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Latest Review Posted SMC Pentax 400-600mm Reflex
Before I began using the Pentax SMC reflex 1000mm, this lens was my lens of choice for birding photos. (I'm sorry that I don't remember the price, but I think I got it for about $200 on eBay.) The bokeh can be unfortunate (if allowing the background to be x multiple of the foreground subject), but the 400mm is extremely convenient and can be remarkably sharp. (As a matter of fact, the one photograph I've sold to a magazine came from this lens at 400mm.) On the plus side, the lens is quite light, and it is a joy at 400mm. At 600mm, one has to be spot on to have a good photo (and off by a hair, the subject is not at all sharp). In between, it a choice of dis and dat. When carrying and using a lens over several hours, one isn't going to be tired at the end of the day manually focusing, but the eyestrain at 600mm is a drag.

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