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12-05-2006, 02:42 AM   #1
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My A*300 f2.8 arrived!

I had waited and waited, after all the effort searching for pentax lenses day and night. Now this is the proof of my LBA - Reckless spending without insight into my financial situation!

Here it is - at the front reception desk of my work - I got the pandora box!



Opening the box - I found a n*kon calendar - then my excitement weans...



After getting rid of that stuff... The real gem is here



Now finally - the beauty




Then the testing of shots in the backyard all wide open. This lens is just too heavy - 3.2 kg. My biceps has trippled in mass in just 1 hour in my backyard. The focusing distance is about 2.8 meters and i had to use SR even with monopod. I could not bear the weight too much. The DOF was too narrow wide open and the day is already dark. Quite noisy backgrounds; same as bokeh but centre area is still sharp.

Really tough with manual focus with this lens.

I will post some shots after my weekend is coming up

All Iso 400 on monopod

1/90s f/2.8



1/250s f/2.8



1/125s f/2.8



1/125s f/2.8



1/250s f/2.8 Iso 800


Then I tested on my room mate as there is no models around - bad lighting though but it was alright to shoot.










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wow!!! really great photos, roentarre!
great lens - colors, sharpness, dof, bokeh... and also the photographer!
you must be also strong to hold this heavy beauty...
can you tell us what was the price?
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In BHphoto was 5600 US dollars.

I got mine from American website called kohscamera.com where I bought it for US2090 dollars. It was brand new unused with no blemishes and no wear on the tripod mount.

You know that usually the metal hood would have the paint loss after repeatedly being used. There was none so it was brand new.

The box was brand new as well and I was so happy that i got the gem. But It is still not that handy to hunt birds with it. Great for stationary objects. So I guess I would have to continue the treasure hunt again on line
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Can't wait to see it and try it out ;-)

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lucky joele!

It's great lens with great price..
Good shooting, roentarre!
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Awesome Lens James, and it's huge!!
Great shots with excellent results.
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Hi Scott and kjask, the lens is 3.2 kg weight and it is really heavy. The manual focus ring is easy to use, not tight and it is smooth. If I was ever trying to do birding photography with it, monopod is essential. I will give it a go later on.

The depth of field is really hard to get a hang of it. A tiny move on the manual focus could blur the subject easily. If I need to hand hold this heavy lens and snap a shot, I would need to have the speed above 1/200 at least with SR.

One funny thing about this lens is that it clicked violently when snapping a photo. Even on a tripod with timed clock, the camera body shakes like a hip hop artist dancing on the floor. Long exposure is out of question...
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Ohh yeah forgot to say, good to see it arrived OK after all that stress ;-)

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Great photos!
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I thought this must have been a scam too...

QuoteOriginally posted by joele Quote
Ohh yeah forgot to say, good to see it arrived OK after all that stress ;-)
At least I got one good lens after all the drama i had over last few weeks of internet shopping of pentax lenses...

This is the only good outcome so far.

But No Sweat No Sweet + No Pain No Gain. Confuscious says that

Hi Edvina, these shots are acceptable. I snapped about 200 shots and only managed to pick these few to post.... I need to practice more
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James- you didn't tell me you were expecting a new addition to the family!

Great job on tracking this beauty down.

If it turns out to be too much of a chore hauling it around, I know a guy who would love to use it as an exercise aid...
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Hehe Tom, I still have secrets

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James- you didn't tell me you were expecting a new addition to the family!

Great job on tracking this beauty down.

If it turns out to be too much of a chore hauling it around, I know a guy who would love to use it as an exercise aid...
I do not mind to lose a few kilos and build up some biceps and triceps - more popular with big mucle in the girl crowd. Hope I would not get rotator cuff injury too soon for my age.

Thank you for suggesting the FA* 300 f4.5 on ebay. I actually decided to get DFA 300/4.5 instead. Patience is everything in pentax world. I am going to enrole a birding tour with Joele after new year. Stay tuned. (btw I love your cat photos in the quiz section)
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awesome good for you
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I think we can all look forward to a shirt off picture of you this next June showing us a clear example of a very enlarged left arm compared to the not so big right arm with the caloused index finger.
Have lots of fun with this big boy. Look forward to your posts.
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Clarence-

Speak for yourself!

I have no interest in seeing a semi-nude shot of James...

James- I wonder if the DFA 300 might not be available until 2008 -TOO long to wait, no?
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