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Forum: Lens Clubs 04-01-2018, 04:23 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
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Thank you! I heard about Topaz but never tried their software. I mostly use Lightroom and Photoshop with NIK but I never found a good sharpening method that didn't bring out the noise as well.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-01-2018, 05:10 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Zzeitg, what is your processing method, more precisely your sharpening method?
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-26-2018, 08:45 AM  
k-1 follow subject with sensor movements in video mode... What?
Posted By Sterby
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Freaky
But let's just call it a feature instead a bug :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-12-2018, 03:13 PM  
DA* Club
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What is the problem? If it is SDM failure, you can get it converted to screwdrive.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-10-2018, 11:20 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Ah, the new logo for Fro Knows Photo .com?
Birds can have some crazy hairdo
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-20-2018, 12:46 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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5000 ISO is not a problem on the K-3 either, if you don't crop in much
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-16-2018, 03:05 AM  
DA* Club
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A quick and dirty landscape from the roadside, DA* 16-50/K-3

Winter bliss
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-16-2018, 02:55 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Backlog from the summer, a pair of black storks circling to gain height to begin their migration at the end of August, strong backlight.
Gear used: Tamron 70-200/2.8 and HD DA 1.4xTC on the Pentax K-3. Cropped in so I guess pseudo 300mm?

Black storks farewell flight
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-30-2018, 05:14 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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You forgot "there's a freshly washed car under this tree" and "new customers at table 4"
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-24-2018, 11:56 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
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Turn it upside down and send it in to NASA :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-30-2017, 05:17 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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In my own experience no matter what technique I tried I shaked the camera when I pressed the shutter button. Not even the correctly set shake reduction helped. I still get overexcited when I face a quick scene like a roe jumping in front of me or a predatory bird is chasing prey around me, but the more I get into such situations and the more I use the camera (sadly I had very little time for photography this year) I get more confident and most importantly calm during shooting and pressing the shutter button rarely affects my images now. That I cannot say about correct exposure or focusing, but that is a different story :)

My advice would be (who was this originally aimed to, micromacro, Racer X 69?) to not worry about the shakes, just continue shooting and enjoy the time outside.
Practice makes perfect and the experience comes much quickly than from couchsurfing the interweb.

On that note it is almost 2018, maybe it would be time to start processing my shots from summer... or just delay them after the exams...
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-28-2017, 04:52 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Hmm... this is what I am talking about, this is a crop from the default 100% zoom of the flickr image:
Attachment 381896
If this is compression, something seriously went wrong somewhere. Usually flickr degrades my images but not this badly.
The other explanation would be that the image was enlarged from a smaller pixel export. I don't know why flickr would do such a thing.

Don't get me wrong, your image is without doubt spectacular, I'm just discussing the artifacting "clouding" such a nice photo :)

Edit:
Oh, and Seasonal Greetings to you too, may the gravy be with you :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-28-2017, 10:28 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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A quick suggestion, please avoid oversharpening the image. I gives a horrible waterpaint/orangeskin effect on the image and completely destroys it. I would leave the basic sharpening in Lightroom as default and correct white balance and exposure and maybe a tad bit of clarity and/or dehaze. Maybe a bit of color correction too if needed, but I doubt it is necessary (as usually it is not needed in nature shots). Downscale and export in 1500 or 1200px per long side. I only go over 2000px if I export for prints.
Digital photography gives a lot of opportunity for post processing but it is easy to overcook the image in many ways.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-11-2017, 01:57 AM  
KP with Sigma 50-500mm anyone?
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I used the OS HSM on my K-3, it is a wonderful lens with lightning fast and accurate AF. The faster AF algorithm in the KP can only benefit the lens more.
Also the OS is excellent, just turn off the in-body SR.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-20-2017, 08:21 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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So it is possible to do food photography with a 300mm lens.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-02-2017, 01:58 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote

Common Buzzard from the car. K-3ii/FA*600mmF4ED[IF}/Eckla window mount.



I'm just wondering, how does one get access to your car? Seems to me it knows the best places for birding :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-24-2017, 01:16 AM  
DA* 300mm Focus Ring
Posted By Sterby
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Only thing I know is related to the SDM plaque, S/N starting from 904xxxx are made with revised SDM design. One would assume they also improved smaller design flaws as well.
Or I got lucky, who knows?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-23-2017, 12:10 PM  
DA* 300mm Focus Ring
Posted By Sterby
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My DA* 300 has none of that slack, the focus ring is nice and smooth with the right amount of dampening. Manual focusing is not a problem. Although mine has a S/N starting with #906
My only problem is when on a strap, the lens is bouncing a sliding on my hip and all the movements of walking rotates the focus to minimum. I have to manually twist it back when I bring the camera up to my eye.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-12-2017, 11:03 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Just noticed there is a used D-FA 150-450 at SRS Microsystems, if anyone is interested.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-10-2017, 03:44 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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I would add a tad bit exposure, around 0.2-0.3, raising the shutter speed would also help eliminate camera shake blurring.
Otherwise nice capture.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-05-2017, 02:38 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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On modern cameras there is no real difference between ISO 100 and 400. This makes for better images because you don't need to carry a tripod and a heavy lens, instead a lighter and darker design that you can shoot handheld and get closer, more stealthy.
Which you did, and got a great shot. ISO 100 doesn't matter here.
When I had the Bigma I shot at ISO 800 and above, just to get the shutter speed up. 1/1600s and above is what I used and only went down to 1/1000 when the light was really bad. Wasn't thinking in ISO but more in shutter speed.

There is a video on this on Youtube, "Paradigm shift in bird photography" or something like that. They explain this a lot better, this is where I got the idea.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-30-2017, 03:23 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Specs? Of the plane of course
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-09-2017, 04:01 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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You don't need the lowest ISO in bird photography, ISO 800 - 3200 is perfectly fine as it helps keeping your shutterspeed above 1/1000.
In your "high ISO test shot" with the great blue heron I can clearly see the feather details, as well with the others, bad lighting or not. Newer sensor technology gives us ISO invariance which helps the most keeping noise in control, even a little graininess is not a problem.
Keep up the good work, keep your shutter speed up and don't be afraid of higher ISO.

About that 150-450, it only adds weather sealing, sharpness and image quality is marginal improvement at best. Plus the Sigma HSM is more reliable than Pentax SDM and DC drive.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-03-2017, 03:31 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Sterby
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Looks like you caught Jeremy Clarksons mini clone in that boat.
Forum: Sold Items 08-27-2017, 03:32 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma APO 50-500 OS HSM
Posted By Sterby
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The lens is up for sale again.
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