What's the story on this thing???

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  1. LuckySo-n-So

    LuckySo-n-So TPF Noob!

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    I've done a thorough search, so sorry if this is Germans.

    I'm assuming this falls under the "you get what you pay for" theorem of consumerism. Looks like a nice bag and tripod, though, and you get a crappy lens as lagniappe (that means "a little something extra" for you non-cajuns)...:lol:

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Kenko-420-1600mm-Telephoto-Teleconverter-Accessory/dp/B000V7087C/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1233979728&sr=1-7[/ame]
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    linky no worky
     
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    OK, linky worky. :lol:
     
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    Hmmm, I'd rather buy it all one by one after I saw it all in person. You'd probably save more money in the long run that way.
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    hmm my thoughts:
    Cleaning kits are cheap as chips anyway so getting it in the deal is not that big a thing - the blower looks to have only one entrance/exit which means that there is no valve like there is on the Giottos Rocketblower which has one in and one out hole - that means it does not suck in dust that it just blew out of your camera ;)

    Bag - looks reasonable, but you have no idea how big or how much space there is in it - bags really should be bought in person at a shop after you have tested them to fit all your gear! Otherwise you will end up with bags that just don't work (either too small meaning you have to take extra baggage or too big - though that does leave expansion space it also means your taking up deadspace when traveling)

    Tripod - your standard fixed head cheapy tripod - decent with a lightweight lens though not to be trusted to hold the setup without you holding on - unless on firm ground in no wind (even then I would keep a hand very near to it). It will likley be very light which is great for travel, but really not go great once you put heavy kit on top (becomes topheavy and thus unbalanced)

    Lens - cheap - chances you will have to use small apertures (f8 or smaller) to get enough sharpness out of it. I think Stsinner has one of those lenses. In the end they might be a cheap bit of fun, but they are really more of longdistance landscape lenses than they are sports or wildlife because they lack the speed and clarity at the long ranges.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have one word for this... garbage.
     
  7. Put on your fanciest sneakers, and run away.
     
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    Like I implied, I figured it was pretty much crap. I was just curious to see if anyone had used it and I was wrong about it.

    I plan on shooting a lot of sporting events throughout the year (from the viewpoint of a fan, not an on-field photographer, so I'll be quite a distance away from the action. I don't have 1500 bucks to spend on a pro-level telephoto lens (if I had that much, I'd go ahead and buy a D90).

    Like I said, just curious. Thanks for the replies.
     
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    It is just crap.
     
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    If you want a cheap telephoto that is actually good quality, look for an old pentax m42 mount and an adapter. No auto focus and it won't be super fast, but you can get a lot of glass for your buck with m42.
     
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    Some thing like that. You can also find 300mm f4 lenses for easily under $200. and 500mm f/4.5 for $400-600.

    I believe with Nikon F mount, a basic adapter is about $15, but you loose infinity focus, but that's not the end of the world, as long as you can work within its limits. I think there are also some adapters that have a glass element to maintain infinety focus, but there will be some degredation of quallity. How much? well, thats a matter of opinion, but the quality will still certainly be worlds better than the those kenko, or opteka offerings.
     

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