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New to me 400mm - Redpoll
Lens: A-400 mm Camera: K-5 Photo Location: Whitney, Ontario, Canada ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/750s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: normhead, 02-24-2013, 11:28 AM

I drove around most of Southern Ontario yesterday, buying and picking up this old A-400. It's manual focus, but for a 400mm lens it's light and easy to carry.

The lens.



The first good image from it. I have to say, despite the manual focus and slow 5.6 aperture, it's already a favourite. Majour purple fringing though when used with the Pentax 1.7 TC.

This bird was maybe 12 feet away, and the image isn't cropped. On my 27 inch monitor tiny little the redpoll is the size of a hawk.

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QuoteOriginally posted by First Poster Quote
I drove around most of Southern Ontario yesterday, buying and picking up this old A-400. It's manual focus, but for a 400mm lens it's light and easy to carry.
Great lens - used to use mine with CIF/Trap enabled and focus was spot on. Great pic BTW...
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Thanks for the comment Joe.
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Terrific shot Norm! Looks like you've got another great lens.

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Very nice shot ... and have fun with the 400mm ... J
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Great lens - used to use mine with CIF/Trap enabled and focus was spot on. Great pic BTW...
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Terrific shot Norm! Looks like you've got another great lens.
Thanks, this one has been a long time coming, it started with the Sigma 120-400 that I eventually returned, a few years ago... now that I have it, I have to say, it's better than I was expecting.
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Looks like a keeper Norm.My Bigma has to stay home for my upcoming vacation.It takes up too much space and weight.---charliezap
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looks like you already have it dialed in Norm, looks a bit big to hand hold?

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Nicely done, Norm. Looks like that is a "well used" tripod. An oldie, but a goodie?
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Looks like a keeper Norm.My Bigma has to stay home for my upcoming vacation.It takes up too much space and weight.---charliezap
It hangs on your shoulder real nice zapper, looks like a fashion accessory

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looks like you already have it dialed in Norm, looks a bit big to hand hold?
It's a nice size to hand hold, but it's still 400 mm.It was hard enough getting it steady on the tripod.

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Nicely done, Norm. Looks like that is a "well used" tripod. An oldie, but a goodie?
It's the tripod that just won't die. The one I bought to replace it, is long gone, I have a ball head that goes with me,Tess has a much better tripod. This one I leave set up on the kitchen now. It doesn't get out much. If I'm sitting in the kitchen having a coffee watching the birds at the feeder,it's a great choice. No need to pack it up when we go out.
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Nice! I've got one of those. It's a great all-arounder!
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Nice! I've got one of those. It's a great all-arounder!
There's probably a perfectly good reason there isn't a modern equivalent of this lens. I just can't think for the life of me, what it might be. Equivalent to 600mm, on FF for a fraction the price on APS-c. It's a lens that should sell APS-c cameras.
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Sharp photo + colour rendition quite good. I've got the 55-300, but I've been looking for a 400mm as of late....for the extra focal length.

I envy you on your purchase of this fine 400mm.
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Sharp and detailed shot Norm. Love what you can do with that lens.
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Sharp photo + colour rendition quite good. I've got the 55-300, but I've been looking for a 400mm as of late....for the extra focal length.

I envy you on your purchase of this fine 400mm.
I have the DA*60-250, which I love, but this is longer.

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Sharp and detailed shot Norm. Love what you can do with that lens.
Thanks slopez.... good to see you're back.
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