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    my rocket launcher (sigma 170-500mm) is no slack ok.. but not pinpoint accuracy and speed like laser guided rocket launcher tho..

    how about the upgraded version for u (50-500mm)
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    Quote Originally Posted by elavan View Post
    my rocket launcher (sigma 170-500mm) is no slack ok.. but not pinpoint accuracy and speed like laser guided rocket launcher tho..

    how about the upgraded version for u (50-500mm)
    I'm sure it's no slack... It's the pinpoint accuracy that's the problem. Got quick shift button also hard to use - I will look like a clown quick shifting a lens that's 500mm long.

    Got 50-500mm ?!?!? Thanks hor.... more LBA.
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    i duno whether sigma 50-500 will improve the hunting problem that usually cheaper 3rd party will have in less-than-optimal light, but cannot expect much at that price point lah i guess. mine is oldie, even worse no quick shift, i have to decide whether to MF or not before taking the shot
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    Quote Originally Posted by elavan View Post
    i duno whether sigma 50-500 will improve the hunting problem that usually cheaper 3rd party will have in less-than-optimal light, but cannot expect much at that price point lah i guess. mine is oldie, even worse no quick shift, i have to decide whether to MF or not before taking the shot
    And after you told me about the "bigma" 50-500, i spent a couple hours on more research.

    Good knowledge to have. Although, it will be a while before i "plonk" (to use creampuff's term) on a telephoto lens.

    Meanwhile, will you be interested in going to the zoo anytime soon. Let's go shoot some animals.
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    too late liao.. i just went recently..to test this lens more rigorously. aside from hunting at 500mm, very satisfied won't vignette on a 1.5x @ 500mm too
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    Quote Originally Posted by sebianos View Post
    Thanks Des, i'll keep a lookout for this... which 2nd shop is it?

    Can you imagine someone bringing this lens to shoot macro at the Istana? hehehehe
    Gengh mentioned. The shop is selling that 400mm f/5.6 at $780.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sebianos View Post
    And after you told me about the "bigma" 50-500, i spent a couple hours on more research.

    Good knowledge to have. Although, it will be a while before i "plonk" (to use creampuff's term) on a telephoto lens.

    Meanwhile, will you be interested in going to the zoo anytime soon. Let's go shoot some animals.
    If you don't need the wider end of bigma, can consider the newer Sigma 150-500mm HSM also. I was birding with some guys yesterday and two of them were using it. The pics are sharp. Of course you don't compare this kind of lens with those 500-600mm prime lens lah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by istDeS View Post
    If you don't need the wider end of bigma, can consider the newer Sigma 150-500mm HSM also. I was birding with some guys yesterday and two of them were using it. The pics are sharp. Of course you don't compare this kind of lens with those 500-600mm prime lens lah.
    Hi Des, thanks for the info

    Right now, I'm overdosed on LBA already... even my eyes are crossed.

    Speaking of birding, is a 300mm enough for birding? Already planning to head to Sungei Buloh one of the weekday next week. To get some real-life jungle experience. Any other tips would be great too. Thank you in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sebianos View Post
    Hi Des, thanks for the info

    Right now, I'm overdosed on LBA already... even my eyes are crossed.

    Speaking of birding, is a 300mm enough for birding? Already planning to head to Sungei Buloh one of the weekday next week. To get some real-life jungle experience. Any other tips would be great too. Thank you in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sebianos View Post
    Hi Des, thanks for the info

    Right now, I'm overdosed on LBA already... even my eyes are crossed.

    Speaking of birding, is a 300mm enough for birding? Already planning to head to Sungei Buloh one of the weekday next week. To get some real-life jungle experience. Any other tips would be great too. Thank you in advance.
    300mm shooting birds at SBG, parks or shoot bigger birds is ok. For serious birding, 300mm is definitely not enough. At Sungei Buloh, if you are in those observation hut shooting into the wet lands for the migrating birds, unless you are just shooting for own recording, 300mm is definietely too short. Add a 2xconverter also not really long enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sebianos View Post
    Hi Des, thanks for the info

    Right now, I'm overdosed on LBA already... even my eyes are crossed.

    Speaking of birding, is a 300mm enough for birding? Already planning to head to Sungei Buloh one of the weekday next week. To get some real-life jungle experience. Any other tips would be great too. Thank you in advance.
    300mm definitely not enough for birding, I was also experimenting, and I'm quite convinced that 500-600mm is a minimum starting point. For example, with a 300mm lens and further cropped down to a 450mm equivalent FOV, and going as close as I could, I could only get these:



    Those are what I think were pretty typical distances. Some situations where the birds get closer to you it could be much better, but that would depend your luck and the terrain.

    Ok, I'm not really a birding person, so better just listen to advice from Des. In bird park, 300mm could get you pretty nice shots though.
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    Thanks Des and Gengh, seems like if i'm going to get serious on being the next National Geo photog... hahahahaha... you know i'm joking, right?

    The target telephoto zoom has to be around 500mm and more. Will see my luck and terrain, Sungei Buloh is too far. Perhaps, will change to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to cut my teeth first next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sebianos View Post
    Thanks Des and Gengh, seems like if i'm going to get serious on being the next National Geo photog... hahahahaha... you know i'm joking, right?

    The target telephoto zoom has to be around 500mm and more. Will see my luck and terrain, Sungei Buloh is too far. Perhaps, will change to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to cut my teeth first next week.

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    If you are going to get serious on being the next "National Geo photog" with Pentax... save up and look for FA* 250-600mm f/5.6, FA* 600mm f/4 or Sigma 500mm f/4.5 and a very good tele converter at least.

    In gardens and parks you can shoot birds like the sunbirds easily with the 300mm.




    In Sungei Buloh, birds at nearer distance, FOV around 500mm to let you have a rough idea..., imagine you want to get the birds at decent size on your sensor...




    When i was shooting this fellow i wish i had a 500-600mm with TC...


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    Quote Originally Posted by istDeS View Post
    If you are going to get serious on being the next "National Geo photog" with Pentax... save up and look for FA* 250-600mm f/5.6, FA* 600mm f/4 or Sigma 500mm f/4.5 and a very good tele converter at least.

    In gardens and parks you can shoot birds like the sunbirds easily with the 300mm.


    Nice Shots!
    Do you typically use flash for these shots? Any how much of a crop is this?
    thx

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    Nice bird shots, Des. Maybe we should go to SBG and shoot some birds again

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    Quote Originally Posted by fengwei View Post
    Nice bird shots, Des. Maybe we should go to SBG and shoot some birds again
    Let me know if you are going. I need to learn from the experts

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    Let me know if you are going. I need to learn from the experts
    Not an expert, but I don't mind going there to shoot Probably this Sat morning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    Nice Shots!
    Do you typically use flash for these shots? Any how much of a crop is this?
    thx
    Thanks. I uses flash depends on situation, the sunbird shots i used flash and the kingfisher is using natural light. Cropped off about 60%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fengwei View Post
    Nice bird shots, Des. Maybe we should go to SBG and shoot some birds again
    Thanks fengwei, good idea.

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