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Kowa Prominar


frenchie44 8 239 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2012 8:51PM
Has anyone here got the Kowa Prominar 500mm lens, or the other 2 versions 350mm & 850mm.
i am interested in buying this lens, the sample shots are terrific, but it would be nice to hear from an actual user.

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sherlob e2
8 2.4k 126 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2012 12:38AM
Looking here it would this isn't a cheap lens, but its performance is questionable - certainly many of the images I saw on doing a google search were soft. Personally, if you are thinking of buying a 2000 lens I'd buy something with more reliable test data. You should be able to find a sigma 100-300 2.8 for this kind of money (this will take a x2 converter giving a 600 f4 (I think)). You would be likely get better results... Perhaps even a 300mm 2.8 prime??? All food for thought.
frenchie44 8 239 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2012 8:10AM
I have the sigma 150-500 and it quite good, but when i saw some pics that someone posted on another site, i searched "Kowa Prominar " and ended up looking at some pictures this person who had just bought one, they were terrific far better than the sigma or my canon 70-200 L f4 could produce.
i would like to find out what its like in use
frenchie44 8 239 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2012 8:24AM
I have found the site where i first found the Kowa prominar, follow the link and scroll down. the pics are very good.
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=191758
sherlob e2
8 2.4k 126 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2012 9:09AM
I still think it is risky - but its your money. I would also respectively suggest that you examine you technique 1st. The sigma you have is as fast wide open as this lens at 500mm and I have seen results posted from both lenses equally as good (if not superior) on here from them. It took me a long time and a healthy slice of humble pie to realise why I wasn't getting sharp images from my 100-400 L.

Good luck - what ever you decide. (oh, and if you do go for - remember to post what you think)

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