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Old Oct 31, 2006, 1:36 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I've been trying to get some shots of one of these for quite some time, with no success, then spotted one yesterday -- kinda far away -- these are < 1MP crops, and were shot with the FA*300/4.5 + PF 1.7x AFA handheld. I tried to get closer, but these guys take off at the slightest sign of movement. This spring I followed one for about 2 hours around a local lake, and was never able to get a clear shot, so I'm pretty happy with these . . . for now.






Both shot @ 510mm, f7.65 (wide open), 1/125, ISO 200.

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Old Oct 31, 2006, 1:44 PM   #2
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I'd also be happy if I got a Kingfisher that close. The second is really sharp for handheld 1/125. Why ISO 200?

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Hey these are pretty great shots. I have a very clear view of the bird. The subject is sharp. Good lighting and color rendition. I imagine that the bird in real life is pretty tiny so I think your cropping worked well.
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bilybianca wrote:

Why ISO 200?

Hi Kjell,

I started off using ISO 800, then switched to ISO200 to get the best quality since I knew that I'd have to crop significantly -- hoped that at least one would be reasonably sharp.

I've been pretty lucky at handholding this combo at pretty slow shutter speeds, so I always try to get at least a couple of shots at lowest ISO regardless of shutter speed before I take the chance of moving closer and scaring the bird away.

These were better than the ISO 800 shots, so they're the ones I posted.

Thanks for looking!

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Scott,

I know you have steady hands and I saw that in another series. These two shots still show either camera shake (no kidding for the focal length at 1/125s) or movement of the subject (kingfisher is notorious)

To prove if it is true, you may shoot an stationary subject at same distance to see which was the cause .

Notwithstanding that , I will still be happy if I were you re the pix.

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I've been trying to get some shots of one of these for quite some time, with no success, then spotted one yesterday -- kinda far away -- these are < 1MP crops, and were shot with the FA*300/4.5 + PF 1.7x AFA handheld. I tried to get closer, but these guys take off at the slightest sign of movement. This spring I followed one for about 2 hours around a local lake, and was never able to get a clear shot, so I'm pretty happy with these . . . for now.

Both shot @ 510mm, f7.65 (wide open), 1/125, ISO 200.

Scott
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Old Oct 31, 2006, 4:15 PM   #6
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scott, getting anything at that mag is wonderful. have you tried a monopod. i took the 500 out on one yesterday and found out it'll be tough to handle..

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Old Oct 31, 2006, 7:43 PM   #7
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Hi Royce Daniel and Roy,

Thanks for looking, and your comments.

I have and do use a monopod. . . and tripods too. Circumstances just sometimes don't allow for their use. In this case (as in many others) I was driving past this spot and spied the kingfisher from the car. I shot what I could from the car, then quietly got out, took the monopod out of the trunk, and turned just in time to see the kingfisher take off to another spot @ 100 ft from where I was. I followed it only to watch it take off again as I was attaching the camera to the pod. It almost always seems to go like this, so many times I just rely on fairly good handholding to get the shots I want. This is why I'm so pumped about SR in the new Pentax bodies and like the more compact long tele lenses.

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I'm still amazed at how well you do with the long zooms and handholding them. Now that I have the A*300, I'm even more impressed.

I've been having enough trouble with hummingbirds, and they are easy compared to the birds you manage to get.
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Nice shots Scott. I know exactly what you mean. I have the same lens with a 1.4TC, and have about the same kind of looking shots. The little bu__ers never get close, and if you come across one--GONE!!!. These aren't bad considering the cropping....cheers........Don
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