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10-02-2007, 01:20 PM   #1
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Getting used to heavy equipment (smc a* 300/2.8)

Hi all,
I just received my last acquisition: a smc a*300mm/2.8

Although I read only positive feedback about it, I cannot help wondering how often I'll use it. It is heavy!

Will I get used to the 3 kg weight?

What do you think?

Thanks, Syb

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Wow, congratulations on a great lens.

If you're like me, you will get used to it. Believe it or not. More importantly, all those lenses that you previously thought were 'heavy' all of a sudden become teeny tiny.

I have a Tamron 300/2.8 that is about the same size. My friend has a 600/4 that is more than twice as large. It's all relative.

(And if you don't get used to it, you can always sell it!)
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I'd love to have an A* 300mm f/2.8; I'm sure you'll get use to it. And how about showing us some sample photos taken with the lens
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Thanks for encouraging me! So far, I do not have any test pics yet, since it is night, right here right now. Maybe in a day or two, I can come up with something. Especially looking forward to combining the lens with the SMC1,7AF Teleconverter.

More to come!

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i also know what you are talking about. i recently acquired a tamron 60B 300/2.8 ands it's specs are about the same. one thing i do know is that if you have the option then get an OP/Tech pro strap and attach it to the lens. it'll make a big difference when walking or toting the lens. if the lens doesn't have swivels for a strap get them installed on the tripod mount. also a monopod works wonders.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Syb Quote
Thanks for encouraging me! So far, I do not have any test pics yet, since it is night, right here right now. Maybe in a day or two, I can come up with something. Especially looking forward to combining the lens with the SMC1,7AF Teleconverter.

More to come!

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yes--- seriously heavy but it has the speed to support a teleconverter
something the light weight ones don't. in response to your concern about using it a 'lot'---truth is I don't. --- I have an 80-320 zoom which spends more time on the camera, The biggie lives with a 2x-L converter on it and comes out when I need to reach out. It's just not a 'walking around lens'.

It takes a bit of time to set up under the best of conditions so if I have long shots in mind, i'll walk around with the 80-320---- for the quick shot, and
then scramble for the biggie if there is time.
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How's it going with the weight?

I myself was surprised how manageable I found my 5+ lb Sigma 300mm f/2.8 to be. I use this handhold most of the time:
http://www.trapagon.com/temp/LandscapeHold.jpg

However, I have a really nice to handle Monopod (need a tripod). If I ever go out with it for more then a few dozen minutes tho I use the monopod.
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First day shot

So, here it is, a day-1-shot with the SMC A* 300/2.8 and SMC 1,7AFTC. This Zeppelin (75m length, good for 12 passengers) flew around Rotterdam last week, and I was one of the lucky guys to get in there! Unfortunately the clouds were too low to allow tele-shots from the air. From the ground however, there were possibilities...

This image has been postprocessed in Microsoft Office Picture Manager: contrast was lifted to "+40". What do you think: overdone?

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I have it for 24 years !

I have bought one in 1983, yes it is a wonderful lens and I still love it.
It weight a bit but it is not an issue, but I have modified it to add a camera strap directly attached to the lens to avoid mechanical stresses on the camera body. I often use it with a 1.4 converter so I manual focus it
A comment on your picture, there is dust on your sensor (right bottom), you'd better clean if
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Your Zeppelin image is seriously underexposed IMO - a quick levels adjustment improves it significantly.
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i agree with the 2 posts above. clean the sensor and for sure get some better software than Microsoft Office Picture Manager. anything is better than that. here's a quickie in PS. and i mean quickie. hope you don't mind.

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