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10-29-2012, 01:42 PM   #16
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In spite of the negative posts using the DA*300/4 for BIF, I can tell you one thing: this is my only "long" lens and it can very capable of doing this sort of thing.
Perhaps some users don't know how to use it properly, but that is another story.
Personally, this is the best lens I have owned, although I wish for a loger focal at times.

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Most taken with the DA*300/4 and the K5, some with the K7, some with the K20D.

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10-29-2012, 02:00 PM   #17
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No worries Dan, I knew what you meant.
Meanwhile, the local Pentax dealer is having a Sigma day sometime in the next three weeks or so.
They asked me which lenses I would like to test for the day as the Sigma rep is willing to bring up loners.
Well then, no reason to go low, I will be testing the 300 2.8 and the 500 4.5
Until then I am keeping my eyes open for a used Pentax 250-600.

Hey Dan, how did you like the picture of the Hawk? Considering the limitation of the DA* 65-250 I thought overall the camera performed pretty well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by guidoc Quote
Until then I am keeping my eyes open for a used Pentax 250-600.
I bid on one at auction that eventually went for over 7K.

QuoteOriginally posted by guidoc Quote
They asked me which lenses I would like to test for the day as the Sigma rep is willing to bring up loners.
Check out the new Sigma 70-200 2.8 and the SIgma 8-16 for me, if you can... (once again, it's all about me).
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This was taken with the DA* 60-250. Picture came out very clear, but that is easy when the bird let's you close. The problem I've had is that 250 mm is just not enough,


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Having now shot the 560mm alongside the F*250-600mm, my money would definitely go into the zoom for BIF. There is hardly anything in it in terms of IQ and there is absolutely no substitute for having the zoom range if you lose track of a bird in the viewfinder, just pull back to make it easier to find.

As to the WR issue, buy a jacket for it. It's certainly not been a problem for me in the UK!
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tracking

have you found the Pentax sensor shift to work well when tracking a bird?
I am asking because if I can't find a used 250-600 I will need to decide between a Sigma 500 vs a Canon 500 (I own various Canon bodies).
My preference would have been to save the money and buy the Sigma. I would do so if I had some evidence that the sensor shift would work well with it. If not I would look for a used 500 L F4.
My goal is to move away form Canon for cost purposes, just can't see spending over $10K on lenses.
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can you post a picture off of your 250-600? anything you are proud of would do but my preference would be a BIF.
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To be honest, I've always left the SR on so cannot give you an honest answer to how well it works.

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great pictures

good shots, thank you for posting them.
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did you guys know that Sigma disables the distance limiter on the Pentax version of the 500 mm?
this is crazy, that is a major feature, why would you want to do that?
it also does not come with the HSM motor.
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Pentax 560 mm is just over 20 inches without the lens hood, what were they thinking? Both Nikon and Canon 500 mm are about 15 inches. What bag, or even if there is one who would want to carry, a 20 inch lens plus camera attached?
It seems as if Pentax is relying on the used lens market to keep its base going. Well, there are no 400, 500 0r 600 mm available at the moment, what do we do, just wait?
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Danny, I went to your website to take a look at your pictures, hope you don't mind.
Are most taken with a Pentax?
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The pentax 1.7x afa on the da300mm is a good combo for af speed. It acts as a focus limiter and has faster screwdrive af (needs a lot of light ). The newest pentax body I had was a k20d, and it was nowhere close to the canon 400mm f5.6 or 300mm f2.8 though. It shold work on the 60-250mm, but I never had that lens. I got tired of waiting and got the sigma 100-300mm f4 instead. (that one is pretty fast too)
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QuoteOriginally posted by guidoc Quote
Danny, I went to your website to take a look at your pictures, hope you don't mind.
Are most taken with a Pentax?
Of course I don't mind but please excuse the mess as the site was recently hacked. (Warning if you have a Wordpress site, keep it upto date and backed up!)

All pics on the site were taken with Pentax kit, have never had anything else.
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great pictures

good on you brother, lots of great skill exhibited.
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