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Help needed - Long Lens

Posted 04/03/2017 - 17:35 Link
Hi All,
Just booking my photographic and leisure days out and I'm going to a classic race day at Thruxton and a festival and probably a Air show. Looking for a long lens for these occasions, I do have the 55-300 PLM but not sure this is up to it. My thought were 60-250 or 300, what do you use?
Pentax KP & Ricoh GR11| 15mm, 35mm Macro, 20-40mm & 70mm Limited |DA* 16-50 & 50-135mm|55-300mm WR RE|AF-540 FGZ|D-BG7 Grip
Posted 04/03/2017 - 18:28 - Helpful Comment Link
Hi Derren, you'll get so many different answers you'll be more confused afterwards than what you are now!
Either the KP or the K3ii with the 55-300 PLM is likely to be the fastest focussing combination, and with the KP you can go to unimaginable ISOs ! If the weather is very overcast the 55-300 might seem a little on the slow side so a faster lens may help a bit keep the shutter speeds up, if that's what you want. Sometimes though a slower shutter speed enhances the action. On this occasion I'd try what you have already and see how it copes. If you find you need a lens with a wider aperture you'll know for another time.
John K
Posted 04/03/2017 - 19:00 Link
Really depends on how close you are going to be to the action but for an air show it's usually safe to say the longer the better. I will normally just take the 150-450mm unless there is a static display when I will also include a wide angle,
Posted 04/03/2017 - 19:25 Link
Nothing wrong with the 55/300 I use it a lot
Posted 04/03/2017 - 22:54 Link
I've found the new 55 300 PLM excellent on my K3. Not been to a race meet with it yet though. It replaced a 300 F4 star and tele adapter. I've not regretted it so far.It does let in less light BUT it doesn't hunt and is very quick to focus.
Posted 05/03/2017 - 09:08 Link
Thanks All, looks like I'll give my new KP & 55-300 PLM combo a go, I was just worried if the light was poor I wouldn't get the shutter speeds I require but will be interesting to see how high ISO I can go.
Pentax KP & Ricoh GR11| 15mm, 35mm Macro, 20-40mm & 70mm Limited |DA* 16-50 & 50-135mm|55-300mm WR RE|AF-540 FGZ|D-BG7 Grip
Posted 06/03/2017 - 13:54 - Helpful Comment Link
The PLM is sharper wide open than the original 55-300 (I have both) so you may not need to worry.
K-3II - HD DA20-40 Limited, HD DA55-300PLM, SMC DA10-17 Fishy, AF201FG Flashy

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