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10-08-2009, 12:51 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rich_A Quote
I agree, but why waste the sharpness of the lens? There are a ton of Canon IS lenses out there and every professional wildlife photographer I know of uses a tripod whenever possible. It's all about native sharpness in the image if you want to get serious about publishing / printing your photos. If "sharp enough" is defined as viewing them on a monitor then I agree but handheld shots will never be as sharp as a supported ones. Sorry.
I've had the pleasure of travelling a few day with Ian Murphy while he was working on his next wildlife book just last month in Africa. I have not seen Ian using any support for his camera at all. Just a D3x with a very, very fast 200mm lens.
What I understand he more or less believes in; big lenses, sensitive cameras and cropping if he cannot get close enough.

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Image stabilization will only get you so far. Dusk is the time of day when most wild life is shot and it is pretty easy to get your shutter speeds to the place where you can't hand hold. I find that even my 50-135 gets shaky towards dusk, can't imagin shooting at 300 mm in lower light.

The other thing to remember is that the crop factor is your enemy when it comes to shake. Shooting with a fast 200 on a full frame camera is not the same as shooting with a slower 300 on a crop frame camera. Just saying.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
Image stabilization will only get you so far. Dusk is the time of day when most wild life is shot and it is pretty easy to get your shutter speeds to the place where you can't hand hold. I find that even my 50-135 gets shaky towards dusk, can't imagin shooting at 300 mm in lower light.
You are very right at that, no argument here.

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The other thing to remember is that the crop factor is your enemy when it comes to shake. Shooting with a fast 200 on a full frame camera is not the same as shooting with a slower 300 on a crop frame camera. Just saying.
You are right again.

It is just your reference to professional wildlife photographers I was refering to.
I guess they don't use an amature camera and a tripod for all those reasons. With birds, fast moving targets and the like you are more late than anything else.
I guess professional wildlife photographers (and I have only 1 reference), have other options available that may fit these circumstances better.
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Back to the original question, the DA 55-300mm is a lovely lens you will enjoy immensely. I suppose the manufacturers didn't consider it a pro level lens as it does not come with a tripod mount, which I personally don't think you would be needing, even if taking pics at 300mm, unless due to poor light or small aperture settings you are reduced to below 1/50 second shutter speed.

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I've also had the 55-300 for a while and am more than happy it given the cost and quality although I'd agree that it may be useful to also spend on a monopod for extra stability or keep an eye for anchor points.

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Go ahead

The cool thing about lenses, unlike camera bodies, is that they do not usually lose value, many even increase in value. So, go ahead, get the lens you want and if you don't like it or have no more use for it, sell it back.

Once I was going on a trip where I knew there were going to be humming birds, I bought a 50-200mm (IIRC) and used it on the trip precisely for that. One year after returning home, I realized I had not used it, so I sold it and made a bit of money.

I think the 55-300mm range will be good for trying wildlife photography. Birds usually require longer for closups though.

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Who says Pentax can't shoot action?

In good light this is a much better lens than the price would suggest.





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It can do scenics



Wildlife



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Semi Macro



etc etc etc

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Essa lente 55-300 serve para a Pentax ist dl2
na 50-500 fiquei preocupada com isso Atenção: Não é possível usar a função de AF e de OS integrada dessa lente ao acoplá-la em câmeras de filme SLR, assim como as Pentax séries *ist e K100D.<br> Projetada para uso com câmeras digitais SLR de quadro inteiro. a minha é ist dl2 não sei se vale a pena comprar não sei se a 55-300 é assim tambem não sendo possivel usar algumas funções
e eu não tava querendo usar tripe não sei se essa precisa acho que o tripe deve espantar as aves ate abrir ele.
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There are tons of reviews of most Pentax and many third party lenses on this site: start by clicking "Lenses" in the menu above. That should always be one's starting point when one is wondering about a given lens.
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I love the 55-300. It's more than I expected for the price. Quite sharp.

The only thing I don't like is the minimum focus distance is a meter or more. I am always misjudging distance when shooting something relatively close and having to back up to get the lens to focus. But let's face it, with a lens like this, you are very likely going to be shooting stuff that's pretty far away and this won't come up a whole lot.

The other thing to remember is the 55-300 makes an excellent affordable macro option if you get a macro close-up adapter like the Raynox DCR-150.
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There are two different versions of this lens around, the DA and the DAL. The DA comes with a metal mount and a lens hood, the DAL has a plastic mount and no lens hood. When I got mine the best price on the DA wasn't much more than the DAL so was a no-brainer. If you get the DAL, get a lens hood as well - there are plenty of 3rd party suppliers out there.
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