610

here is a photo with it from last May - Cubs beating Dodgers in Wrigley, the elongated white blur in the infield is the pitch being delivered to home
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