Despite all of the bad news about Jordon’s health (and it has all been bad news lately), we are still planning to get through this and head to the mountains in July and do some hiking. Part of heading into the mountains meant that we wanted to do some wildlife photography, especially with some plans of getting up early and heading off the beaten tracks.
Jordon has a Sigma 70-300mm lens and Mark has a Pentax 100-300mm lens but Jordon wanted something larger. Larger for Pentax would be the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 but they don’t make it any longer and it was never the sharpest lens. He thought about getting a Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary and having Sigma put a Pentax mount on it. That’s a giant lens and maybe not one that you want to bring into the mountains with you.
So Jordon started to save for the Pentax smc P-DA 14mm F/2.8 ED IF lens while I was going to save for the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II which when mounted on my camera, gives me the same 150-600mm range that the big Sigmas and Tamron lens give you.
Then Olympus announced the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f4.0 PRO. This gave me some options. Not that I was going to get one, it is going to be around $3000 but I know someone who was going to get one. I will never be the kind of wildlife shooter then Glen and Becky are but I have been in Don’s Photo enough times to hear Glen talking about much he wants this lens. So when he put up his 75-300mm lens up for sale, Jordon emptied out my lens accout and bought his for me.
So the good news is that I got a great lens at a fantastic price. I also have a longer lens than either Jordon and Mark (they aren’t taking it well). The bad news is that I now have to take some good wildlife photos which takes patience, skill, and practice. That is easier said than done.