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Old Sep 29, 2009, 3:58 PM   #1
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Default Few "birds" with old K300 F/4

HI all,

Its been a while since I've been on the forum, nice new look! Thought I'll share share a few pics taken with an old K300 F/4. Got fed up with my Sigma 70-300 (non APO)'s softness at 300mm and given that my budget was next to non-existant got the oldie for about $140.

Given the many limitations (especially glare, puple fringing, manual focus, well manual everything) it's actually suprized me. All of the pics taken was hand held the SR working a charm. I especialy like the colour reproduction.

Attached a few "birds", 2 in the wild (glossy starling, red bishop) 2 at an airshow (Harvard, Vampire) and a lone landscape.

Miss the AF though. Taken with a K100super.

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Old Sep 29, 2009, 5:33 PM   #2
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Its been a while since I've been on the forum, nice new look! Thought I'll share share a few pics taken with an old K300 F/4. Got fed up with my Sigma 70-300 (non APO)'s softness at 300mm and given that my budget was next to non-existant got the oldie for about $140.


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I believe the Sigma zoom should be quite ok if you shoot at max 250mm - not a big difference in FoV

This one is breath taking and something I want to try out as you were panning at slightly slower shutter speed giving a sense of motion. And you need to do manual focus as well. Job well done



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Old Sep 29, 2009, 5:53 PM   #3
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Great shots! Very sharp!
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I agree with Daniel, the panning shot on the prop plane is top notch. The others are good too but that one is a step ahead.

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Al, These are all great shots !
don't be such a stranger and post more often.
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I got fed up too with my Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG, the best I could get with mine was at 200mm. I bought a Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED and I love it.

Your glossy starling shot is fabulous.

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Beautiful shots - such great color and sharpness, as well as fine composition. That old lens does some great work in your very capable hands!
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Beautiful shots - such great color and sharpness, as well as fine composition. That old lens does some great work in your very capable hands!
I second that - not a bad shot amongst them
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Old Sep 30, 2009, 1:30 PM   #9
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Thanks for the comments guys.

The panning shot was at 1/100 with quite a small F probably around 1/22. Stangely I tried about 5 panning shot that day, the only keepers was with the SR off??. Maybe just coincedence or is there some logic to switch the SR off when panning?

I kept the Sigma70-300 and still use it mostly as a portriat lens. Agree its quite good at 70-200.

A 300mm prime's FoV is also quite limiting as a all-purpose wildlife lens especially for big game (except if you want to do a study of the ticks on an elephant's behind ). I'll definetely look at the 55-300 or the Bigma in future.

By the way any opinion on which is best at 300mm (Bigma or Pentax 55-300mm, or even the Sigma 150-500).

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Booth aircraft shots are good, especially with MF. Whose markings are those on the Vampire?
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