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12-21-2007, 10:42 PM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by barondla Quote
I have the A400 5.6 and would be really interested in a new 400 5.6. Not very interested in new 300 - even with converter. Too short for what I shoot. With the 400 5.6 I can still use a 1.4 converter. Also a lot of the Pentax 300 lenses lack a tripod mount. Totally unacceptable to me. The speed could be faster on the 400. Have a Fuji 400 that splits the difference at f 4.5. A good compromise. A 300 with converter also doesn't "look" good in the lens catalog. People don't know the two can be used together. The biggest knock on Pentax now is the fact that they have no big lenses. Should have been here a few years ago. Find with digital higher iso is much nicer than it was with slide film. Would also love to see a 200 macro. To late for me since I have the Pentax A*200. It should be in the line up though.
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Agreed, a long macro would be nice. I was saving my pennies for one when they disappeared.

Indeed one of the weaknesses in the Pentax lineup is macro support. They obsoleted the ringlites that have been around for 20years, but didn't / haven't come out with a new one.
I'm not sure they even know what they want to do with flash in the digital context, but dumping a system that worked for nothing doesn't make a lot of sense.

I have a A* 300 f/2.8 and a 600 f/5.6. Seems like those and a converter cover all the super telephoto ground there is, and both have tripod mounts, but franklly when when the DA* 300 SDM shows its face, I'll look very hard at swapping it for the F4 SDM.

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NICE PICS!

I bet there are a few of here drooling over this lens.....
12-30-2007, 02:05 PM   #49
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QuoteOriginally posted by equinox Quote
blende8

NICE PICS!

I bet there are a few of here drooling over this lens.....
I'm Not..I rarely shoot over 80mm. But for those that do..enjoy!

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Oh man,
Just drooled on a nice clean shirt. According to some spec's I saw on another forum the new DA*200 is almost the same size as the older FA* 200 but just a little bit heavier (because of the SDM) Sure would fit nicely in my bag along side the DA*16-50 & DA* 50-135. A lot lighter than my Sig. 70-200 f2.8. Nice mid range sports lens--man I'm ready!
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QuoteOriginally posted by equinox Quote
blende8

NICE PICS!

I bet there are a few of here drooling over this lens.....
Not me. Not much anyway. I already have the FA80-200/4,7-5,6 , FA*80-200/2,8 and FA*200/4. Another 200mm would be serious LBA, which I don't have :-)

But I am looking into DA*60-250/4 and if it ends up very, very good, I would perhaps sell my FA*80-200/2,8
12-30-2007, 04:13 PM   #52
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QuoteOriginally posted by kent vinyard Quote
Oh man,
Just drooled on a nice clean shirt. According to some spec's I saw on another forum the new DA*200 is almost the same size as the older FA* 200 but just a little bit heavier (because of the SDM) Sure would fit nicely in my bag along side the DA*16-50 & DA* 50-135. A lot lighter than my Sig. 70-200 f2.8. Nice mid range sports lens--man I'm ready!
As for my informations, it clearly is based on the FA* 200/2.8 so optics should be indeed, very good.
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QuoteOriginally posted by StigVidar Quote
Not me. Not much anyway. I already have the FA80-200/4,7-5,6 , FA*80-200/2,8 and FA*200/4. Another 200mm would be serious LBA, which I don't have :-)

But I am looking into DA*60-250/4 and if it ends up very, very good, I would perhaps sell my FA*80-200/2,8
I've got a lot of lenses but no fast ones in this range. the long lens treo that has been talked about for a year but never appeared, has had me perplexed. the 200, the 300 and the 60-250
have had me wondering.

I sort of think that since I already own the DA* 16-50, that the 60-250 is the logical one if
it proves up to be good.

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I have been sitting on the fence. On my canon, I have the Bigma. For my Pentax, I was thinking of going a slightly different route. Too bad the 300 isn't a fast 2.8. I can easily see myself buying that along with a good quality 1.4x teleconverter as my wildlife kit. A 300 f/4 seems too slow, and the 200 is the right speed, but too low of a focal range. I have found that at times, 500mm isn't nearly enough reach for what I like to do in the summer months.

I am waiting and seeing. Who knows which way I will go when the lenses do become available.
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don't forget the crop.. the 200mm is 300mm/f2.8 on the pentax.
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I am not. Still not enough reach.
12-30-2007, 08:30 PM   #57
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chako Quote
I am waiting and seeing. Who knows which way I will go when the lenses do become available.
Eh, just buy the Sigma 300 f/2.8 + 1.4x & 2x converters now; no sense in rewarding Pentax this time at least in making us wait so long for long fast glass! That's the most flexible setup IMO, allowing for very -very- low available light shooting w/o any TC, or very long tele in full light w/the 2x.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chako Quote
I am not. Still not enough reach.
I own some that the pentax long fast glass including an 300mm f/2.8. and yes I have the converters for it. Manual focus, but that isn't a huge deal for long lenses.

The problem with a 300 f/2.0 is that you aren't going to use it as a 300.

I've got an 80-320 that I use when I need a 300. I can hand hold it and get a decent photo.

the mass of the 300 f/2.8 is just too much to be used for casual photography. It's too big.

What it is, is a really good platform for accepting a telconverter for reaching out where you reallly want to go. Lately, I added the 600 F/5.6 to my bag of tricks which is almost exactly what you end up with when you take the 300 f/2.8 and put a 2x-L converter on it.

Part of my thinking in getting the 600 was that, i might sell my 300 f/2.8 for one small enough to actually use---and use it as a 300 and in this context, the 300 F/4 is a right sized lens.

It's fast enough to use in marginal light (if you resist putting a converter on it) and light enough not to require a forklift to move.---there is a trade off there, but it looks like
in slips in the balance area.

I still have to see what the price structure is however. I'm a chump when it comes to buying lenses which his why I gave a bucket full of them to my adult children for christmas along with that *istD. Of course, now I need a second digital camera (you never want to go to a shoot with just one camera), and there is some shelf space for fine SDM glass.

One of the great things about Pentax is that they never deliver the goods on time which gives me than many more months to figure out where to find the $$$$.
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admittedly, I'm a -real- newb at all this having started only in July, getting my long fast Sigma in August, and rvannatta appears to have done this for far longer ... but I've got a few galleries full of well executed shots handholding the 5+ lb 300mm lens, used at f/2.8 or f/3.2, in very dim ambient available light; either having a clear day but the sun obstructed, to shooting literally in drizzly weather with the birds under the canopy of a tree (very low EV). Dunno, I'm a big guy and it's not a killer for me holding it up minutes at a time; taking a few seconds break, then back up again. I could understand the argument if needing to hold the camera + lens up for far longer, using it hours at a time. But that's when tripods or monopods come into play IMO. So all I was saying with my post is I have the luxury of using it that way, or with the TC(s) for 420mm, 510mm or 600mm or higher if I stack, but need a tripod for that.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rvannatta Quote
One of the great things about Pentax is that they never deliver the goods on time which gives me than many more months to figure out where to find the $$$$.
That's a smart shopper right there!

Seriously though, I hope Pentax reduces the waiting time for releases now that they've got Hoya business strategies up their sleeve.
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