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01-27-2017, 06:51 AM - 5 Likes   #24421
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QuoteOriginally posted by ivanvernon Quote
It seems there are several models of the Takumar 300mm. In Pentax Forum lens reviews, Model 1 is reviewed poorly and Model 2 quite high. This lens comes up from time to time on eBay, but I have no idea how to determine which model is being offered, and the sellers seem also to have no idea. Wondering if anyone who has detailed experience with these lenses can tell me what to look for, particularly what questions to ask the sellers in order to ascertain which model is up for sale?
Is this to collect, or to use? I wouldn't go for either model, as they are even heavier than the A 400/5.6. The Super Takumar and SMC are the way to go. I had the SuperTak 300/4 and it's very nice and sharp, although CA can be problematic. I sold mine to finance the A400, but I do miss it.

shot at f/5.6


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A few more shots from my car. K-5/FA*600mmF4ED[IF]/Eckla window mount.
This Stoat was so close that I was unable to get him all in shot.









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From my backyard blind.

K-3 and Tamron SP AF 300mm 2.8 LD [IF] and F 1.7x AF Adapter (510mm, ƒ4.5)
(there's an F 1.7x in the market place at a great price.)

640 ISO, ƒ5.6 AV (1/160s to 1/500s)

Using primes you have to guess what you are going to shoot. Right now I have a hundred or so Goldfinches out there.











When you set up for Goldfinches, even a little downy woodpecker fills the frame.


And of course there were the prerequisite squirrels....
King Squirrel is back. He comes to the closest to me tree stump, climbs up and looks in the window at me. "Dude, is there going to be peanuts today?" Unfortunately closer than minimum focusing distance.




And the second in command among squirrels at the far end of the feeder.

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Just back from a week of warmth and sunshine in Florida. I never tire of photographing the water birds down there.

Great Egret




Snowy Egret



Roseate Spoonbills



Yellow-crowned Night Heron



American White Pelican






Tricolored Heron



Anhinga



White ibis





All shot with K-3, DA*300mm + 1.4x TC

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Hang some suet sacks out a few days back which brought in chickadees and nuthatches. This pair is apparently not on chirping terms. Taken with a very old Nikon 600mm f5.6 EDIF. DOF is painfully shallow with this lens.
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@Ducatigaz - love that adorable stoat.
@normhead - my fave is the squirrel, such a cute little fella.
@jacamar - that Anhinga is a winner! An amazing shot, really enjoyed your entire series.
@wpresto - that needs to be on a Valentine's Day card, I think.
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This morning there was a brief wink of weak sunlight, and I managed to get a few mallards.


Later on we had that weird cloudiness where half of the sky is brilliant white, and the other half is dark and threatening. Got mommy, daddy, and child swans.


Both shots A 400/5.6 + 1.4x-L

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QuoteOriginally posted by jacamar Quote
Just back from a week of warmth and sunshine in Florida. I never tire of photographing the water birds down there. Great Egret
The first one in this series is by far the best. Exceptional catch of the action!

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Got out today (finally!) and found a lifer!
Good Light was not there, but at least the snow adds a little plus!

Pentax K-1 + FA*250-600 @ 250mm, f6.3, 1/1250s, 4000 ISO


Chouette lapone / Great Grey Owl [Strix nebulosa]
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That's spectacular!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
Got out today (finally!) and found a lifer!
Good Light was not there, but at least the snow adds a little plus!

Pentax K-1 + FA*250-600 @ 250mm, f6.3, 1/1250s, 4000 ISO


Chouette lapone / Great Grey Owl [Strix nebulosa]
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ISO 4000, I'd say not much light. Nice capture, Weevil
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QuoteOriginally posted by onlineflyer Quote
ISO 4000, I'd say not much light. Nice capture, Weevil
I agree!
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Good One Weevil. Congrats.
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That looks awesome. 4000 ISO is what lenses like the 250-600 have been waiting years for to give them new life. But still way to much money for me.

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Thank you all for the nice comments

QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
That looks awesome. 4000 ISO os what lenses like the 250-600 have been waiting years for to give them new life. But still way to much money for me.
Norm, you could have done this shot with your 200mm ! I was at the short end of the FA*250-600...
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