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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Ashwin,

    The 135 may not be critically sharp but your photos look great particularity the runner. I look forward to seeing some portraits with it.

    I have a vintage 50 F 1.7 coming today or tomorrow. Anxious to see how that renders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    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....
    It looks good to me . All nice shots Ashwin.

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    A pair (male above, female below) of Red-bellied woodpeckers tearing up a sugar maple for grubs. K5+DA 55-300. Handheld shooting through window, so not very sharp.

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    I don't normally take photos of spiders on the dining room window (on the outside that is!) an hour after sunset but this may be of interest. It surprised me that it was dark enough to need ISO 12,800.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Ashwin,

    The 135 may not be critically sharp but your photos look great particularity the runner. I look forward to seeing some portraits with it.

    I have a vintage 50 F 1.7 coming today or tomorrow. Anxious to see how that renders.

    Jim
    Enjoy the 50 f/1.7 (SMC-A or SMC-M?), Jim! I am sure you'll love it. I have the 50 mm f/1.4, and struggled with whether to get the 1.4 or 1.7...I am a sucker for wide apertures, so went for the 1.4, so I'll be curious as to how you feel about the 1.7. Thanks for the kind words!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    I don't normally take photos of spiders on the dining room window (on the outside that is!) an hour after sunset but this may be of interest. It surprised me that it was dark enough to need ISO 12,800.



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    Very vool, Lee. I lik ethe ISO 12,800 noise here, in terms of what it adds to the rendition of the spider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    A pair (male above, female below) of Red-bellied woodpeckers tearing up a sugar maple for grubs. K5+DA 55-300. Handheld shooting through window, so not very sharp.

    Lovely birds, Carl. I am impressed by the handheld/through-the-window work. That ain't easy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Lovely birds, Carl. I am impressed by the handheld/through-the-window work. That ain't easy!
    Thanks Ashwin.
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    Hot...CV58

    ISO 25600





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    Rich, that last image is outstanding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Ashwin.....this is outstanding! I love the reflection of the sailboat in the glass.

    Are these with the 135?

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    Hi Rich, thanks, and...yup, 135....such a fantastic lens!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Hi Rich...yup, 135....fantastic lens!
    In the right hands

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Hot...CV58

    ISO 25600
    Rich,
    Amazing shots. Did you apply any noise reduction in the first? Looks great.

    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
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    Nice work. The last shot in B&W is superb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Rich,
    Amazing shots. Did you apply any noise reduction in the first? Looks great.
    Carl......just globally added +15 Luminance in LR3.....nothing heavy. I did use the spot brush to add another +20 to the black edges of the kiln door.

    I didn't even know the shot was ISO 25600 until I was ready to upload it. Somehow, I didn't think that was correct. After knowing that, I was pretty amazed there was that much detail in the towel on the handle.

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    Rich: The fiery furnace won't hang in the Louvre or MMA, but that's certainly getting maximum mileage out of the camera...very interesting.

    Ashwin: The B&W house could hang in the MMA...that's really a fine image. It could go right up with Paul Strand's stuff...Ansel might grudgingly move over a bit as well.

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    Trying out a new lens....CV90 APO-Lanthar.

    Hidden under the canopy




    Texture



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    Very first K5 shot... testing it out after getting it tonight. Of course, on the cat. FA 43mm f/1.9 lens @ ISO 1600...

    Silver cat... silver cam...



    I'm seriously impressed by both the camera and the lens!


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    Quote Originally Posted by DRabbit View Post
    Very first K5 shot... testing it out after getting it tonight. Of course, on the cat. FA 43mm f/1.9 lens @ ISO 1600...

    Silver cat... silver cam...



    I'm seriously impressed by both the camera and the lens!

    Nice Amy.....wait'll start pushing the ISO. You'll be shocked.

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    BTW.....post some silver camera shots....

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    Thanks Rich...

    and here, just for you


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    Quote Originally Posted by DRabbit View Post
    Very first K5 shot... testing it out after getting it tonight. Of course, on the cat. FA 43mm f/1.9 lens @ ISO 1600...

    Silver cat... silver cam...

    I'm seriously impressed by both the camera and the lens!

    Cool photo! So you finally got the K5! Are you keeping the GH2? We have a lot of dual K5/GH2 owners in this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRabbit View Post
    Thanks Rich...

    and here, just for you
    WOW! You got the silver one with the silver lens! Cool!
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Here's one of the first pics with the DA15, F7.1, ISO1600, 1/6

    Apparently, the DA15 is famous for the starburst effect.

    Not sold on the DA15 yet. For a wide and slow lens, I was expecting more sharpness at the max aperture of F4.




    Here's a photo with the FA35, F2, ISO1600, 1/60.

    I really like this lens. Good sharpness and bokeh wide open at F2.

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    Nice shots Armanius... were you having some issues with focusing? They don't look as sharp as they should to me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Armanius View Post
    Cool photo! So you finally got the K5! Are you keeping the GH2? We have a lot of dual K5/GH2 owners in this forum.
    I actually sold the GH2 a month or so ago. Just couldn't love it. For video it's hard to beat, but it just wasn't doing it for me for photography and I felt like I could put the money towards something I would like a whole lot more. For the money I paid for it, I didn't want to have it just sitting around playing second fiddle. I ended up buying a GH1 (mostly for video) because Panasonic was having such a great sale ($350)... but honestly, between the M8 and now the K5, I doubt the GH1 will ever get used to take a photo... LOL... though I won't feel bad about it sitting in my photo cabinet when it only cost $350.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRabbit View Post
    Very first K5 shot... testing it out after getting it tonight. Of course, on the cat. FA 43mm f/1.9 lens @ ISO 1600...

    Silver cat... silver cam...



    I'm seriously impressed by both the camera and the lens!

    Amy, huge congrats on the K5. I look forward to seeing what you do with it, if you bring it along with you to Seattle. The 43 FA has been on my list. I got the 40DA, which is nice, but the FA seems special, like the 31 and 77 mm lenses....Welcome!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Ashwin: The B&W house could hang in the MMA...that's really a fine image. It could go right up with Paul Strand's stuff...Ansel might grudgingly move over a bit as well.

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    Roy, THANK YOU SO MUCH. That's huge praise to even bear a mention....just puttin' my time in....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Trying out a new lens....CV90 APO-Lanthar.

    Hidden under the canopy




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    Fantastic captures, Rich!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Amy, huge congrats on the K5. I look forward to seeing what you do with it, if you bring it along with you to Seattle. The 43 FA has been on my list. I got the 40DA, which is nice, but the FA seems special, like the 31 and 77 mm lenses....Welcome!!!
    Oh, I'm definitely bringing it to Seattle... don't you worry about that!

    I lucked out with the 43... I put up a feeler on PF about trading both my DA 40 and 70 for a good silver 43... and found a guy right in New York willing to do the trade in person. Turns out it's a low serial number copy too, which was a nice surprise. The 31 will be my next purchase soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRabbit View Post
    Oh, I'm definitely bringing it to Seattle...
    Ashwin....Amy.....I would think with the high ISO/high DR capability of the K-5, Seattle would be an awesome place to shoot.

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    More texture......sharp @ f/3.5, nice bokeh.

    Ok....I'll stop now.....I'm just kinda stoked about the new lens.



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    Ohh, I wish you lot would stop it! :-)

    Amy - great cat, great camera (drool!). Looks like the 43 AF was spot on? I have a 43mm barely used for years and years and I had to give it +10 adjustment on my K5. I am using it more than ever now.

    Great shots from everyone else too!

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    P.S. At some point, once you have used it a while, I'd be interested in how you feel the IQ compares between the K5 and GH2 (there is a 'versus' thread here some somewhere)

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    Lovely and smooth. What is a 'CV90 APO-Lanthar'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
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    Lovely and smooth. What is a 'CV90 APO-Lanthar'?

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    Lee.....it's a (Cosina) Voigtlander 90/3.5 SLII. It is a chipped (allowing aperture to be set in camera), manual close focus lens.

    Voigtlander developed four SLII lenses for Nikon, Canon and Pentax. The Pentax mount lenses have been discontinued, but are still available.

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    Mitch: Looks like you have found Cameraquest. ..did you get the extra close-up lens that goes with the 90? Did you have any trouble adjusting to the manual focusing?

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    Prickly stuff in the garden...early morning light...100 WR macro/K-5..close-ups are of cactus...look like Star Wars spaceships.

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    Last edited by benroy; 15th May 2011 at 03:07.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Trying out a new lens....CV90 APO-Lanthar.

    Hidden under the canopy

    Texture
    Rich,
    Nice work with the CV90. Do you like focusing with the KatzEye?

    Quote Originally Posted by DRabbit View Post
    Very first K5 shot... testing it out after getting it tonight. Of course, on the cat. FA 43mm f/1.9 lens @ ISO 1600...

    Silver cat... silver cam...

    I'm seriously impressed by both the camera and the lens!

    Amy,

    Congrats for your new silver K5! You seem to be getting along well with the new camera.

    Quote Originally Posted by Armanius View Post
    Here's one of the first pics with the DA15, F7.1, ISO1600, 1/6

    Apparently, the DA15 is famous for the starburst effect.

    Not sold on the DA15 yet. For a wide and slow lens, I was expecting more sharpness at the max aperture of F4.
    Here's a photo with the FA35, F2, ISO1600, 1/60.

    I really like this lens. Good sharpness and bokeh wide open at F2.
    Armand,
    My copy of the 15 does quite well at 5.6-8, but definitely not much use in low light at wider aperture. Nice portrait with the 35/2.

    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Prickly stuff in the garden...early morning light...100 WR macro/K-5..close-ups are of cactus...look like Star Wars spaceships.

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    Roy,

    Great cactus macros with the 100 WR. Still considering adding that lens, but need to sell some unused gear first.
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    wow...you guys have been really working those K5s! some very cool shots here! thought i post a couple of images inspired by E. Hopper:




    and one more from Myrtle Beach

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    Markwon: Liked the lighting and the composition of the Myrtle Beach images...very nice.

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    thanks Roy!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Mark.

    I like the stark city scenes.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    A few shots using the 18-135 from a couple of recent walks.

    Fast & Slick


    Clear & Cold


    Scorched (practice fire tower)


    Skunked
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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    A few shots using the 18-135 from a couple of recent walks.
    Carl....Photozone must have gotten a poor copy......corner to corner those look as sharp as you want them. Frankly, I think except in just a few cases, corner sharpness is overrated. When I look at an image, I don't want my mind saying "Wow...that corner is SHARP".

    BTW....I feel that the Katzeye has made a huge difference in manual focusing. Surprisingly, it is not the split prism but the subtle texture gradient of the microprism surrounding it.

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    Mark....this is stunning.....what a beautiful capture. Everything works in it.

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    Early morning light



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Carl....Photozone must have gotten a poor copy......corner to corner those look as sharp as you want them. Frankly, I think except in just a few cases, corner sharpness is overrated. When I look at an image, I don't want my mind saying "Wow...that corner is SHARP".

    BTW....I feel that the Katzeye has made a huge difference in manual focusing. Surprisingly, it is not the split prism but the subtle texture gradient of the microprism surrounding it.

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    Thanks Rich. I need to look into the KatzEye and give MF a try. LV works well on a tripod, but awkward for handheld focusing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Early morning light

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    Rich,
    Lovely colors and bokeh.
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    Jim and Rich, thanks for your comments!

    Carl, great tones on that last shot!

    Rich--beautiful macro my friend! love the light and hawaiian colors. was it with the CV?

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    An enjoyable Sunday evening viewing images by Carl, Jim, Mark, and Rich...thanks for sharing.

    Back with the prickly stuff in the garden...this time with the Sigma 70 macro.

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    Last edited by benroy; 21st May 2011 at 06:02.

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    Rich--beautiful macro my friend! love the light and hawaiian colors. was it with the CV?
    Mark.......yes.....it was the CV90. I love the color rendering and bokeh with this lens. Reminds me of my (now unused) Tokina "Bokina".

    It's not a true macro......just close focus.......but it works for me.

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    Rich, Roy, great flowers and colors

    Carl, great color shock in the greying leaves, a sure sign of spring.

    Mark, great capture at the beach! Also, the Hopperesque treatments are wonderful!
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