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03-27-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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DA* 200mm or DA*300mm

I want to get a long prime lens and was looking at either the DA*200mm or 300mm. I know it depends on my shooting needs, but which would be better. I am planning to do some more wildlife photography and the 300mm might be better, but I like that the 200mm is a faster lens.

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03-27-2012, 10:13 AM   #2
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I just had a thread open pretty much on the same thing - my descision is ending up to be both lenses, the 200 and the 300 as I will use both of them for field sports, use the 300 for wildlife shooting and use the 200 for indoor event shooting.
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I've owned both, and they really are different. If you're shooting with a K-5 then f/4 is not a problem. The DA* 200 is actually a really good portrait/sports lens, while the DA* 300 is fantastic for wildlife/nature.
03-27-2012, 10:41 AM   #4
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If your willing to wait, you can get the 200mm and wait for the new 1.4 TC...then you'll have the equivalent of a 280mm f4.
Of course, according to the lens roadmap, its not scheduled to be released until next year at some point.

03-27-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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By general acclaim both are excellent lenses. (I have the 200 but not the 300.) The 200 is of course more compact. It doesn't have a tripod collar but then it doesn't need one. The extra stop of speed is undoubtedly nice to have, but 200mm is pretty short for most wildlife work. Successful wildlife photography is largely about getting close to your subject, but even when quite close 300mm is a more generally useful focal length for wildlife.

There's an A* 300/2.8 on the marketplace -- been up for a while and perhaps the seller is open to offers. A heavy lens, outside the range of comfortable hand held shooting for most, and of course manual focus. But IMO you will often want a mono- or tripod for this stuff anyway, and to manually fine-tune the focus for a lot of shots even with an AF lens.
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I shoot wildlife and have a bunch of things I have collected over time, this includes,
- a vivitar MC 400mm F5.6 manual focus,
- a sigma APO 70-200 F2.8 EX with both 1.4x and 2x TCs
- an SMC(K) 300 F4 which I use exclusively with the 1.7x AF TC
- a tamron adaptall II 200-500 F5.6
- a celestron C90 scope (1000mm F11)

here's what I used most, the sigma with the teleconverters, followed by the K300/4 with the Auto focus TC.

the tamron is 3rd on my list, but it is when I am serious about going birding because at almost 3 kilo's it is tripod bound. the sigma zoom and the K300 even with teleconverters attached giving 400 and 500mm respectively are hand holdable or useable with a monopod. The K5 High ISO performance helps as does shake reduction, but lately I have been shooting TAV mode with auto iso set to 100-5400 range, and the tamron set to F5.6 and 1/500 (really this equates to F11)

for me, 300mm is an entry point, but the DA300 and 1.7x AF converter play well together from all the posters who have that pair
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To both of them.

You'll own both eventually so go ahead and do it now. Afterall, the world's going to end on 12/12/2012, so why wait!

Seriously, I love both of these lenses. 200 is good for indoor arenas. 300 is nice for outdoors. IQ from both is outstanding.
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Thanks for everyones advise! Just waiting for my tax refund. I wish I could get both at this time, but have to pick one for now. Leaning towards the 300 since I have the 50-135mm.

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I just pulled the trigger on the DA*300mm! Abes of Maine still had it listed at the lower price, $1,114. Both B&H and Adorama had it at 1,399. Plus, Abes of Maine participates in iGive. A great way to support your favorite charity.

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