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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-05-2021, 12:04 PM  
HD Pentax DA * 16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW is the second one.
Posted By Mike.P
Replies: 530
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I am currently selling my K-1, 15-30mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, Sigma 85mm and 180mm macro to buy a Sony body and the 200-600mm purely because Pentax doesn't have a ** - 600mm lens. I am keeping my 150-450mm, 1.4x and a couple of crop lenses for later in the year when I may buy the K-3 III but IMO without a longer prosumer zoom lens Pentax won't attract the wildlife shooters no matter how good the AF is.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-07-2020, 08:26 AM  
Is Pentax still appealing for beginners in photography?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 261
Views: 10,510
Honestly, I'm not sure any DSLR, regardless of brand, is a particularly attractive option for beginners these days. Smartphone cameras are good enough for many purposes, after which I expect most of those developing a deeper interest would likely pick one of the mirrorless ILC options. It seems like a more natural progression to me. I think unless you've tried a DSLR, understood how it differs from a phone or mirrorless camera, and discovered the purity of shooting through an OVF (which, let's be frank, isn't everyone's cup of tea), then the DSLR form is a pretty hard sell...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-18-2020, 01:28 PM  
The world's first PK-FE autofocus transfer ring
Posted By reh321
Replies: 275
Views: 20,877
The K-3iii body is focused on OVF use.
That should be a simple concept.
A person can want anything s/he wants, but the K-3iii is not the camera to implement it.
That should be a simple concept {and this thread allegedly is not even about how any Pentax body does AF in any mode}.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-21-2020, 11:40 PM  
PetaPixel article - "Why Pentax is Making the Right Call in Sticking with DSLRs"
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 116
Views: 6,393
Sony went mirrorless and it worked out well for them. Olympus went mirrorless and that ended in tears, although big prices and small sensors may have had something to do with it. Canon and Nikon are still playing both sides of the street but they are saying that the future is mirrorless. Panasonic and Sigma are playing the mirrorless video market. Leica does mirrorless as well as rangefinders. Pentax are sticking with mirrors. They are already a niche player. If DSLRs dwindles to being a niche, Pentax could corner the market. There might be some method in their madness, even if I don't agree with it. I happen to like EVFs. Classic manual focus lenses and modern focus peaking FTW. That's how I roll anyway.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-21-2019, 06:51 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By northcoastgreg
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Rough-legged hawk, with the KP + DA* 300:

Forum: Lens Clubs 10-21-2019, 05:17 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Mbaez
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Thank you! I wasn't sure about cropping or not.

---------- Post added 10-21-19 at 05:20 PM ----------


Incredible details! Magnificent bird.

---------- Post added 10-21-19 at 05:33 PM ----------

A friendly lizard sunbathing.

20190922-194327-61_C1 by Marcos Baez, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-20-2019, 10:59 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Ducatigaz
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Common Buzzard from my car with a K-3ii/FA*600mm F4 ED [IF]/Kirk window mount/RRS BH-55 ball head. Just starting to rain.

Common Buzzard by Gary Chalker, on Flickr

Common Buzzard by Gary Chalker, on Flickr

Common Buzzard by Gary Chalker, on Flickr

Common Buzzard by Gary Chalker, on Flickr

Common Buzzard by Gary Chalker, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-19-2019, 01:04 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Basie
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
IMGP2236 by JF Steyn, on Flickr


Pearl Spotted owlet with DA*300 F4

X posted
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-18-2019, 02:10 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Chris Mak
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
An oldie from DA560+1.4TC on the K3 at 784mm handheld, credit to the moderate weight at which you get to this extreme focal length with the DA560.
A Grasshopper warbler in very early morning sun. Their "singing" when I first heard it was an enigma: how could their be grasshoppers or crickets in the first week of may as northernly as that? There couldn't of course..
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-18-2019, 12:46 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 35,836
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A lingering Song Sparrow and a pair of American Wigeons

_IMG2617 by Steven, on Flickr

_IMG2628 by Steven, on Flickr

K-3, DA*300mm, DA 1.4xTC
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-14-2019, 01:38 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Des
Replies: 35,836
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+1. Unbelievable. Congratulations and thanks for sharing, @DrawsACircle

To a subject much closer to home. Some more of the locals.

Eastern Yellow Robin. K-3 + FA*300 f4.5


Olive Whistler (female or immature, not sure) K-3 + FA*300


Olive Whistler male. K-S2 + DA 55-300 PLM at 300mm


Golden Whistler, female. KP + DA-L 55-300 at 300mm. (The resolution on this lens belies its budget price.)


Little Corella in a little house. KP + DA 55-300 PLM at 300mm.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-14-2019, 09:15 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By tduell
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Eastern Reef Egret.
K-3 II, DFA 150-450 handheld. See exif for shot details.

Cheers,
Terry.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-14-2019, 05:49 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By aslyfox
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Harlequin Duck in the rapids of the Yellowstone River in the Yellowstone National Park

Histrionicus histrionicus Harlequin Duck | Audubon Field Guide

found in Yellowstone only for a short period of time in the spring of the year
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-14-2019, 01:10 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By MossyRocks
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
A damselfly that photobombed a flower picture I was taking.
Sigma 300mm f/4 APO Macro, ISO 100, f/8, 1/100s, popup flash used as a fill flash



Apparently I sucked at my first attempt at uploading this image so I tried again.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-13-2019, 05:36 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By northcoastgreg
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Two swans on Yellowstone River, KP + DA* 300 + DA 1.4x converter:

Forum: Lens Clubs 10-13-2019, 04:17 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By DrawsACircle
Replies: 35,836
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FOV on my 8” Newtonian telescope is too narrow for the Andromeda Galaxy, the DA*300mm on the other hand is perfect.
M31, K-70, DA*300 on an equatorial mount (HEQ5), exposure time approx 1 hour (50-55 frames), ISO800, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, PP in PixInsight.
X-posted.

Forum: Lens Clubs 10-12-2019, 10:42 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By tduell
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Pied Oystercatcher.
K-3 II, DFA 150-450 handheld. See exif for shot details.

Cheers,
Terry
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-11-2019, 08:45 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Pentaxians
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Finally got the clearer yellow color at the back from the Female Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, taken from my K70, DA300mm and TC 1.4

Female Yellow-rumped Flycatcher - 白眉姬鹟 by Luis Foo, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-11-2019, 07:45 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By alfa75ts
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Well, I guess you can call me Alice. I went down a Rabbit hole, left leg almost to the knee. Sprained ankle. :(

Meanwhile:
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-08-2019, 07:38 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Appreciate the kind comments on the nuthatch photo.
scc, all the data can be seen in the Flickr link.
These shots were set up with a pre focus just off to the side of an active feeder. I had my daughter hold a broom in the air about where I figured they'd be coming in and I focused on that plane. It was then just a matter of waiting for the correct afternoon light (I did use fill flash on some) and hitting the shutter as the speedy little devils entered the zone. I had more misses than hits.

Here's a mountain chickadee, also K1 and DA 560.

Forum: Lens Clubs 10-08-2019, 10:50 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By scc
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
I finally ended up with a A 1.4 L rear converter for my SMC-Pentax A 300 mm f/2.8 ED IF. No way to get a AF 1.7L, but the 1.4L is of better quality.
Some samples taken with my new KP :

A robin, tree leaves in fall, squirrel.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-08-2019, 08:39 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Red-breasted nuthatch
K1, DA 560

Forum: Lens Clubs 10-08-2019, 12:19 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By pentaxfall
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
These are from safari in Nagara Hole forest in KR, India. These are shot over 3 days(two sessions of 3hrs each, per day). Highlight was sighting of 2 Elephants and one Tiger (for 2-3minutes). Shots are tight because I was using 500mm prime and subject were close to jeep. In fact I had to use FULL focus range on my lens. Tiger sighting happened at 6pm. Light was very poor. My settings were 1/125sec F5.6. AutoISO went up to 6400. I was using monopod. Open jeep safari vehicles are allowed only in Tourist zone where density of animals is less compared to core-zone where only Forest dept vehicles are allowed. Time being close to monsoon, chances of sightings are low because water is everywhere. Animals move a lot during summer in search of water, that increases chances of sighting. But in summer background is brown, not the green of monsoon.


Nikon Z7 and Nikon 500mm F5.6 PF

uncropped


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side uncropped (territory marking related activity)


sides cropped


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Forum: Lens Clubs 10-02-2019, 06:10 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
A Cardinal having a bad feather day.

_IMG2411 by Steven, on Flickr

K-3, DA*300mm
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-05-2019, 04:53 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Pentaxians
Replies: 35,836
Views: 3,650,811
Tiger shrike:

Tiger Shrike - 虎纹伯劳 by Luis Foo, on Flickr

Female Yellow-rumped Flycatcher:

Female Yellow-rumped Flycatcher - 白眉姬鹟 by Luis Foo, on Flickr

Female Yellow-rumped Flycatcher - 白眉姬鹟 by Luis Foo, on Flickr

Taken with Pentax K70, DA300mm and TC1.4
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