K-3 Birding with a sparkle (10 images)

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MightyMike Forum Pro • Posts: 38,600
K-3 Birding with a sparkle (10 images)
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More K-3 bird photos n this gallery

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Don't be afraid to shoot against the sun

Don't be afraid to shoot against the sun

Don't be afraid to shoot against the sun

Don't be afraid to shoot against the sun

Don't be afraid to shoot against the sun

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cant complain about them Mike, are you shooting continuous caf and picking the best shot ? or shooting single shot with button half pressed while tracking ?

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jm_mac Senior Member • Posts: 2,045
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In your experience, would the K5/K5iis have gotten the shots against the sun, or is the K3 much better in this respect? I have found this to be one of my K5's Achilles heels, and that's just shooting static subjects.

Good shooting!

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Donald B wrote:

cant complain about them Mike, are you shooting continuous caf and picking the best shot ? or shooting single shot with button half pressed while tracking ?

AF-C, short burst unless there is a decent sequence, half press while tracking. and picking the best shots to post as always.

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jm_mac wrote:

In your experience, would the K5/K5iis have gotten the shots against the sun, or is the K3 much better in this respect?

Interesting... 50/50 i actually thing the K-3 did admirably when the sun sparkle it the frame... However i did have 2 very odd photos where the WB went haywire, it could have been caused by internal flare or just a hick-up, i didn't want to post about it because unless i see it happen again i doubt the vast majority of people would come across it.

I have found this to be one of my K5's Achilles heels, and that's just shooting static subjects.

I edited the shots but i like the way the camera dealt with the situation making it possibly easier to edit to perfection if you can call it that. in straight auto metering I'll bet the K-3 is better then the K-5 against bright subjects

Good shooting!

Thanks

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Ian Stuart Forsyth
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Re: K-3 Birding with a sparkle (10 images)

Nice captures Mike

When shooting AF-C what is your hit rate, do you notice if the k3 better at the beginning of the tacking sequence or better at some other point of the sequence?

It seems like from what you have described in you other post that the initial lag has been reduced which is a good thing.

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OP MightyMike Forum Pro • Posts: 38,600
Re: K-3 Birding with a sparkle (10 images)

Ian Stuart Forsyth wrote:

Nice captures Mike

When shooting AF-C what is your hit rate, do you notice if the k3 better at the beginning of the tacking sequence or better at some other point of the sequence?

Hit rate was adequate, subject choice would be hard for even a canikon camera. Once i had a decent lock it was pretty good, getting the lock is user and lens dependent more than the camera. (more playing is necessary)

It seems like from what you have described in you other post that the initial lag has been reduced which is a good thing.

Unless i misunderstand... in the other post i was saying that the refocus delay is great, where as how quick it snaps into focus isn't anything to get excited over even if it actually is faster

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MightyMike wrote:

Ian Stuart Forsyth wrote:

Nice captures Mike

When shooting AF-C what is your hit rate, do you notice if the k3 better at the beginning of the tacking sequence or better at some other point of the sequence?

Hit rate was adequate, subject choice would be hard for even a canikon camera. Once i had a decent lock it was pretty good, getting the lock is user and lens dependent more than the camera. (more playing is necessary)

It seems like from what you have described in you other post that the initial lag has been reduced which is a good thing.

Unless i misunderstand... in the other post i was saying that the refocus delay is great, where as how quick it snaps into focus isn't anything to get excited over even if it actually is faster

Thank you for clarifying Mike

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Re: K-3 Birding with a sparkle (10 images)

Ian Stuart Forsyth wrote:

MightyMike wrote:

Ian Stuart Forsyth wrote:

Nice captures Mike

When shooting AF-C what is your hit rate, do you notice if the k3 better at the beginning of the tacking sequence or better at some other point of the sequence?

Hit rate was adequate, subject choice would be hard for even a canikon camera. Once i had a decent lock it was pretty good, getting the lock is user and lens dependent more than the camera. (more playing is necessary)

It seems like from what you have described in you other post that the initial lag has been reduced which is a good thing.

Unless i misunderstand... in the other post i was saying that the refocus delay is great, where as how quick it snaps into focus isn't anything to get excited over even if it actually is faster

Thank you for clarifying Mike

Don't be sad or upset, IMO it was fast to begin with... Its also very lens dependent, take for instance the 77Ltd, wonderful lens, can't AF-C a child walking though! (last time i tried was with the K-5) The focus is dampened for better manual focus control but this makes continuous AF its weak point. My Pentax F 70-210mm F4-5.6 and F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5 can zip into focus faster than it takes you to realize you pressed the AF button (ok an exaggeration, but you get the point)... So until you try it out with your lenses you might not actually know if it really is faster but i will guarantee a slow focusing lens will still be a slow focusing lens.

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M R Padmaraju Veteran Member • Posts: 3,760
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Quite inspiring . #6 is the winner for me .

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Impressive mike, they do look great on my monitor, i see you set to -1EV is that the norm for most of your shots.  

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Some awesome BIFs Mike, but then you always, always shoot so well.

So far so good. How about the higher ISOs? Any testing ?

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MightyMike wrote:

More K-3 bird photos n this gallery

http://www.michaelfastphotography.com/galleries/k-3/birds/firstbirds/

Don't be afraid to shoot against the sun

Don't be afraid to shoot against the sun

Don't be afraid to shoot against the sun

Don't be afraid to shoot against the sun

Don't be afraid to shoot against the sun

Nice sharp shots! How do you find the AF tracking of the K3? And how do you find the performance of the K3 in general? Glad to know that you first copy was just a lemon, looks like you are having fun with the new one.

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robbo d Senior Member • Posts: 2,691
whats your take on IQ?

They are all nice shots i've seen taken with K3, but are they a....'noticable'.......improvement on K5 series? or perhaps just incremental ?

Certainly another way to improve results is by improving AF and metering, nailing the shots more of the time.....perhaps also where K3 is better?

Is it an all round slightly better performer.

Bob Corson Senior Member • Posts: 2,316
Re: K-3 Birding with a sparkle (10 images)

Awesome shots Mike. I went to the link too and those swan and cormorant shots were spectacular! Where were you shootiing? Love to find some spots around here. Got to check out some places and get out to do some birding next year.

Great pictures and thank you for sharing them as they were a pleasure to see.

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Very nice series Mike! I like the way you framed the last one!

BTW, thanks for your opinion in the other thread...much appreciated!

Cheers,

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Thanks mrp, that #6 sure has some nicely lit detail

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Thanks the norm for certain styles of shooting, other styles might be totally different, choosing what works for each situation takes experience

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Thanks Dale

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