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    A few trees and flowers on the way home from the marathon (K5 and 35/2.4):





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    Boston marathon comes straight through our neighborhood:

    All images with K5 and 21/3.2 or 35/2.4
    Amin...nice shots of the Marathon. Nice weather too....my son lives in Brooklyn and I guess the past few weeks have been off and on.

    What always impressed about that event was that it was kind of the "best of the best" (due to the pre-qualification requirements).

    That 35/2.4 is a nice focal length for the K-5.

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    Thanks, Rich! Weather has been pretty gray and chilly, but today was a pretty nice one.
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    Boston marathon comes straight through our neighborhood:
    We were at kilometer 25. I was surprised to see some of the older participants:
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    Nice image series of the marathon.
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    Ashwin, Jim, Roy, and Rich
    Thank you for your comments.
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    One more trip among the dew-drops this morning with the 100 WR macro:

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    Thanks, Carl.

    Roy, those dew drop photos are really lovely. Totally off topic: whenever I see water droplets on screen, it brings me back to the first time I saw that, which was at MacWorld SF in the ? 1980s.
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    Roy, Great shots with the dew on the plants. I particularly like this one.

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    Thanks Amin and Jim for your kind comments re: dew drops. They provide great visual pleasure that is, sadly, fleeting...as soon as the sun ascends, the drops are gone...so it's really nice to be able to capture these beautiful but temporary jewels. Once in a while, I'll find the drops reflecting me as I take the picture...that's a real kick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Roy, Great shots with the dew on the plants. I particularly like this one.



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    Roy....this is my favorite too. That's the cool thing about dew.....beautiful, ephemeral, fleeting.

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    Took out an older lens today....a Sigma 24/2.8 Super Wide II. It is very sharp corner to corner. It focuses very closely. Colors were bright, saturated and the bokeh is pleasing for an f/8 shot.



    Unexpected (at least to me).

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    Jim, holy smokes, those are some lovely flowers and dewdrops! Same, Roy and Amin!
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    A few less organic charms...







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    High ISO K5 work...







    The last image was after Tom had marvelled at ISO 6400 on the K5...not too bad at all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    A few less organic charms...


    Ashwin.......very 50's/War of the Worlds/Orwell feel to this one.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Ashwin,

    If those portraits are at 6400 count me in as impressed as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Roy....this is my favorite too. That's the cool thing about dew.....beautiful, ephemeral, fleeting.

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    +3 Really like that shot. Nice work Roy.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Took out an older lens today....a Sigma 24/2.8 Super Wide II. It is very sharp corner to corner. It focuses very closely. Colors were bright, saturated and the bokeh is pleasing for an f/8 shot.
    Unexpected (at least to me).
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    Very nice Rich. I've been looking for a 24-25mm lens and surprised that this focal length is missing in the modern Pentax lens lineup.
    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    High ISO K5 work...
    The last image was after Tom had marvelled at ISO 6400 on the K5...not too bad at all!
    Ashwin,
    Great B&W portaits. I'm continually amazed at the high ISO performance of the K5.
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    Jim, beautiful flower image, and I agree with you that the lens rendering is very nice!

    Ashwin, great lines and reflections in the second photo in your series.

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    Hi There
    +4 on the Dew shot Jim - excellent
    Ashwin - I like the high ISO work - especially the second shot of Tom? looking straight at the camera

    Rich - yellow flowers are lovely - interesting lens choice.

    all the best

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Here's a photo with the FA35. Definitely a keeper lens for me. Finally (after returning the first 5 lenses I bought)!!

    Wide open at F2. Focus point on the strawberry.


    Strawberry 1 by Armanius, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armanius View Post
    Here's a photo with the FA35. Definitely a keeper lens for me. Finally (after returning the first 5 lenses I bought)!!
    Wide open at F2. Focus point on the strawberry.
    Armando,

    Sweet - both the rendering of the strawberry and hopefully the fruit as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Armando,

    Sweet - both the rendering of the strawberry and hopefully the fruit as well.
    Thanks Carl! There was something special about picking your own strawberries off the field. I did make sure to wash it 5-6x when I got home before eating it though. They tasted sweeter than the grocery store bought ones. BUT, it may be just psychological.

    Very impressed with the FA35 so far. Not the nice construction as a Limited or the FA100 WR. But still decent, and a good performer.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    I have an issue with which I need help.

    I have been shooting with my K5 for a little over a week now and am generally happy with it.

    However, it looks like a couple of my lenses need autofocus fine tuning, and no matter what I do I can't seem to make this feature work.

    I rigorously follow the instructions on page 126, and I use Michael tapes Lens align as an aid for this. The feature seems to be working correctly, i.e. I can make the fine tuning adjustment and then save it. However when I take another shot, there seems to be no correction made to the image i.e. the error is the same as originally.

    I set it up for one lens only but I am not getting it done.

    Before I send this back to B&H photo, anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance for your help

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    In the garden capturing the Glory Lilies with the 200/2.8 Pentax lens and K-5.
    Sharpness, brilliance, and contrast provide reminders of Nikon's 180/2.8.

    Roy Benson

    The first two pics are the same...can't find way to remove duplicate and replace with another pic.
    One of the similar shots has been removed...now to figure out a way to replace with another lily shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    In the garden capturing the Glory Lilies with the 200/2.8 Pentax lens and K-5.
    Sharpness, brilliance, and contrast provide reminders of Nikon's 180/2.8.

    Roy Benson

    The first two pics are the same...can't find way to remove duplicate and replace with another pic.
    Roy.....these are glorious

    You are certainly making the fullest use of of your 100WR and 200mm.

    Actually, looking at the EXIF data......they are different shots.....just similar in appearance.

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    Roy - just beautiful shots. The Nikon 180 was always one of my favorite lens choices. It's the last one I sold.

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    Thanks, Rich...you're right, they are similar, not duplicates...I removed one of them...striking images, aren't they? Here's a couple more to add to the earlier three.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Which lens are they? What lighting conditions are you having problem with? Have you updated the camera firmware?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
    I have an issue with which I need help.

    I have been shooting with my K5 for a little over a week now and am generally happy with it.

    However, it looks like a couple of my lenses need autofocus fine tuning, and no matter what I do I can't seem to make this feature work.

    I rigorously follow the instructions on page 126, and I use Michael tapes Lens align as an aid for this. The feature seems to be working correctly, i.e. I can make the fine tuning adjustment and then save it. However when I take another shot, there seems to be no correction made to the image i.e. the error is the same as originally.

    I set it up for one lens only but I am not getting it done.

    Before I send this back to B&H photo, anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance for your help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armanius View Post
    Here's a photo with the FA35. Definitely a keeper lens for me. Finally (after returning the first 5 lenses I bought)!!

    Wide open at F2. Focus point on the strawberry.
    Wow, I really like how the hand comes out of the bokeh and looks like sketched in a way. If you post processed this a lot i would love to see a more "standard looking" original. Good composition too, maybe needs more contrast.

    Thanks for posting that.

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    Zeiss 2.8 Distagon (ZK) with K-5...backyard, late afternoon. Sorry to say this, but the Distagon beats the socks off the 21/3.2 in 3 departments (IMHO)...brilliance, contrast, and sharpness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Zeiss 2.8 Distagon (ZK) with K-5...backyard, late afternoon.
    Roy.....you are assembling a VERY nice set of lenses there. Seems like you are having NO problems with the manual focusing.

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    Thanks, Rich. The lens is hard to focus on the K-5, but not so much of a problem in bright sunlight. Also: I'm one of the old school that did/does a lot of zone focusing using the depth of field scale...having an aperture ring on the Zeiss 25 is also a big plus if you want to over-ride the basic exposure.

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    Amost monochrome squares:





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    Another square crop from the day:



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    A couple of students recently emerged from winter hibernation on a rare, warm spring day. K5+43 limited. B&W conversion from LR3 in SEP2.

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    Armando, that photo makes me want to lick the screen .

    Roy, the Glory lillies are stunning.

    Lee, I like your composition with the shoes.

    Carl, the two students make a very interesting contrast in styles. Great spring capture.


    I took the kids to the Harvard Museum of Natural History today and brought only the cheapie DAL35, which turns out to be very much to my liking.

    We somehow ended up in the Peabody Museum. This was from one of the Pacific Island exhibits:



    Another piece from the Peabody:



    My younger son giving me the serious look outside:

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    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    Wow, I really like how the hand comes out of the bokeh and looks like sketched in a way. If you post processed this a lot i would love to see a more "standard looking" original. Good composition too, maybe needs more contrast.

    Thanks for posting that.

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    You are welcome!

    I did my standard PP, which is raise contrast and clarity, and push the light and shadow sliders in LR3.3 to the right, and then decrease the saturation.

    I also cropped a good chunk of the photo. The original photo also has my girlfriend's face and the entire arm (pretty blurred out by the shallow DOF).
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    Thanks Amin!

    Your son looks upset. Tell him that there's a difference between serious and upset.

    How are you liking that DA35/2.4?

    My DA15 arrived today at work. Don't have my camera with me though. And don't have a Seattle's Best cup to take test photos on!
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    Armando, that photo makes me want to lick the screen .

    Roy, the Glory lillies are stunning.

    Lee, I like your composition with the shoes.

    Carl, the two students make a very interesting contrast in styles. Great spring capture.


    I took the kids to the Harvard Museum of Natural History today and brought only the cheapie DAL35, which turns out to be very much to my liking.

    My younger son giving me the serious look outside:

    Amin,

    I love that shot of your younger son. I remember the same look from my son at that age and see it now with my grandson occasionally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armanius View Post
    How are you liking that DA35/2.4?
    I have it on loan and like it a lot. If I were going to buy a normal lens for the K5, this is the one I'd buy. I don't feel the need for a normal lens for this body though, so I won't be buying it.

    The other lens I have on loan is the DA21, and I bought that one. Performance was better than I expected, and it complements my DA70 nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Amin,

    I love that shot of your younger son. I remember the same look from my son at that age and see it now with my grandson occasionally.
    Thanks, Carl! I'm trying to take it all in .
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    One more with the same lens, different son:

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    Tip-toeing through the dew drops with the 35/2.8 Macro lens.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Roy,

    Nice shots but I believe I like the way the 200 2.8 you used a day or so ago renders better than these 35 lens photos.

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    Thanks for the comments, Jim. This is where the magic of "bokeh" comes in. With the 200, background material just melts away...with the 35, background material just keeps on coming. Paper thin depth of focus with the 200...several inches of depth of focus with the 35. Great range of tones in first pic...great edge to edge sharpness in the second pic. In all three pics, sharpness goes into the image a few inches, as well as out to the edges. Really appreciate the opportunity to talk camera/lens stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amin View Post
    We somehow ended up in the Peabody Museum.
    Nice shots Amin.....particularly the ones of your sons. Really nice B+W conversions....SEP?

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    K5 and 135 mm f/2.5 K mount lens









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    That 135 is quite a lens, Ashwin...particularly like the runner and the tree images...are the greens unenhanced? If so, wow!

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    Lovely dewdrops images, Roy. I liked all of these.

    Ashwin, such a beautiful light. I loved the runner.

    Richard, thanks! Yes, I used SEP for the conversions. It's a new app for me. So far I like it a lot!
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Hi Roy, I agree. Thanks, Roy. The green was slightly enhanced through a LR filter, which increases its luminance and vibrance a bit.

    The 135's not critically sharp wide open, but I love the look...dying to try it out for some portraiture, as I have seen some fantastic work with it....

    Amin, thanks as well!
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