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01-23-2013, 05:49 AM   #196
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QuoteOriginally posted by hakea Quote
Im getting it mixed up with the DA 55-300... wow, its around $2000
Only if you go by the self-defeating and completely stupid Maximum Assured Pricing strategy of Pentax USA. If you look at real pricing its $1,279.00 out the door via Adorama and is similarly priced at B&H.

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Or used around US$1,000, sometimes less.
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Ok, I just ordered my Q and my Reddot finder. Did we find anything better to mount it than the extenda-sight? I tried to skim through all 14 pages of the thread, but I'm not sure if I missed anything.
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So far the XtendaSight is pretty solid.
The vendor is very responsive and will go out of his way to make sure you are satisfied.
I'm happy with mine after he sent me a replacement to address a loose fit.

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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
So far the XtendaSight is pretty solid.
The vendor is very responsive and will go out of his way to make sure you are satisfied.
I'm happy with mine after he sent me a replacement to address a loose fit.
Ok, I'll order one, thanks. So when are you going to show me how to use this for birding?

Edit: ordered. I only hope my tripod is up to the task now.

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So when are you going to show me how to use this for birding?
Any time Send me a PM when you get your kit set up. Maybe we can organize something on the SoCal group page so others can come out too.
Check this link too if you havent already. https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-q/212245-how-set-up-pentax-red-dot-sight-q.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
When you see an object at a distance you want to take a picture of, the field of view with a long lens on the Q is very small and it can be time consuming to acquire the object.

The finder helps because you can adjust the internal pointer to show the area the lens is capturing, so you are in fact pre-aiming the shot by looking through the finder.

This principle can be used for birds in flight, without the Q because if you use auto focus you can easily track the flying bird with the finder while pressing the shutter and the camera is capturing the bird through the telephoto lens.
So, just for my clarification, instead of using the camera VF, I would track using the Red Dot scope? Not using a scope before, how does this differ from using the VF for viewing. I am not a Pentax owner, but don't hold it against me , I am a m4/3 user with frustration with getting BIF photos.
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QuoteOriginally posted by swampduck Quote
So, just for my clarification, instead of using the camera VF, I would track using the Red Dot scope? Not using a scope before, how does this differ from using the VF for viewing. I am not a Pentax owner, but don't hold it against me , I am a m4/3 user with frustration with getting BIF photos.
The VF only sees what the lens does. When you have a 5.5x crop on a 300mm lens you end up with a 1650mm focal equivalent so what you see on the VF is a VERY small area at a long distance. The optical sight has a wider field of view and a centering dot/rectical that allows you to aim the lens because you see more of the area. You fine tune using the VF.

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QuoteOriginally posted by swampduck Quote
So, just for my clarification, instead of using the camera VF, I would track using the Red Dot scope? Not using a scope before, how does this differ from using the VF for viewing. I am not a Pentax owner, but don't hold it against me , I am a m4/3 user with frustration with getting BIF photos.
In thse two shots from the setup thread it shows what to expect. Using the finder you can track the object in the normal field of view while keeping the red dot on it.
With Autofocus working the camera will be focusing on the object shown close up in the camera/lens field of view.



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Aha...the visual is what I needed
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I ordered the setup. Should have everything by Monday.
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QuoteOriginally posted by swampduck Quote
I ordered the setup. Should have everything by Monday.
Best of luck let us know how it turns out.
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I just realised I never got back with feedback about the Bushnell.
The fit of the two clamps on the ExtendASight is marginal, but secure.
The optics are excellent and it is weather sealed.
The longer barrel gives it a pretty serious look too :-)

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Looks fierce Sandy.
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I just bought this Bushnell 1x30RD off eVilBay here in Australia for $55 so now I need an Xtenda-Sight to fit it.
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