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    Carl: the 300/4 sure looks sharp...does wonders with the backgrounds...hand-held or on a tripod?

    Jono: lovely set of "bucolics"...only thing missing is the kid with his dog and a bamboo fishing pole strolling down the lane (the kid that is).

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    Ashwin,
    those shots you took tiwth the 200 are really great I like them a lot!

    That filmlike look...colors and tones...are why I really "hanging" on the K5.

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    WOW - everybody seems to have been quite busy today
    Lovely shots all round.

    Here are my today's attempt to capture some dragonflies.
    Crickey, no idea that it would turn out so difficult hand holding this DA*200.
    Anyway though the outcome is not perfect, I am still pleased.







    NB These are crops, but only made square by chopping off some of the left and right sides of the original images.
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    Last edited by Knorp; 21st May 2011 at 14:12. Reason: add comment.
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    Jono.....there is something about this photo that keeps me coming back to it over and over again. I am trying to figure out what is the allure....it just pulls me in.

    Some pictures really resonate.

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    Bart....this photo is great!!! I like the shadow of the wings on the reed.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    New leaf




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    So Rich, turn it over LOL

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    great detail and color

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    Bart: that's quite a feat...shooting dragonflies with a hand-held 200...remarkable!

    Rich: excellent detail in the new leaf...looks like a giant philodendron leaf.

    Nice to see some wit emerging in this thread...good one, Woody.

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    Wow. That DA * 200, and of course, you! Without you, no photograph, no matter how good the DA * 200 is!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    All K-5 + 18-135 on a recent birthday golf outing in Palm Springs.

    The 18-135 is small and light for a super zoom lens. But I had a lot of trouble with the auto focus whenever the lens was not set on 18mm or 135mm. The lens would sometimes simply refuse to auto focus. So I returned the lens.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
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    So simple, so beautiful !


    Kind regards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecsh View Post
    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.
    Good for you (and us ) that weather turned for the better.
    But Joe, should this imply that all SDM lenses are more or less slow ?
    Quiet but slow ?
    And it makes me wonder, is it the lens or is it the K5 or should we just forget about AF ?
    Or to put it differently: are there any "fast sports" lenses for the K5 out there at all ?

    Questions, Questions, Questions ...

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    More from the harbour: evening light (FA77).





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    Bart
    I do not have the answer. Both the 200 and 300 act the same, but take lovely shots. Like i said, if i was close with focus, no problem, but, i cannot photo one scene at 5 feet, then try and focus on a bird 20 ft away without the lens going through the cycle.
    I will not be selling either of them. I don't believe Pentax has any current lens you could say would be a sportshooters lens, but, i could be wrong. <G>
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    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    @Knorp

    Wow. That DA * 200, and of course, you! Without you, no photograph, no matter how good the DA * 200 is!

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    Hi Ricardo
    exactly - Bart Never Blows it - no matter what camera, what situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Good for you (and us ) that weather turned for the better.
    But Joe, should this imply that all SDM lenses are more or less slow ?
    Quiet but slow ?
    And it makes me wonder, is it the lens or is it the K5 or should we just forget about AF ?
    Or to put it differently: are there any "fast sports" lenses for the K5 out there at all ?

    Questions, Questions, Questions ...

    All the very best.
    The 77FA works well for me. But, I would love to have its characteristics in a lens of longer reach. I wonder if Pentax made too many compromises in the SDM series to get quiet autofocus instead of quick autofocus? Both my 55 SDM and of course the 200 SDM are really slow to AF. Lovely lenses once focused but it leaves a big hole in the Pentax lineup for a fast sport shooter.

    JMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
    The 77FA works well for me. But, I would love to have its characteristics in a lens of longer reach. I wonder if Pentax made too many compromises in the SDM series to get quiet autofocus instead of quick autofocus? Both my 55 SDM and of course the 200 SDM are really slow to AF. Lovely lenses once focused but it leaves a big hole in the Pentax lineup for a fast sport shooter.

    JMHO

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    Thank you Woody, so no "fast sports" lenses from Pentax then.
    I found that especially focus confirmation at moving targets is "slow" using the 200.
    Getting a focus lock takes ages.
    So no doubts about the AF capabilities of the K5 ?

    Well perhaps I'll try my hand at MF next time, after all coming from the RF-world that shouldn't be too much an ordeal.
    I think ...

    But what about other K-mount brands ? Sigma ?
    Any thoughts ?

    Kind regards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Thank you Woody, so no "fast sports" lenses from Pentax then.
    I found that especially focus confirmation at moving targets is "slow" using the 200.
    Getting a focus lock takes ages.
    So no doubts about the AF capabilities of the K5 ?

    Well perhaps I'll try my hand at MF next time, after all coming from the RF-world that shouldn't be too much an ordeal.
    I think ...

    But what about other K-mount brands ? Sigma ?
    Any thoughts ?

    Kind regards.
    HI Bart
    the 18-135 has a new motor, and focuses much more quickly. My 60-250 is lazy and a bit slow, no good for galloping Pyrenean Sheepdogs (but then nor was any camera I've had since the D3).

    I wonder about sigma as well - I do have the 10-20 f3.5, which seems to focus fast, and is certainly quiet.

    Who is brave enough to shell out for a Sigma 300mm f2.8 to find out!

    Perhaps the older non-SDM telephotos are faster?

    I'm afraid I won't be experimenting!

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    Since i am not a sports shooter as well, my current line up suits me fine. I am not ready to play the Sigma lottery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecsh View Post
    Since i am not a sports shooter as well, my current line up suits me fine. I am not ready to play the Sigma lottery.
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    LOL - nor am I, Joe !
    Just curious what could be wrong with the Pentax line up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecsh View Post
    Since i am not a sports shooter as well, my current line up suits me fine. I am not ready to play the Sigma lottery.
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    LOL - nor am I, Joe !
    Just curious what could be wrong with the Pentax line up.

    Kind regards.
    FWIW, I've had lots of Sigma lenses (mostly ultra wides) in my time, and never had a problem with one . . . . and this is from the man who sent back 5 copies of the Pentax 16-50, and 3 of the Nikon 17-55 (not to mention many other lenses).

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    I have had my share of Sigma good len's as well. I have the 180 Macro for my Sony system, and its great. I have had decentered len's, no focus, on a few in the past, and had problems with Nikon and especially the Pentax 15 lens.
    I think that in most cases, if there is not a significant difference in the lens cost from Pentax or Sony, or the Sigma copy, i feel i have a better chance with the original. Of course in some cases what you want is just not available, so you have no choice.
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    Bart.....this is just awesome. It reminds me of the old palladium/orotone prints.

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    HI Bart
    the 18-135 has a new motor, and focuses much more quickly. My 60-250 is lazy and a bit slow, no good for galloping Pyrenean Sheepdogs (but then nor was any camera I've had since the D3).

    I wonder about sigma as well - I do have the 10-20 f3.5, which seems to focus fast, and is certainly quiet.

    Who is brave enough to shell out for a Sigma 300mm f2.8 to find out!

    Perhaps the older non-SDM telephotos are faster?

    I'm afraid I won't be experimenting!

    all the best
    Hidihi Jono,

    I'll bet keeping up with Caspar is no small feat indeed !
    You could be well right that the more recent SDM lenses are faster, perhaps we'll see more new products from Pentax this year.
    Is there such thing as a PentaxRumors site ?

    Well, it was Woody's remark about the DA*200 being 'rubbish' shooting his grandson's sports activities that started off my curiosity and made me wonder how it would affect my own ventures with this lens.
    The jury is still out, but really so far I think I can live with it

    Tell you what: I remember quite well the day when a colleague brought his E3 and 12-60 and how lightning fast the focusing was.
    Admittedly, never used a decent AF system before, but I was truly very impressed nonetheless.

    And I'm definitely not brave enough trying whatever lens without sound advice. Let alone expensive fast tele-lenses.
    Though not really fast, the DA*300 is still tempting !

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    One from tonight.


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    @JMaher- darn! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    One from tonight.
    Hi Jim - that's fantastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    One from tonight.
    Beautiful Jim......and you used the 18-135. Very impressive.

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    Asking permission to say - WOW
    Beautiful shot, Jim.

    And tonight ?


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    Jim: I type this with sweaty palms and forehead, and my glasses are steamed up...a truly "Oh, My!" pic.

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    Beautiful Jim......and you used the 18-135. Very impressive.

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    Impossible. It's a 'rubbish' lens, remember :-)

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Picked up a used 300/4.5 SMC F lens on eBay: One of the first shots in the try-out set...can't miss with the Glory Lillies!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Thanks - Lee, Roy, Bart, Rich, Raist,

    Glad I could contribute. I think the 18-135 holds in own in the right circumstances.

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    One more from the same session.


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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Picked up a used 300/4.5 SMC F lens on eBay: One of the first shots in the try-out set...can't miss with the Glory Lillies!

    Roy Benson
    Roy....that is a REALLY nice shot......there is a delicate softness to the anthers (but not OOF) and the bokeh is sweet.

    Nice acquisition.....in the hands of a knowledgable photographer = winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    One more from the same session.

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    Jim....SERIOUSLY nice!

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    @Jim: this b/w version is stunning !

    @Roy: congrats with the tele-lens, that lilly is wonderful.

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    I love these guys ...





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    Quite windy today, but I think these look alright.





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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Bart, Great shots with the 200.

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    Bart: Thanks for more bird pictures...you've got the touch, right down to the catch lights in the eyes...thanks also the kind remarks about the tele shot of the Glory lily.

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    Very nice Bart. I must get out with the 200 myself.
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    @Jim - those are some darn nice portraits! Well done mate!
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    18-135


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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    @Bart - Awesome capture of the dragonflies. Simply awesome!
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Still loving the 18-135 - it keeps on coming up with nice shots, sharp and with decent bokeh.

    Here are a couple:





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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    today it was horrid weather - grey and very very windy, certainly not photography weather, still you have to try.
    I want for a long, fast walk with the dog and the 60-250, here are a couple I did like (it really is a nice lens).





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    I really like this shot Jono.....I have a story in my head......

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