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08-05-2010, 10:46 AM   #16
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danielchtong: I have been lazy in bringing out my manual focus lens. And this one is kind of a legend within Pentax camp (A300mmF4) for being the "best lightweight hand-holdable long telephoto there is in all of God's creation."
A couple more fine BIF shots by you--tx. I always enjoy & learn from your posts on MFing BIF. I am getting better at this sport and would sure love to have that awesome little A300 f4 to practice with. Best!

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Do not waste time waiting for the focus confirmation light. The bird coming towards you will be gone by that time. Just fire non-stop in burst mode.
I have to agree.....I've given up on AF as it's too slow (Pentax and Canon...I haven't really tried Nikon). I also haven't used burst mode but I should give it a try.

It takes some practice to get the hang of it, but I think eventually you'll end up with more keepers than what AF can offer.
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QuoteOriginally posted by danielchtong Quote
Do not waste time waiting for the focus confirmation light. The bird coming towards you will be gone by that time. Just fire non-stop in burst mode.


Also from A300mmF4

Nice shot Daniel.

You are the king of the manul BIF shot.

Bye-the-way when are you going to sell me that lens?

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I am getting better at this sport and would sure love to have that awesome little A300 f4 to practice with. Best!
Thanks


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Bye-the-way when are you going to sell me that lens?

Tom G
Tom,

I had Da200mm mated to a very rare SDM compatible 1.5 TC which actually added up to exactly 300mm. It was quite comparable in every aspect. Since somehow you did not take this A300mmF4 I sold the TC.
All my other lenses are AF except this A300mm and Zenitar 16mm But you do not MF the Zenitar at all given its huge DoF.


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I have to agree.....I've given up on AF as it's too slow (Pentax and Canon...I haven't really tried Nikon). I also haven't used burst mode but I should give it a try. It takes some practice to get the hang of it, but I think eventually you'll end up with more keepers than what AF can offer.
Agreed. Both Canon and Nikon want us to upgrade our gear rather than our skill. Intuitive focus tracking (for AF) is still too demanding on the hardware side. Within 1/3 of a second, the camera does the metering, does focus lock on the subject at 1 of the 9 focus points, moves the SDM motor of the lens to the right focus position and drops the mirror to complete one shoot. That happens just to 1/3 of a second (for Pentax 3FRS). And for high end Canon/Nikon, it could be 1/10 of a second. No wonder initially some Canon 1DMarkIII got the mirror box and electronics heated up like crazy.

Daniel

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