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07 Jan 2015 21:53 - 07 Jan 2015 22:04 #2626 by onflipflops
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Maybe I'm wrong, but I doubt Nikon would release a newly designed lens that was lower quality than its predecessor. That together with the light-weight and the addition of VR, I'm sure I will love this lens for daily use on hikes in the jungle.
I expect it to be faster focussing than the model I have. And honestly for me the old one is fast enough. The VR is rated for 4.5 stops. Which would mean shooting hand-held at 1/60 should be no problem at all.
I only hope it will not have a plastic feel. The model I have feels like it will last a long time, and I've had it now for 10 years, heavily abused, and it still goes.

Guess it is time to start saving for a D800 + 300mm f4 VR + 1.4 converter ....
Not sure if my wife will be happy, haha ;)

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05 Feb 2015 10:26 - 05 Feb 2015 12:06 #2673 by Paul T
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My god its tiny.......

......... available next week in Bangkok stores for 58,000 baht. I was considering a totally different lens (a two point eight) for my next lens purchase but ..... I might have to follow flipflops!

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11 Feb 2015 17:49 - 11 Feb 2015 17:56 #2684 by Paul T
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Release of the Nikon 300 PF in Thailand now delayed until next month. After seeing the sample shots with and without the 2x I have put my name down for one.

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22 Apr 2015 08:00 - 22 Apr 2015 08:05 #2813 by Paul T
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After a long delay due to issues with the firmware of this lens and use with VR on certain camera bodies, Nikon has finally issued the new firmware to it distributors and the lens is now on sale in Thailand. I will be giving it a spin this weekend to see if it suits one of my "niches".

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22 Apr 2015 09:53 #2814 by onflipflops
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Does this mean they have solved the trouble with VR at shutterspeeds between 1/80 - 1/ 160?
In reviews I read that the VR hardly makes a difference in this shutterspeed range, however at slower and at faster shutterspeeds it works great ...
Was not so happy to read this, as I think this shutterspeed range is where I need VR the most in the forests.

Can't wait to hear about and see your results. Hopefully you can test the above, though I guess it would take quite a bit of work. Shooting a significant amount of images at these shutterspeeds with and without VR, and check the 'hitrate'.

Thanks

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22 Apr 2015 10:10 - 22 Apr 2015 11:58 #2815 by Paul T
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onflipflops wrote: Does this mean they have solved the trouble with VR at shutter speeds between 1/80 - 1/ 160?


That's what they are saying...................... all lens were held back until the new Firmware was available for them. I have to say even though I have big hands its even smaller than I was expecting:
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22 Apr 2015 17:04 #2818 by onflipflops
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That's sounds good!
And love the size! Perfect for hiking.

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19 Jun 2015 11:55 - 19 Jun 2015 11:57 #2903 by roblgs
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Hi,

I'm shooting Pentax K-5 and K-3 bodies, matched with either an old Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro, or an even older Pentax F* 300 f/4.5, or if I need a little more reach, a Tokina AT-X AF 400 f/5.6.

The latter has some serious purple fringing issues in certain (especially backlit) conditions, but is excellent if those can be avoided. The Pentax 300 is smaller and substantially lighter, and the AF is quieter... a joy to use.

What I'd like would be a newer Pentax 100 f/2.8 weather sealed macro lens, and possibly a Sigma 500 f/4.5 at the long end... or the new Pentax 150 - 450mm f4.5-5.6... although both these long lenses are heavy hits to the wallet! Throw into that the excellent Pentax 1.4x weather-sealed converter and the whole kit would be weather, jungle and sweat resistant.

The problem is getting pentax compatible kit in Thailand at anything approaching reasonable prices, if at all... I've been using Pentax for very close to 40 years, so changing system isn't going to happen, despite the difficulty of being a pentax user here in Thailand... I've scored some very good deals on eBay and on pentax specific online market places, and import costs have generally been 'comfortable'.

Some samples

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20 Jul 2015 20:33 #3003 by Paul T
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In an interesting development regarding the "PF" designs, Canon has just applied for a patent based on its "DO" system (same as Nikon PF but to be fair Canon released a DO[/PF] lens way before Nikon) of the only DO/PF design over 400 MM (Canon already has a 400 DO and Nikon only a 300 in this technology).

And they have gone for the big one.... Patent: Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO IS ....... but its is just 2 mm shy of 400 mm long! Nikon's new NON PF/DO 600 mm is 432 mm long. Theres something afoot - maybe a drastic weight reduction.

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20 Jul 2015 20:40 #3004 by Paul T
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roblgs wrote: Hi,

The problem is getting pentax compatible kit in Thailand at anything approaching reasonable prices, if at all... I've been using Pentax for very close to 40 years, so changing system isn't going to happen, despite the difficulty of being a pentax user here in Thailand... I've scored some very good deals on eBay and on pentax specific online market places, and import costs have generally been 'comfortable'.

Some samples


Never say never Rob! I have been a Nikon user since I started playing at wildlife photography. A good friend went over to Canon and after seeing him use their macro flash system and MP-E 65, I threw caution to the wind and moved my macro photography to Canon. It was an expensive decision, made more acceptable by used deals at Fotofile. But its a decision I definitely do not regret. I still use Nikon for all my WA and long stuff, and don't intend to change but my macro world firmly belongs to Canon now.

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