250mm limit


GrumpyGrandPa

Link Posted 16/06/2021 - 20:22
We feel really privileged - happened to chance on a Red Kite near Millington Woods this afternoon and spent 10 minutes watching the magnificent bird swirling across the fields looking for food (usually we see such wonderful birds and they disappear immediately). They say a picture paints a 1,000 words. Well, mine only paint about a 100. Used a Tamron 18-250mm zoom lens at its limit on my K-s2. These photos are cropped and not in focus but are the best I could do. What lens do I need to get to get better BIF pix pls without spending a fortune? (BTW, I have tried a 500mm mirror lens and could not get on with it!) . . . . .

Last Edited by GrumpyGrandPa on 16/06/2021 - 20:49

pschlute

Link Posted 16/06/2021 - 20:56
I would start by using a higher ISO so you can keep your shutter speed up. 1/125 is a bit on the slow side. You are using ISo 100, when you should be using 400 or 800.
Peter



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GrumpyGrandPa

Link Posted 16/06/2021 - 21:00
pschlute wrote:
I would start by using a higher ISO so you can keep your shutter speed up. 1/125 is a bit on the slow side. You are using ISo 100, when you should be using 400 or 800.

Fair comment. Had been doing landscape photos previously and we were driving home when we spotted the Yorkshire Sparrow
Should have thought of that and a higher shutter speed. Thought that I would only have a chance to grab a few shots and that would be it!

Lubbyman

Link Posted 16/06/2021 - 22:14
The usual route is via one of the Pentax 55-300mm lenses, although I don't know how your Tamron 18-250mm would compare with them. And as Peter says, don't be afraid to bump up the ISO to keep shutter speed up. But whatever the lens (or ISO), there's no substitute for practice, practice and practice again.

Steve

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HarisF1

Link Posted 16/06/2021 - 22:43
The focus on the second shot isn't too far off either, so it's a pretty good attempt! As the above posters have said, a higher shutter speed will be very useful here.

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Chrism8

Link Posted 17/06/2021 - 06:45
As above and also continuous focus, single point focus and look at " back button focusing " a technique in keeping your thumb on the " AF " button which will keep the camera in constant focus mode with your trigger finger on the shutter button.

The shot below was with a 150mm lens plus a decent crop



Chris

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andy_bell

Link Posted 19/06/2021 - 17:55
Also a useful setting is exposure compensation of about +1.7 which takes the sky background into account.....
and should make it a bit easier when you crop...
A few bits & Bobs

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GrumpyGrandPa

Link Posted 23/06/2021 - 19:15
HarisF1 wrote:
The focus on the second shot isn't too far off either, so it's a pretty good attempt! As the above posters have said, a higher shutter speed will be very useful here.

You didn't say that it was a great camera that I am using - I got it from you Christmas time 2016!

Im still getting to grips with it BUT I am now retired and so have time to explore photography again )
Last Edited by GrumpyGrandPa on 23/06/2021 - 19:17
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