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04-16-2008, 02:04 AM   #1
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DA* 300 Impressions

Got the lens yesterday. A handfull, noticeably heavier than the DA* 200 though it still balances well. Here're a couple of Moon shots from a while ago, hand-held (I removed the tripod mount.) The '500' is with the 1.7TC...........I'm going to like this lens!


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04-16-2008, 04:37 AM   #2
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Nice, this lens is my tax refund purchase.
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Refund? What's a refund? mumble, grumble, mumble, grumble. Stoopid taxes!
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Don't 'stimulate' me to answer that............... (8- (~

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QuoteOriginally posted by John Kovarik Quote
Got the lens yesterday. A handfull, noticeably heavier than the DA* 200 though it still balances well. Here're a couple of Moon shots from a while ago, hand-held (I removed the tripod mount.) The '500' is with the 1.7TC...........I'm going to like this lens!


300 Moon on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

500 Moon on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
The 300mm moon is very nice. Some slight strange colors on the "mare" north-west.
The 500mm moon seems to have motion blur. With a TC, SR is not effective and shutter speed may have been above 1/1000...

Are both 100% crops from the K20D?
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The Moon shots must be resized because this is a 100% crop from my M 80-200 at 200mm ... a 300 and 500 should be a fair bit bigger.

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Yes, those are cropped, though I am not certain of the percentage. I ran them through Picasa rathe than elements, and uploaded to Flickr. They were handheld and the 500 does show a little shakiness - it was cold on the balcony in me skivies! I was really only verifying functionality of lens + 1.7TC.

The 300, by the way had an insert announcing the HOYA name change and, unlike the 200 came with the correct, updated manual............
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Nice 300mm shot. Can you post some daytime shots of non-moving targets?

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Well, Tbear, here's one. The subject is unmoving but not inanimate, and some may call the shade 'taupe'. Shot thru a double-pane window.................

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QuoteOriginally posted by John Kovarik Quote
Well, Tbear, here's one. The subject is unmoving but not inanimate, and some may call the shade 'taupe'. Shot thru a double-pane window.................

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Thanks, John, the photos are getting more and more helpful. Now I am going to be bold and ask for some daytime photos not shot through windows.
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Ok,Tbear here are two more, handheld, Tv setting.........one inanimate. Tell me what you are looking for, and what you find?

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QuoteOriginally posted by John Kovarik Quote
Ok,Tbear here are two more, handheld, Tv setting.........one inanimate. Tell me what you are looking for, and what you find?

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Thanks for posting those, John. Still hard for me to evaluate the lens, but I'm getting a better feel with each new post I see. I'm into birding so I would really appreciate it if you could snap a few of the local sparrow, cardinal or whatever you got in your yard.

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OK serious question here.

I have the Bigma now and have shot great shots and not so great shots. Is the new 300 f/4 that much better of a lens than my Bigma?

I know it will considerably faster but will not reach out as far. so is it worth 1300$ when I already have a Bigma????
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cvrn Quote
OK serious question here.

I have the Bigma now and have shot great shots and not so great shots. Is the new 300 f/4 that much better of a lens than my Bigma?

I know it will considerably faster but will not reach out as far. so is it worth 1300$ when I already have a Bigma????
I bought the f*300mm over the bigma for its excellent resolution\sharpness. the DA*300mm is it's latest incarnation, f4.0 vs f4.5, weather sealed and focuses faster. I actually bought 2 f*300's on ebay, first for $1250, second for $730 by accident. resold the first for under what i paid. even at $1250, i would never have given it a second thought after seeing the images from it. the DA with its added features seems like a bargain to me and with a 1.4x tc, i suspect the image sharpness will surpass the bigma at the long end. if i owned the bigma, i'd wait a while for a price drop in the DA300 and then swap them out (unless i was really dis-satisfied with the bigma images).
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Well, Tbear here are two more; one, at least has feathers...........I hope these suit your needs.
Sorry about the delay, been bizzy..........these were run thru Picasa, cropped only........

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