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07-08-2009, 04:44 PM   #16
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I'm thinking more about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Pentax AF ....

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I use a 17mm fisheye..... I like a challenge.
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QuoteOriginally posted by raymeedc Quote
I use a 17mm fisheye..... I like a challenge.

I second? hah hah.
07-08-2009, 09:37 PM   #19
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Birds live in the great outdoors

I chose the DA*300, mostly just for the weatherproofing. Unfortunately this won't be useful if you add a non-weatherproof TC or older body.
The DA*300 certainly feels like a class act, is just small enough for hand holding in a wide range of situations and has mostly nice optical qualities. For shooting into bad light, it is sensational. If I had a bigger lens I would miss lots of shots because the lens would be in a bag somewhere instead of welded onto the camera.

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Trigger pulled on DA*300 (I have tamron 1.4x if needed for more reach)

When Pentax releases another longer focal lens, like DA*400 or 500, if I need it I will get it

(expensive hobby ....)
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Well I had a little play with one of the other Melbourne member's Sigma 50-500mm the other day and quite liked the results so will probably grab one in the next few weeks. Like Netuser I can't wait till Pentax pulls finger and puts out some decent long tele lenses and the Pentax 300 f4 just doesn't seem long enough for me especially as my 55-300 gets to the same length with decent results.
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All these large lenses would be quiet heavy to carry, sometimes you may have to change your place quickly or move quickly to follow a bird, so just consider that you may have to shoot without a tripod, lighter combinations maybe helpful in those type of conditions. Last month I was taking pictures of Himalayan vultures & I had to follow them for about a mile on foot.

It should also depend on what kind of bird you want to shoot, for some birds you can get close enough to shoot with 100mm. for some others ~500mm.
Still Sigma100-300 f/4 with a good TC is a nice option.
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I use and have quite an array of both Prime and Zoom lenses and most discussion go on about zooming with your feet. Probably 60% of my photo's are of moving objects, Wild life, Birds, Automobiles or me driving down the road shooting scenery from a moving vehicle and all too often, when I have a 300 or prime on the shot is too close and no time to move back or forward 29/30 ft. My Sigma 50-500mm is plenty sharp enough through it's entire range. After using it for last 10 months I am shooting more manual focus at 400-500 than auto. Panning and SR. seem to conflict with each other at upper magnification. Happens the same with My Phoenix 100-400mm. jim


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