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Old Jan 5, 2010, 6:22 AM   #1
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My big Christmas present this year was a used (bargain grade) lens from KEH. Got a Pentax SMC A 70-210 F4 for only $65. Main purpose was for some indoor work (upcoming family events...).
Had a chance to try it out on some indoor, but (as usual for me) mostly outdoor shots, and would appreciate any input. Thanks so much!

First an indoor candid portrait, taken just by available light (one lamp and a rather dim window)
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Old Jan 5, 2010, 6:23 AM   #2
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Now a couple of outdoor "portraits" of one of my "hiking buddies."
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A few wintry vegetation shots, to test color & detail rendering...
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Old Jan 5, 2010, 6:25 AM   #4
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Some duck shots, to check on sharpness and color quality.
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And a few shots of some faster, smaller birds, to show that my hands/brain are too slow!!
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I would really appreciate any input on these photos, and suggestions for using this lens. Thanks so much!
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Looks like you got an excellent lens! I don't have access to an EXIF reader, but judging from the 2nd image, the bokeh looks good and so does the clarity of the subject.

What condition was the lens rated at by KEH? I hear that they are very conservative in their ratings.
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Mole, the photos leave nothing to desire from the photographer. And the lens does live up to it's reputation. Check http://stans-photography.info/ Maybe the last two are a wee bit underexposed, perhaps the lens requires a +something in exposure compensation.

There is a strange artifact in the yellow flower, horizontal lines across the flower. Probably doesn't have anything to do with neither the lens or the camera.

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looks good. sharpness is hard to tell on a resized web photo, but appears to be good detail.

the bokeh looks pretty smooth.

seems to be a good performer (moreso when the price is taken into acct)
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Hi mole,

I doubt that there's a better bang for the buck lens than the A 70-210/4. It still gets knocked a bit because of weight (always has), but next to any of its f2.8 cousins, the size and weight are really nothing to complain about -- and today this kind of weight is usually used to denote "build quality".

It looks like you got an exceptional deal on this lens though. I paid $79 for mine, so I'm jealous. . .. -- and it was also a "bargain" grade from KEH, about 4 years ago. . . When it arrived, it looked brand new, but after a couple of days, I finally noticed a tiny dent in the barrel (which doesn't effect anything) and assume that this was the reason for the grading down to "bargain". KEH is a great source. . .

I think you'll really enjoy this lens -- maybe not as versatile a one lens solution as your DA 18-250, but the extra speed and very good optics can give you an edge that makes it very useful.

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