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12-06-2010, 06:50 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
Rajeev. If you were thinking macro as well as tele then, now you have saved a bundle by going for the DA* 300 do yourself a favour and get yourself a dedicated macro lens ( I love spending other people's money ). I use the Tamron 90 Di Macro and it is an absolutely outstanding lens for macro, portrait and street.
Picked up the Tamron 90 Di Macro as suggested. It is lovely. Super for Macro work, and gives the FA77 a run for its money for portraiture.
Thanks for the advice.

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The 55-300 is a good choice. I'd definitely plump for the original version with quickshift, as the focussing noise was probably scaring that bird off.......

The other one to look out for is the Sigma 70-300 - the APO version - it doesn't have the same PF issues that the DC has.

The 55-300mm is very sharp out to around 230mm, and holds F4.5 out to just under 200mm

Some 55-300mm samples:




(this one shot wide open at ISO 1100 on the K7 - a little NR in the shadows)

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Well to me the OP's original shot looks just fine, so my opinion is worth about that much. Still, I like my FA-J 75-300. I am sure image quality is probably below the DA 55-300, but in truth I don't use it that much. When I do, it seems to come out fine.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rkohli Quote
Picked up the Tamron 90 Di Macro as suggested. It is lovely. Super for Macro work, and gives the FA77 a run for its money for portraiture.
Thanks for the advice.
you should try the Tokina ATX/Vivitar S1 90/2.5.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rkohli Quote
Picked up the Tamron 90 Di Macro as suggested. It is lovely. Super for Macro work, and gives the FA77 a run for its money for portraiture.
Thanks for the advice.
Glad to hear you love it as much as I love mine it seems, it's a fantastic, ubiquitous, lense !
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clarkey Quote
The 55-300 is a good choice. I'd definitely plump for the original version with quickshift, as the focussing noise was probably scaring that bird off.......

The other one to look out for is the Sigma 70-300 - the APO version - it doesn't have the same PF issues that the DC has.

The 55-300mm is very sharp out to around 230mm, and holds F4.5 out to just under 200mm
Superb shot of the Great Tit (?).
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Superb shot of the Great Tit (?).
Thanks very much - it's a Chickadee, my favorite bird here in Canada, after my all time favorites fantails (or a willy wagtail as my Aussie neighbors will call it) in New Zealand.
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Thanks very much - it's a Chickadee, my favorite bird here in Canada, after my all time favorites fantails (or a willy wagtail as my Aussie neighbors will call it) in New Zealand.
Nice - looks a bit like the Great Tit in the UK from that shot

British Garden Birds - Great Tit

Amazingly there are wagtails over here (Shanghai) too - saw one in my garden just the other day ! Looked like a Pied Wagtail :

British Garden Birds - Pied Wagtail

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