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05-19-2008, 06:30 PM   #1
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55-300mm goes to the ZOO!!

Well first real test of the 55-300mm for myself.
An overcast outing at the zoo.
I'll only post 2 or 3 here as this is just for lense discussion, and put some others up in the photo forums.
Some interesting observations at the Zoo...
There were more DSLR camera's than I've ever seen there today... It seemed every 3rd camera was a DSLR.
Nikon was the vast majority probably 85% of all the Dslr's I saw, a few Canon's but not as many as I would have suspected. I saw No sony's and 1 olympus... I did see One pentax user, but than i realised it was a mirror
One other note, I am very new to Raw processing, so dont blame the lense for any processing errors.....






I for one am VERY happy with the way this lense performed.... Especially on a day where I found myself at 300mm and F5 or 6



05-19-2008, 06:34 PM   #2
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These are very impressive! Looks more and more likely that I'll get this lens soon!
05-19-2008, 06:41 PM   #3
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Great shots! Great lens!
Thanks for sharing.
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To be honest I did not know what to expect from this lense today, but I am extremely happy with it!

05-19-2008, 07:14 PM   #5
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now I am curious...

Great images!

This is a possibly great travel lens in my mind: it can do landscape and some wildlife work if I'm simply traveling and not doing a serious shoot or competition. I love the optics of my DA 50-200 and it's an incredible specimen in terms of optical quality, AFAIK. It's a wonderful travel lens. I think a little more reach might be an even better consideration... a tripod collar would be even better, but it's pretty light compared to a 300/2.8!

I am curious: did you notice any softness at either end of the focal lengths, and how did they look at 100%? Downsizing always makes an image appear sharper (I am in no way criticizing your images). Thoughts?

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Marc

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05-19-2008, 07:16 PM   #6
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I think that the lenses strength is at the long end of the zoom. TO be honest I have not really tested it at wide end.
I really like the idea of this lense for travel, as its very small for a 300mm and comes with its own little pouch!
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QuoteOriginally posted by bwield Quote
I think that the lenses strength is at the long end of the zoom. TO be honest I have not really tested it at wide end.
I really like the idea of this lense for travel, as its very small for a 300mm and comes with its own little pouch!
Encouraging news - the pouches are always a nice extra measure of protection in the bag! Can you keep me posted on it's performance at the wide end?

Thank you,
Marc
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Very nice! Love the shot of the tiger drinking and the hanging monkey.

It's been very quite on the forum in regards to this lens of late. Has anyone who has a pre-order with Adorama had it ship since the first batch went out?

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Can I please get a breather here and not see so many great pics from lenses I had not considered just a few weeks ago!

MY LBA is already bad enough for everything else!
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