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Old Jan 25, 2010, 4:29 PM   #1
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Hi all!
Haven't been very active on the Forum for quite some time, neither commenting nor posting pictures. I do look through the threads more or less daily, and I do enjoy the pictures posted. And I do enjoy seeing how each and every one of you develop as a photographer, with Harriet, Mole, Scott, Penolta and others reaching pro level by now.
Myself I have done too little photography the last few months. Work is taking it's toll, and November was the wettest, dullest November in years, December following the same path. Then around Christmas time it changed from dull to cold, and it hasn't been over the freezing point for over a month, some days coming down to -20C.
A bit frustrated I had to do something. Tonight is very clear, and the moon is beautiful. So I decided to see what can be squeezed out of the Pentax gear, inspired by Scott's amazing bird pictures with stacked converters. I'm not dissapointed, I wonder what I would get with a better tripod. And yes, it was difficult even finding the moon through the viewfinder. Can't wait till summer to see how this combo works for birding on a sunny day.

A*600mm+Rear Converter A1.4X-L+Rear Converter A2X-S, making a total of 1680mm. Full frame, no cropping. 1/30 sec, f6.3 (not counting the converters), ISO400, 2 sec mirror lock up.

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Old Jan 25, 2010, 11:18 PM   #2
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That is really impressive - I wouldn't have thought it would have been as sharp as what you got. I can imagine what you would get with a sturdy tripod. What does a crop look like?
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Old Jan 26, 2010, 12:11 AM   #3
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So sharp and so black.
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Kjell - So nice to see you here again! And thanks for sharing that stunning photo. Sure do hope you find the time and weather to get out and enjoy (and photograph) soon....
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Hi all!
Haven't been very active on the Forum for quite some time, neither commenting nor posting pictures. I do look through the threads more or less daily, and I do enjoy the pictures posted. And I do enjoy seeing how each and every one of you develop as a photographer, with Harriet, Mole, Scott, Penolta and others reaching pro level by now.
Myself I have done too little photography the last few months. Work is taking it's toll, and November was the wettest, dullest November in years, December following the same path. Then around Christmas time it changed from dull to cold, and it hasn't been over the freezing point for over a month, some days coming down to -20C.
A bit frustrated I had to do something. Tonight is very clear, and the moon is beautiful. So I decided to see what can be squeezed out of the Pentax gear, inspired by Scott's amazing bird pictures with stacked converters. I'm not dissapointed, I wonder what I would get with a better tripod. And yes, it was difficult even finding the moon through the viewfinder. Can't wait till summer to see how this combo works for birding on a sunny day.

A*600mm+Rear Converter A1.4X-L+Rear Converter A2X-S, making a total of 1680mm. Full frame, no cropping. 1/30 sec, f6.3 (not counting the converters), ISO400, 2 sec mirror lock up.

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Wow . That is 2520mm in 35mm term !!!! And sharp for a close up & uncropped shot
Nice to see you back with images.

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Old Jan 26, 2010, 7:30 AM   #6
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Kjel, glad you're back with us and a wonderful come back photo. That is one impressive moon shot with an equally impressive lens combo.

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Wow, no other comment, just wow!!!
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Glad to see you back - since you sound housebound, you have no excuse for not participating more!

And thanks for the complement.
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Whoa, Now that's a moon shot!
I'm going to have to dig out my converters...
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Congrats Kjell, that's been an inspiring picture indeed in which I could even see Astarte reclining!
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