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Old Aug 4, 2006, 5:36 PM   #1
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I really want to get a 300mm lens. I know I'll have trouble with it (I really shouldn't get one until after I get something with IS) but I really want one - those of you who post all those awesome photos have given me lens envy. I think I might have found a manual 300 lens within my price range but wondered if it would be more difficult to focus than the other manual lenses I have. Should I wait and get an F or FA when I could both find one and afford it?
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Old Aug 4, 2006, 6:12 PM   #2
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Go for it.
I got rid of all my manual lens 1 yr ago . And you know what because I could not afford an F or FA300, I bought a manual A300mm F4.
Turns out when push comes to shove it is ok.

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I really want to get a 300mm lens. I know I'll have trouble with it (I really shouldn't get one until after I get something with IS) but I really want one - those of you who post all those awesome photos have given me lens envy. I think I might have found a manual 300 lens within my price range but wondered if it would be more difficult to focus than the other manual lenses I have. Should I wait and get an F or FA when I could both find one and afford it?
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Old Aug 4, 2006, 11:39 PM   #3
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I reckon if you are picking up a 300 f/4 lens in YOUR price range then take it. It is long enough to give some good tele work but no that long that it is a pain.

Manual focusing is not hard and you will still get your focus beep to confirm your in focus.

I have a Tokina RMC 80-200 f/4.5 that goes into focus so quickly and seems to have a very large DOF. It takes my best night time shots and is unbelievably sharp.



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Old Aug 4, 2006, 11:43 PM   #4
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I have something in my camera cubboard that I love almost as much as my *ist DS and that is my Asahi SMC Takumar 1:4/300. I bought it on a auction on-line and had to fight hard to get it but instinct was right, it is a thing of beauty even when sitting on the shelf!:-)
Screw mount but that is what adapters are for.

Unfortunately it has not had a real outing yet but when it does I expect great things!

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I have a Takumar 300 f/4 screw mount with the aperture ring forward of the focusing ring.

Lovely sharp images, beautiful to focus with.


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Old Aug 5, 2006, 12:50 AM   #6
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I've actually found 2 different 300 f/4 lenses. I'm not exactly sure what one of them is exactly because the ad wasn't very detailed. The second one is on ebay, I've never bid and it seems difficult for a newbie to get established and then approved to bid by the seller, plus it will probably go out of my price range before the bidding is done - but it's a 300* and I'd LOVE to get that one!
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