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Me and Bird Photography

bforbes
Posted 12/06/2023 - 15:59 Link
Since circumstances changed at home, Iíve been thinking about getting back into bird photography.

My dilemma was what equipment to go for, having tried and failed with the K-3ll /150-450 or DA300. I say failed, as compared to a couple of friends with the Nikon D500. Iíve also tried to a certain extent with the Fujifilm X-T2, just a feeling it was marginally better than the K-3ll. Was it worth updating to an X-T3 or above? A quick discussion with Blythman suggested the K-3lll was an improvement but not up to the D500.

So it seemed like look for a pre loved D500, but that caused me a worry having seen some in use. They tend to have high shutter counts having been used in machine gun mode.

Then in the middle of my deliberations along comes Firmware Update V2.00

[Enhanced features]
ē Added Type 3 to the item of the AF.C tracking AF point method.
ē Added focus sensitivity setting item for AF.C.

The reports Iíve seen suggest a leap forward in terms of focus tracking, so thatís it, Iíve bit the bullet and ordered the K-3lll

I'll let you know how I get on. If I get any good ones I might even show you
tomkeet
Posted 12/06/2023 - 17:32 Link
I guessed you might just go for the K-3lll Barrie.
Regards
Tom

K-1ii,K-3iii's.
SMC PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 1:3.5-4.5 10-17mm ED [IF], SMC PENTAX-DA* 1:2.8 16-50mm ED AL [IF] SDM,
SMC PENTAX-DA 1:4 15mm ED AL Limited, SMC PENTAX-DA 1:3.2 21mm AL Limited,
SMC PENTAX-F 1:2.8 28mm, SMC PENTAX-FA 1:2 35mm AL,
SMC PENTAX-FA 1:1.4 50mm, SMC PENTAX-DA 1:2.4 70mm Limited,
SMC PENTAX-D FA MACRO 1:2.8 100mm WR, SMC PENTAX-DA* 1:4 300mm ED [IF] SDM,
SMC PENTAX-FA* 1:4 600mm IF & ED,
HD PENTAX -DA 1.4x AW AF REAR CONVERTER,
PENTAX AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash.

https://pentaxphotogallery.com/artist-gallery/?artist_id=20168301
bforbes
Posted 12/06/2023 - 17:37 Link
tomkeet wrote:
I guessed you might just go for the K-3lll Barrie.

I'll give you a call when I get it, you can show me how to work it
tomkeet
Posted 12/06/2023 - 17:57 Link
Oh I will try! The Menus are slightly different.
Regards
Tom

K-1ii,K-3iii's.
SMC PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 1:3.5-4.5 10-17mm ED [IF], SMC PENTAX-DA* 1:2.8 16-50mm ED AL [IF] SDM,
SMC PENTAX-DA 1:4 15mm ED AL Limited, SMC PENTAX-DA 1:3.2 21mm AL Limited,
SMC PENTAX-F 1:2.8 28mm, SMC PENTAX-FA 1:2 35mm AL,
SMC PENTAX-FA 1:1.4 50mm, SMC PENTAX-DA 1:2.4 70mm Limited,
SMC PENTAX-D FA MACRO 1:2.8 100mm WR, SMC PENTAX-DA* 1:4 300mm ED [IF] SDM,
SMC PENTAX-FA* 1:4 600mm IF & ED,
HD PENTAX -DA 1.4x AW AF REAR CONVERTER,
PENTAX AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash.

https://pentaxphotogallery.com/artist-gallery/?artist_id=20168301
malvern_man
Posted 08/07/2023 - 13:56 Link
Hi all,

It says on the Pentax firmware page for the K-3 Mark III firmware version V2.00 the following...

Added Type 3 to the item of the AF.C tracking AF point method.
Added focus sensitivity setting item for AF.C.

What does the first item mean and where is the AF.C focus sensitivity setting, I've looked through the various menus and I cannot seem to see it, unless I've missed it.

Regards, Chris.
bforbes
Posted 08/07/2023 - 18:08 Link
malvern_man wrote:
Hi all,

It says on the Pentax firmware page for the K-3 Mark III firmware version V2.00 the following...

Added Type 3 to the item of the AF.C tracking AF point method.
Added focus sensitivity setting item for AF.C.

What does the first item mean and where is the AF.C focus sensitivity setting, I've looked through the various menus and I cannot seem to see it, unless I've missed it.

Regards, Chris.

Type 3 description from the menu " Uses only the AF sensor information to Track with the selected AF points intensively"

Menu, Focus settings
AF with Vewfinder - D pad right
Action in AF.C Cont. - D pad right- - D pad down
Focus Sensitivity in AF.C

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