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Old Apr 17, 2009, 9:14 PM   #11
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A pair of Ural Owls:
I love your owls image. You should have brought your longer lens to Africa. That is a mecca for bird shooter

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Old Apr 17, 2009, 10:35 PM   #12
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All are just great, Kjell. I especially like the seals. Perfect timing.

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Old Apr 17, 2009, 11:03 PM   #13
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Hi Kjell,

Great stuff!!!!! I have a natural bend towards the owls -- but capturing the moment with the seals is my favorite of these.

Many times I find the 300 a bit long for a lot of zoo stuff, so my Tokina 80-200/2.8 AT-X Pro gets used a lot too -- it makes for a heavy bag . . . but I've heard it's good excercise for me. . .:roll:

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Old Apr 17, 2009, 11:21 PM   #14
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As I mentioned in my post to Tom, tremendous detail from these 300 mm primes.* I'd be interested to know if anyone has a comparison of this genre of lenses with the DA*300 f/4?
Hi jelpee,

I got to play with a DA* 300/4 for a while to compare it to my FA* 300/4.5. My conclusion, which surprised me, was that the DA* was a bit sharper, a bit faster (brighter), and tons quieter while focusing. The owner of the store felt that the FA* balanced better, but that's not something that I take into consideration much. I didn't keep any of the test shots that I took -- I was just trying to get an impression of how it would be to use the lens, and there just wasn't enough to justify the cost for me -- my FA* definitely has spoiled me. . .:-) I was definitely impressed by the DA*'s performance though.

I decided to stick with the FA*, but if a grand in cash dropped out of the sky, I'd really consider picking up a DA* for the weather sealing and slightly better IQ. If they were as hard to find as the FA* was 3 years ago, I would have jumped on it, but since there are a bunch of them out there, I didn't feel any sense of immediacy --

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Old Apr 18, 2009, 2:03 AM   #15
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Great stuff Kjell. That first one of the owl is great! What a look!

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Old Apr 18, 2009, 11:14 AM   #16
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All great shots Kjell. Love the Stork shot. You got the whites perfectly.

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These are phenomenal shots. The owl looks very intense. I wouldn't want to get him mad!
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Kjell, isn't that just the nicest lens you have ever used? It is so light and sharp, it just makes other lenses kind of take a back seat once you get going with it.

Very nice photos, great sharpness and color.

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All great shots , I love the wind swept freerange Storch.
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Thanks all for the encouraging comments!

Tom, it is a very nice lens indeed. But I do have some lenses that can compete, when used for their best purposes. This one is hard to beat for nature snapshots, though. And the zoo! It's stayed on my camera the whole week, today I think I got some good Red Deer shots when I was out driving (haven't downloaded them to the computer yet).

Harriet, this is a wonderful lens, but the AF is the least wonderful about it. It's dead on once it is ready, but since the throw is pretty long it takes it's time to go all the way to closest focus and back again. I'd love to have a A* to compare with, I'm not quite sure which oneI'd prefer. This one is also very good for manual focus though, the only reason I use the AF is that I'm still thrilled by thisnewfeature(all my other *-lenses are manual focus, I'm lagging 20 years behind). The built in hood and the tripod mount are very nice to have, I don't think I'd bequite as happy with the FA variety (not that I'd throw it away if given to me:-)).

Interesting information about the DA* 300mm, Scott. Now I can sleep well at night not having it.

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