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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    There are lots of great images from everyone but the Cantonese Opera singers are just exceptional.

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    That's pretty good in my book for an ISO 5000 shot, Ario !
    The K5 does a really good job at 'higher' ISO values.

    Kind regards.
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    For ISO 5000 it is really an excellent shot. I have to agree - the K5 is really great at high ISO vales.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Two from a stormy day at the beach.


    Don Cesar by jmmtampa, on Flickr


    Stormy Weather by jmmtampa, on Flickr

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    Wow- that's some place, Jim.
    Was there a storm brewing ?

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    The storm was on it's way and hit hard a few hours later. The Don CeSar is a beautiful old hotel in St Pete Beach, Fl.

    While we have stayed there on a special occasion we were a few blocks down the beach in a much more reasonable motel. However, one that shares the same beach and has a fantastic beach bar and grill.
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    Great images all, love the Cantonese opera singers and the one of the water lily/flower.

    Some of the photos are making me wish I didn't sell my FA limited now :'( lol
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    Yesterday I have fun with K5 and ...

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    Yes Vladimir, having fun with your K5 and ... what lens ?


    Just kidding of course, excellent portraits of a charming young lady. Well done.
    Your GF ?

    All the very best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Yes Vladimir, having fun with your K5 and ... what lens ?
    Just kidding of course, excellent portraits of a charming young lady. Well done.
    Your GF ?
    All the very best.
    Sorry my English but what is GF

    Lens was FA 43

    BTW
    Somebody point out that effect when object looks like it was cut and than place on a background is not pleased to look at. But I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VladimirYo View Post
    Sorry my English but what is GF

    Lens was FA 43

    BTW
    Somebody point out that effect when object looks like it was cut and than place on a background is not pleased to look at. But I like it.
    Separating your subject from the background can be very effective.
    Nothing wrong with that.
    All you need is a (fast) lens with smooth OOF rendering and your FA43 seems to be such lens.

    GF = GirlFriend

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    Out on the dawn patrol with dog and 77 FA...recording minutia this AM...whatta lens!

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    Shall I trust you?


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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Out on the dawn patrol with dog and 77 FA...recording minutia this AM...whatta lens!

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    Hi there Roy,

    Yep that FA77 is a sharp and snappy lens.
    I like the last one: but surely it's not from India ?

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    Shall I trust you?

    That's pretty good at 1/13th of a second, Peter !
    A very nice cat portrait: I like cats but unfortunately I'm highly allergic to cats.
    They perhaps don't trust me, I certainly don't trust them ...

    All the very best.
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    A little blue butterfly got bullied by this bumblebee.



    And then there's this hoverfly ...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    A little blue butterfly got bullied by this bumblebee.
    Lovely Bart - excellent

    Just this guy you know

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    First chance i had to get out in awhile, just some happy people snaps in very harsh light.




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    First chance i had to get out in awhile, just some happy people snaps in very harsh light.
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    Hi Joe,

    good portraits, hope you'll find some more time to "stretch" your K5.
    What lens were you using ?

    I feel sorry for that bearded guy, though.
    He seems to have had too much harsh light and is not happy about it !
    (sorry )

    All the very best.
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    Hi Bart
    Thanks. I was using the 77 at the time.
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    Hi Bart
    Thanks. I was using the 77 at the time.
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    Isn't it a great little lens, Joe ?
    I know I'm very happy with mine

    Kind regards.
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    Still very pleased with my DA200.





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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    For some reason the pine cones stand out. Very nice.

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    The pine cones are very nice. I have this lens as well, but have not really used it. I must go for a day with just that lens. My 77 and 43 have been my favorites.
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    Beautiful shots, Bart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Still very pleased with my DA200.
    This is my fav. Great color and bokeh, but no drama =)

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    K5 and the 43 Ltd.

    Taken just as the sun began to rise on July 19. Of the three Ltd lenses I own I think I prefer the 43mm the most.

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    @Knorp -Nice pictures with your DA*200

    Was out in the garden today with DA*300 (almost macro with some cropping)









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    Trygve: very fine macro shots...you and Bart have pretty much cornered the market...and deservedly so...how much of a crop?

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    Thank you Roy.
    Here is the full frame with no cropping.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Taken just as the sun began to rise on July 19. Of the three Ltd lenses I own I think I prefer the 43mm the most.
    Captivating image, but I like to see (or read) why you prefer that 43 best, Jim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PenSon View Post
    @Knorp -Nice pictures with your DA*200

    Was out in the garden today with DA*300 (almost macro with some cropping)

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    Perhaps almost macro, but certainly great close-ups, Trygve !
    I think on paper the DA*300 is a 'better' lens than the DA*200.
    At least its performance seems to be high and very consistent right from f/4.0,
    whereas the DA*200 has its peak performance around f/5.6-f/8.0

    All the very best.
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    I agree with Bart 200 vis-a-vis 300... 300's softer backgrounds promote extra punch for the sharp foreground images...does this make sense? My 200, sharp as it is, gets lots less use since the arrival of the 300.

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    Last edited by benroy; 21st July 2011 at 13:31. Reason: add info

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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    I agree with Bart 200 vis-a-vis 300... 300's softer backgrounds promote extra punch for the sharp foreground images...does this make sense? My 200, sharp as it is, gets lots less use since the arrival of the 300.

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    btw. The last picture in my 4 pictures post was shot with DA*200

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    Brr, it looks like we're having an early autumn here; cold, rainy and windy.
    I hope for you guys it's better where you are.









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    Beautiful images, Bart...especially like the last two.
    Weather here (South Florida) hot and steamy, but not as bad as New York and Boston.


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    Love the third image Bart. Nice detail.
    103 degrees yesterday, but it has cooled down to 92 today, LOL.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Not anywhere near as sharp as the last few posted on here but a quick shot of a great singer I saw last night. Difficult lighting but the Pentax did a good job. Even better, I had the K5 with me which would not have been the case with my Canon system.

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    Not anywhere near as sharp as the last few posted on here but a quick shot of a great singer I saw last night. Difficult lighting but the Pentax did a good job. Even better, I had the K5 with me which would not have been the case with my Canon system.

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    Hi Jim,

    that's difficult light indeed, but the K5 (and you of course) handled it very well
    Do you happen to have any "bokeh" shots @1.7 with that 50/1.7 ?

    Sure the K5-body is compact, but IMO it's really all down to the lens, I still consider my 16-50 huge ...
    So it's the primes and in particular the pancakes that make for the system's compactness.

    For some reason I've not taken a lot of people pictures, mainly close-ups, nature, et cetera.
    But I've to try hard to turn that around ...

    All the very best.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Bart,
    No bokeh shots at 1.7 but that is something I should probably try. When I first purchased the lens my initial testing determined that 1.7 was a little soft but it quickly sharpened up. It's small and compact and works very well for a discontinued and inexpensive lens.

    You are correct about size. I with someone last night (a photojournalist) who normally shoots a D3 and he was talking about a 5DII and a 16-35 as a stealth camera. It's all relative.

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    Cape of Good Hope - Diaz Beach, South Africa



    Black Rocks at Cape Point, SA



    Cormorants at Black Rocks, SA


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    Welcome back, Rich! Good stuff from So. Africa...looking forward to more.

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    Hi Rich
    Great place! I wish to be there

    btw on a last IMG I think lower part too blure... Maiby you should try cut it a little? 1/4 for example.

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    Balanced rocks. Pentax K5 + 18-135, ISO 6400.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Balanced rocks. Pentax K5 + 18-135, ISO 6400.
    For ISO 6400 it's looking very nice and clean, but I'd like to see a little more separation from the background, Carl.

    All the very best.
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    Kind of cool looking whatsit ...

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    It's been five days since I got back from a trip to South Africa. The jet lag (not to mention distance) from Hawaii to there was killer. I am starting to go through some trip pics......but just a little background. I had been planning (read obsessing) for months as to what cameras to take and still be mobile.

    I ended up with the K-5 plus the 18-135, 100WR, FA43, DA200 and my Sigma 100-300. Add to that a m4/3 kit (E-PL2) plus lenses. I only shot the 18-135 and the Sigma. Everything else sat in the camera bags......things just always happened quickly.

    A drive north from Durban (via Mtubatuba) ended us up in St. Lucia. This is where a friend and wife of the couple I was traveling with did her crocodile research on the estuary of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park (now re-named like many things in SA to iSimangaliso).

    Here's a dusk shot at the estuary that first evening:



    Cute guys.....but hippos 8X killed more people last year than sharks.

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    The next two days were spent inside the park. Golden hour was magical....I could have spent months there.

    These were taken on one of the loop trails on the way to Cape Vidal at day's end.





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    The couple I was with had a 12-year old daughter.....and my god, the three of them could spot fauna. They had amazing "animal eyes".

    Still near sunset....



    I was looking out of my side of the vehicle, when I spotted this about 30 yards from the side of the road stalking an antelope. We killed the engine and sat for the next half hour. We were the only people around.



    My only regret is that for some reason I was shooting JPEG's, not RAW.....it took me two days to discover my error.

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