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03-22-2009, 01:29 PM   #16
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And what if you found a good offer on a mint condition FA*300mm? Would you still prefer the DA* version? I know you all would say that it depends on the price difference, so we are talking about USD200 cheaper.

About the DA*, do you use it mainly on a tripod or hand held?

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QuoteOriginally posted by cooldude14es Quote
And what if you found a good offer on a mint condition FA*300mm? Would you still prefer the DA* version? I know you all would say that it depends on the price difference, so we are talking about USD200 cheaper.

About the DA*, do you use it mainly on a tripod or hand held?

Thanks.
I would dearly miss a tripod collar though the F* has a nice one, I use a monopod mostly.
Here is a shot from this am with the DA300 a 8x10 crop and a 100% at 640 iso - I get good results with the 1.7x too if the light is good




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Hmmm, I bought my DA* for $1145 or so, $1150 including shipping if I recall. At that time there were F*,FA*'s going for $900 to $1000. I would have bought the F*, preferably just for the tripod collar, or FA* for $700 to $750. Now that, for the time being at least, no telling where the prices are going, you can get a DA* for around $900 to $950 if you look hard enough I probably would have to see the F or FA's in the $600 range if I were to do it all over. The DA* just has to much going for it, tripod collar, weather sealed, SDM focusing. Some people seem to do much better hand holding it than I, although this morning I did a lot better although I was braced in the rig with the lens sticking out the window in the rain, yes, more frigging rain this weekend:-(. But with this lens I didn't have to worry about the rain and that's very cool. I had it out on the tripod in a cold rain, almost snow, back in early December with no ill effects at all, I just wiped everything off when I got back in the truck.
Here's a couple from today at ISO800. Man to be able to shoot at ISO800 with the K20D is huge. I would have liked to use my flash on the geese pictures to try to get a catchlight in their eyes but didn't want to chance it in the rain.





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Great Turkey shot! Those guys can really be spooky and fast...

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Anyone using one to shoot sports?
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QuoteOriginally posted by legacyb4 Quote
Anyone using one to shoot sports?
I bought mine last year just to shoot a couple motorsport events. Works great, fast enough and sharp, and AF was pretty good on my DS. I'm sure it'll be quicker with a better body. No regrets buying it
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