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Old Apr 17, 2007, 6:16 PM   #1
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Hi All,

With the forum down the last few days, I was wanting to post these, but. . .

All are close to full frame, but cropped for printing, with minimal PP. Just resized, sharpened a touch, and I toned down the red a little. All were shot with the DS, Tamron SP300/2.8 with the stacked Tam 1.4x AII and the Pentax F 1.7x AFA for 714mm effective FL. The aperture in the exif is corrected for the 1.7x TC, but not the 1.4x. All were hand-held, standing about 8-10 feet from a feeder.








The first was at 1/320, the second at 1/250, and the third at 1/400, Av mode, all with the lens wide open. #2 & #3 were shot within seconds, #1 was from a different day.

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Old Apr 17, 2007, 6:27 PM   #2
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Great shots. 2 and 3 really capture the bird well.

Impressive what you have achieved with this setup


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Old Apr 17, 2007, 8:34 PM   #3
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Wow, those are great shots! You really have a magic teleconverter combo going for you there and to handhold it all is even more impressive! I tried the adaptall 2x and the adaptall 1.4x together this past week, accidently as I put the 2x on without noticing the 1.4x was already there, and got absolute crud. You are definately giving me a bar to shoot towards Scott.

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Old Apr 17, 2007, 8:53 PM   #4
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No question about it YOU & your set up are working well together.

TOTALLY WACKY roger
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Old Apr 17, 2007, 10:53 PM   #5
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Scott, a pleasure to view! Love to see more.

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Old Apr 18, 2007, 7:59 AM   #6
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Outstanding, as usual. Out of curiosity, what is the minimum focus of the Tamron lenses? As I recall, one of the advantages of using a TC is that it doesn't change the focus distance, right? If you were only 8-10 feet from the feeder, the focus distance has to be less than the A300, right?
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Wonderful series, and the idea of hand held and this sharp makes me go back to the practice room :-).

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Old Apr 18, 2007, 10:14 AM   #8
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Hi Darren, Tim, Roger, Glenn, and Harriet,

Thanks for looking, and the nice comments.

Harriet -- the min focusing distance is a little over 8 ft., about the same as the FA*300/4.5, but closer than the 12-13 ft of the A*300. If you want to be able to focus closer, you might try a short extension tube with your A*300 -- not enough to make it technically a "macro", but it'll focus closer. I haven't done this personally, and since I don't have any extension tubes, I don't know how to figure out how much closer it'll focus, but I've seen it done by others with very good results.

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These are amazingly sharp considering the use of two teleconverters, keep shooting and keep posting! I have really enjoyed all of them.
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Old Apr 18, 2007, 11:11 PM   #10
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Scott - my hubby will NOT appreciate your suggestion about the extension tube, because that gets me thinking about buying a set again. I can add that to the DA* lens, a second battery (still haven't bought one yet), a 77mm circular polarizer and step-up rings, etc. He's beginning to think I wasn't completely honest with him when I tried to tell him that photography would be cheaper than horses...
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