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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    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, these are looking great and very encouraging.
    But first I have to explore my DA*16-50 a little more before I go full swung with the FA77.

    All the best.
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    Hi there Ario,

    Of course the 35 macro shots are fine, what an excellent all-round lens, but I found your first shot very interesting.
    How do you like that UWA 12-24 zoom ?

    All the best.
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    Hi Knorp,
    even though I'm not really a fan of zoom lens, I find the 12-24 a very good compromise betetweeen IQ, compactness and versatility.
    In summary for me is a keeper.

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    Dew on the roses with the 100WR...I'm nearing 80, but I still find manual focusing with some bobbing and weaving in and out works best for me in these tight close-ups... AF on the 100 macro is too cranky...but the bobbing and weaving is worth it...the lens is very sharp.

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    Last edited by benroy; 10th June 2011 at 02:19.

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    Out and about with the 43 1.9. I love the way this lens renders.





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    Very nice Esch......

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    @Roy: excellent shots, nothing beats dew on flowers.
    Coming from Leica M, I'm used to manual focusing and the "bobbing and weaving" method.
    For close-ups&macro it might proof the best option.

    @Esch: the output of that lens is certainly looking good.

    @Ario: good action shot with that DA*16-50, how's your copy ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ario Arioldi View Post
    Hi Knorp,
    even though I'm not really a fan of zoom lens, I find the 12-24 a very good compromise betetweeen IQ, compactness and versatility.
    In summary for me is a keeper.
    Ario, the weakness of (U)WA lenses is most of the time to be found in the corners.
    Any comment on the 12-24 in that regard ?

    Thank you.
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    Knorp,
    the lens I used for this shot is the 60-250, quite heavy but good performer.
    I have also the 16-50 but I'm not really satisfied with it, quite soft specially in the corners up to 4-5.6.
    I dont know if this is a problem with my sample only but this is what I've found.
    The 12-24, on the contrary, for me is OK also in the corners
    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ario Arioldi View Post
    Knorp,
    the lens I used for this shot is the 60-250, quite heavy but good performer.
    I have also the 16-50 but I'm not really satisfied with it, quite soft specially in the corners up to 4-5.6.
    I dont know if this is a problem with my sample only but this is what I've found.
    The 12-24, on the contrary, for me is OK also in the corners
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    Hi there Ario,

    thanks for the quick response and of course it's the 60-250, what was I thinking
    I'm torn between the 50-135/2.8 and the 60-250/4.0, I like the extra speed but also like the extra reach ...
    Good to hear at least one WA lens is performing alright.

    Kind regards.
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    HI There - great shots from all - lovely to see you here Bart . . . I'm in haste, but here are a couple from today - nice weather, despite the forecast!


    35 macro


    18-135 @135


    18-135 @ 135


    35 macro


    18-135

    18-135

    18-135

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    Hi there Jono,
    that 35 macro is quite something and what lovely shots.
    Yep, I'm tempted, but I like the reach of the 100 too. Oh well.

    Mmm, in haste ? Better take care then ...
    All the very best.
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    Jono.....I was going to say the first macro was my favorite....and the canola...and your speeding pup....

    Then I realized, they're all my favs......nice.

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    Very nice, all. Just goes to show how versatile this camera is.
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    What a great Mother 's Day treat for the eyes: thanks to Ecsh, Jono, Knorp, and Ario...a real visual pleasure all day long today...all so good it's hard to pick favorites.

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    Two from the FA77.





    Thanks for viewing.
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    Lovely shots!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Hi there Jono,
    that 35 macro is quite something and what lovely shots.
    Yep, I'm tempted, but I like the reach of the 100 too. Oh well.

    Mmm, in haste ? Better take care then ...
    All the very best.
    Hi Bart
    love the FA77 images - that's a temptation for me. I also have the 60-250, and although it's not stellar at the long end, it's pretty good, nice lens, quick and quiet. To be honest, it only seems like the 16-50 is a 'problem lens'

    all the best

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Knorp,
    You just confirmed my suspicions: I could buy a Pentax for the FA 77 alone. Very nice photos.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Bart,

    Great 77 photos. I especially like the "green on green".

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Adding more "fuel" to the 77FA "fire": no flowers this time, but some dawn patrol activity around the clubhouse pool.

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    Last edited by benroy; 10th June 2011 at 02:19.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Two from the FA77.





    Thanks for viewing.
    I just love the FA 77. In fact I love the FA 31 and the FA 43 as well. I did not love the 15mm DA, 21 DA, and (for the most part) the 40 DA. For macro I bought the Zeiss ZK 50 which, while I love it, is not much better than the shots I see from Jono with the 35 Macro. And finally, I really love the 200 SDM but it is not good for sports because of focus lag.

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    Knorp, lovely.
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    All,

    Lovely stuff. I am not (as yet) tempted by the 77. I get the feeling though that the 'Pentax Trinity' is the place to be ... 31, 43, 77. I have the 43 and, well, it is great!

    That 18-135 isn't as bad as some will tell you either. I prefer it to my Panasonic 14-140 ...

    If I stay with Pentax (and I will), I think my next ones (lottery win assuming) will be 12-24mm zoom and 31mm FA. Then maybe the 100mm macro!

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    Don't even try the 77FA. If you do, you are doomed! In my opinion even better than the 43 FA and that is saying something

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    Took the K5 with me to Utah's national parks...here are a few from Zion with the 77FA and 200 DA lenses....













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    Great photos - particularly the first B&W.
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    Ashwin........all's I can say is HOODOOS!!!!! Who says you need a WA lens for landscapes?

    Beautiful.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Dew on the roses with the 100WR...I'm nearing 80, but I still find manual focusing with some bobbing and weaving in and out works best for me in these tight close-ups... AF on the 100 macro is too cranky...but the bobbing and weaving is worth it...the lens is very sharp.

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    Hi Roy

    I must say I find your work inspiring. I am a young fellow at only 74 so I am feeling much more positive about getting older LOL

    Keep posting. Your work is wonderful

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Roy, Ashwin, Ario
    Great shots -
    My K5 is having a couple of days rest whilst I play with the new toy.

    all the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Roy, Ashwin, Ario
    Great shots -
    My K5 is having a couple of days rest whilst I play with the new toy.

    all the best
    Hahah...I am with you, Jono. I gave the M9 and K5 a great work out in Utah, but now it's on to the new kid on the block...Sadly, it's gloomy and rainy here today in Seattle....
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    Fedex brought me a used 16-50 DA lens this noontime. Took it into the garden out back (where else could I go...considering)...shot at ISO 400/shutter speed 400, with 1/3 exposure compensation to cut the glare on the leaves.Noonday sun straight overhead. Initial reactions: big, heavy lens, but balances pretty well on the K-5...AF is whisper quiet and pretty much spot on. I did not shoot as an experiment, checking f/stops, exposing at different focal lengths...just framed up the images with the zoom and shot..."botanicals" as Jono calls them. Nice thing about "botanicals...you don't ordinarily have to worry about the edges being sharp...this would be an issue with architecturals and interiors... No surprise when I processed the pics that about 85% of them were around or at the 50mm focal length.
    Lens focuses real close...down to 12". Not too many wide angle pics...extreme wide angle to me is anything less than 28mm. I'm including one 16mm pic of a patio...seems a bit soft when blown up...not so with 50mm images.

    More later...the wider angles get their workout when I go for groceries.

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    Ciao Ario.

    Beautiful landscape, you captured.
    Love especially the sky in the third one.
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    Thanks, Oliver.

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    @Ashwin: terrific b/w shots: funny enough I like those from the FA77 best

    @Roy: good luck with your DA*16-50, enjoy it ...

    @Ario: wonderful b/w landscapes ! And please post some more from the 12-24


    Kind regards.
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    Some shots from today all with DA*200/2.8
















    Thanks for viewing.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Some shots from today all with DA*200/2.8
    Knorp....those shots are just beautiful. The DA*200 is an awesome lens.

    I'm inspired.

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    Bart: Fine images taken with a fine lens...by someone with a keen eye.

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    Bart, those bird pics are fantastic!
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    Mainly 200 DA and 77 FA













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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Knorp....those shots are just beautiful. The DA*200 is an awesome lens.

    I'm inspired.

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    Ashwin: Really nice land and seascapes with great color...you and Bart are masters of the 200...quite a lens, isn't it?

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    Wow - so many fine images in this thread! Here's my humble offering:

    Pentax K5, Pentax DA 21mm lens, 10-stop ND filter, 61s exposure. From RAW via SEP2.


    'Twas upon a winter's day by Another Chris, on Flickr
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    My favorite neighborhood gorge trail finally re-opened after a long winter closure. Took a walk with the K5+18-135. All handheld with auto ISO, but should have brought a tripod.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Some shots from today all with DA*200/2.8

    Thanks for viewing.
    Bart,
    Terrific series with the 200.
    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Mainly 200 DA and 77 FA
    Ashwin,
    Beautiful landscapes.
    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisN View Post
    Wow - so many fine images in this thread! Here's my humble offering:
    Pentax K5, Pentax DA 21mm lens, 10-stop ND filter, 61s exposure. From RAW via SEP2.
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    Very serene landscape - well done.
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    GORGEous gorge pictures, Carl. Scrolling through the images brought on my vertigo...pics not only gorgeous but vertiginous.

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