K3 III -- First day birding

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breeze_of_wind
breeze_of_wind Senior Member • Posts: 1,401
K3 III -- First day birding
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Weather has been poor so I have been waiting for a day to do some birding with new DSLR camera and the 150-450 Pentax lens.  That day came last Friday in Gloucester Ma along the shore and iin the marshes.  Only problem was the 30 to 50 MPH winds - I had to stand into the wind to get shots.  First comment -- AF, tracking, and keepers is a joy.  I had a good day.  I did some birds in flight ( sea gulls below) and some bird wading through the salt marshes (see Egrets below). All in all, everything I have been waiting for.  Cant wait to see all of us talking about thsi new camera -- Pentax delivered!

John Morris

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tex Veteran Member • Posts: 8,573
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For many birders, this camera----considering all of its assets---looks to be a real winner. (I'm not a birder, at least not one who's going to be interested in photography of them)

Is it the best option on the market? Well, that's going to be tougher to answer. I think there may be mirrorless options that may still have the edge in AF quickness and lock-on, but it seems this new Pentax is at least in the running. So, I think now it's boiling down to OVF vs EVF for birding, and then higher iso performance.

Now Pentax is truly in the discussion, so this is a plus.

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kriztian Senior Member • Posts: 1,360
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Nice photos. Finally the autofocus seem good.

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JoeOptics314 Forum Member • Posts: 82
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Thanks for sharing.  These are beautiful and make me eager to receive my new K3iii.  It has been 4 weeks since I placed my order with B&H.

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PentUp Senior Member • Posts: 1,904
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Fantastic series John. I'm very excited about the K3mkiii

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Valeriu 64
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Nice shots, John.

Thank you!

Eye detect ???

Best regards, Valeriu

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Rahto Senior Member • Posts: 1,438
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The shots are great.

Like Joe my K3 III still shows on backorder at B&H but they did ship my 150-450mm so I'm halfway there.

Bob

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HawaiianOnline Regular Member • Posts: 118
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Really nice shots!  The K-3 III is looking like a great improvement over my old K-5 IIs. I’ve only had a couple times to try it out for birding and the AF seems much faster and with better tracking on Tropicbirds. I’ll have to find the time to figure out the best AF settings for various birding situations including BIF.

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JeremieB Contributing Member • Posts: 993
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Very nice - egrets are beautiful !
150-450 is more than tempting...

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Mike Arledge Senior Member • Posts: 2,124
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Glad you are happy with the purchase.  Are you able to post any higher res files?  Zooming in on those the details are kind of lacking, but the displayed image in page looks good.  Just want to pixel peep more, lol.

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kitsios_spyros
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These look really good.

The wings do not fool the af system.

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Rahto Senior Member • Posts: 1,438
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Hey Joe

I just did an online chat with B&H and they said they expected the next shipment on the 10th so maybe next week.

Bob

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Tom Lusk Senior Member • Posts: 1,853
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Mike Arledge wrote:

Glad you are happy with the purchase. Are you able to post any higher res files? Zooming in on those the details are kind of lacking, but the displayed image in page looks good. Just want to pixel peep more, lol.

My thoughts exactly. The flight shots do not look good on my monitor when using the loupe function.

breeze_of_wind
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Tom Lusk wrote:

Mike Arledge wrote:

Glad you are happy with the purchase. Are you able to post any higher res files? Zooming in on those the details are kind of lacking, but the displayed image in page looks good. Just want to pixel peep more, lol.

My thoughts exactly. The flight shots do not look good on my monitor when using the loupe function.

Hi   Remember at the time I took these pictures I was standing in a 30 to 50 steady wind on an exposed dike next to the Atlantic Ocean.  By God, did my best not to go in.  So these were keepers only in sense of examples, not the best work of the camera - lens combination.  I could have saved with more detail but I did not.  You will have to wait for next set someone else posts to make the type of assessment being suggested.

John

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JoeOptics314 Forum Member • Posts: 82
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Rahto wrote:

Hey Joe

I just did an online chat with B&H and they said they expected the next shipment on the 10th so maybe next week.

Bob

Bob,

Thanks for letting me know.  I checked last week and they told me they were expecting a shipment May 3.  So Perhaps they are getting weekly shipments and shipping by date of order placement.  No way to know where my April 8 preorder stands.  I will hope for next Monday.

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Looking good John - sure is windy.

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breeze_of_wind
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ozdean wrote:

Looking good John - sure is windy.

Yes - Egret had to fight the wind to stay straight.  Many images leaning to side with neck blown over.  But it also meant  good number of image with wings extended -- presumably to stay balanced.  You take the good with the bad.

All in all a fun day.

John

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Nice photos. If I wasn't entrenched in other systems, this new Pentax K seems like it would be a lovely camera to use.

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breeze_of_wind
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mbike999 wrote:

Nice photos. If I wasn't entrenched in other systems, this new Pentax K seems like it would be a lovely camera to use.

Those with Pentax gear may have  winner -- at least I am O so far.  Also attractive to those looking around, starting, willing to shift.  But there will be many like yourself and that makes great sense.  For all of us, one more option is a good thing, and interesting that a number of folks who have ordered the camera also ordered a new lens -- me included.

John

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Nice shooting

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