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04-26-2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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DA* 300 Shots

This is a Tax Refund / LBA post and my contribution this month to the US economy. Yesterday we had our first hummingbird show up... today I received a package from Fed Ex... nice lens... no hummingbirds.

Ordered through Calumet.... AWESOME customer service!

Impressions
- heavier than my F*300 (it's my son's now)
- out of the box, the focus movement was a little tight, but works fine now...
- so quiet... and accurate. (I haven't used AF.C yet)
- nice bokeh, sharp throughout
- looks sweet on the camera!

I think I'm done with "investments" for a while...

Here's a few "teaser" shots... more to follow when I get out to "commune" with nature (Hopefully on Sunday)
Nothing technical here, just some stuff from around the yard to give you an idea of the rendition capabilites of the lens.

All hand-held jpegs with K20D, minimal PP. The dove shot is an approximate 50% crop
1/1250s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso160 (it was really windy, so the blooms were blowing all over, but nice at f/4)

1/1000s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso200

1/500s f/7.1 at 300.0mm iso200

1/640s f/10.0 at 300.0mm iso400


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W O W...................
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Maybe one day I will be able to get something like this.............

Great images!


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Bud,
Excellent shots. This lens looks like a real keeper. Just one question I would like to ask. Does the rear elements of the lens come all the way to the back of the lens? I would like to know because my sigma 1.4x converter extends into the lens it's attached to. Thanks in advance.

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Excellent shots Bud. The colour and sharpness is spot on! Bokeh looks good when the background isn't too busy. I just picked up the FA* 300/4.5 and wonder if these are basically the same lens. How does it seem to compare with your F?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
Excellent shots Bud. The colour and sharpness is spot on! Bokeh looks good when the background isn't too busy. I just picked up the FA* 300/4.5 and wonder if these are basically the same lens. How does it seem to compare with your F?
if you check the K-Mount page, the Optical Construction is different
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Makes sense since it's faster. I kinda figured the new 200 and 300 might be reworked versions of the older FA* series.
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Does the rear elements of the lens come all the way to the back of the lens? I would like to know because my sigma 1.4x converter extends into the lens it's attached to
I may be wrong, but I think those Sigma TCs will only work with certain Sigma APO lenses. There is a list of lenses on the Sigma site that will work with their TCs. Not even all the Sigma lenses will fit.

A more general type of teleconverter, like the Tamron, Kenko, or Pentax, may work better. And I gather that the Tamron 1.4x 4MC model is the one that allows the SDM lenses to use the SDM focusing.

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Just wanted to confirm that the quality of this lens is more than apparent on just about everything I have shot thus far. Particularly nice is the bokeh on shots taken down a stop with very high resolution and sharpness on subject. Have taken a number of frames hand held and off tripod with collar where it is nicely balanced. Extremely well built with smooth, quiet focusing and large hood that can be adjusted to accept polarizer adjustments via the filter window. I use a Hoya Pro Digital low profile circular polarizer. There is no doubt that SR is a big advantage for hand held shooting and has already demonstrated its worth on the bird shots taken to date. It is without doubt a high quality performer and not overly heavy or cumbersome in the field. In short, it is a great addition to the Pentax lineup and a joy to use.

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