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Old Sep 2, 2007, 12:11 PM   #1
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I think I can deflate the myth almost officially that manual focus lens are not suitable for BIF pict. It is entirely workable . Today it was slightly dimmer and I had to use iso1600. Nonetheless it is critical to use 1/2500s or faster and aperture F8 to get the right DoF. That seemed to be about it. Even with the tiny buffer of Pentax low end K100D, I still get ok shots.

All were taken with my manual A300mmF4 . Seagull as taken at Toogoodpond of Toronto

















The above gave me some trial run before getting these this morning. Environment was rough/tough but it was manageable with the payback.


G B H at Toogoodpond of Toronto














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Very nice shots Daniel. Certainly a day not wasted. Yesterday I was in the marshes too just outside Toronto. But I couldnt get close enough to the cranes to do them justice. Well done.
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Old Sep 3, 2007, 12:51 AM   #3
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great shots daniel. my favorite is the 2nd one of the gull. you are getting quite skilled in these bif shots!

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Old Sep 3, 2007, 4:24 AM   #4
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great shots daniel. my favorite is the 2nd one of the gull. you are getting quite skilled in these bif shots!

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Thanks for taking time to comment. the 2nd pict is definitely a seagull with full wings stretched. Nowhere near your shots even a yr ago. Finally found a way with manual lens for this type of fast shots. What I did not have last yr was a faster memory card. The rest is just footwork/practice.
Pentax with its tiny buffer has a bit of disadvantage. But it is not insurmountable . I just have to put up with a lot of non-keepers. A dream camera would be like Nikon/Conon D3 with 51-point AF points and predictive focus tracking. Now I have to be contented with a manual camera

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Old Sep 3, 2007, 6:30 AM   #5
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Mmmmmmm Predictive Focus Tracking....



Maybe a Pentax firmware upgrade!!



Seriously though, these are really quality shots.



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Old Sep 3, 2007, 8:56 AM   #6
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Mmmmmmm Predictive Focus Tracking....

Maybe a Pentax firmware upgrade!!

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The new D3 has 51 AF points and of course it can track an already focused subject from one side of the sensor to the other side (in flight). Pentax has a lot of electronic to upgrade. Not just firmare.
Well and it is in the price range of $4-5,000.


Predictive Focus Tracking=our mind work that way too . Isn't it? Let me say it is poor man Predictive focus tracking

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Old Sep 5, 2007, 7:59 PM   #7
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My goodness . This is the 4 th GBH shots I did last Sunday. If only it was not flying away from me.....





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Old Sep 21, 2007, 8:10 PM   #8
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I have not had chance of practicing/ refining my way of using the manual lens for BIF pict. These are pict I took out of around 50s Thursday Sep 20 . Again sea gulls only as they are around and easy subject


















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Great shots Daniel. You're really getting the hang of MF on BIF's...excellent!...cheers..Don
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nice gull shots. i like the details on the tail feathers.

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