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Old Apr 15, 2011, 1:05 AM   #11
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Hi everyone! thanks for the nice comments!! I will try to answer all of your questions:
Yes, when I decided to buy the 1.7x i was concerned about the autofocus, especially since there were not much reviews of the soligor on the internet. but as it was cheap and the store have a return policy i decided to try it out. and it worked! The AF is almost as fast as without the TC but it is a little hard to focus on the 250-300mm if it is for example a white wall, or something in the sky flying...but if I prefocus first it locks very fast.

I will try and see if I can do some BIF pictures today, and see if the AF can handle it.
JDNAN, I have seen on the net that you could contact soligor.de and buy it directly from them to the US, but Scott poited out and said it looked a lot like the promaster which may be a clone of the soligor. When it comes to soligor, you should buy the "cheap" ones, not the expensive ones. They have better quality according to some reviews I have seen.
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Old Apr 15, 2011, 1:08 AM   #12
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oh one more thing, the images are not razor sharp when viewed at 100% (probably due to me shaking when doing this handheld) but they are quite nice when viewed "normal" size.
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Old Apr 15, 2011, 5:46 AM   #13
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Some new pictures showing (in my eyes) roughly the same quality as the dal 55-300 without TC
it is hard though to not getting blurry pics, i need around 1/640 - 1/1000 in shutterspeed to get nonblurry pics right now..but practice makes skill
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Old Apr 15, 2011, 6:16 AM   #14
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That's a gorgeous series of the Wagtails Michael ! When they look that good they don't need cropping so no problem
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That's a gorgeous series of the Wagtails Michael ! When they look that good they don't need cropping so no problem
thanks for those nice words I was kinda happy about the pictures as well...i took like 30 images and 10 were good and these 5 were among the best
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Hi Kevin,

I consider my "sweet spot" for BIF at between 300mm and 400mm, so I'd either be using the lens alone or with an AF 1.4x TC. I just can't acquire moving birds in the VF fast enough at 500mm, and both zooming and manual prefocusing with a two touch zoom is a bit too much for my brain to coordinate anyway.

I believe that you're correct that the DA 55-300 will not allow the AFA to focus fast enough to get a good BIF sequence, especially if the bird flies in front of trees or something else that might confuse the AF system. It's a matter of just asking too much from the AF sensor at f9.9 max.

I'm really not much of a BIF shooter. About the only interesting bird to shoot in flight in my area is the Caspian Tern, and they are pretty few and far between. I usually just shoot gulls as an exercise.

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Sounds like you need a DA*300

I can't believe how good it is for BIF, it seems to focus lock on the subject very quickly (and maintain it) and I find that, at 300mm, it's not too difficult to acquire the subject in the first place.
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JDNAN, I have seen on the net that you could contact soligor.de and buy it directly from them to the US, but Scott poited out and said it looked a lot like the promaster which may be a clone of the soligor. When it comes to soligor, you should buy the "cheap" ones, not the expensive ones. They have better quality according to some reviews I have seen.
Michael-thanks for the info. I've found it two places on the web and when I do the conversion, it's about $319 plus about $40 shipping.

When you said it was cheap, I had something different in mind simply because I can buy a Canon for $319 + $9 shipping @ B&H. Is that around the price range you were thinking, or were you able to find it much cheaper?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...tender_II.html

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Michael-thanks for the info. I've found it two places on the web and when I do the conversion, it's about $319 plus about $40 shipping.

When you said it was cheap, I had something different in mind simply because I can buy a Canon for $319 + $9 shipping @ B&H. Is that around the price range you were thinking, or were you able to find it much cheaper?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...tender_II.html

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well, everyone has their own opinion on what is cheap...but let me tell you this, that aint cheap! I bought my soligor (brand new) for around 80$ included shipping.
So no, I would not buy it for that much money!

http://www.soligor.de/src/product_de...e=50&pid=43725
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well, everyone has their own opinion on what is cheap...but let me tell you this, that aint cheap! I bought my soligor (brand new) for around 80$ included shipping.
So no, I would not buy it for that much money!

http://www.soligor.de/src/product_de...e=50&pid=43725
I think you and I have the same idea of cheap. Unless I'm missing something, the Soligor site is selling it for 149.90 euro's, which is still $216 U.S., if I'm reading the currency converter correctly. (1 U.S. dollar is about .693 Euro's). If I could find it at the same price you paid, I would buy one ASAP. I'll keep searching to see what I can find. Thanks again for your post and sharing your nice pics. It definitely has me thinking teleconverter, even if I decide to fork out the $ for a Canon.
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Michael, Thanks for sharing a nice series, I agree at $80 I would be interested

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