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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Things are looking up here.

    Ashwin - really great landscapes.

    Chris - love the dock shot.

    Carl - great landscapes of a different kind from Ashwin

    Jim (I need to shoot more and live in a more scenic place)

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    Hi There
    Jim love the calm in your black and white shots - Carl - excellent - which is the gorge . . . .

    HI Bart
    All wonderful, but this one is really fantastic

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



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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Mainly 200 DA and 77 FA



    Lots of great Shots there Ashwin - but that one is my favorite - excellent!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Second outing with the DA*300mm. I purchased it used and after an initial try convinced my myself that it was a soft copy...or in need of micro-adjustment, etc.

    I spent quite a bit of time with it today, found it needed no micro-adjust (it was spot on). It was a little soft wide open (f/4.0), so closed it one half to one stop and used (-) 0.3-0.7 EC.

    I am MUCH happier now.....










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    The DA*300 was one of the lenses we're still missing in this forum.
    So good to see some samples and they're pretty good too, Rich.

    Woody, and me too for that matter, noticed that focusing was quite slow (focus lag) with the DA*200.
    So how's the DA*300 doing ?

    Thanks and kind regards.
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    @Chris: What a wonderful picture: serene and stunning !

    @Ashwin: Overpowering scenery, hard to pick a favourite here, but I think the first in the series and the single post I like best, well done !

    @Carl: Quite a danger place that gorge IMO


    All the very best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Mainly 200 DA and 77 FA






    Wow. Nice!! Didn't realize you'd gone back out there. Great shots!

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    Out on the dawn patrol in weak light with the 77FA. There's been a trend toward landscapes lately so I thought I would add one of my own: trunk of a tree that resembles an aerial photo of a desert scene. Also 3 pics of palm trees giving birth to new branches...again, in weak light, with this amazing lens nearly wide open.

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    BTW: "birth" pics are out of sequence...should be #2, #4, and then #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Took the K5 with me to Utah's national parks...here are a few from Zion with the 77FA and 200 DA lenses....

    I'm impressed with the quality of the K5. Really nice. ("Zion" looks suspiciously like Bryce Canyon in these shots. Is that the lens or the camera? )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    ("Zion" looks suspiciously like Bryce Canyon in these shots. Is that the lens or the camera? )


    I thought the same, but then "Maybe I haven't seen it all!?" and then didn't comment.

    Great shots from all of you lately.
    I'm always impressed by the output of the K5.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Rich

    Images from the 300 look really good to me. Like Knorp, I am interested in what you may have discovered about focus lag. I simply can't use my 200 SDM for my Grandson's soccer because of it.

    However for static subjects I am truly impressed with the IQ from the 200 SDM.

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    Attached are two images at the soccer game yesterday. Both are of my daughter and her 11 week old son. These were taken with the K-5 and the 77 FA

    I just added a black and white conversion which I really like. Hope you do too
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
    Images from the 300 look really good to me. Like Knorp, I am interested in what you may have discovered about focus lag. I simply can't use my 200 SDM for my Grandson's soccer because of it.
    Woody....nice shots of your family.

    I am going to have to go out and compare the 200 and 300 on moving objects. My instinct is that it is not so much the lenses as the lenses plus the continuous focus capability of the K-5. It's just not a sports shooters camera.

    The reason I say this is when I was shooting jumpers with the K-5/300 combo, there probably was not a single crisp shot in the lot. I look back at shots with my 7D/400 prime (since sold) and they were spot on.

    Life's tradeoffs

    ......but I am curious now, I'll go check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Out on the dawn patrol in weak light with the 77FA. There's been a trend toward landscapes lately so I thought I would add one of my own: trunk of a tree that resembles an aerial photo of a desert scene. Also 3 pics of palm trees giving birth to new branches...again, in weak light, with this amazing lens nearly wide open.

    Roy Benson

    BTW: "birth" pics are out of sequence...should be #2, #4, and then #3
    Hey Roy,
    in my neck of the woods (Amsterdam), getting a 'clean' landscape shot requires a bit of traveling.
    So I end up most of the time with close-ups.
    Nothing wrong with that, I'd say.
    Love your study of palm trees here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Woody....nice shots of your family.

    I am going to have to go out and compare the 200 and 300 on moving objects. My instinct is that it is not so much the lenses as the lenses plus the continuous focus capability of the K-5. It's just not a sports shooters camera.

    The reason I say this is when I was shooting jumpers with the K-5/300 combo, there probably was not a single crisp shot in the lot. I look back at shots with my 7D/400 prime (since sold) and they were spot on.

    Life's tradeoffs

    ......but I am curious now, I'll go check it out.

    R
    Good man, Rich !
    I'm looking forward to your report.

    All the very best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
    Attached are two images at the soccer game yesterday. Both are of my daughter and her 11 week old son. These were taken with the K-5 and the 77 FA
    Woody, lovely shots of your daughter and grandson.
    It's time now to take out my FA77, now that I explored the 16-50 and 200.

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    Both with the DA*200, I loke how it renders the background, mind you there's a brick wall out there !





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    Bart: as Jono would say: "lovely botanicals!"

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    "Microscapes": We've seen landscapes on a grand scale recently (Ashwin, Carl, Ario)...The 31 FA focuses down to about 10" and produces images from the knots in the backyard fence that will remind you of organisms viewed through the microscope ("microscapes"): amoeba, paramecia, etc. You'll need a little imagination here.

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    Neat stuff. I find the FA limiteds to all be extremely good, producing high quality images. Just those three lenses plus the K-5 would make for a great kit all by itself. JMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Both with the DA*200, I loke how it renders the background, mind you there's a brick wall out there !





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    HI Bart
    Lovely botanicals

    Actually, those aliums make wonderful subjects, and you've done them proud . .although you might do some checking if you were focusing on the brick wall . . . definitely a -10 adjustment there!

    Roy - love the wood pictures - I love taking shots of old wood, usually best with slanting evening light to make them ping.

    Woody - you have a lovely daughter and baby

    all the best

    p.s. when I've stopped fooling about with my new Donald Rumsfeld camera I'll be back with the Pentax again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
    Rich

    Attached are two images at the soccer game yesterday. Both are of my daughter and her 11 week old son. These were taken with the K-5 and the 77 FA
    Woody,
    Lovely shots of your daughter and her son.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Both with the DA*200, I loke how it renders the background, mind you there's a brick wall out there !

    Thanks for viewing.
    Bart,
    Agree, beautiful smooth background rendition with the 200.

    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    "Microscapes": We've seen landscapes on a grand scale recently (Ashwin, Carl, Ario)...The 31 FA focuses down to about 10" and produces images from the knots in the backyard fence that will remind you of organisms viewed through the microscope ("microscapes"): amoeba, paramecia, etc. You'll need a little imagination here.

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    Roy,

    Love the texture in those weathered wood shots. Nicely captured.
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    No better place for "birding" then the local zoo.
    You know, some of them are real characters ...








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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    No better place for "birding" then the local zoo.
    You know, some of them are real characters ...
    I've known many birds (we've kept lots of 'em) Geese and parrots and chickens and budgies.

    Some are clever (parrots) some are stupid (chickens) but they're all mean buggers!

    You pictures on the other hand are just great.

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    Bart: WOW! the bird pics are terrific...more...more.

    BTW: My mother-in-law would always look at me with that same penetrating look down your nose as the last bird.

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    I can't compete with you true birders but just for fun with 18-135mm:



    "Look, I've told you already - no piggy back rides!"

    and



    "Ohh, I'm nice and snug in here ..."

    Quite dark and cold along the canal tonight, these shot at 1/500th, f/5.6 I think. No probs with the relatively high ISO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    I can't compete with you true birders but just for fun with 18-135mm:
    Lee - these are wonderful - there's no substitute for subject and you've really hit paydirt here.

    maybe you'll have to work a little to get a bit more zing, but they're gorgeous (especially the second one).

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    Thanks - zing?

    I can't remember why I cropped out mum's head, I think just because she was close to the canal bank and loads of vegetation in the way anyway. This pair had 8 cygnets, only hatched a couple of days ago. There is another pair of swans a bit further down. This was the female yesterday:



    This evening this other pair were absent but those two eggs were still on the nest, I hope they haven't been left aside ...

    There was a guy this evening with an Olympus E-5 and a very long lens taking some great shots aided by flash too, but I was happy just to see them and take my 'snaps'.

    (Of course didn't need flash with the K5 high ISO ability!!!)


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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Korp,

    I have to agree with Jono - absolutely great bird pictures.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Yesterday in St Petersburg, FL. 18-135 with a little fill flash
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
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    Thanks - zing?
    Hi Lee
    Well, the first shots had zong . . . and the last shot has zing - you can add zing to the first shots with zong . . . but you can't add zong to the last shot!

    if you see what I mean

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    Another beach shot - 18-135 with fill flash.

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    I like all your bird shots in general to some extent but the last one pulls ahead by having light shine on their eyes/face. Wow.

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    On the dawn patrol hitting the trash piles and gutters with the 43FA...very treacherous light, so I'll apologize in advance for some heavy photoshopping here and there.

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    35/2.8 Macro lens: close-ups of croton leaves.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

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    35/2.8 Macro lens: close-ups of croton leaves.

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    Nice Roy.....crotons are so kaleidoscopic.

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    Thanks, Rich...speaking of kaleidoscopic: also with 35/2.8 Macro:

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    Great stuff, Roy, Jim, Lee, and Bart. Lovely variety....here I am to add to the variety a bit more:











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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Lovely variety....here I am to add to the variety a bit more:




    Ashwin....I always look forward to your posts. What lens (or lenses) did you use for these two?

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    Reading the water.....shot with the 300mm.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Great stuff, Roy, Jim, Lee, and Bart. Lovely variety....here I am to add to the variety a bit more:


    Ashwin - love them all, especially this one!

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    Ashwin - great pictures.

    Roy - great colors.

    Rich - love the boating b&w shot.

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    More colorful leaves with the 35/2.8 macro lens:

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    I have to say that each time I look through this thread I am even more impressed by the results of this camera. There is a look to the pictures which I just don't see in the N, C or S threads - or maybe I am fooling myself.

    The more I see the results, the more I am tempted to replace my aging M8 kit, even though the primes I use are excellent.

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    Louis

    There is definitely a 'look'. I am selling my GH2 because I prefer the K5 look. I finally had some prints done. Not a fair comparison as they were taken on different days, different lighting etc but those from the K5 were deeper, richer, like old Cibachrome prints from film. The GH2 images often look sharper on-screen but when printed I preferred the K5. Anyway, take that with a pinch of salt as it's just my opinion and a very unscientific one at that.

    Don't know about whether it beats an M8 though!

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    Excellent shots everyone !

    A few from the harbour (IJmuiden) and the FA77.







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    Nice warm light does wonders for the old rust bucket in the middle pic...fine images, Bart.

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    Early morning walk with dog and 100 macro: dog really cooperated so there is some good stuff here:

    All of this within 15 minutes...walking the dog around the block. Pic 1: air plant...Pic 2 frayed edge of putting green...Pic 5: chopped edges of palm fronds...Pic 6: thorns on palm fronds.

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    Roy.....you really get the best out of that 100WR. Very nice shots.

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    The sun finally made an appearance today, so i got a chance to try my new 300 F4. Quality build, no doubt. What is also certain is that this is not a fast sports lens. If you are close to focus, then the lens immediately focus's on the intended target, if not, it goes through its focus range. For subjects which are static to a certain degree, its very nice. I also like how it blurs out the background, even when shooting at F8. Of course this is effected by the distance behind the subject, but it does do a nice job. The last shot of the street sign, the sign is around 200 feet away. Outside of resizing, or a crop or two, thats all that was done, JPEGs out of the camera. Here are a few very non-artistic shots.






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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Lots of lovely shots
    Rich - I especially like your boy in the boat.
    Bart - the harbour shots are excellent

    I pressed the RAW button once too many times and ended up shooting jpg?!

    anyway, these worked out okay I think:














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