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Old Nov 29, 2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default A Few Small birds with a K10D and Sigma 50-500 Lens

From my front porch. Hand held using a Pentax K10D and a Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.7 with a 1.4X Sigma APO Tele-converter.








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Old Nov 29, 2009, 10:09 PM   #2
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these look really nice, especially considering they were handheld with a teleconverter.

well done.
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Love the last one...impressive as previously said...hand held with such a big lens.
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damn what kind of shutter speeds/apertures were you using? i've been struggling to get really sharp shots with my 150-500mm even with shake from pushing the shutter release when on a tripod and your results are similar to mine handheld and with a teleconverter!!!!
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damn what kind of shutter speeds/apertures were you using? i've been struggling to get really sharp shots with my 150-500mm even with shake from pushing the shutter release when on a tripod and your results are similar to mine handheld and with a teleconverter!!!!
Thanks guys. John the EXIF data is still attached to these. If you do not have an EXIF reader, go here to get the one I use and prefer.....
http://www.photome.de/

Until then here are the settings....
#1. 1/180 f/8 ISO 400 -1 EV

#2. 1/350 f/6.7 ISO 400 -0.5 EV

#3. 1/350 f/6.7 ISO 560 -0.5 EV

#4. 1/750 f/8 ISO 400 -1 EV

#5. 1/500 f/8 ISO 400 -1 EV

#6. 1/500 f/6.7 ISO 400 0 EV

#7. 1/125 f/9.5 ISO 400 0 EV

#8. 1/250 f/6.7 ISO 400 0 EV

I used Auto Aperture and spot metering and spot focus. Since I am not using a tripod I can leave the image stabilization on. If you are using a tripod be sure to turn it off as Pentax recommends. I like to use a higher ISO as the shutter speeds will be higher and the shake induced my me will be less (1/125 as a baseline starting point anyway). Also I normally shoot at -0.5 to -1 EV as the contrast is better there. Also I set the menu settings for the camera this way when shooting Jpeg (I almost always shoot Jpeg)....

Saturation -1
Sharpening +2
Contrast +1

Hope this answers your question.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 2:04 PM   #6
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Wow Bigdawg. Now I really want one of those lenses. Those shots are unreal. Well done.
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Way to go!!! Excellent work!
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Wow Bigdawg. Now I really want one of those lenses. Those shots are unreal. Well done.
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Thank you Tony. I keep trying.
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Way to go!!! Excellent work!
Thank you Rajan. I hope more and better is yet to come. I am planning on using some reflectors to capture the low early morning sun to get some fill light for the mornings when I get home from work, and I really am hoping for afternoon sunlight as I get up from sleeping around 3:00pm-3:30pm and can then get that golden light of the afternoon. Again...many thanks my friend.
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Excellent series Dawg! I think these are the best we've seen from you and the bigma. I don't know how they can get any better.

By the way, who are you picking for the SEC title this Saturday? Ooops, never mind, I see it on your shirt.

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