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Old Jul 30, 2009, 4:47 PM   #1
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Default Dragonflies in flight. . . at 1020mm (2 imgs)

Hi All,

I was playing around, trying the 1.7x AFA stacked on a Pentax A 2xS TC and the FA*300/2.8. The 1.7x AFA, Sigma 1.4x APO, Tamron 1.4x PZ AF worked okay, so my thought was that a good 2x might give better IQ than 2 1.4xs stacked. . . Bottom line, it didn't. . .

Anyway, I saw a dragonfly flitting around, so thought I'd challenge myself, and tried see if I could get the focus to lock on this guy. I've tried this before and failed, but had some success today. The shots aren't sharp -- none of them were with this combo. . . and the PP involved considerable sharpening, and still didn't get sharp results, even while downsizing. Here are the two best out of about 8. I'm posting 2 to show the first wasn't a total fluke.

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Old Jul 30, 2009, 9:28 PM   #2
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Now that's just unreal! AF on a dragonfly in flight? I'm amazed! And all your talk of TCs make me want to go out and find one, any one.
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Well it was a good challenge and as Harriet said to capture a dragonfly flying is incredible.


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I'm not good at getting them when they are sitting still and you capture them while moving. Amazing.

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i got to get a converter of some sort one day
which would you say is the best option?
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Old Aug 1, 2009, 4:56 AM   #6
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Scott - your steady hands and observant eyes sure did pay off! Thanks for sharing!
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