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01-20-2007, 10:50 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote
I thought the new DFA 200 and 300 will be * lenses and have features of super sonic motor and weather sealed.

The cost of these gems are speculated to be in the league of competition big guns...
Well that sure is news to me!

I guess we'll find out in a few weeks


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QuoteOriginally posted by tranq78 Quote
The FA version has an AF/MF clutch that the F version doesn't have, as the tripod collar is not in the way anymore.
My F*300 has an AF/MF clutch, you pull/click the ring just below the focus ring back for MF and push it forward again to switch back to AF..

As for the tripod mount, I don't find it causes any more softness than using any long lens on a tripod.. you have to be careful (use MLU) in the 1/60 - 1/2 range for best performance as you would with any 300mm lens on a tripod...

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QuoteOriginally posted by joele Quote
My F*300 has an AF/MF clutch, you pull/click the ring just below the focus ring back for MF and push it forward again to switch back to AF..

As for the tripod mount, I don't find it causes any more softness than using any long lens on a tripod.. you have to be careful (use MLU) in the 1/60 - 1/2 range for best performance as you would with any 300mm lens on a tripod...
Thanks for clarifying that fact.

I try to use MLU whenever possible too. It is just that without a tripod mount I have to be careful about locking down my ballhead properly to prevent the framed image from shifting (drives me nuts!). I have a good quality ballhead so the shifting isn't really a problem, but it is just something I have to be more cautious about, which can slow me down a bit. That's why I want a tripod mount.
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Sure with MLU there are no problems, but shooting birds I noticed the problem. Plus, the lens is so short and not really heavy, while the tripod collar is so massive and bulky, I tend to leave it out of my bag. But I agree that is better to have, and be able to take it away, that not to have one at all, like with the FA .

Also, there is the built in retractible lens shade that is a plus in respect to the detached, reversible shade of the FA version.

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Also, there is the built in retractible lens shade that is a plus in respect to the detached, reversible shade of the FA version.
I can't believe they would ever drop that great hood design.. wonder what the new DFA will have?
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I can't believe they would ever drop that great hood design.
I concur completely. I also wouldn't trade the tripod collar for anything. It's just a better way to work.
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I guess it depends...

I have the FA*300 and feel no need for a tripod collar. The SR on my camera negates the need for a tripod for all the shooting I do, and I like to travel light when bushwahacking.
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