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07-12-2011, 10:54 PM   #16
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I think you would be hard pressed to generate $400.00 even if you sold all of your lenses, especially if your 55~300 is a DAL kit lens and I have yet to see an A*300/4.0 for $400.00. If you are satisfied with the focal lengths of your M primes, start replacing them with A equivalents one at a time. This way you are still able to shoot as normally as possible. Having only 18~55 zoom and a 300mm prime leaves gaping chasm between focal lengths that will leave you frustrated. You may have to dip deeper into your your wallet if you decide to pursue A*300/4.0 later on, but being able to shoot as you've been accustomed to and to continue doing so, is more important than saving for one long lens.
A*300/4 for 400$ is a bargain...here in EU it costs 400 EUR. It's quite steep price for MF lens....so I went for bit cheaper and optically identical M*300/4. This lenses are great, I'm often amazed by the pictures I make with M*.

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manual focusing long tele

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What I think you want: Tamron 17-50 or DA 16-45; A 50/1.7; DA55-300 (It doesn't get much better than this at 300mm until you shell out a lot more money). Manually focusing long lenses is not easy, I have a Rikenon 300/34.5 with which I miss focus all the time. Live view might help a bit, but it is hard.

Of course I don't actually have any of those lenses myself. Darn LBA!
Yeah focusing M*300/4 is also quite tricky - it has pretty long focusing throw.....so I miss lot of decisive moments while focusing and don't even take a picture....but with practice and catch in focus this can be learned - yesterday I was making pictures in zoo with it and pretty much every photo trn out to be pretty sharp. But it's not easy....i concur.
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Wow, that is one slow lense.
But it keeps it compact! When we get the K-3 with ISO 2.5 x 10*9, I'll be set.

(f/4.5, I meant)
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