300 or 200 with 1x4


FAT8BIKER

Link Posted 26/11/2014 - 16:22
I have the 200 2.8, as any body tried this with the 1x4 converter, and if so how do`s it compere to the 300.
Cheers
Dave

Fletcher8

Link Posted 26/11/2014 - 19:26
Hi Dave

I had the DA* 200mm and the HD 1x4 TC, they worked very well together, I lost a stop of light, but that was the only downside. focus and IQ were no different to my eyes. The DA* 300mm is a great lens and from what others have said on this forum it is great with the HD 1x4 TC optically. If you are intending to shoot wildlife the DA* 300 and the TC is about as good as you will get currently unless you have about 3000 to spend.

If I were thinking about using the HD 1x4 TC and wanted good IQ and reach I would pair it with the DA*300, the DA*200 is great with or without a TC but depending on the amount of reach you need, I personally found it a little short and wish I had purchased the 300 rather than the 200, but both are great lenses.

Is the DA* 200 with HD 1x4 TC as good as the DA*300? Other people who have owned both lenses and the TC may be able to give you a specific answer.
Fletcher8.

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50mpCMOS

Link Posted 27/11/2014 - 03:03
I've tried variations of the Sigma 300mm f2.8 ... By itself it's an incredible lens; both the optics (especially the optics because it's naturally a fixed focal length) and also the added benefit of the aperture. Add any teleconverter and the optics are almost as bad as a LensBaby on the wrong settings.

For most of the Pentax camera bodies and also most of the telephoto lens options; it's best to max out the mp settings (preferably going with raw+jpeg) and then even crop later. The cropping factor compared to the teleconverter still generally presents a better image just with the cropping.

Sean282

Link Posted 27/11/2014 - 18:44
Waiting on a da300mm being delivered tomorrow

Is it a struggle to use without a grip?

davidstorm

Link Posted 27/11/2014 - 19:48
Sean282 wrote:
Waiting on a da300mm being delivered tomorrow

Is it a struggle to use without a grip?

I would say 'no', I don't generally use a grip anyway, but also a lot of the time my DA*300 is used on a monopod or a tripod.

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Sean282

Link Posted 28/11/2014 - 00:25
Thanks David

Can see me doing something similar actually

FAT8BIKER

Link Posted 30/11/2014 - 22:28
Fletcher8 wrote:
Hi Dave

I had the DA* 200mm and the HD 1x4 TC, they worked very well together, I lost a stop of light, but that was the only downside. focus and IQ were no different to my eyes. The DA* 300mm is a great lens and from what others have said on this forum it is great with the HD 1x4 TC optically. If you are intending to shoot wildlife the DA* 300 and the TC is about as good as you will get currently unless you have about 3000 to spend.

If I were thinking about using the HD 1x4 TC and wanted good IQ and reach I would pair it with the DA*300, the DA*200 is great with or without a TC but depending on the amount of reach you need, I personally found it a little short and wish I had purchased the 300 rather than the 200, but both are great lenses.

Is the DA* 200 with HD 1x4 TC as good as the DA*300? Other people who have owned both lenses and the TC may be able to give you a specific answer.

Thanks Gareth
Cheers
Dave
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