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08-31-2008, 03:17 AM   #1
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I'm thinking of bying DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM

I have read the lens-review about this lens. And I really want it. But I thought I should ask if there is any other lens I rather should choose. I want a good tele but it is not cheap in Norway, actually I have just found one dealer in Norway with this lens. And the pris is not what I want to bye it for.

I have searched the internet and found some dealers in the U.S but I'm not a fan of buying from dealers I don't know. Any recommendations?

08-31-2008, 03:46 AM   #2
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You could also look at the Sigma/Tamron lineup for your telephoto. Many of their products are surprisingly good. The Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 will come out in Pentax mount next month (I think); if you're into zoom lenses.
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Well, I was thinking of a prime. But I don't know. Isn't the sigma 300mm higher in prise?
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I've had a play and to be honest It's not that much different from the 200mm except the stop slower and it has a tripod mount and is quite a bit heavier but you can still manage handheld shots etc. Whats your plan for it?

My photos here: http://dopeytree.com/client-area/pentax

half way down on page 4-6 pages 7-9 are shot with the 200mm in london...I foudn the 300mm to heavy and just too far a focal length to be usefull but it all depends on what your going to be using the lens for I guess.

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Well, I donít know actually:P
I just want a prime tele and Iím interested in sport-photography and thought 300mm might be a good lens for this?
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I guess so but I've never done any sport stuff so I wouldn't know but I can imagine it could be a bit annoying with a tripod/monopod i think i'd go for the 200mm f2.8 but meh its your choice. See what others say
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I guess:/ I appressiate your help. I will take a look at the 200 mm f/2,8
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the sigma 100-300mm is an excellent lens

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just had a thought, are you sure you want a prime for sport you'll probably get more decent photos with a zoom otherwise you'll have to move all over the place to follow the action. What sport are we talking about anyway?
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Yes, I think your right. Well, I'm still a student and there is no main sport!
But I'll take a closer look at the sigma 100-300 I don't know what you people think, but 1771 dollars is alot of money.:/ That is the only pris in Norway
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if you want to shoot sport - but you don't know which sport - don't get a 300mm prime. You will be very disappointed. Get the 200mm F/2.8. It is a better lens, it will be MUCH easier to shoot and it will be useful in more situations for more sports.

The DA*200mm belongs in all discussions about "what is the greatest lens Pentax has ever produced"
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I had a look at the Sigma website, and it mentions the new 70 to 200 f2.8 is available this week. I wil be buying one.
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i'd go for the 200/300 DA*s or the sigma 100-300
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If you don't need autofocus, the A* 300mm is more compact and much cheaper (when they are available). I'm actually considering offering mine for sale (I very rarely use tele's).
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Maybe you should go to the store that has the DA*300 and talk to the Pentax salesman. Maybe he will give you a better price. It doesn't hurt to try at least.
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