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1. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 01:16 PM Friday 19 August, 2005

I had SMC Pentax-K 135-600/6.7 ("A" or "M" version does not exist) for some time and I gave up using it for the reasons Tony mentioned bellow. Very good glass, but extremely difficult to handle and slow to work with. Monopod is out of question, only high-end tripod and ball head, to repeat after Tony again. On the other hand, it is a bargain compared to 250-600/5.6. M.


2. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.gallery.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 04:16 PM Thursday 18 August, 2005

The Pentax SMC zoom 135mm-600mm f/6.7 is a great lens, but it is also very long (582mm!) and very heavy at 4070gm. Not only that, but coupled with the fairly slow maximum aperture and slow manual zooming and handling, I would steer you away from using it on a monopod (The heavier - and sharper - but much shorter F* or FA* 250-600mm f/5.6 EDIF lenses are far easier to use, but even with them I would advise you to mainly use a tripod and rarely a monopod, unless you are shooting in very bright light conditions).

It would be possible to use monopod if you used fast film, but to maintain quality I would use a slow-medium speed film matched with a sturdy tripod and pro-level ballhead. This is not a lightweight trekking option, but I assure you that the end results will justify you carrying a good tripod instead of a monopod. If you really need to cut down on weight, then try the Manfrotto Nat (nature/trekking) tripod legs matched with a Manfrotto pro-ball head - an extremely lightweight yet stable combination.


3. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:10 AM Saturday 13 August, 2005

Jay, I am back to Montreal (month ago) and I`ve got your e-mail but my browser does not work properly. I will write as soon as I get
it fixed. M.


4. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:48 AM Friday 12 August, 2005

So,What is the ideal follow focus nature and wildlife zoom? That depends on the format one is using. A good review of the AF Tokina ATXII 100-300mm, which can become over a 600mm with the A sized digital sensor and a 1.4X converter is found at http://www.naturephotographers.net/jh0400-1.html. My previous comments were on the 35mm use ATX origial 100-300mmf4, usually found as a bargain--around $200.00--on ebay. This lens is known for accurate color and sharpness, and is adaptable by teleconverters. Because it is an internal focus optical design, follow focus is excellent FYI. --Jay


5. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:07 PM Tuesday 09 August, 2005

Yes, and I forgot to mention that the lens of question is neither an M or A series, but a non-automatic iris, K series, adding one more factor to careful and slow shooting in the field.
--Jay


6. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://www.imagedispatch.com
Date : 11:42 AM Tuesday 09 August, 2005

Dan, Lugging such a a monster for location use is what it was made for, but, compared to say the 250-600mm f 5.6 FA (going on e-bay last week for $4,100, i.e. a bargain in excellent shape), coupled with the current Pentax D system fast autofocus response, one must decide if one is going to primarily approach nature the active or the comtemplative way. Use, your own shooting style, whether or not you are trekking and climbing with other backpacking gear (without support of a pack animal or ATV)--All will say what works for you. I've never seen the lens, but once considered it, read reviews, and then did not consider it. A massive tripod would be needed. A Tokina ATX A series, 100-300mm true f4, with a 1.4X converter, would be very fieldable at 5.6 all the way to 420mm (with a 2x converter, at f8 to 600mm too, but then, like the lens you mentioned, requiring much daylight, support, and altitude for it). If going to autofocus, a like Sigma true 100-300mm f4 will prove fieldable (but lack the color rendering of the Tokina). When we get much longer than 400mm with old, non internal focusing lenses, it becomes both the active and the contemplative way using these in the field. Setup, follow-focus, subject framing and the like become as much chance victories as lens achievements. It may be better to peddle that lens and buy what is suggested for accurate and very good zoom work. Globetrotter too may have thoughts on the matter. --Jay


7. From : Dan (dgrimes@unlv.nevada.edu)
Url : http://
Date : 05:01 AM Tuesday 09 August, 2005

Not too long ago there was some discussion about the 400mm and 600mm lens and keeping them steady. I plan on taking a 135mm - 600mm f5.6 A( or M) series zoom (which is a monster) out into the wilderness. I think the weight is a big advantage for holding it steady, even though it is tough to pack. I thought I would try using a monopod. Is this reasonable or wishful thinking? Dan


8. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://www.imagedispatch.com
Date : 12:57 AM Saturday 06 August, 2005

AB, Thanks, Topo was a Typo indeed. As for the reference to the 28-70mm f2.8 Pentax, this was produced as an FA lens, not an A series lens. So the reference was clarified, for, unless one spells out all technical reference names and details accurately it may confuse readers. --Jay


9. From : AB (nuzzlemuff@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 02:43 AM Friday 05 August, 2005

Hi Jay. Well I assume topo is meant to be typo (so that was kind of double typo!). This bit '28-70 f2.8 FA is indicated, not A series but FA series' has me stumped... maybe it's me. :-)


10. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:08 PM Thursday 04 August, 2005

AB, Can you be more descriptive? You lost me on your comment. --Jay


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