Thank you. "B-D" in the Brothers Bale article has surprised me. I thought it was quite obvious, but nobody seems to get it. Oh well.... Maybe it won't make it to the cover of some jazz album.
Originally Posted by Galah
The "One Roll, One Lens, One Hour" self-assignment was extremely profitable. We must constantly push ourselves to do that which we've either never done before or what we aren't comfortable with. Personally, I'd rather have a root canal than to go up to complete strangers and take their pictures.
It's the Tokina AT-X 100-300/4 and it's used on an Olympus E-1, but the following article shows that one can survive nicely with manual-focus yet today if you work smartly. The AT-X 100-300/4 is a remarkable bargain and extremely underpriced given the world-class optical performance:
Another article featuring pictures from the 300/4.5 with eagles in-flight is:
Shall I continue rambling about the 300/4.5? OK, one more little nasty. The tripod mount on the 300/4.5 is too close to the camera body and can cause tripod mounting issues if you are using Manfrotto Hex QR plates. Last week, while photographing an event I figured out a neat little trick which actually came in very handy.
Rotate the tripod mount so it is on the left side of the lens (for vertical shooting, Right Hand on Top 'RHOT'). Mount the lens/camera on the tripod. Turn the tripod head sideways for a vertical mode. This hangs the camera/lens to the right side of the tripod. When you need to shoot a vertical, either loosen the lens' tripod mount ring and rotate the entire camera/tripod or just flip your tripod head back to the "horizontal" position. What all this does is effectively places the tripod head always to either the left side of the lens or the top of the lens.
Another benefit of using the "hang to the side" method of mounting these longer lenses is that it effectively balances the camera/lens combination and allows you to easily swivel the camera around (like an overpriced gimbal mount) and track moving subjects. YMMV.
All four pictures in the tulip article were taken with the camera/lens mounted sideways.
Thanks again, Ken, for all your input and insights: you've given me a lot to consider . I'll be looking at the lens this weekend (if not already sold).
Let me second the endorsement of the Tokina AT-X 100-300mm f4 lens. I picked one up in Nikon AI-S mount several years ago, and when I compared it to my Nikkor 300mm f4.5 (which I believe is comparable to the Olympus Zuiko 300mm f4.5 from the same era) the Tokina was the superior lens. I subsequently sold my Nikkor, and kept the Tokina 100-300.
You can find them used for $100-150 typically on the 'bay. I also use this on my Nikon and my Olympus 4/3 digital bodies and it's a fast, hand-holdable 200-600mm equivalent FOV f4 lens on those 4/3 bodies. Here are some shots I took with this lens at the Miramar air show a few years back on an Olympus E-300:
OK, folks: Thank you all for the informative and helpful input, I have purchased the lens and have nearly finished off my first roll of film with it. I'll let you know how I went.