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Old Aug 6, 2007, 4:54 PM   #1
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Got a call a few minutes ago from my local camera store (Bel Air Camera). I'm now looking ata box that saysDA*50-135 2.8 lens (haven't even looked at it yet). I'm at work so I can't upload pictures, but will put something up tonight when I get home. Bet you can see the shine of the brilliant smile on my face all the way across country!

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Old Aug 6, 2007, 5:17 PM   #2
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Congrats on what looks to be a top lens



There is no envy here at all....



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Old Aug 6, 2007, 8:49 PM   #3
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I am looking forward to your thoughts and shots!

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Hi Harriet,

I'm certainly jealous! I'm anxious to hear your impressions!

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Old Aug 7, 2007, 12:01 AM   #5
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I think I have too many pictures in Lightroom at the moment - it came to a grinding halt. So I processed the pictures using PhotoLab's default settings. The only pp I did was to adjust some of the white balance (didn't set custom white balance and my office's lighting doesn't quite match any of the presets). I saved as tiff files, then resized or cropped in Photoshop. I mostly used bicubic sharper for resizing but no other sharpening at all (and PhotoLab doesn't automatically sharpen). Pictures were all taken in raw, natural setting, various ISO settings (800 was highest - no noise reduction used at all). I wanted to see what the lens would do on its own as far as sharpness, etc. Many (probably most, come to think of it) were taken at f2.8.

Here's a few pictures of the lens, taken with the K10 and an M 24mm 2.8 lens (talk about going from old to new!).
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Old Aug 7, 2007, 12:02 AM   #6
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My desk isn't exactly neat, is it?

The cap is different from the usual Pentax caps I'm used to, but its easy to remove and put the cap back on when the lens hood is on.
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Old Aug 7, 2007, 12:03 AM   #7
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To give you an idea of the size of the lens (it isn't small at all!).
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Compared to the A*300 - they are about the same size. I think the 50-135 is a bit heavier, but is easier to use because it's weight is better distributed.
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I was very happy with its sharpness. This was taken at f2.8 and at 50mm. It's a 100% crop and not resized or sharpened at all (no pp, not even wb adjustment). I didn't realize how much dust was on the 24mm lens until I saw this picture (I only started playing with it again today).
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I thought the slight softness was perfectly acceptable for a picture shot at f2.8, wide open.

Same mug as before, this time taken with the new lens. I cropped it a bit, mostly just resized with bicubic sharpen. I know I've gotten carried away with pictures on this thread.
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