Jono, your M8 looks well loved .
Rich, lovely work with the 43 .
FA35 just arrived. Just took a couple of shots around the office, and it seems to be very sharp even wide open at F2. Stopped it down to F4, and it was razor sharp.
Lens construction is very good, but it's no LTD. It's sturdy, light, and about the size of two FA43, but a bit skinnier diamater wise. It comes with a bayonet hood, and a nice padded pouch.
AF on the K-5 is very fast, but noisy like the FA100 WR. But unlike the FA100, it runs through its entire focus length in about 0.5 seconds, unlike the FA100's 2-3 seconds of painful dentist drill noise!
Auto focus seems to be spot on under phase detect via OVF and constrast detect via live view.
So far so good. Will take it around for a spin over the weekend.
Thanks for the update on the 35. I look forward to hearing more about it as you have the opportunity to use it a little more. It's odd how much bigger it is compared to the 43 but I suspect it's much smaller than the equivalent Canon lens.
Jono, the cow shot is brilliant, and I like the Land Rover comp as well.
I'm stumped about your M8 photo. What's the deal?
A cupcake is fine as long as it is sharp and fast.
Although I must admit the Limited lenses have their charm.
Knowing you had the 60-250, I was going to ask you to post a few pics. Thank you.
What are you impressions so far about the lens? A keeper? The WR lenses are one of the reasons I am switching over to Pentax. I'll be going to Africa in a few months and am trying to plan my kit.
Loved the cow's backsides, Jono...udderly fascinating! I picked up a 21/3.2 DA lens yesterday and would like to share the results of my trial run. I have used 21 Super Angulons and Biogons for interiors and architecturals for years...I make no pretense at comparing the Pentax lens with those legends.I have a very limited range, so no traffic shots, groups, city lights, etc. Just around my neighborhood while walking the dog. Had the dog on a leash with one hand and shot with the other hand...in my opinion, a nice, sharp, compact little lens that would make a great street outfit with the K-5.
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With regards to dog in one hand camera in the other; do excuse me if I'm teaching an old monkey to make faces here but when I want to take a photo the dog invariably doesn't so he tugs at the leash and anything below 1/8000 is ruined
The trick is to stand on the leash; you have two hands free and a dog that won't spoil your picture taking.
P.S. Not applicable to St. Bernards etc.
Thanks for the tip....I've got the dog (mini dachshund) pretty well trained...most times when I stop and raise the camera, she stops and waits me out...I'm shooting at ISO 400 and a shutter speed of 400 and have had no trouble with shake (K-5's IS helps)...getting lines straight is another story.
I've got a Zeiss 25 ZK that is much bigger and heavier than the 21...I don't think I can one-hand that combination...but the 21, 40 pancake, and 70/2.4 have not been a problem.
Just this guy you know
Ha ha, we have a Cavalier King Charles (English Toy) Spaniel.......I understand the idea of standing firmly on the leash, even though he's only about 20 pounds!
Hello everyone! Hoping all of you are having a wonderful weekend. Three photos are with the new FA35/2 that arrived yesterday. Still testing it out. Seems pretty sharp wide open. Focus (like all the other lens I've used on the K-5 so far) seems to be much more accurate using CDAF in live view. After using the FA35/2 and taking lots of photos of a magazine (fun stuff), there may be just a slight front focus. But nothing that bothers me too much.
Anyhow, here are some pics!
FA35/2, F2, ISO100 - This is a new cup, not the same one as the previous Seattle's Best test photo!
FA35/2, F2.8, ISO3200 - inside the parking garage at night - no NR applied in LR3.3
FA35/2, F2, ISO3200 - my standard non-paid model (a.k.a. girlfriend) - no NR applied in LR3.3
If you think you are getting consistently sharper results using live view then you need to calibrate the lens.
The easiest way I found to do this with my 43mm was to just put some flat newspaper on the floor in good lighting. Tripod mount the K5 and point it at the paper, trying to get the camera parallel ... put the K5 in 10 sec delayed mode, and try a few different AF adjustment options. Crude maybe but it might work.
After I finally realised that my 43mm needed +10 I was very happy with it.
Should have kept an eye on the ISO
ISO what? You are kidding! ISO 2500 ...
He wants a GH2? Why?
Well he seems happy enough ...
Ok, looks a little rude don't you think? ISO 1250
What do you think of the colour dear?
All of the above of mine above with 43mm Ltd ...
Just this guy you know
Just this guy you know
Changing counties - back from Cornwall to Suffolk
Here are two cornish pictures with the 18-135
Watch Out Caspar - this is one dangerous guy:
A couple with the Zeiss planar from suffolk:
this one at f3.2
this one at f5.6
a little PP on this one
all the best
Just this guy you know
Love these. What a cat!
This one is quite a heavy crop. 43mm.
Ohh Jono, I nearly couldn't tell the difference between the Zeiss shots and the 18-135, LOL!
P.S. Really like the Zeiss (and the 18-135 ...)
One more from my 43mm:
Page 11 already!? slow down guys! I'm struggling to keep up!
I finally got around to PP-ing and uploading, as well as getting a flickr pro account. Just uploaded 100+ to my flickr so I guess I'll just post a few for now, and more across the next few days.
The following with the 18-55WR kit lens. A lot of people seem to dislike this lens, but i find it quite sharp, especially stopped down, and its a great performer CA/fringing wise. Also used a circular polarizer to help retain detail.
1. From the ground up.
From the Ground Up by VinceChu89, on Flickr
2. Keele Uni Chapel
Keele Uni Chapel by VinceChu89, on Flickr
3. Bookshelf pathway (a little distortion here)
Bookshelf pathway by VinceChu89, on Flickr
4. Keele uni library:
Keele University Library by VinceChu89, on Flickr
5. Kit lens bokeh - a little distracting here - but surprisingly round!
IMGP1013 by VinceChu89, on Flickr
6. A good example of bokeh from the kit lens, please excuse the misfocus - the wind blew the flower out of focus :-(
Kit lens bokeh! by VinceChu89, on Flickr
More to come from the 31ltd and my new (used) 17-70mm 2.8-4.5 Sigma macro, but I dont want to hog the thread lol
Oh by the way if anyone else has flickr, please feel free to add me as a contact - I've only really just started using it properly :-) a link to my photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vincechu89
Lee - it seems you're enjoying the 43ltd, did u get the 35 macro in the end?
Jono - I'm really loving the photo of the two cows, kind of reminds me of a set I did of two horses near my uni, though I oversaturated a little in PP. How do you like the Zeiss Planar? I was thinking of getting the 35/2 by zeiss... then a 31ltd crossed my path lol
Benroy - The 21 3.2 is looking very sharp! My favourite of the ones u posted is the first one which has good composition and a nice subject in the tree and bench. However I think it would be even better if you had could tweak the sky to the top left?
You go away for a day or two and it's hard to keep up here. Great shots by everyone.
Armanius - any more thoughts on the 35 f2? The shots you posted look very sharp.
Jono - nice shots with the Zeiss.
A few shots from Naples, FL. My first time there on a two day holiday.
All with the 18-135. It's a very versatile lens and I haven't decided what else to buy. I am debating among many. Currently the 35 f/2 versus a 31.
20110410-IMGP0500 by jmmtampa, on Flickr
20110410-IMG_0556 by jmmtampa, on Flickr
A few shots around town
20110410-IMGP0482 by jmmtampa, on Flickr
20110411-IMGP0518 by jmmtampa, on Flickr
20110411-IMGP0527 by jmmtampa, on Flickr
Apparently I added one photo incorrectly - the 2nd hotel shot (by the pool) was actually taken with my S90. Sorry about that!
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Jim beautiful photos - I particularly like the photo of the red fish and tree bokeh in the back. You're really tempting me to get the 18-135 as my walk around lens - it seems to have good IQ, color and bokeh, as well as flexiblity and WR.
From a few discussions with Armanius about the 35mm F2, it seems it offers a lot of value for money. From what I've seen they have similar sharpness but I think the 31 has smoother bokeh and renders slightly differently. The 35 is 1/3 of the price of the 31 here in the UK but it's certainly not 1/3 of the IQ. It's pretty much impossible to find a 35 in the UK new so I went for the 31.
If you're interested in seeing a few photos from the 31 heres a link to my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vincechu89/tags/31mm/ However I have to admit my skills don't make full use of the 31's brilliant IQ! I'd say the 2nd and 4th pages on that link have better photos which show the 31's characteristics.
I enjoyed looking at your Flicker photos.
Here the 50/2 is $475 and the 31 is $1149. I could buy the 35/2 and another lens for the price of the 31. The question obviously is - is it worth it? It's hard to tell unless you have handled both. I appreciate your input.
The 18-135 is a very nice lens. I just miss the ability to have a larger f stop and to be able to easily control my backgrounds.
Benroy - The 21 3.2 is looking very sharp! My favourite of the ones u posted is the first one which has good composition and a nice subject in the tree and bench. However I think it would be even better if you had could tweak the sky to the top left?[/QUOTE]
Here's a black and white version of that shot...much more in the early evening/dusk mood.
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These are snaps but just to add to color and dynamic range examples, this camera has:
I may be doing a write up at SeriousCompacts.com that will include photos from the FA35.
I'm keeping the FA35 for sure. It'll be my first keeper lens for the K5. Decent construction, fast AF, and fairly accurate AF. It's definitely sharp wide open and renders a nice bokeh too. The AF is noisy like the FA100 WR. But because the focus throw is so short and fast, the dentist drill noise is not as pronounced as the 2 seconds of pain that I experience with the FA100.
I see the FA35 as my every day lens. Fast enough for most bad lighting situations. Wide enough for snap shots around the town. And long enough for some portrait work.
Even though it's supposed to be discontinued, new ones are priced at $475 at BH. Maybe they started making them again? I do think $475 is a bit pricey for the construction of the lens (IQ-wise, it's worth it). The FA35 is very similar in built and IQ as the slightly faster lens from Sony (the SAM35/1.8). However, the Sony is $200. I guess the DA35/2.4 is Pentax's entry level, but that too is priced higher than the Sony. Of course, everything is relative as the FA35 is MUCH cheaper than the FA31 Ltd.
With the FA31 $200 higher than it was before, IMO, the FA35 is definitely a good alternative at $475. Obviously, the FA31 is built much better. On the other hand, the FA35 is lighter, smaller, and might be a tad bit sharper wide open than the FA31 wide open. Like Vince said, the bokeh on the FA31 wide open might be a bit nicer than the FA35. But I can't complain about the bokeh of the FA35.
FA35 does come with a nice case too!
The FA31 Ltd was $999 the other day at B&H but out of stock.
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