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08-24-2017, 02:45 PM   #16
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The DA*300 with the 1.4x TC is terrific, not too expensive and easy to carry. In good light, you can also pair it with the AF 1.7x. Anything longer &/or faster is going to be big, fairly heavy. I'm a fan of the Sigma 500/4.5: the bokeh can be a bit harsh at times but it's sharp and--while it's a bit much to lug around---it's hand-holdable in a pinch and decent light (support is always recommended at 300mm & up) It doesn't have a focus limiter though which can be annoying.

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We have answered this so many times , but it never really gets decisive.

The cheapest really good option is the DA*300 with TC.

It's been thought through quite a bit. You can dance around it, but you really can't do better.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
We have answered this so many times , but it never really gets decisive.

The cheapest really good option if the DA*300 with TC.

It's been thought through quite a bit. You can dance around it, but you really can't do better.
why settle for the cheapest

invest in the lottery and go for broke

I recently invested $5 and got back $6

at this rate that brand new HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR is so close I can taste it
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aslyfox Quote
I went on my first trip to the Gran Tetons and Yellowstone National Park in late May/early June 2017

I took a modified "Stedistock II" shoulder brace with me. It was modified by adding length to it with a cut down shot gun stock fastened to the stedistock II with duct tape. an additional screw attachment was placed into the steadistock so the big lens could be tightened down in two spots.

It was used by sitting it in the foot well of the rented SUV behind the passenger's seat and as I would stop for an unplanned shot, I would pull it out, get out of the vehicle, brace it against my shoulder and take the shot.

If there was time to set up, I would set up a tripod. Unfortunately, the travel tripod I took was not the sturdiest thing and I never trusted it very much.

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Thanks !
That is an interesting (good) solution.

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Thanks !
That is an interesting (good) solution.
Thanks for the comment

The guy who help me ran out of time and was horrified when I suggested using duct tape

It worked
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I am looking for any advise as to what would be the best option.
Thoughts and advise welcome!
So which lens(es) did you choose/buy?
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  • Pentax FA* 400mm (cheap, lightweight)
  • Pentax FA* 300mm 2.8 with 1.4x TC (fast AF, focus limiter)
  • Pentax HD DA 560mm 5.6 (silent AF, handheld possible)
  • Sigma 500mm 4.5 EX DG
I almost forgot about this thread after 2 years. I ended up getting an open box DA* 300 from B&H about a year ago. This gives me the option of 300 mm f4.0 or 420 mm f5.6 with the TC. To me the TC does not adversely affect image quality, so I got exactly what I wanted from this combination. The 150-450 was just too large and too expensive for me. If I do not need to go beyond 300 mm, the PLM is my go to lens.
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