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08-04-2021, 11:06 AM   #1
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I started with a pentax SFX and kit lens long time ago... K10 and K3 II followed.
Always been a keen "friends and family" and travel photographer.
But recently - corona & lockdown - I started to take pictures of birds and insects in the garden & neighbourhood, got interested in tele lenses and stumbled on a vintage pentax-m* 300mm f4 lens. Had to improve manual focus and green button skills.
Looked up more info on the lens and found this forum...
Did even buy some more lenses....

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The nice thing is you'll get used to guesstimating the exposure pretty quickly. I use my macro setup in the field in manual mode. I know how to switch based on light - and whether I'm using the flash.

I spent a lot more on the DA 300mm... That 300mm is a useful range for critters, for sure - but I'm pretty much spoiled by the autofocus with that lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mlag Quote
I started with a pentax SFX and kit lens long time ago... K10 and K3 II followed.
Always been a keen "friends and family" and travel photographer.
But recently - corona & lockdown - I started to take pictures of birds and insects in the garden & neighbourhood, got interested in tele lenses and stumbled on a vintage pentax-m* 300mm f4 lens. Had to improve manual focus and green button skills.
Looked up more info on the lens and found this forum...
Did even buy some more lenses....

Finally joined!
Welcome to the forum from the Highlands of Scotland
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Another welcome from Belgium! Great to see someone with a similar history as I started with a SFXn back in 1989 myself, and stayed with Pentax ever since using a long list of DSLRs and lenses. I used to have that M300/4 as well, though it's now in the hands of a Pentax lens collector. Enjoy your time here!
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QuoteOriginally posted by mlag Quote
I started with a pentax SFX and kit lens long time ago... K10 and K3 II followed.
Always been a keen "friends and family" and travel photographer.
But recently - corona & lockdown - I started to take pictures of birds and insects in the garden & neighbourhood, got interested in tele lenses and stumbled on a vintage pentax-m* 300mm f4 lens. Had to improve manual focus and green button skills.
Looked up more info on the lens and found this forum...
Did even buy some more lenses....

Finally joined!
Welcome from Germany ! It happens to quite a few of us. we join for knowledge, read and finally plunk money for more glass, get used to it . A warm welcome and enjoy your stay.
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I spent a lot more on the DA 300mm... That 300mm is a useful range for critters, for sure - but I'm pretty much spoiled by the autofocus with that lens.
Maybe spending money on the new lens might have been wisest option.
I went the other "cheap" way because it was for fun and bought now 4 lenses for 50..300/ piece.
200f4/200f2.5/300f4*/400f5.6 all pentax-k or pentax-m.
Still below your budget...for now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mlag Quote
Maybe spending money on the new lens might have been wisest option.
I went the other "cheap" way because it was for fun and bought now 4 lenses for 50..300/ piece.
200f4/200f2.5/300f4*/400f5.6 all pentax-k or pentax-m.
Still below your budget...for now.
It depends on how you use it. If you're at a park with a platform or blind, manual lenses are not a problem. Same with shooting at home with bird feeders. We used to all get by with manual focus back in the day.

I will still use manual focus on the DA300. In the field the camera often can't figure out what it's supposed to be doing when I'm trying to lock onto a dragonfly or something and the background is very busy. It simply doesn't know what it's looking at, since everything has the same contrast and detail.
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