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Old Oct 6, 2009, 4:49 PM   #1
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Default Old big lens - advice please

Well, I've been wanting a longer lens for some time now, and noticed a bargain at KEH. It's the old manual focus Pentax 135-600 F6.7, which I have orderered and which should arrive soon. I do not intend to take it along for long hikes (it weighs about 9 pounds, and is almost 2 feet long!), but hope it will be useful for nearby birding trips.

Any advice about the best way to work with this large, heavy lens will be greatly appreciated.
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 10:35 PM   #2
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Get a good tripod!

Scott did an excellent write-up on his Wimberley Sidekick ( http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...-kjell-gw.html ) and how he uses it for his big glass. Looks like a great set-up.
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Old Oct 8, 2009, 2:59 AM   #3
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Practice a lot. A big long lens doesn't shoot the same as a smaller lens. Find out what it needs to shoot good photos. Most require brighter ambient light as the apertures are so small. Use a tripod and cut the AS off while using the tripod. Every tiny movement will be amplified with a longer lens so practice shooting to achieve less movement. And Enjoy it...I know you will.
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Practice a lot. A big long lens doesn't shoot the same as a smaller lens. Find out what it needs to shoot good photos. Most require brighter ambient light as the apertures are so small. Use a tripod and cut the AS off while using the tripod. Every tiny movement will be amplified with a longer lens so practice shooting to achieve less movement. And Enjoy it...I know you will.
seen both good and bad from this..
you'll need a tripod
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Old Oct 8, 2009, 6:42 AM   #5
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Harriet - thanks for the link to Scott's great write-up. Looks like a very useful setup! Unfortunately, after purchasing the lens, I have no funds for any other equipment for quite a while!

BigDawg - thanks for the helpful suggestions! Will look forward to playing with the new "toy," and hope to post some photos here eventually.

Roy - Thanks! I did purchase a (very used) tripod from KEH at the same time, since my little mini-manfrotto is much to small for the big lens.
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Don't underestimate the usefulness of a good beanbag. Even for a big lens such as a 300 F/2.8.

Please post some pics once you get use to the lens.

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Old Oct 15, 2009, 10:33 AM   #7
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Alpo - thanks for the beanbag suggestion - may try that too!
Here's a link to some of the test shots posted here:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...-new-lens.html
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