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08-21-2010, 08:12 AM   #16
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You have a 70-300. Do you need the longer reach? I have tried a Bigma and it didn't get that name for being a walk around zoom. If better IQ is what you want, then the 55-300 would be a better choice. I have a 500mm mirror. The IQ isn't all that great although with careful focusing and practice you can get acceptable results. I can't keep a 500mm steady enough hand holding it, even the lightweight mirror with SR on. I can handhold a 300.

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QuoteOriginally posted by charliezap Quote
I had a mirror lens lens awhile ago for my 35mm slr and I really didn't like the IQ that it produced.How are they nowadays for digital dslrs?---charliezap
See the Mirror Lens Club thread in this forum for tons of examples and discussion. They didn't magically get better on digital, but low contrast and sharpness can to a greater extent be addressed in PP, and SR helps a lot with camera shake. So I'd guess most would say it's easier to get decent results with a mirror lens on digital than film.
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The 55-300 is pretty good - I got to try it out today from a friend that got it. This is with manual focus:



Mirror lenses can give good results too in good light. This one is from my Tokina 500/8:



The Bigma probably has better IQ, but based on its weight, I think it's considerably more difficult to handhold than either of the above.
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hi charlie... my 2 cents worth.. here's some pics taken at the long end 300mm.... at pnc park in pittsburgh... heavily cropped with minimal post processing... it was a very hazy hot day...
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/111886-sports-see-ball.html

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QuoteOriginally posted by dcmsox2004 Quote
hi charlie... my 2 cents worth.. here's some pics taken at the long end 300mm.... at pnc park in pittsburgh... heavily cropped with minimal post processing... it was a very hazy hot day...
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/111886-sports-see-ball.html
Thanks to Dave and everyone for their input.It looks like I will order the lens Thurs from Adorama for $350.---charliezap
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Hi Charlie, have 55-300, others above show what it can do. its my winter-time
walk around, fits under coat great. been out in some really cold stuff with it
on a day temp didnt break 0(f), after about 3 hours could here screwdrive grumble
a little bit, might have to 'tweak' focus manually. Held up pretty good though
as long as I kept it warm between shots. Do wish WR prefix was availible with it.
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Not totally on topic, but I didn't really want to start a thread for this observation.

Yesterday evening, my wife tallked me into taking photos for her company outing (usually her job as the person in charge of publications) at the local minor league baseball game. I grabbed three lenses and headed out the door. I had the DAL 55-300, a Sigma 17-35/2.8 and a FA77 ltd. I did not grab hoods for the zooms. (I'm not sure I have one for the 55-300).

Here was a first hand look at the value of Pentax SMC. The sun was low in the sky, and every shot taken facing west with the Sigma looked as though a coat of whitewash had been spread on the lens. (The flare was corrected adding contrast in PP, though). Facing east, the lens was excellent. The Pentax lenses rendered almost exactly the same contrast facing east or west. Quite impressive, actually.

(I'd post the shots, but my wife's company requires model releases because of my semi-official capacity).
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I like the 55-300/K-x combo very much.

150mm f6.3 iso640



300mm f6.3 iso640



230mm f7.1 iso640



120mm f6.3 iso800



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I was very happy with the shots from last night on the K-x.
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QuoteOriginally posted by paddy567 Quote
I just got back from 3 weeks in Namibia with the 55-300. I don't know what your standards are, but with photos like this, I have no complaints!




I wouldn't complain with such shots too
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I've no wonder-shots with my 55-300 DAL, but it truly is amazing for its price and compactness. In strong light it even remains functional with my Kenko 1.5x TC, so there's 450mm for you in a pinch!
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Taken in Budapest zoo a few months ago - DA55-300 @ 175mm @ ISO 800 on K20D, f4.5, 1/25s, panning right to left.



Close up of Siberian Wolf @ 190mm @ ISO800 on K20D, f4.5, 1/160s

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What would your choice be for the first addition to the Newbie K-7/18/55WR Kit? 50-200WR or the 70-300. Long shots would be as middle school sports yearbook shots and distance shots in dense mtn. tops, landscapes, and scenery. I've been back and forth on the quality of the 300 vs. the WR on the 200. Summer rain is a given in NC mtns. I've had 40 years on a Spotmatic II and no experience on zooms and stuck on teacher budget for the long haul. Thanks
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QuoteOriginally posted by lukulele Quote
What would your choice be for the first addition to the Newbie K-7/18/55WR Kit? 50-200WR or the 70-300. Long shots would be as middle school sports yearbook shots and distance shots in dense mtn. tops, landscapes, and scenery. I've been back and forth on the quality of the 300 vs. the WR on the 200. Summer rain is a given in NC mtns. I've had 40 years on a Spotmatic II and no experience on zooms and stuck on teacher budget for the long haul. Thanks
I'll stick my head out and say 55-300 all the way. Great IQ for relatively little money. It rains a bit where I live as well and I've had no issues.
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I perfer my DA 55-300 over the 75-300. The touch more zoom on the 55-300 makes me keep it in my travel kit. (Of course, my 75-300 has more CA at max zoom then the 55-300 does.....).
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