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One from this morning using my newly acquired Tamron 1.4 TC with the Pentax 55-300, on the K3. Handheld.

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A few random DA 55-300 shots.

Butterfly



Bird (I'm sorry both of these were shot at Butterfly World in Florida and I don't know the variety of bird or butterfly).



Macaw



I guess the one comment I would make about the DA 55-300 is probably an obvious one, but it does need a lot of light to get the best results. I own the DA *200 as well and at f8, you would be hard pressed to tell the two apart, but at wider apertures, the DA 55-300 doesn't stand up. I ended up shooting these photos at iso 1600 to 3200 purely to allow me to stop down. But that seems to work better than shooting at f5.6.
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Impressive photos folks. Carol, you caught the chickadee's expression just right there. They're tough little critters and among my favorites. Elisha, I grew up wanting a horse so badly I could hardly stand it, but with a small training track not far away I was able to enjoy these dignified and beautiful animals all summer. You captured their dignity and beauty wonderfully. Ron, I'm impressed with the sharpness and lack of noise in your colorful photos. The Macaw's eye is very expressive.

I often end up using my DA 55-300mm ED for river pictures because I'm fascinated by the current and movement of water, and how the waveforms appear when caught at different shutter speeds. In this one excursion to the river, I was on a high bank with lots of trees in the foreground, so the long lens let me get past the boughs to concentrate on different waveforms and their reflections. Here are two favorites from this trip:

Autumn Reflected Pentax K-200D, DA 55-300mm @ 135mm, 1s, f/27, ISO 100, tripod, cropped.




Waveform Pentax K-200D, DA 55-300mm @ 300mm, 1/2s, f/27, ISO 100, tripod, cropped.

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Thank you, Tamia!!! I'm partial to them, big goofs that they are. And I LOVE that first shot of yours! It would look fantastic as a great big canvas, IMO!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Elisha Quote
Thank you, Tamia!!! I'm partial to them, big goofs that they are. And I LOVE that first shot of yours! It would look fantastic as a great big canvas, IMO!
Thanks, Elisha! Keep up the good work with your big goofs. Horses are special!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tamia Quote
. Carol, you caught the chickadee's expression just right there. They're tough little critters and among my favorites.
Tamia, thank you! They are indeed tough little critters to get a decent photo of, as they flit here and there so quickly! I love your river photos, beautiful!

Here's some from yesterday, again using the 1.4xTC; handheld.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I guess the one comment I would make about the DA 55-300 is probably an obvious one, but it does need a lot of light to get the best results. I own the DA *200 as well and at f8, you would be hard pressed to tell the two apart, but at wider apertures, the DA 55-300 doesn't stand up. I ended up shooting these photos at iso 1600 to 3200 purely to allow me to stop down. But that seems to work better than shooting at f5.6.
This is my experience too (comparing the FA*300 f4.5). Flash helps; it lets me shoot at f8 and low ISO. If the light is good, and the subject is not too distant, without pixel peeping I can forget that this DA-L 55-300 cost only about $A150.

Silvereyes:


Grey fantails:






Bassian Thrush:


Eastern Yellow Robin (immature):


Little Corellas:


Brown Thornbill:


Bush rat:

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Trying out new K-70 with 55-300 DAL










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QuoteOriginally posted by Des Quote
This is my experience too (comparing the FA*300 f4.5). Flash helps; it lets me shoot at f8 and low ISO. If the light is good, and the subject is not too distant, without pixel peeping I can forget that this DA-L 55-300 cost only about $A150.

Silvereyes:


Grey fantails:


Bassian Thrush:


Eastern Yellow Robin (immature):


Little Corellas:


Brown Thornbill:


Bush rat:
Some very nice shots indeed!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jgnfld Quote
Trying out new K-70 with 55-300 DAL
Same sensor as K-3 - I find the extra pixels and no AA-filter provides a noticeable improvement in performance with the 55-300 over the K-30. (Faster and more accurate AF helps too.) Nice shots - enjoy!

QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
Some very nice shots indeed!
Thanks @Rondec.
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A few shots of new spring growth - and a chicken.
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Considering image quality does DAL 55-300mm much of the diferance from this DA 55-300mm?
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QuoteOriginally posted by artistas Quote
Considering image quality does DAL 55-300mm much of the diferance from this DA 55-300mm?
They are optically the same, so there should be no difference in IQ (barring sample variation).

I just acquired a DAL 55-300 myself - quite a nice lens, even though I'm not much of a long-zoom user.
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