500mm Lens

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This is another Lens that I have in my Collection.  It’s made by Vivitar and it’s a 500mm Lens.  Pictured here mounted on my Pentax K100D with a 2x Double.  The Double Lens increases the Lens to a 1000mm.

I was not happy with the results from the 2x.  Seem’d to blur the Image too much.  I was advised by others that have this not to use it.  Just use the 500mm Lens and you will have better results.  I took the advice and tried it out.  Much better than having the 2x installed.

Again, this is not a Lens to shoot hand held.  It would be very wise to use a Tripod for this kind of Lens.  If you don’t, your Image will be blurry, unless you are that steady.

CHECKING OUT MY NEW LENS

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I know that I’ve Posted this Image before, but today I took it out again and gave it a try to see how the Images would come out.  In messin’ around with it, I found that the Lens is very sensitive to touch & any small vibration will cause the camera to shake just a bit, but enough to blur my Image.  With this big Lens set at 480mm, it will be necessary to use a Remote Shutter Release.  This way there will be no shake  .   .  .  .  I hope!

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Ok, so I went over to one of my favorite places where I could get some distance shooting with the long Lens.  The first shot’s I took were at a subject way “out there” using the 800mm setting.  The shake was even worse out that far!  Didn’t like what I saw, so I deleted what showed up.  The one above was taken from the Bridge above the Lake, looking down.  It was about 40 yds. away.  This came out better using the 480mm setting.  Not all that clear, but it’s acceptable for me.  I’ll keep working with this Lens and see more of what it does.  BTW –  The leaves around here are just starting to change a bit.  Nothing eye catching just yet.  Too early.

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I’m over at this place again, yesterday, because I wanted to get “out there” and do some shooting with my camera.  I seem to be drawn here to the Grings Mill area many times hoping that I’ll find something different.  Usually most all of it remains the same, except when the Seasons start changing.  Soon the leaves will change color and Fall will be here.  It is one of my favorite times of the year.  Water here is a bit on the high side because of the rain we’ve had before.  It’s usually not this high.

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At the far end of the bridge that cross’s over the Schyukill River is this old Pump House.  The Pump House dates back to the middle 1800’s and was used, at one time, to pump water from the river into the Union Canal that once was here.  It stayed in operation until the Union Canal was no longer needed.  The Pumps that were here have been removed.  They are no longer needed. Now, the old house serves as a storage area for the Park Service.

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It was such a nice beautiful, somewhat cool day, that I could not resist pressing the shutter button once more.

Images taken with my Pentax K10D using a Tamron 17-50mm AF Lens.

NEW LENS

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One Lens that I didn’t have for my Nikon was a long range zoom Lens.  After looking around for a few day’s I decided to order this Lightdow 420 – 800mm Telephoto Lens that just snap’s on the front of my camera.  It took about a week to get it, so I was anxious to see what this Lens can do.  I got it at a good price, so it’s not real expensive.  I can’t afford those big fancy ones that cost thousands of dollars.  Don’t need those.  I’m not a Pro at this.  It’s a fixed f/stop Lens set at f/8.0.  I can’t change the AP settings at all.  Never the less, I seem to like this, so far.

I can zoom out to 800mm with this for getting close-ups from a distance away.  One thing I did notice about this is that the Lens really is nothing but a “spotting scope” that you can use for target shooting or just plain spotting.  It can be used for any number of thing without pressing the shutter button.  Another thing with this Lens is you absolutely can not shoot without a Tripod support.  The slightest shake will make the Image blur a bit.  I can’t “hand hold” the camera with this Lens on and press the shutter.

I’ll be taking it out “for a walk” more as time goes by, and see how well it really does.