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03-05-2014, 06:40 PM - 1 Like   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by jddwoods Quote
Quietness of SDM helps but the faster aperture and better sharpness really helped.
Good point about quietness - the silent nature of the DA*300 is great for wildlife of any kind.

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Thanks everyone for your time, your opinions and the great photos that you posted. You have certainly given me a lot to think about (in a short period of time - sale ends tomorrow!) The images that were posted that were shot with the DA 300 are excellent. But there were also some good ones with the 55-300. Of course the most sound advice in the responses is to wait 1 year (hell will I even be into birding in 3 months?) and shoot with the 55-300 until then. But LBA is strong! I do know that I would not regret buying the 300 if a 100-400 came out, because that lens will most likely be much heavier and the 300 is already at my max weight for something that I will actually carry around.I figure the 300 and the new TC (if it is any good) will give me enough reach for the level that I will be at. As for the 70-200 2.8 that currently have - well it is just collecting dust and I feel like I should sell it and get something that will see more action. I feel like I could safely sell that and get something in the 100-150mm range and the 300mm and be happy. I am also attracted to the close up abilities of the 300mm for larger insects & flowers. I better start thinking!
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Since you have some time, you might see if you can get some additional information on the performance of the 70-200 with a TC, which of course would be another way to get to 300/4.
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I've had both mentioned lenses plus both of the Tamron 70-300's, the Adaptall SP 300/2.8 and the SP 80-200/2.8 and have used each with the Tamron Pz-AF 1.4x TC. All can do credible work under the right conditions -- but if 300mm, with or without the TC, is your goal the D*300/4 simply can't be beat for IQ. It's one of those fine lenses I'll never regret owing and the high ISO bodies enhance its value.

They ALL have a significant learning curve to get the best out of them but the best one is the one you can afford and have in hand when the 'keeper' shots occur.

If $$$ became an issue I'd keep the SP 80-200 (about $240?) and not feel too limited with a K5. If immediate finances weren't an issue I'd keep my DA*300 knowin' it would always be worth what I had in it and enjoy the results.

The only down side would be the fixed focal length if it was the only long lens and the inherent necessity to "frame with your feet" when that wasn't practicable.

[And, Normhead, thank you for using the word "framing", rather than zooming, with one's feet, - that's a distinction as important as the concept of perspective IMO.]

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Thanks again for the advice. I decided to put the 300mm purchase on hold and see if I will stick with birding. I couldn't think of another immediate use for the lens. Hopefully it will be on sale again for black friday. I did pick up the 100 WR Macro to play with so that should be fun.

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