Country Walk with DA*300


AndrewH

Link Posted 08/07/2018 - 09:48
I finally treated myself to the DA*300 I promised myself when I got my K200D 9 years ago. It was one of the SRS 'refurbished' ones (indistinguishable from new) and I had to sell/trade in another 4 lenses that were not really getting used to be able to get my hands on it. I was really pleased with the results from the blue tit fledglings in the garden, but yesterday I went out for a 'proper' walk with it and my K5iiS - I'd hoped for lots of birds, but got more butterflies and insects. To say I am pleased with the results would be an understatement! This lens really does have something special about it & the pleasure it brings using it it priceless. Below are a few samples (I also used the D-FA 100 Macro WR for some very special pictures of a small tortoiseshell..) and there are plenty more in my Flickr album https://flic.kr/s/aHsmnTghv5
















This one with the D-FA 100 Macor WR




As always thoughts welcome!
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Last Edited by AndrewH on 08/07/2018 - 09:49

Chrism8

Link Posted 08/07/2018 - 09:58
The Hare and Dragonfly are the pick of the bunch for me, looks to be a cracking lens

Chris
Chris

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" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

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K1 - Pentax 100 Macro F2.8 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6

Pentax FA 24 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 100-300 F4, Samyang 14mm F2.8, Sigma 70-200 F2.8,

K5iis - Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 70 - 300 F3.5/F5.6, Sigma 18 - 200 F3.6 / F4.5.

LennyBloke

Link Posted 08/07/2018 - 10:11
The Pentax 300mm Star lenses are all superb, and this being the latest in the line has the fast aperture, SDM focus and WR - you've bagged a nice cross-section of British wildlife with these, you should be really pleased
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stub

Link Posted 08/07/2018 - 10:20
Thumbs up to you....
K-1Gripped K-1 ungripped K-5ii K7 Various lenses

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royd63uk

Link Posted 08/07/2018 - 10:36
love the Hare its excellent.
Enjoy your new lens.
regards
Roy

Pentax K3 gripped,and some lenses
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redbusa99

Link Posted 08/07/2018 - 10:44
all very good but must say the Hare stands out as the best for me. a lens i think i want when i see images like this just not sure that it would get the use to justify the cost
K3 II and the odd lens or 2

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pschlute

Link Posted 08/07/2018 - 12:25
The hare is superb.
Peter



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davidstorm

Link Posted 08/07/2018 - 19:45
Hare and Damselfly for me, what a great set. The DA*300 is one of the lenses I will never sell, I too love this lens.

Regards
David
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MrB

Link Posted 08/07/2018 - 20:32
davidstorm wrote:
Hare and Damselfly for me, what a great set.

For me too.

It amazes me how some insects can look so metallic!

Cheers.
Philip

AndrewH

Link Posted 08/07/2018 - 21:13
Thank you for all your kind comments - I don't honestly think that I will ever sell this lens either. It makes me want to go out and take photos in a way that very few lenses in the past have!

redbusa99 wrote:
all very good but must say the Hare stands out as the best for me. a lens i think i want when i see images like this just not sure that it would get the use to justify the cost

I had to think long and hard about buying this lens - I 'almost' bought it on a number of occasions but for one reason and another never did. Yes, it was expensive, but I have to admit it's worth every penny. Having said that it suits the type of photography that I enjoy - I sold an ultra wide-angle, the two DA plastic fantastic primes and a 50-200WR to help meet the costs of this so was very apprehensive at such a reduction in my lens bag. Do I miss them? Not with the DA*300 as part of my kit!
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Tyr

Link Posted 09/07/2018 - 20:34
It is a great lens. The only thing I wish is that I had the 1.4x teleconverter to use with it. Sometimes the field of view/reach isn't quite enough.
Regards,
Dan

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AndrewH

Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 15:21
Tyr wrote:
It is a great lens. The only thing I wish is that I had the 1.4x teleconverter to use with it. Sometimes the field of view/reach isn't quite enough.

That's next on my list once I've saved enough after this major spend!
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Mike-P

Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 21:23
Very nice, like others my favourite is the hare as well.

It is an exceptionally sharp lens and takes the 1.4x very well but I suggest you also keep an eye out for a single macro tube (or do as I did and butcher a cheap "A" contact teleconverter) as it will allow you to focus a lot closer while being a good distance away from your subject. This means you can more or less leave the macro at home if you want.

Taken on my K-3II with the DA* 300mm and small extension tube.


Fly on a flower stalk by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
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davidtrout

Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 10:51
A lovely set of images all round, those on the 100 macro as well as the DA*300.
David
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AndrewH

Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 14:52
Thank you for your further kind comments. I have some manual tubes which I assume will just leave the lens wide open as they can't control aperture automatically... I'll have a play with those too & see what happens! A lot of these were focused manually anyway to stop any unnecessary hunting at crucial moments! Thank for the tip, Mike!
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