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Cascade

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Hi, i use a sony A100 i am in Australia and take photos of surfers and find that the 300 mm lens is not quite getting the shot i would like so would a 500 mm be the way to go i just need that extra focus for the up close in your face shot so can anyone recommend a lens, thankyou.http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/images/cs/smilies/shade.gif
 

Cascade

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Thanks mate have you used one of them or seen the results of one and from what sort of distances were the photos taken thankyou
 

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Thanks mate have you used one of them or seen the results of one and from what sort of distances were the photos taken thankyou
I have not used any of the lenses as I am not into wildlife at the moment. Perhaps you can do a search for pictures taken with this lens.
 

zac08

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IIRC, it's MF, right??

May not be easy to catch action shots.... :sweat:
 

Cascade

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The A100 is AF and i would need a AF 500 mm lens as well thanks
 

Rashkae

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IIRC, it's MF, right??

May not be easy to catch action shots.... :sweat:
The Sony/Minolta 500mm reflex is AF. The Nikon and canon ones are MF.
 

Rashkae

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The A100 is AF and i would need a AF 500 mm lens as well thanks
Then get the sony one.

If you want image samples, try searching flickr, or just google "Sony Minolta 500mm reflex"
 

Cascade

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Great review can you tell me if this would be great for surfing photos Where there is so much happening and changing of distance as i think the f8 may hold me back on buying this lens
 

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Great review can you tell me if this would be great for surfing photos Where there is so much happening and changing of distance as i think the f8 may hold me back on buying this lens
Well... In Singapore, there isn't that much wind to surf, however I do expect people would surf in a sunny day and at the beach. Which mean, not in a dark or low light situation. So, I think, F8 is not a problem.

I think, there are other lenses that support 500mm zoom from Sigma or Tamron, but if I remember correctly, they are quite heavy.
 

Cascade

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Unfortunately, surfing is done in low to very low light as well ,mainly due to cyclonic conditions as of late, and causes great surf, as i already use the 300mm with good results, i do need to get that in your face pic ,so maybe i should consider the sigma, thank you.
 

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Rashkae

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Unfortunately surfing is done in low to very low light as well mainly due to cyclonic conditions as of late and causes great surf as i already use the 300mm with good results i do need to get that in your face pic so maybe i should consider the sigma thank you.
OT: Can you please try adding some punctuation? It would make your sentences easier to read.

If you're worried about f/8, just try taking shots with your existing 300mm at f/8. At ISO 200-400, what's your shutter speed like?
 

Cascade

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Thank-you for your comments, I will try your suggestions.
 

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