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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 10-04-2019, 09:36 PM  
For Sale: Sigma 180/3.5 Macro, Tamron 180/2.5, FA*300/4.5, DA*60-250/4(FF modified) and more
Posted By Greyser
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Honestly, I thought that 180/3.5 Macro would go first. It is very rare lens. And the glass is impeccable.

---------- Post added 10-04-19 at 09:42 PM ----------



Thanks. I was investigating record setting Sigma 40/1.4 today. What a beast! Latest Sigma's fast primes beat even Zeiss counterparts. Unbelievable! And their quality control now is probably the best in the industry including OEMs.There are good reads about it on LensRental Blog.
Forum: Sold Items 06-12-2019, 06:45 AM  
For Sale: SOLD D FA 150-450/4.5-5.6 and HD DA AF 1.4x TC
Posted By Greyser
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Sale pending

---------- Post added 06-12-19 at 06:02 PM ----------

Payment received.

Both items are sold!
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-10-2017, 11:34 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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I have shot wildlife with K-x, K-5, K-5IIs, K-3, and K-1. And I can tell you that K-3 produces more details (unfortunately more initial noise too) than all 16MP alternatives. Regardless what your own experience with Bigma tells you AF accuracy and image details matter a lot in wildlife shooting. For example I always try to focus on the eye. I simply don't keep images with soft eye appearance.







Second of all. K-1 is the great camera. It looks to me that AF of K-1 is slightly better then all of preceeding APS-C models. However, K-1 provides a 4.4fps vs. 8.3fps of K-3 (10fps of 7D Mark II and D500). Once I shot a fight of two humming birds with K-5 and FA*300/4.5. Humming birds are very territorial and fight a lot over their common places. In total I got 8 frames which means that with 7fps shooting range of K-5 the whole fight duration was slightly over 1 sec. Below is frame #7. Please don't judge it harshly. The shot was taken in deep shadow against the sun and the image was cleaned up extensively at PP. Anyway, I doubt that I could get such lucky shot with 4.4fps.



Regarding TCs. Following your logic that average wildlife photographer should be happy with A4 or Internet size images, why not just crop from highly resolving sensor? But, I paid my dues here too. Long time ago I even did a short study evaluating five best TCs available in Pentax mount at that time. I purchased FA*300/4.5 over DA*300/4 to shoot it with AF 1.4x TC. Then I switched back to pure 300mm when 1.4x AF Pz Tamron equipped lens was unable to AF steady on simple slowly flying osprey. To make it short. TC robs one stop or more from your lens. it prompts you to shoot at slower shutter speeds. If someone have a beautiful (but heavy by default) 300-400/2.8 lens it is probably OK. If someone shoots DA 55-300 or Bigma with 1.4X TC it is there own choice. Regardless how people praise "perfectness" of TC, there is no magic. It is a simple physics. TC adds an extra glass elements in optical path, that always affect final output. I'm not a snob. I understand that people shoot what they can afford or at least justify money wise. However, pro glass is simply PRO GLASS.
There are a few excuses when shooting an action. Dynamics of the bodies and appearance of the scenery may compensate for not good lens or technique. The wings on the next image are a bit soft. But I like it as a whole.




However, if someone shoots, let say, bird portrait, cleanness of details matter.





And now regarding your statement: You don't have to shy away from getting a shot just because your current gear is not an ideal set of compromises.
I don't. Sometimes I simply unable to get a shot due to well known Pentax cameras limitations. It is that simple.

Have fun,

SG
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-07-2017, 07:44 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
Replies: 32,181
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Hi guys,
It's been a while... It is my swan song, I guess. After lot of thinking I finally decided to move on and sell all of my APS-C gear including my beloved and very trustworthy companion of almost five years Sigma 500/4.5. There are a few shots with K-3 and Sigma, probably the last ones...


Peregrine Falcon Father Attacking Flying Nearby Osprey (San Pedro, CA)




Happy Osprey (Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve):




Rare for SoCal Red Fox (San Pedro)




Red-tailed Hawk Grounded :-) (Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve):




Endangered Clapper Rail (Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve)




Another Happy Camper (Balboa Lake)



Happy shooting to you all,

SG
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-11-2017, 08:59 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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As I remember one bird attacked another perching on a tree branch. Finally the first one grabbed the second by the beak and pulled out. All action took about a second and became visible on computer only.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-07-2016, 11:41 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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Views: 3,042,034
Cross posting form the "Bird Portraits" thread with some extras.

Yesterday was very windy in LA (today is even worse). So, I postponed my birding activities and stayed at home. To my surprise I discovered "home delivery". On Saturday morning (yesterday) I spotted a Great Horned Owl right out of my 2nd floor bedroom window. So I took a few pictures from the window, then little bit closer - from my backyard, and 4-5 hours later I could not resist and climbed the slope. There is what I got.

Shot as usual handheld with K-3 and Sigma 500/4.5

BTW: the bird stayed all day and I lost a sight of it in the darkness. Today in the morning (Sunday) I've seen the bird again in the same tree, on the same branch. As I said it looks like I have earned special "home delivery" treatment from the Nature.





Forum: Lens Clubs 01-31-2016, 04:07 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
Replies: 32,181
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Hi guys,
It is nice to see the thread alive and going. There are so many really great images here.

I didn't posted here for quite time: just did not want to share mediocre shots. However, yesterday I was lucky enough to watch this bloody Peregrine almost in the center of Los Angeles most populated area. I've shot quite a few very nice close images while the Peregrine was busy with what used to be a coot from a local pond.

I think it was a female: the bird was as large as regular Cooper's Hawk. She had two bands on both legs: one federal band with only four digits readable and another colored leg band with a clearly visible code. I I may try to report this to officials.

Anyway, Here you go: K-3 and Sigma 500/4.5 handheld as usual.





Happy shooting all,

SG
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-25-2015, 06:19 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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Hi Rupert,

There are a few from the past (either FA*300/4.5+1.4x Tamron AF TC or Sigma 500/4.5)


Fast food challenge




Fast food remorse




Go Natural!

Forum: Lens Clubs 11-20-2015, 08:56 PM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By Greyser
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Views: 270,851
That is exactly my thoughts. I see DFA 150-450 as slightly better DA 55-300 on steroids. I am Sigma 500/4.5 user, and I use it 99% hand held. However, I missed a few travel opportunities when taking the Sigma was not an option. I will keep shooting my 500mm prime as long as I can hold it. DFA plus HD 1.4x TC is a travel solution with a bonus of weather sealing. I have a limited experience with DFA. After a few field trips and some backyard test sessions I think it's OK for a zoom. My biggest bitterness with it is a lack of crispness and smudged details; especially when image is cropped.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-25-2015, 03:29 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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All - K-3 + Sigma 500/4.5 handheld as usual

Lucky Osprey



Belted Kingfisher



Knight Heron

Forum: Lens Clubs 09-20-2015, 01:28 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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That are the shots that I've always dreamed of
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-13-2015, 02:28 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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Just came back from very first outing with DFA 150-450. Definitely IQ is not up to my Sigma 500/4.5 output. However, it might be convenient enough travel solution for me. I was shooting mostly at f7.1 and +4 focus adjustment (very quick and dirty estimation though). It looks like at shorter distances my copy performs better and gets some softness closer to infinity. Might be some decentering or crooked a little glass.

This is one out of not too many todays keepers . Processed same way as my usual Sigma shots. I'm going to do more careful FF/BF shoot out first before making any assumptions.

Forum: Lens Clubs 09-09-2015, 07:48 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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Quite powerful birds, Gary. Nice shooting!
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-07-2015, 11:34 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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Nice shooting guys

I haven't posted for a while.

Visited Bolsa Chica yesterday: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Places-to-Visit/Bolsa-Chica-ER
There were almost no migration birds. However, I managed to get a few keepers: mostly K-3 and Sigma 500/4.5 handheld as usual.

I was really pleased to see that endangered in CA Clapper Rails are still there:



Ordinary Savannah Sparrow in magic light (technically it is 250mm shot from my second body: K-5IIs paired with DA*60-250/4, but I like it)



Common tern at sunrise



Clean shot of Kingfisher


Quite rare Reddish Egret

Forum: Lens Clubs 08-16-2015, 01:14 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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Hi guys,

Looking at the recent posts here I see tons of great shots. It is also a definite step up in IQ in the tread. Good job, really!

I had some family business to deal with in early 2015 (nothing bad though). I totally missed this spring migration season. My last birding session before disengagement from my hobby is dated by mid-February.

I hope I'm back. There are a few shots from two recent birding sessions. Nothing special, though. However, I accidently got American bittern in flight (thought it was a green heron at the moment). The shot is not perfect, but it is my very first shot ever of this profoundly sounded but very shy bird.

The American bittern in flight



Geese aerobatics



California style? Happy Egyptian gees family: chicks in August (can you believe it?)



Belted kingfisher in flight



"Green" on green :)



Proud to be vegetarian!



Common Tern: very rare guest at our local lake



Poor Woody: not pretty but still colorful. I guess that is how males molt into breeding (or alternate) plumage in the fall

Forum: Lens Clubs 02-16-2015, 04:54 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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I haven't posted for a while. Still, I've been looking for the great shooting of others. Good job guys!

I finally got a few decent shots of Belted Kingfisher today and another fishing guy... Two images were shot about 1.5 hours apart. I believe it is the same Kingfisher got hungry again.

K-3 and Sigma 500/4.5 handheld as usual.





Forum: Lens Clubs 02-17-2015, 10:29 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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This is a Cormorant - one of my favorite birds ever.

---------- Post added 02-17-15 at 09:39 PM ----------



Nice shot. last spring I was watching a family like this. The nest was in quite crowded area next to the parking lot. Three Owlets hatched out and grew up in front of hundreds of curious people. Then I lost them. Hopefully they will come back soon.

Forum: Lens Clubs 02-16-2015, 10:40 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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Not quite. I had a chance to have both but did not use it. The 560/5.6 may be a bit sharper. However, Sigma 500/4.5 is more compact, has more pleasant bokeh and better MFD.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-31-2014, 08:07 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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Wish you all the best and as many luck as you can handle :D



Forum: Lens Clubs 01-01-2015, 03:39 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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F*300/4.5 optically is identical to FA*300/4.5. If there any HD TC IQ improvements over screw driven Tamron/Vivitar/Kenko 1.4X TC, they are miniscule and do not worth $500. You may have Vivitar TC for $95 brand new.

Is IQ here good enough for you:

K-5 + FA*300/4.5 + Vivitar Series-1 AF 1.4X TC?

Forum: Lens Clubs 12-23-2014, 11:57 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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That is a steal! I bought mine on ebay directly from Japan a few years ago for over 1K. It is a very fine instrument and is also friendly with relatively inexpensive screw driven 1.4x TCs. I was shooting it paired with K-5 with and without TC for couple of years at least.



Forum: Lens Clubs 12-07-2014, 05:56 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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Back again to the roots, Travis. Nice shooting!

---------- Post added 12-07-14 at 05:03 PM ----------

I did not post in a while :(. Got some luck today in the morning.

BTW: both osprey and Cormorant did not make it. The fish appeared to be too big.





Forum: Lens Clubs 11-09-2014, 08:20 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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Cute and very rare.

Once I shot a weasel almost in the same position curiously looking out from a ground hole. I've never seen another one since :(

I have this one in the gallery (Somewhere on my computer I have a shot with almost half body out, though). K-x or K-5 and FA*300/4.5 plus Vivitar Series-1 AF 1.4x TC

Forum: Lens Clubs 11-06-2014, 11:44 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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This is one of my favorite birds too. I like their medieval look and unusual blue eyes. I like how they gang together for fishing; very often together with pelicans. I like their seamless smooth dive, their huge fins, the way how the wash, groom and dry themselves, and so on, and so on.

Couple shots from last Sunday

Poor guy lost a fish in a moment



This one got luckier. The fish was big enough that did not fit well

Forum: Lens Clubs 10-19-2014, 09:45 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Greyser
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Grebe got a REALLY BIG fish




Fishing Gang




Night heron in flight




Got Belted Kingfisher a bit closer today. So far it is my best BIF shot of it.

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