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    Not good for testing but the results are lovely nonetheless.

    The above came up after I had posted. Love it.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    Not good for testing but the results are lovely nonetheless.

    The above came up after I had posted. Love it.

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    Thank you Diane
    I'm trying to lure others into posting here . . . . . I won't give up!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    No weather to be testing a wide angle zoom!

    This was taken with the Sigma 10-20 f3.5

    16mm f8
    dreary weather!
    Wow!! It certainly was the weather that made that photo........gosh......I wish I could handle a DSLR again.....but no.....I will stick with the mu4/3rds......I have to say that back in the days in the early 1950s when I was behind the counter the Asahi Pentax 35mm single lens reflex camera was all the rage...the glass was great and better still the price was spot on!! I sold literally hundreds of them! Gosh, have they ever come around to producing a great Digital Camera!! And of course, Jono, you won't like this but you are selling it with your great photographic eye!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Thank you Diane
    I'm trying to lure others into posting here . . . . . I won't give up!
    OK Jono, your beautiful images lured me in. I replaced my m43 cameras (except for the G1-IR) with the Pentax K5 as my travel kit. Couldn't resist the great build quality, weather sealing, small size, etc. Currently using the 35 2.8 macro ltd and 70 2.4 ltd. Here are a few from my first outing today with the K5 and 35 macro. SR, Auto ISO (standard option), and highlight correction were on for all shots. I still managed to lose a few shots to hand shake (it was cold) with the 1/80 at f/8 limit kicking in for auto iso so may have to switch to the fast option. So far I'm very pleased with the K5 and two ltd lenses and will probably add the 21 to my kit.









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    and a few more with the K5 and 35 macro.











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    A few snaps with the K5 and 70mm f/2.4 in a dimly lit restaurant. All at ISO 6400 and f/2.8 or f/2.4. Auto ISO "fast" mode.





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    A few icy images from a walk along the creek. K5 with 35mm f/2.8 macro.

    Melting ice



    A two image stitch of a frozen stream cascading over a cliff.



    A three image stitch of another frozen stream.

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    Some shots taken on a brief trip to the Corning Glass Center and a stop in Watkins Glen on Seneca Lake on the way home. All with the K5 and 35mm f/2.8 macro. Auto ISO fast.

    Glass Sculpture




    Some periodic table elements used in the manufacture of glass



    Ornate gilded bowl and crystal table



    Chess anyone?



    Embossed glass panel



    Watkins Glen town pier


    Brrr!

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    Wonderful K5 images.
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    Hi Carl
    Lots of great shots - the glassware is almost as over the top as Murano Glass, but the pictures along the creek are splendid, and the 6400 iSO shots are another example of why the camera is such a fine piece of kit.

    Great Stuff - keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Carl
    Lots of great shots - the glassware is almost as over the top as Murano Glass, but the pictures along the creek are splendid, and the 6400 iSO shots are another example of why the camera is such a fine piece of kit.

    Great Stuff - keep it up!
    Thank you Jono. I'm quite impressed by the dynamic range of the K5 sensor and the camera performance has been superb.
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    HI There
    I sent the 15 back - and swapped it (rather cautiously) with the Sigma 10-20 f35 HSM. Nice lens, still small, and although you need to stop it down a bit wide open, it's really rather good.

    So - two small(ish) lenses take you from an equivalent 15mm - 200mm, without too many compromises.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    HI There
    I sent the 15 back - and swapped it (rather cautiously) with the Sigma 10-20 f35 HSM. Nice lens, still small, and although you need to stop it down a bit wide open, it's really rather good.

    So - two small(ish) lenses take you from an equivalent 15mm - 200mm, without too many compromises.

    Lovely seascape and dramatic sky. That Sigma 10-20 might be worth considering for ultra wide coverage below my 21 prime. Is the lens weather sealed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    That Sigma 10-20 might be worth considering for ultra wide coverage below my 21 prime. Is the lens weather sealed?
    To my knowledge none of the third party K mount lenses are weather sealed. Don't know why.

    Jono, you sure go through all the available gear fast. Is the K-5 going back soon too?

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by emr View Post
    To my knowledge none of the third party K mount lenses are weather sealed. Don't know why.

    Jono, you sure go through all the available gear fast. Is the K-5 going back soon too?
    Quite Right - not weather resistant.
    The K5 is past it's 'go back' date, and anyway, I rather like it, but of course, it might be sold next week. . . . . . . .
    It's poor lenses that go back fastest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emr View Post
    To my knowledge none of the third party K mount lenses are weather sealed. Don't know why.
    Too bad. I would that think that Sigma might make a few weather sealed lenses for the new weather resistant SD1.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Quite Right - not weather resistant.
    The K5 is past it's 'go back' date, and anyway, I rather like it, but of course, it might be sold next week. . . . . . . .
    It's poor lenses that go back fastest.
    I'm just warming up to this little marvel so mine is staying for awhile.

    Another shot taken yesterday when the sun actually made a rare appearance for a couple of hours. Very contrasty scene, but the K5 handled it fairly well.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Too bad. I would that think that Sigma might make a few weather sealed lenses for the new weather resistant SD1.



    I'm just warming up to this little marvel so mine is staying for awhile.
    HI Carl
    Nice shot.
    Like you I'm warming up to it as well - my remarks were simply glib remarks to EMR - mine is also definitely staying.

    As for weatherproof lenses - I'm not too fussed that all lenses should be weatherproof - it's the body which really matters, but as long as there are a couple of weatherproof lenses, others can stay in the bag when it's tonking it down.

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    Hi Jono,

    just wondered if you could tell me where you get your pentax gear from, I'm in the UK too, and although I've tried the d7000 for a week, I'm leaning towards the K5 - I tried it a week ago and it just felt so right, ergonomics spot on and SR would help my type of shooting. I'm just looking for somewhere with a great returns policy/after sales service in case any issues come up.

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    Bright colors with the Pentax K5. 35mm f/2.8 used for the following.

    Red Swing



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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Bright colors with the Pentax K5. 35mm f/2.8 used for the following.

    Red Swing



    Yellow Trailer

    Great vibrant colors here I 'red' about a problem about how the k5 renders reds, but I dont see any issues here

    The 35mm f2.8 looks a stellar lens from what I've seen here and online, I'm considering getting it and a K5, may I have your thoughts on this combo?

    Thanks in advance
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    Quote Originally Posted by vincechu View Post
    Great vibrant colors here I 'red' about a problem about how the k5 renders reds, but I dont see any issues here

    The 35mm f2.8 looks a stellar lens from what I've seen here and online, I'm considering getting it and a K5, may I have your thoughts on this combo?

    Thanks in advance
    Hi Vince,

    The 35mm f/2.8 macro ltd was the first lens I purchased for the K5 and the one I've been using most often. Sharp across the frame, good bokeh, and a good fit for the K5. Works well for me as a general purpose walkabout lens and the macro function is a bonus feature.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    A couple taken today with the K5 and 18-135 WR.

    Squirrel posing for portrait



    Ice accumulation in local gorge trail (closed until early May).

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    With the 18-135 WR. JPEG with minor adjustments in LR3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limbonaut View Post
    With the 18-135 WR. JPEG with minor adjustments in LR3.
    Nice shots. The little fellow seems to be having fun in the deep snow.
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    More local wildlife posing for portraits.

    Pentax K5 with the 70mm f/2.4 limited.

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    The red swing again, but this time on a gray, bleak day taken with the 21mm f/3.2 limited.

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    The "posing" squirrel is back again, but he looks a bit chilly today. Pentax K5 with 18-135.

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    Great to see these images - just gorgeous. I've been fairly absent for quite some time as I've been doing mostly music the past year and I seem to obey a law of conversation of creative endeavors. That said I've still been shooting some, and my g/f has become defacto band photographer. She's been swapping between DLux4 (I bought her one and have one as well) and the Canon 5D2 that I got when I sold off my Pentax stuff some time back. We've gotten some great shots with the 5D2 but I've never really bonded with it, especially for "walkabout" shooting, though I do dearly love the 70-200 f4 zoom. The K5 has me wondering though, as the 5D2 struggles in low light (which most of our gig of course are), and seems that being able to go 6400 or 12800 and get usable shots would be quite cool.

    feh - more money out the door. At any rate, my creative endeavors the past year: http://nostatic.com/music

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    Quote Originally Posted by nostatic View Post
    Great to see these images - just gorgeous. I've been fairly absent for quite some time as I've been doing mostly music the past year and I seem to obey a law of conversation of creative endeavors. That said I've still been shooting some, and my g/f has become defacto band photographer. She's been swapping between DLux4 (I bought her one and have one as well) and the Canon 5D2 that I got when I sold off my Pentax stuff some time back. We've gotten some great shots with the 5D2 but I've never really bonded with it, especially for "walkabout" shooting, though I do dearly love the 70-200 f4 zoom. The K5 has me wondering though, as the 5D2 struggles in low light (which most of our gig of course are), and seems that being able to go 6400 or 12800 and get usable shots would be quite cool.

    feh - more money out the door. At any rate, my creative endeavors the past year: http://nostatic.com/music
    I also never really warmed up to my 5DII as I have with the K5. Image quality seems to be comparable between the two, but I much prefer the smaller size and features of the Pentax.
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    Couple of walkabout shots taken with the 18-135 on the K5.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Here are some with the (absolutely here to stay) 100 macro WR








    of course, with APS-c it's tough to control DOF (at least, that's what everyone tells me)
    just browsed through the thread. Those images look like "is there really a need for a camera with larger sensor than the K5?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by t_streng View Post
    just browsed through the thread. Those images look like "is there really a need for a camera with larger sensor than the K5?"
    HI There Tom
    Of course, with a longer lens and a shorter distance the answer is NO - with a shorter lens and a longer distance surely 'Sometimes'.


    Todd (nostatic)
    Great to see you back - hang around! I'm not sure that the K5 does better low light than a 5DmkII, but it's altogether a nicer camera to use (IMHO of course), solid,small,quiet (very). Altogether splendid.
    Your band stuff looks interesting - Steely Jam indeed!


    Carl
    So many great shots I especially like the changing red swing - seems like you're bonding nicely-having seen these, I realised I had to chip in again (supposed to be having a quiet time to get some serious programming finished).

    It's the DR which keeps coming back and getting to me - here are a couple of landscape shots which show that the camera isn't just a low light toy.
    All with the 18-135 (what a great lens!).













    This last shot especially, shot straight into the morning sun, and the grass is still green!

    All the best - back to work

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Jono

    Great shots. Have you had any of the out of focus issues with your camera and that lens?

    I have with mine and I'm not sure whether to try another body or go for something else (such as the Panasonic GH2).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Carl
    So many great shots I especially like the changing red swing - seems like you're bonding nicely-having seen these, I realised I had to chip in again (supposed to be having a quiet time to get some serious programming finished).

    It's the DR which keeps coming back and getting to me - here are a couple of landscape shots which show that the camera isn't just a low light toy.
    All with the 18-135 (what a great lens!).

    This last shot especially, shot straight into the morning sun, and the grass is still green!

    All the best - back to work
    Hi Jono,

    I'm still very pleased with the K5 and I agree about the impressive dynamic range available with this camera. Your nice landscape shots demonstrate this very well. I wasn't expecting much from the 18-135, but it does seem to be an excellent lens. My copy is razor sharp wide open and although "wide open" is not very fast it is quite adequate given the excellent high ISO performance of the K5.

    Have fun with your programming task. You seem to have or had a January thaw - looks almost like spring over there.
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    great photos everyone, keep them coming and the thread warmed up for me - mines on order and should be with me soon (hopefully) or atleast by the end of next week (seems to be supply shortages of the k5)
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    The graffiti artists were busy last night. Must be that spray paint doesn't adhere well in sub-freezing temperatures so they have reverted to using creek stones.

    K5 with 18-135.



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    Carl, Jono

    Your images are absolutely breathtaking - they show a clarity and three dimensionality not often seen. My K5 has been giving me some focus 'grief' so I have sent it back for a replacement and I have been on the edge of going for a GH2 instead but I am thinking that might be a dreadful mistake. Of my own shots, those that are in focus (which I guess is the majority, if I am honest, though not as good as my K20D) just feel like 'real' photos rather than 'digicam' shots. The exposure on the K5 is so much improved over the K20D.

    Anyway, if I stay with K5 I'd love to be able to contribute. I assume you are both shooting RAW and using Lightroom? If so, or even if not, can you give me some clues as to how you are resizing your images for optimum display here?

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Carl, Jono

    Your images are absolutely breathtaking - they show a clarity and three dimensionality not often seen. My K5 has been giving me some focus 'grief' so I have sent it back for a replacement and I have been on the edge of going for a GH2 instead but I am thinking that might be a dreadful mistake. Of my own shots, those that are in focus (which I guess is the majority, if I am honest, though not as good as my K20D) just feel like 'real' photos rather than 'digicam' shots. The exposure on the K5 is so much improved over the K20D.

    Anyway, if I stay with K5 I'd love to be able to contribute. I assume you are both shooting RAW and using Lightroom? If so, or even if not, can you give me some clues as to how you are resizing your images for optimum display here?

    Cheers
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    Hi There Lee
    Although I think I may have seen the 'front focus in tungsten light issue' on rare occasions, I don't otherwise have problems with focus on the K5 - in fact it's been generally excellent.

    On the other hand, this is an entirely new focusing system (also on the 645) so one should perhaps expect some teething issues. Pentax seem right up for producing new firmware where it's needed, so if I were you I'd hang on in with your replacement camera and see what comes up. Of course, there are many reasons for liking the G2, but solid,weatherproof and quiet don't seem to be it, not to mention the non-optical viewfinder!

    I had a K7 for a few weeks, tried to love it and failed on the IQ level. The K5 is so far ahead on IQ - the Dxo Dynamic range issues (which I simply thought of as a testing coincidence) really do seem to produce great images. The 18-135 isn't perfect, but the combination of the two, producing a really compact and fully weather proof setup is impossible for me to resist. The primes seem fine (but I'd rather use an M9 with Leica primes), but that little combo seems to me the dogs doodahs!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Carl, Jono

    Your images are absolutely breathtaking - they show a clarity and three dimensionality not often seen. My K5 has been giving me some focus 'grief' so I have sent it back for a replacement and I have been on the edge of going for a GH2 instead but I am thinking that might be a dreadful mistake. Of my own shots, those that are in focus (which I guess is the majority, if I am honest, though not as good as my K20D) just feel like 'real' photos rather than 'digicam' shots. The exposure on the K5 is so much improved over the K20D.

    Anyway, if I stay with K5 I'd love to be able to contribute. I assume you are both shooting RAW and using Lightroom? If so, or even if not, can you give me some clues as to how you are resizing your images for optimum display here?

    Cheers
    Lee
    Hello Lee,

    Thank you and welcome to the forum. I shoot only raw and use Lightroom3 for processing. After completing basic exposure, clarity, and capture sharpening (default preset, narrow edges) I export the file for the web as a 90 % jpeg at 25% of original size (or ≤1200 pixels wide) with either low or normal output sharpening for screen display in srgb mode. I think that Jono does all of his processing in Aperture.

    I have not had an unusual level of auto focus failure with the K5 and when it has occurred it has been only in very poor lighting with subject movement also in play so not really unexpected. I always use a center single autofocus point, get and hold a focus lock, re-compose as necessary and then release the shutter. Old school stuff, but it works well enough for me. I've also been using SR with auto iso, fast mode for most of my casual shooting and as Jono pointed out you generally don't have to worry about high iso noise or DR up to about 6400 with the K5. I hope your replacement K5 works well for you and look forward to seeing your images here.
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    Thanks Carl. Looking back over the images I have taken these past 3 weekends (only one of which was sunny), it seems to me that the 'worst' offenders were with the 18-55 kit lens at 55mm. Also, 1/100th sec shutter speed seem to be prevelant too but that may be coincidence - you'd think SR would cope with that wouldn't you? Oddly, it's not just been my kit lens - some on my 43td (again 1/100thsec?) not as sharp as I'd have hoped. On the other hand, before Christmas I was getting great results with my K20D in freezing cold conditions. So I don't think it's just 'me'. If they let me have a replacement, I'll report back here and hope to contribute.

    Thanks for the inspiration

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    Thanks Carl. Looking back over the images I have taken these past 3 weekends (only one of which was sunny), it seems to me that the 'worst' offenders were with the 18-55 kit lens at 55mm. Also, 1/100th sec shutter speed seem to be prevelant too but that may be coincidence - you'd think SR would cope with that wouldn't you? Oddly, it's not just been my kit lens - some on my 43td (again 1/100thsec?) not as sharp as I'd have hoped. On the other hand, before Christmas I was getting great results with my K20D in freezing cold conditions. So I don't think it's just 'me'. If they let me have a replacement, I'll report back here and hope to contribute.

    Thanks for the inspiration

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    Good Luck - as Carl said, I use Aperture, shoot DNG, and I'm pretty satisfied (other than an occasional magenta red). I gave up with the kit lens quickly; not because the focusing wasn't okay, but it always seemed to be soft, the 18-135 seems much better. I don't have the 43 (60-250, 35 macro and 100 macro).
    I've even had some success tracking small and very fast dogs with the 60-250 and the 18-350 - it works well unless they're running straight at you (and I've never had a camera that dealt with that satisfactorily, not even the Nikon D3).

    There's light at the end of the tunnel! (and it's much too good not to give it a good go).

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    Ok, not to your standards but here's a couple ... and now I'm wondering what was wrong with my camera? There were some weirdly focused ones too but these are amongst the best from a very limited number of days so far. I am beginning to enjoy this ...




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    And this one is Sapphie, a very patient cat, who really loves having her photo taken.

    43mm Ltd, ISO 6400, 1/25th sec, f/1.9 only adjustment is luminance reduction 20 and a bit of cropping. Hand held, well with my elbows on the floor. Oh, some tungsten lighting too!

    I didn't realise her 'igloo' needed such a clean!


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    Your images look fine Sapphie. The low light portrait of the cat, shot wide open with the 43/1.9, would have been a challenge for any auto focus DSLR, but you nailed the focus just fine with your K5. If you subscribe to Sean Reid's review site, you might want to read his comments about auto focus in the K5 review.
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    After a chilly -5 F this am the sun came out and we enjoyed a walk along the waterfront at a balmy 15 F.

    K5 with the 70mm f/2.4 LTD

    Winter shadows



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    Testing the Pentax DA 55-300 today. Construction not as nice as the primes, noisey focus, and slow but light weight, compact and cheap. I was tempted to get the 300 prime, but was put off by the high price and weight. Here are some first shots, all hand held with SR, auto ISO fast, and f/8.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Ok, not to your standards but here's a couple ... and now I'm wondering what was wrong with my camera? There were some weirdly focused ones too but these are amongst the best from a very limited number of days so far. I am beginning to enjoy this ...



    HI Sapphie
    Glad you're enjoying it - these are fine, I especially like the first one . . . . it looks like Suffolk with hills!

    The cat is also just fine . . . . maybe it just took a day or so to settle down?

    all the best

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    Hope my retailer isn't looking here! I did have problems with it, honestly (or could be me needing time to settle with it?). I am awaiting a replacement and going for the 18-135mm this time.



    Here's another with the 43mm ltd. Exposure increased by over 2.5 stops over original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Testing the Pentax DA 55-300 today. Construction not as nice as the primes, noisey focus, and slow but light weight, compact and cheap. I was tempted to get the 300 prime, but was put off by the high price and weight. Here are some first shots, all hand held with SR, auto ISO fast, and f/8.
    HI Carl
    one of the nice things about the ridiculous high ISO, and the 'fast' option on the auto iso, is that you can really shoot at whatever aperture you like to get the best out of the lens.

    I like the bench best out of this lot - and I envy you your crisp weather, at the moment we have big dark heavy cloud cover, and about 37F, with a little drizzle just to make it nicer.

    euch!

    all the best

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Hope my retailer isn't looking here! I did have problems with it, honestly (or could be me needing time to settle with it?). I am awaiting a replacement and going for the 18-135mm this time. Here's another with the 43mm ltd
    I like the angles . . . but not so keen on the shot this time though (it almost looks like the north sea!) . Whereabouts in Devon are you?
    I think you'll love the 18-135 though - mine hardly comes off the camera, it's not the best, but it's good, and sooooo convenient!

    all the best

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