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03-13-2009, 09:39 PM   #1
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LBA satiated: DA★ 300mm f4 ED [IF] SDM

I just received my brand new DA★ 300mm f4 ED [IF] SDM lens. I found it outside my door behind a potted plant. I was home but UPS never bothered to knock. Thanks for leaving my $1000 dollar lens out in the cold!

Anyways I eagerly unwrapped the box and took the lens out. First thing I noticed was the top notch build quality. Its relatively heavy at a touch over 1kg, and cold to the touch as the body is made of metal! I mounted the lens to my K20D w/ battery grip and found the combination to be a little front heavy if held in just my right hand alone. Using two hands with my left hand just in front of the tripod mount I found that I was able to hand hold this lens quite comfortably. Initial testing around my house found this lens to be very sharp wide open! It was sharp right out of the box and didn't require any focus adjustment at all. The only other lens in my collection that was perfect without adjustment was my FA 50 1.4.

Over all, I am extremely pleased with this lens. Compared to other lenses of this length and aperture, its actually pretty small and the optical and mechanical quality is amazing.

DA* 300mm f4 test shots - a set on Flickr

Please view the full size pictures at my Flickr page. They have undergone Noise Ninja, auto WB in Lightroom, and a little USM in photoshop.

The clock photo was shot handheld at iso 1600, wide open at f4, and at a shutter speed of JUST 1/40s. I was floored how well the SR worked with this lens compared to everything else I have. In fact, it actually seems easier to handhold than my 50-135mm due to the mass of the lens.

Here is how big it is compared to other items:

03-13-2009, 09:46 PM   #2
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I am VERY envious of your DA*s. Not one, not two but three! I think I would be happy with just the 50-135. Anyways your test shots are very impressive! and pretty clean for 1600 iso
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QuoteOriginally posted by yeedub Quote
Compared to other lenses of this length and aperture, its actually pretty small...
That was my impression as well.

Those DA* lenses do look shiny and pretty.
03-13-2009, 10:22 PM   #4
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yeedub: Congratulations on the Da 300. It sure is a beautiful lens---from what I can see in posted images at the forum. This makes an already-impressive lens collection even more so.

BTW, only a true LBAer could find a way to test their new 300mm (450mm on Pentax crop) in their home. Best of luck to you.

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DA* 300 looks great

that is the lens I really have a bad LBA infection to acquire.
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Nice! Love the shot of all the lenses.
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LBA my be satiated for now, but remember that it is an incurable disease, not a temporary condition. The symptoms are not totally intractable as getting a new lens MAY put it into remission for a short time but there WILL be a future exacerbation. Generally acquiring a new lens results in temporary, purely palliative, relief.
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Where is the 200*?

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Please tell me about that macro

Well Yeedub you may have stifled -your- LBA for a while but you've done nothing to relieve mine!!! For a "long" lens that DA*300 is definitely on my "short" list!

Hey, question about your set-up: How does that macro work for you with extension tubes added? (Sorry didn't want to hijack your thread..PM?) I have a Sigma 70 and wondered if that would get me more distance between lens and subject. I'm sure the magnification is increased substantially though.

Congrats on your latest acquistion!
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Sweet Jesus.

Wow what a collection.

I wonder where you got the lens hood for the FA50. I have that lens but I wasn't sure where to find a hood.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zewrak Quote
where is the 200*?

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"LBA satisfied" is an oxymoron.
You obviously haven't heard of the FA limiteds...
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Yeah haha LBA is definitely hard to cure! I still would like to get a teleconverter and the DA 12-24mm to finish my kit but I'll wait a few more months til I graduate in the summer and start working before I spend any more!

I've never really considered the DA* 200mm because I find the DA* 50-135mm to be great for indoor concerts and portraiture of all types already.

As for the FA Limited, I'll try to stay away from that drug! I considered getting one for the longest time, but found the FA 35 f2 to be an adequate substitute for my indoor shooting needs.
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Nice looking group of lenses! Where did you get that hood for your FA 50mm?
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Lens Hoods

Hi Yeedub,
I believe RonMexico asked about the lens hood on your FA 50, and I'm curious too. I assume it is the "telephoto" version of the B&W 49mm screw-in lens hood? I -just- bought the "standard" B&W hood, (which is on your FA 35), for my FA 50, and was afraid to get the telephoto version for fear of it vignetting. No problems?

Also, was there a reason you're not using the original lens hood for your FA 35? Is it not "narrow" enough given the crop factor?

Based on your reply I may either return this B&W hood in favor of the telephoto version, OR keep it for my FA 35 and get the telephoto version as well, for the FA 50. Thanks for your help!

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