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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Hi Woody
    I'm sorry to hear about your back - I really hope things are getting better.

    The 100 WR is pretty sharp - the spider was hand held, and is a crop, the only downside is the noisy focusing motor and the lack of a limit switch.

    The 200 looks great, but it doesn't focus very close, and experience tells me that telephotos which won't do close up shots don't get used much.

    Thanks Jorgen - doing good with the E5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi There
    Carl - love the blow dry - I've been thinking of that lens as it's so small.

    Here are some shots from the last day or so

    here are two with the 35 macro:

    and a couple with the 100 WR macro
    Thanks Jono. The 55-300 is very good at 300 and with the K5 SR and good high ISO performance handheld shooting is easy.

    Your macro shots with both the 35 and 100 are excellent. The 100 WR is number one on my acquisition list, after I sell off some other lenses.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Woody
    I'm sorry to hear about your back - I really hope things are getting better.

    The 100 WR is pretty sharp - the spider was hand held, and is a crop, the only downside is the noisy focusing motor and the lack of a limit switch.

    The 200 looks great, but it doesn't focus very close, and experience tells me that telephotos which won't do close up shots don't get used much.

    Thanks Jorgen - doing good with the E5?
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    Of course you are correct about the close focus capability of the 200. What I needed was a lens that allowed me to shoot my grandsons playing soccer. I could certainly have chosen a different long lens but 200 was kind of my minimum focal length and the IQ that I saw from the 200 was compelling.

    So I'll try to post some soccer shots from next weekend when I can get out with my guys so all can see what it will do for sport shooting.

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    Jono and Woody: regarding the close-focusing ability of the 200...it does focus down to a bit less than 4 feet. That doesn't make it a macro lens, but allows images of blossoms that are about the same size (or smaller) than the 200 lens cap. Here are some examples:

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    Jono and Woody: more on close focusing with the Pentax 200. These head shots from a Japanese statue in the garden: head size: about 6" vertically...
    shot wide open at ISO 400...handheld. Start at 6' (first pic) and then move into 4' and bob and weave around the head, focusing on the near eye. Focuses close enough?

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    Whats' this - accident, drowning? Heck no just the gallery at the annual little yellow rubber ducky race in Cascadilla Creek and the fabulous compost fair (not kidding) next to the creek at Cooperative Extension.



    First while waiting for the race to start a visit to the compost fair.

    The Compost Doctor



    A little composting music to keep the crowd happy.



    Grooving on the compost music.



    The race is on and the resident mallard decides he's seen enough.



    So what's new with You Joe?



    Duckies are coming on strong now.



    Nearing the finish.



    Finish Line - and the winner is! (serious stuff here).
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Hi Carl
    Looks like you had a lot of fun!
    Our compost is not photographable

    Hi Ben
    Thanks for the close ups - but it really only confirms my feelings - not close enough.

    The 60-250 does considerably better (even if it's not fab at 250, it's fine at 200).

    On the other hand, here are a few shots from the 35 macro -









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    Jono does the 35 Macro have a limit switch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiredArm View Post
    Jono does the 35 Macro have a limit switch?
    No - but it really doesn't seem to need one - the focusing is quieter than the 100 anyway, and there's very little hunting going on.

    Fab lens.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    No - but it really doesn't seem to need one - the focusing is quieter than the 100 anyway, and there's very little hunting going on.

    Fab lens.
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    How does it do at infinity?

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post

    Thanks Jorgen - doing good with the E5?
    No E-5 yet.
    Some unexpected travel came up, and now I need a new Mac... at least one. And I need to upgrade to CS5, the whole package, on two or three computers. All camera purchases on hold until June

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    Love the sugar bowl (at least that is what it looks like) shot.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Jono,

    Love the 35 shots. I keep thinking about the 31 and the other two (f2 and 2.4) 35 choices and then you post more great shots from the macro.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    One from tonight. Lily pads from the pond outside our Sarasota townhouse. An evening shot with the F50 1.7.


    Liily Pads at Dusk by jmmtampa, on Flickr

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Roy--beautiful colors in your first set
    Jono--very nice macros, great atmosphere
    Jim--very artistic shot, like the simplicity

    Well, when my sale of the 16-50 fell through, I decided to give another run. It's proving to be my go to lens on K5, while the FAs hardly get a touch. I can't help but grab my M8 when I want to work with small primes. Not sure what kind of future my FAs have in my tool kit.

    Here is a casual snapshot with the 16-50 and a novice attempt at using the 10-17 FE in the second.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
    Jono

    How does it do at infinity?

    Thanks

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    Hi Woody
    It's excellent, and I like the bokeh (but that's not universal).

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    Quote Originally Posted by markwon View Post
    Well, when my sale of the 16-50 fell through, I decided to give another run. It's proving to be my go to lens on K5, while the FAs hardly get a touch. I can't help but grab my M8 when I want to work with small primes. Not sure what kind of future my FAs have in my tool kit.
    HI Mark
    I think my problems with the 16-50 were trying to use it for landscape and close up - I'm sure that it's excellent for portrait and candid, and I think it'd be great for wedding as well.

    Like you - if I want small primes, then I'll use Leica, the K5 (for me) is for use with zooms / macros / telephotos - basically the bits I can't do with the Leica.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Carl
    Looks like you had a lot of fun!
    Our compost is not photographable

    On the other hand, here are a few shots from the 35 macro -
    Hi Jono,

    Yes, it was a fun afternoon and the compost here wasn't photo worthy either Nice macro work with the 35.

    Couple from a walk on the waterfront today with the 18-135.

    "Bleeding eyes red" door entrance to our summer theatre.



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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    On the other hand, here are a few shots from the 35 macro -



    Jono.....I had just about convinced myself to sell the 35 macro....and you go and post these.

    Time to reconsider.

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    Couple from a walk on the waterfront today with the 18-135.

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    Carl....nice shot. Corners look sharp enough to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Carl....nice shot. Corners look sharp enough to me.

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    Thanks Rich. I still like the 18-135 for walking around on those probably going to rain days (fortunately didn't today ) The lake (Cayuga) and streams draining in along the waterfront are right at flood stage and we are expecting 3 more days of rain this week which is not good news.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Carl,
    Nice 18-135 lens shots. I think this lens is underrated as my shots and those on this forum have all been excellent (or in my case, if not, it hasn't been the fault of the lens)
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    So I FINALLY ordered the 18-135. It was one of the "two" lenses I was originally planning to get when I got the K5. After going through half a dozen other lenses, I finally got the 18-135. It should arrive on Wednesday thanks to Amazon Prime. Amazon is giving a whopping discount on the 18-135 -- nine dollars! It's $490 instead of the usual $499. Woohoo!!!
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    That makes a lot of sense Jono, since landscapes/close-ups make a very small portion of what I shoot. Not too exacting in corner sharpness for that reason. Wish it could have worked out for you. One of the things I really like about the 16-50 over the slower zooms is the isolation you get at 50 and f2.8. The portrait I posted was at about 35mm, f2.8, and it was pleasant. With a slower zoom, you end up reaching for a fast prime to isolate.

    You might want to try out the Sigma 17-50 f2.8?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    HI Mark
    I think my problems with the 16-50 were trying to use it for landscape and close up - I'm sure that it's excellent for portrait and candid, and I think it'd be great for wedding as well.

    Like you - if I want small primes, then I'll use Leica, the K5 (for me) is for use with zooms / macros / telephotos - basically the bits I can't do with the Leica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Carl,
    Nice 18-135 lens shots. I think this lens is underrated as my shots and those on this forum have all been excellent (or in my case, if not, it hasn't been the fault of the lens)
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    Thanks Jim. I agree, the 18-135 consistently performs well for my needs.
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    21DA redivivus: I had put this lens up for sale...it didn't get a nibble, so I put it in the lens drawer. I go out each AM for my "dawn patrol" pics and take a different lens each day...today I took the 21...and I think the results were quite pleasing. Old timers will remember the Zeiss and Leica 21s with fondness...they were briliiant and very sharp. The 21DA is not in that category...but...this is a very nice lens, renders fine detail well...just not in the league with the Leica and Zeiss versions...neither is the price! 8x10 prints: you won't see much of a difference...11x17s: you'll pick up the differences right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Old timers will remember the Zeiss and Leica 21s with fondness...they were briliiant and very sharp. The 21DA is not in that category...but...this is a very nice lens, renders fine detail well...just not in the league with the Leica and Zeiss versions..
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    Nice detail Roy....you were lucky to keep it.

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    Couple more bird shots from this afternoon with the 55-300. Rose Breasted Grosbeak.



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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    I've had the 43mm Ltd for about a week and have had little or no time to actually use it... so sitting in front of the TV....



    ISO 800 f/1.9 @ 1/20 hand held

    I really love the way this lens renders the OOF areas.. while some have said it is not very sharp wide open, my mileage has differed... that's not to say that at f/4 it's not amazingly sharp but at f/1.9 it's quite sharp enough when a shallow DOF is desired.

    I have a feeling the 43 will become my "almost always mounted" lens for the K5.

    Daddy Likes.. very much.

    So this almost completes my lenses for the K5. Just need a tele/zoom and a wide angle and I should be done. The 31, 35 macro, 43 and 77 along with the 18-135 are a pretty good selection for what and how I shoot but I am still looking for a fast tele/zoom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    The 31, 35 macro, 43 and 77 along with the 18-135 are a pretty good selection for what and how I shoot but I am still looking for a fast tele/zoom.
    Here are some shots with the 200mm.....it was mounted on the camera ALL weekend long.

    On the trail:
















    I lichens it !!!!!

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    Hi Jim
    I love the book shot - just don't tempt me with the 43 (so easy to just nip up the road and buy one).

    Rich - those 200mm shots are lovely - I'm lichen kindof a guy myself! I especially like the last one with the post - lovely bokeh!

    here is something a little different from a trip to Holland last week (my was it windy!).


    35 limited macro

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    Nice BW pic of the keys, Jim. Deep, deep blacks!

    Rich: pretty decent lens, the 200, isn't it? Thanks for the comments on the 21DA.

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    Jim , Nice moody B&W.

    Rich, I am not normally a tele kind of guy but the 200 shots look great. Good color, nicely blurred backgrounds.

    Jono, Stop showing off the 35. This system is already getting too expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    I've had the 43mm Ltd for about a week and have had little or no time to actually use it... so sitting in front of the TV....
    I really love the way this lens renders the OOF areas.. while some have said it is not very sharp wide open, my mileage has differed... that's not to say that at f/4 it's not amazingly sharp but at f/1.9 it's quite sharp enough when a shallow DOF is desired.

    I have a feeling the 43 will become my "almost always mounted" lens for the K5.

    Daddy Likes.. very much.

    So this almost completes my lenses for the K5. Just need a tele/zoom and a wide angle and I should be done. The 31, 35 macro, 43 and 77 along with the 18-135 are a pretty good selection for what and how I shoot but I am still looking for a fast tele/zoom.
    Jim,

    The 43 is a very nice lens and the OOF transitions really are special.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Here are some shots with the 200mm.....it was mounted on the camera ALL weekend long.

    I lichens it !!!!!

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    Rich,
    Very nice series with the 200. Beautiful bokeh from that lens.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Jim
    here is something a little different from a trip to Holland last week (my was it windy!).
    35 limited macro

    all the best
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    Jono,

    Very nice landscape with the 35 macro. I need to start using this lens more often.
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    Last of my bird series with the 55-300.

    Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak



    Female Rose Breasted Grosbeak



    This little guy hangs out under the feeder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Last of my bird series with the 55-300.
    Carl.....WOW, nice.....from another under regarded lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Carl.....WOW, nice.....from another under regarded lens.

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    Thanks Rich. The 55-300 is not fast but it can produce sharp images.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Here are some shots with the 200mm.....it was mounted on the camera ALL weekend long.

    I lichens it !!!!!

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    I like lichens too. In fact, some of them can be quite tasty -- Asian cuisine!
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    Gorge wall ferns and lichens. K5 + 55-300 @ 62mm, f/6.7, ISO 80.

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    Gorge wall ferns and lichens. K5 + 55-300 @ 62mm, f/6.7, ISO 80.
    Carl........I like this one. Nice shapes. I wonder how it would look in B&W?

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    Got my K5 this week and two lenses: DA*16-50 (big&heavy) and FA77 (small&light).
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    Some obligatory flower snaps.

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    Knorp......I like this one......very creamy/dreamy. Beautiful bokeh.

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    Carl........I like this one. Nice shapes. I wonder how it would look in B&W?
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    Thanks Rich. I may go back and re-shoot with my G1-IR.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Knorp......I like this one......very creamy/dreamy. Beautiful bokeh.
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    +1 Really nice high key image. Hope you enjoy your new K5.
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    Knorp: very nice images...the 77 is a magical lens, is it not? And your 16-50 pics provide some hope that someone got a sharp copy of this lens. Did you manually focus or AF on the flower close-ups?

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    Supporting the idea that the 77/1.8 FA is a magical lens (brilliant, sharp, nice bokeh)...just picked up one and here are some early examples:

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    Supporting the idea that the 77/1.8 FA is a magical lens (brilliant, sharp, nice bokeh)...just picked up one and here are some early examples:

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    Roy....the Glory Lilies are still looking glorious.

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    Korp - beautiful 77 shots especially the last one with the white flowers.

    Roy - have to agree with Rich - the Glory Lillies look just as good here as they did with the 200.

    Arlo - beautiful saturated colors.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

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    Supporting the idea that the 77/1.8 FA is a magical lens (brilliant, sharp, nice bokeh)...just picked up one and here are some early examples:

    Roy Benson
    I find the 77 to be one of my "go to" lenses. In fact the 31FA and the 43FA are special lenses as well. These, plus my Zeiss ZK 50 Macro for close ups and the 200 SDM are now my full kit. I will be returning the 55 SDM, which is a really nice lens, because the Zeiss is better, even at infinity and of course has the macro function

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    @Rich, Carl, Jim and Roy: thanks guys !
    All shots with AF, have to try MF yet

    The FA77 in silver is a lovely lens.
    Too bad it only focuses down to 70 cm, f.i. the DA*16-50 gets as close as 30 cm.
    But honestly, I have to admit that some Pentax primes have a certain allure to them

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