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01-10-2013, 09:28 AM - 3 Likes   #1
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BIF with the K-30 + DA 55-300

Just so you know a little about my background, I have previously used a D7000 + 70-300 VR SWM and a Canon 7D + 70-300 IS USM to capture BIF (with varying degrees of success). This is the first time I have tried with Pentax and the first time I have used a screw-drive lens. On the whole, the experience was quite positive although the lens itself was noisy and a little slow to focus (I found it to be especially leisurely re-achieving focus when it missed the intended subject). When it did lock on however, it was surprisingly accurate. I used continuous focus and tried the expanded mode, but disabled it because the focus points seemed to be jumping about randomly (perhaps the slowness of the lens was partially to blame).

Anyway, I thought I'd upload a few of my efforts to show you what this combo is capable of.

Cheers, Charlton.

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01-10-2013, 09:45 AM   #2
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Nice set - TFS - J
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charlie it is great to hear that kind of feedback from someone who has used the big 2...it will keep me from straying
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Wow, theyre some sharp photos. Thanks for posting. Ive been curious of the DA 55-300 so this is useful. Too bad they dont make a WR version.

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Nicely done!
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Very nice shots, and great to hear your experience was over-all positive
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Impressive, I've tried it quite a few times and always failed.
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Great pics...though I notice the gull in the top right corner of the last one actually managed to "photo-bomb" you!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Charlie70 Quote
On the whole, the experience was quite positive although the lens itself was noisy and a little slow to focus (I found it to be especially leisurely re-achieving focus when it missed the intended subject). When it did lock on however, it was surprisingly accurate.
This echoes my experience. The DA 55-300 is such a slowpoke at focusing and refocusing. I have the F 100-300, and that thing focuses WAY faster than the DA 55-300.

Optically though, the 55-300 is king.

Great photos!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Charlie70 Quote
Just so you know a little about my background, I have previously used a D7000 + 70-300 VR SWM and a Canon 7D + 70-300 IS USM to capture BIF (with varying degrees of success). This is the first time I have tried with Pentax and the first time I have used a screw-drive lens. On the whole, the experience was quite positive although the lens itself was noisy and a little slow to focus (I found it to be especially leisurely re-achieving focus when it missed the intended subject). When it did lock on however, it was surprisingly accurate. I used continuous focus and tried the expanded mode, but disabled it because the focus points seemed to be jumping about randomly (perhaps the slowness of the lens was partially to blame).

Anyway, I thought I'd upload a few of my efforts to show you what this combo is capable of.

Cheers, Charlton.
You can refocus faster with the quickshift, get it close and then hit the autofocus. Takes a little practice but it's quicker than allowing the lens to hunt, and quieter.
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You can refocus faster with the quickshift, get it close and then hit the autofocus. Takes a little practice but it's quicker than allowing the lens to hunt, and quieter.
But not with the DA L...
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But not with the DA L...
That is correct, they are different.
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Nice shots!

The DA 55-300 is quite capable, as is the K-30.

I'm considering letting go my D7000 kit also. I have the Nikon version of the DA55-300k. It is sharper and faster, but not by much. Big price difference though ..

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QuoteOriginally posted by Charlie70 Quote
I thought I'd upload a few of my efforts to show you what this combo is capable of.
Thank you, Charlton. Some very nice photos and good to know that this combo can work in some fast focus situations, as I'm contemplating a K-30 purchase. My 55-300 on a much older 6 MP body takes very nice photos, but it is quite slow in focusing, so moving objects are a challenge. Thanks. Glenn
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Nice photos! Too bad the 55-300's bokeh isnt buttery smooth.
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