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09-25-2008, 10:41 PM   #1
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Is the *400/2.8 ED a good tool to have in ones chest?

Well, yes...

I miss this lens...

This is Yannick Noah at the US Open in New York. I shot this photo from the very top spectator row of the stadium court looking down on the second grandstand court with a tightly wound camera strap on my Pentax LX and Pentax 400/2.8 ED. This was a great manual focus lens. I love Pentax gear. Film was glorious Kodachrome 64!!! This was from way up high but I was looking right down on the action. If I had dropped my camera and lens it probably would have hit poor Noah in the face...


09-26-2008, 05:36 AM   #2
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wow, nice photo!
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One of the nicest shots I've seen in a while!!!
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Wow...they let you in with that bazooka in a bag? LOL.
How much did you have to crop that? I took a photo at 300mm and the player definitely didn't fill the frame...

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Its pretty tight actually. I cropped some of the top part but its very tight side to side. I wish there was a little more room the right side by his hand...

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WOW again what a great shot!!! How did you get that angle. Looks like your shooting from the blimp
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That is just stunning shot and on film. Hard to do that on the slow film as well
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wow, really great.

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Very unique perspective!
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Great shot, very inspiring
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Is that a ball in his pocket or had he just seen your Pentax?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Arpe Quote
Is that a ball in his pocket or had he just seen your Pentax?
Unbelievable shot!
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Wonderful shot!!
Have you ever seen last time a 400/2.8 sold?
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Thanks for the thumbs up everyone!

How about another shot from the "A" 400/2.8 ED files?

In the early mid 90's I spent three months in Namibia and South Africa.

One of the highlights was spending a full day following a mother cheetah while she taught her three cubs how to kill during a hunt. This series of images were taken in a large shared private game reserve in eastern South Africa. A game ranger and an expert Shangaan Zulu tracker (seated on the front bumper) in a small Land Rover made this rare opportunity possible. There were only four people in the vehicle (my girlfriend being the fourth.) The reserve was new and there were no other vehicles around which was great. I got to say "can we drive over there?" and the ranger would. It was amazing how the cheetahs simply ignored us. We did keep a safe distance as not to wreck the successful hunt.

Here the female cheetah strikes a classic pose during the hunt for food for her three cubs. This really was one of of those "once in a lifetime moments..."

I had the 400 in my lap with a short monopod. This shot was taken on Kodachrome 64, shot at 1/500th at 5.6 I believe.

PS: this photo is copyrighted and any private use is prohibited.


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[regarding the 1st shot] Talk about flattening of the perspective! Fantastic shot!

QuoteOriginally posted by Djteddy Quote
Wonderful shot!!
Have you ever seen last time a 400/2.8 sold?
According to the 400/2.8 comes up for sale a few times a year, whereas the 600/4 only about once in several years. As there was someone selling one of those 600s on this board this past year, I guess I won't see that one again for a while. Fingers crossed for seeing a good condition A* 400/2.8 in the future. Seems to be a perfect mate to put the 1.7x AF TC onto an leave there.

Not that I "need it" with what I have being close enough and good enough... but it isn't about "need" now is it!

Great hearing about that trip. The one dis-appointing thing about the national parks in Tanzania was the restriction to staying on the roads. However, my big gun & TCs still did an admirable job for me, as you can see in the link in my sig if you care.

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