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03-26-2012, 12:23 PM   #31
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Got back from Costa Rica

I now have a new favourite lens - the DA* 300mm was just INCREDIBLE!!!! Probably was used for 1/2 to 2/3rds of the pictures I took in Costa Rica.

My Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 was hardly used at all. There were a few instances were a zoom (like the 70-200 or 60-250mm) would have been helpful as the 300mm pulled in too close, but FAR more instances where the slightly higher magnification was beneficial. Most shots ended up being shot wide open or close to wide open, so again the sharpness of the 300mm was extremely helpful. See pictures below for a few examples.

The WR turned out to be almost a non-event. Only once did I get wet - while I was INDOOR!!!! An exibit with frogs had a constant drizzle, and the K-5 with my 100mm WR was defintely needed, as I and the camera got soaked. The rest of the time, including in the cloud (rain) forest, it was beautiful weather, wit no rain.

I used the Sigma 10-20mm quite a few times, and there was a few instances where the UWA made a difference (see last picture below), but the benefit over my DA* 16-50mm was not as significant as I had expected - probably because I was so busy shooting away with the 300mm

Also someones suggestion that I got a second body was a godsend. Allowed me to have the 300mm K-5 mounted permantly, and then supplement with either the 10-20mm or 16-50mm on the K-x - the latter probably being used the most.

Thanks for all your advice!

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03-26-2012, 12:44 PM   #32
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Good choice and some wonderfull pictures
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Congratulations, so you have both an excellent series of images but also a great lens to remember the journey!
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Great shots, glad you felt well kitted with the DA300. I'm going to Costa Rica at end of summer, cant wait!

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nice photos!

i too am pondering the thought of what to add with my 70-200 with a potential trip to africa (or if i should splurge on that sigma 500 hmm)
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You'll be 51 soon. Probably need a pre-birthday present in the form of a 12-24.
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Excellent shots Hendrik and looks like you had a fabulous time - look forward to seeing many shots in the Photos forum.

Glad you took my (and Lowell's I think) advice on the back-up camera

The DA*300 is my most used lens too - it's just a superb lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chickenandavocado Quote
i too am pondering the thought of what to add with my 70-200 with a potential trip to africa (or if i should splurge on that sigma 500 hmm)
Obviously the 500mm F4.5 is in a different price league, so can't help you there. If you can afford that lens, surely you can afford the 300mm as well, so get both!!! The 300mm is easily handheld, and so much smaller it worked well as the casual "walk-around wildlife lens". Also the pictures are so sharp, I have no qualms cropping when needed. For what its worth, I used my Tamron 1.4x TC only for 2 or 3 shots, partly because I am not sure the resulting picture is better than the cropped - but I really have to test that some more. Before I left I tested the 300mm vs my Tamron 70-200mm and the 300mm were substanstially sharper than the corresponding 300mm cropped (as should be expected).


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